Monday, 18 July 2011

DragonWorld - a new title from Impact Books

Today I am so pleased to bring you a review of DragonWorld. This is a book that I was sceptical about reviewing, when it was offered but just one peek inside the pages and I was utterly blown away.

Here is the official blurb:

120 Dragons with Advice and Inspiration from 49 International Artists

From fire breathing to friendly, dragons pretty much rock the fantasy world. Dedicated to the coolest of mythological beasts, DragonWorld is a showcase of some of today's best, most imaginative dragon art. Some stick to the popular notion of what a dragon is, while others offer more unexpected interpretations. Behind this fiercely creative work is a diverse group of young international artists who have developed loyal fan followings on the popular online showcase, Look inside to see why.

  • 120 creations from 49 cutting-edge dragon artists all on
  • Represents a wide variety of mediums—both traditional and digital—and an even wider variety of stylistic interpretations from classic to futuristic
  • Q&A style profiles offer fascinating insights on the artists' techniques and inspirations

DragonWorld is available from the North Light Shop and I'm pleased to say that readers of this blog can receive 40% off the retail price by using the coupon code “DragonSummer11”.

Why should you buy it?

I will give you just three reasons out of 120.

The first showcases a traditional dragon, as produced by Daniel Lundkvist:

The second is a delightfully cute cartoon style by Ursula Vernon:

The last image that I want to show you here is massively powerful and distinctive, and my personal favourite out of the whole 120 images available. It is by Kerem Beyit:

The book is lavish and coffee table style, and each image is accompanied by a Q&A sleeve that discusses with the artist their influences, styles and why they love dragons so much. Here is an example of such:

I cannot emphasise how truly gorgeous this book is, and, if you have any interest in dragons or appreciate looking at some stunning artwork, then it will be well worth your money. I have absolutely no stake in your buying this - no affiliate links, no monetary rewards. I just think it presents a beautiful gift - and preferably one for yourself! I don't think you'd be able to part with this once you'd seen it.

I'd be interested to hear the thoughts of those who view the images above! Which do you like best?

1 comment:

  1. I'm more of a fan of traditional dragon art, so the first of the three images is the one that appeals to me the most. However, I can't argue that the sheer artistry of the third image is amazing and powerful, so my hat's off to that artist!

    I so want this book! Thanks for the review!