Mythical Beasts: review

Thirty artists were challenged to depict a different mythical creature. This book charts their creative processes.

Our Verdict

An in-depth, inspirational guide to help you create mythical creature designs of your own.


  • Varied artwork
  • In-depth design processes
  • Easy-to-understand structure

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Mythical Beasts: An Artist’s Field Guide to Designing Fantasy Creatures offers an unusual case of teaching by example. But it works brilliantly – so if you're wanting to learn how to draw these animals, look no further. 

Thirty professional artists, including Sean Andrew Murray, Bobby Rebholz and Kiri Østergaard Leonard, have each been given a different mythical beast to investigate, dissect and design. These range from the well-known, such as the yeti, phoenix, unicorn and kraken, to the more obscure, including the leshy, a Slavic woodland spirit; the Jörmungandr, a Norse serpent monster; and the nue, a Japanese creature with the face of a monkey, the body of a racoon dog and the tail of a snake. 

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The Verdict

out of 10

Mythical Beasts: review

An in-depth, inspirational guide to help you create mythical creature designs of your own.

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