A Fantastic Beast Menagerie: Magical Creature Artwork of 2016

Art, Inspiration, Pop Culture

Fantastic Beasts comes out this week and I couldn’t be more excited! Needless to say, we Potter fans are eager to explore New York City through J.K. Rowling’s wizarding eye.

For me, however, the most exciting part of this film will be the creation of more fantastic beasts. Or, more accurately, the materialization of the beasts mentioned in the Harry Potter novels but left out of the coinciding films. I.e. The niffler:

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After all, anyone who reads this site on a regular basis knows that a solid portion of posts are centered around my own artwork, especially that which features fantastic beasts inspired by the Harry Potter films.

Today, as I share my excitement for this film’s release, I’m adding to this fantastic beast collection, sharing my most recent drawing of a thestral.

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Created in pen and ink, I knew that the black and white color scheme paired with the sketchbook quality would give the drawing the eery yet beautiful vibe that those of us who know what a thestral is have come to associate with them.

With Beasts getting ready to hit theaters this weekend, embrace your own excitement and check out photos of my other Fantastic Beast pieces below!

Dragon: Colored Pencil and Watercolor

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Hippogriff: Cotton and Acrylic Paint

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Phoenix: Colored Pencil

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Mandrake: Colored Pencil and Ink

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Targaryen at Heart

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As I mentioned back in October, I am a drawer of dragons. As a child, I was obsessed with fantasy and would use art as a way to breathe life into entities that would otherwise be unable to escape the confines of my mind. This has not changed, even though I am now a 22 year old woman one month shy of graduating with a master’s degree in public relations.

In fact, growing up has had the opposite effect on me. I place immense value in fantasy, treasuring the fantastical ideas and creations generated by myself and others.

Ridiculously excited for the return of Game of Thrones this Sunday, I am using this post to showcase a colored pencil drawing of a dragon we all know and love, despite his occasionally naughty behavior. The fiercest and by far the most interesting of Dany’s trio, the drawing below is a colored pencil representation of Drogon, symbolic reincarnate of Balerion the Black Dread.

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I chose Drogon as subject matter as he is the dragon readers and viewers identify with most. Martin has developed his personality more than the other dragons as he is Dany’s obvious favorite and impacts the story’s plot line the most.

Drogon’s red and black coloring is also most synonymous with the Targaryen house and I find the contrast enticing as an artist.

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That is not to say I plan on neglecting the other two. In fact, in the future I plan on adding to this piece by creating similar drawings of Viserion and Rhaegal, compiling a small series.

After all, I am a drawer of dragons and plan on being so for many years to come.

Drawer of Dragons

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For as long as I can remember, I have been obsessed with fantasy creatures. As a kid, I went through phases of drawing griffins, flying horses and, of course, dragons. As I have gotten older, dragons seem to have become one of my favorites in terms of art. They appeared in my work throughout college and even found their way into my senior exhibition.

A paint and fiber piece I created for my senior exhibition "Idle Curiosities"

A paint and fiber piece I created for my senior exhibition “Idle Curiosities”

The recent addition to this collection is a colored pencil sketch, over-layed with water color. The dragon featured was directly inspired by the “Harry Potter” franchise, more specifically, “The Creature Vault” book.

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A Christmas present from Andy, this book has supplied me with a ton of inspiration over the past nine moths. With creature sketches and gorgeous film photography, I highly recommend it to any fantasy lover, especially “Harry Potter” fans.  I would also recommend it to artists who are looking to add to their literary collection.

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The dragon sketch featured today was inspired by a development sketch of  baby Norbert by Paul Catling. Although I mimicked the body shape and position of Catlin’s sketch, I made the piece my own by adding my own style and color choices.

A common question in the art world is whether or not you are allowed to use other people’s work directly. My answer to that question is when using the work of others, make sure to make the piece your own. If using images to guide your drawings and paintings, it’s a good idea to pull inspiration from more than one source.

Another way to ensure the work is your own is by creating it in a different medium. For instance, in the past I have used drawings as inspiration but recreated and modified them in weaving and embroidery.

So if you are inspired by a well known piece, whether it be a book, movie or famous piece of artwork, don’t be afraid of your inspiration. Take ideas and make them your own. You won’t know what you’re capable of until you learn to run with it.

Finished drawing/painting

Finished drawing/painting