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Fantasy Art Tutorials in the FARP Section

Pending or Wanted FARP articles...

By the FARP Crew and :-) Thomas F Abrahamsson

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This is a list of article ideas for tutorials we'd like to see here on FARP (even if we've already got an article on the topic). If there is a topic you'd like to see added to this list, please send us (Contact FARP Editors) a note and we'll consider adding it to the list.

The Art |  The Writing

Creating fantasy art

  • Drawing
    • Charcoal
    • Pencil drawing
    • Shading Hair in Pencil
    • How to create comics
    • Shopping for Art Supplies
  • Painting
    • Realistic Flesh Tones in Oil Paints
    • Gouache
    • Airbrush
  • Sculpting
    • How to build figurines.
  • Composition, color, action and perspectives... etc...
    • Shading
    • Shading techniques for pencils and colored pencils
    • Drawing Water
    • Doing Animations
    • Animations in general
  • Mixed techniques
    • Hints and guidelines about mixing techniques.
    • Mixed Media
  • Computer generated or modified art.
    • 3D programs
      • Poser
      • 3D Studio Max
      • Bryce
    • Photoshop:
      • Photoshop overview.
      • Photoshopping Believably with Realistic Shading and Texture.
    • Art with Paint Shop Pro
      • Color drawings using Paint Shop Pro.
    • GIMP
    • Corel

Fantasy art through the ages

  • H. Bosch
  • Arthur Rackham
  • Contemporary professionals
    • Boris Vallejo
    • Rodney Matthews
    • Michael Whelan
    • Ken Kelly
    • More... artists... to ... be...added here!


  • Costumes and outfits of different timelines and places.
  • Swords/Armour references.)

Special Styles and Motifs...

  • Drawing Anime-style
  • How to draw Manga-Style Elf Girls
  • Furries
  • Evil characters and minions
  • Celtic Knotwork
  • Steampunk

Fantasy creatues, animals & Beasts.

  • Elves
  • Faeries
  • Dwarves
  • Drawing Dragons
  • Development of Mythovertebrata
  • Drawing Griffons
  • Wings
  • How to Draw Equine Animals
  • Trolls
  • Centaurs, Minotaurs, and other Anthropomorphics.
  • Mermaids and merfolk.
  • Unicorns
  • Gnomes, druids and leprachauns
  • Cats
  • Other animals? (Email FARP admin for suggestions)

Drawing the human body

  • Facial Expressions.
  • Hair
  • Hands and feet
  • Body
  • How the muscles and bones move and coordinate the figure
  • Drawing body poses using photo and model refrences.
  • Drawing babes
  • Geometric human skeletons
  • Character Design

The human body: Photo references.

  • Head, face and expressions
  • Feet.
  • Arms and Legs.
  • Body poses.

Medivel stuff: Castles, Armour, Sword and other weapons...

  • Historical weapons and armor
  • Trebuchets and other medieval siege weapons
  • Folklore and tales
  • Pictures from socalled 'lives' of people in medival clothes.
  • Designing and Drawing Fantasy Clothing

The Writing |  The Art

Writing and storytelling...

  • Creating characters
  • Creating worlds.
  • Description, dialogues and action
  • Writing fantasy poetry

General Writing:

  • Grammar rules and common errors
  • Writing Description
  • Writing Dialogue
  • Writing Action
  • Creating plots
  • Looking for inspiration
  • Writing Short Stories
  • Writing Longer Tales
  • Creating and using a plan
  • Doing research
  • Developing Characters
  • Stories with morals
  • Getting Published
  • Acquiring Feedback
  • Avoiding Scams
  • Entering Contests
  • Fanfiction (please note fanfiction is not allowed in Elfwood however articles about it are)
  • Converting fanfiction into original
  • Writing in English as a foreign language

Writing Science Fiction:

  • What is Science Fiction?
  • Avoiding science-fiction cliches
  • Researching the science
  • Writing science-fantasy

Writing Fantasy:

  • What is Fantasy?
  • Avoiding fantasy cliches
  • Creating your own races
  • Breathing originality into your tale
  • Using a non-Western culture base
  • Of gods and their impact
  • Medieval English Grammar

Writing Horror:

  • What is Supernatural horror?
  • Vampires
  • Werewolves
  • Aliens
  • Avoiding horror cliches

Writing Poetry:

  • Writing genre based poems
  • Telling an epic tale in poetry
  • The different styles of poetry
  • Rhymes
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23 Apr 200845 Anon.
There hasn’t been any new stuff here for ages how come?
29 Apr 2008:-) Abigail Williams
dunno. I’d love to see some of these articles written though...
14 Jun 2008:-) No Ryan Lepz
Not bad, should get all i need from this article.
12 Apr 2014:-) Josh Glover
Is any new stuff coming soon?
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