In this book Stuart Littlejohn shows how to use watercolour techniques to create strikingly beautiful paintings based on Celtic fantasies.
The book covers a wealth of topics, from materials and equipment to how to draw Celtic figures, and there are individual sections focusing on hair, clothes, ornamentation and symbolism. The book is packed with ideas that will fire your imagination and inspire you to create your own Celtic art , and there are notes throughout on Celtic folklore and symbolism.
Step-by-step instructions introduce the basic painting techniques, and the book ends with two stunning projects - both full of the richness and detail that characterise Stuart's work.
Search Press are quietly building up an excellent little series on practical fantasy art. I have to admit that, were someone to start a Society For The Suppression of Fantasy Art, I'd be one of its first members, so you'll gather that I'm not a fan of the finished results!
However, you get a lot for your money in these books and a lot that you can apply elsewhere. The one and two page sections here on faces, hair, clothes and ornaments can be just as well be applied to a fantasy-free zone and the technical instructions for painting a fairy waterfall are among the best and most comprehensive I've seen (and yes, it is the only demonstration of a fairy waterfall I've seen, but trust me).
This is well done, in terms of the writing and the artwork as well as the production and worth a look whether you're with me on the subject matter or not.* Artbookreview.net *