Welcome! The Dracopedia Project is an ongoing site where I will be sharing the latest info, pics, news and videos about the bestselling book series Dracopedia along with a host of dragon related artwork. Be sure to follow along to get all the latest information and be a part of the Dracopedia community.
Everything you ever wanted to know about dragons, but were afraid to find out!
Fantasy artists can now breathe easier thanks to this less perilous alternative to drawing dragons from life. Dracopedia offers you safe, easy access to the world's most prominent dragon species, from tiny, innocuous feydragons to the ferocious wyvern.
For years, artist William O'Connor has traveled the globe, studying dragons in their natural environments. His findings, field notes and sketches have been compiled for the first time into this single, beautifully illustrated compendium--a natural and cultural history of the beasts as well as a step-by-step drawing workshop.
• Details of the anatomy, behavior, habitats and legends of 13 major dragon families
• Heavily illustrated with field sketches, anatomical studies and gesture drawings
• Shows the start-to-finish creation of 13 striking paintings, illustrating key concepts that apply to every medium
• Dragon demonstrations include: amphiptere, Arctic dragon, Asian dragon, basilisk, coatyl, dragon, dragonette, drake, feydragon, hydra, sea orc, wyrm, wyvern
Dragons have terrorized and delighted humans for centuries--continue the tradition with Dracopedia. It's packed with inspiration for putting "fierce" into your fantasy art, as well as the facts to keep your dragons true to life.
Dracopedia: The Great Dragons
An Artist's Field Guide to the World's Great Dragons!
Creatures of great beauty and terrible ferocity, dragons have been featured and revered for centuries. Of the thousand-plus species still in existence, none have inspired more folklore and artistic awe than the eight species of Great Dragons. Within these pages, these fire-breathing monsters of legend - the rock stars of the dragon world - come to life through the work of artist and adventurer William O'Connor.
Not since the original Dracopedia has there been such a beautifully illustrated and meticulously researched guide on the subject, with special focus on the distinctive features of each species - from the broad horns of the Icelandic white dragon to the elaborate neck frills of the Ligurian gray. Based on the author's expeditions to sanctuaries around the globe and consults with prominent regional experts, Dracopedia The Great Dragons presents never-before assembled facts and instruction to help you capture the heart-beating grandeur of these magnificent monsters. Inside, find everything you need to know to capture the essence of your favorite dragons through your artwork:
• Learn about the habits, anatomy and natural history of 8 fierce and fantastic dragons
• Each profile features sketches, drawings and start-to-finish creation of a stunning artwork, illustrating key concepts that apply to any medium
• Discover special techniques for achieving dramatic lighting effects, powerful compositions and the incredible sculptural forms and textures of dragons
• Includes a gallery of dragons and a foldout comparison poster
Dracopedia: The Bestiary
Unleash the Beasts!
For millennia historians, artists and scientists have chronicled their ideas and discoveries of mythological and magical monsters in encyclopedias known as bestiaries. From Asia to America, Japan to the jungles of South Africa, the vast menagerie of exotic and legendary creatures has populated the imaginations of all cultures for centuries.
Beautifully illustrated and fantastically detailed, Dracopedia: The Bestiary is a modern, but no less unsettling reimagining of the ancient version. It is an A-to-Z artist's guide to animals of the legendary world. Some, like the griffin and yeti, may be familiar to you. Others--like the enigmatic questing beast and ferocious manticore--may seem new and strange. Some may even haunt your dreams. Inside the bestiary, you will find:
• Secrets of each animal's evolution--origins, habitat, anatomy, diet and more.
• Fantastic illustrations created using pencil sketches and digital coloring.
• Four-stage demonstrations taking you from concept and design to under-painting and finishing details.
By drawing on the forms and features of more pedestrian animals, you'll learn how to give shape to the bizarre creatures that roam the depths of your imagination, adding to the bestiary of the ages.
Dracopedia, Dracopedia:The Great Dragons, Dracopedia:The Bestiary are ©&™ William O'Connor and William O'Connor Studios