This is one of the more unique instructional art books that I've seen, and it's incredibly fun.
Fantasy Genesis is based on the familiar dice-rolling type of games. Using a series of dice rolls, you'll pick subjects from one the many themed sets, mix and match to come up with your own ideas, creation and drawings.
Here's a quote from the book, "The challenge (and the fun) is to meld seemingly unrelated and everyday elements such as a caterpillar, seashells, fire or a hammer into exceptionally curious, grotesque, oddly beautiful and totally unexpected creations."
There are sets covering animals, vegetation, technical, elemental and mineral subjects. Each set has a few list with keywords to choose from. There are even list for emotions and actions. Basically, countless number of combinations and creations are possible.
Over 40 step by step mini-demonstrations are included to illustrate basic techniques for drawing fantasy elements and forms. The illustrated examples by Chuck Lukacs are not only inspiring but very beautiful as well. They show the potential for really exciting possibilities.
One thing to note is the dice which are not included. The recommended ones are six-sided, four-sided, eight-sided and a twenty-sided. A website is provided where you can find them, at a price I think is relatively high. Or you can try looking at hobby stores for cheaper dice.
This book makes for a marvelous reference on fantasy art. Highly recommended to all fantasy artists.
Say goodbye to your creative block forever.
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