Fantasy artists, graphic designers, and art students will value this book's many shortcuts for creating action figures in "off-the-shelf" poses. The author-illustrator team provides templates for more than 50 fantasy types, including wizards, male and female warriors, elves and fairies, giants, pirates, mythical gods, angels and devils, dragons, griffins, ogres, ghouls, goblins, sirens, and many others. Generic templates capture each prototype fantasy figure in a series of action poses that designers can adapt to portray famous characters or invent new ones. Step-by-step instructions cover drawing, tracing, scanning, and painting fantasy figures, as well as scaling them up or down, introducing backgrounds, and using color to evoke different moods. More than 500 vivid illustrations will prove true time savers for artists and designers, and will show budding art students how to give their own illustrations that polished and professional look.