Fantasy & Sci-Fi

Look! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a…dragon? At IMPACT Books, we have plenty of those, along with elves, fairies, robots, aliens, unicorns and just about every other kind of fantastic creature you can dream of! We are THE source for learning how to draw fantasy and sci-fi art. And with 2012 being the Year of the Dragon, you can bet you’ll find plenty of dragon art, learn about our authors’ favorite fantasy artists and create amazing sci-fi and fantasy art landscapes to match your creature’s natural habitat.

Art Inspiration: Valerian Color Palettes

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is coming out soon and I can’t wait. The movie looks gorgeous and I am all in for a giant crazy space opera. Check out our blog post with the trailers and behind the scenes video about the costumes and makeup for the film. Since the...

How to Draw Medieval Clothing

I’ve long loved costume design and seeing the gorgeous historical costumes from the many different fashion eras. Each era has a signature style. Medieval clothing definitely had a look of its own. With today’s post you’ll learn some of the history of medieval clothing so that you can draw it for the character you’re...

Doug Chiang’s 6 Keys to Good Design

Doug Chiang is an award-winning artist who has done a lot of work for film and TV. He’s also worked on multiple projects for the Star Wars franchise. He’s done work on the movies and video games! You can read a Q&A with him and learn how to draw a spaceship by following those links...

Celebrate #Junicorn by Learning How to Draw a Unicorn!

I’m all about the art hashtags and coming up with a theme for a month. #MerMay was great. I’m definitely looking forward to #Inktober. Now it’s time for #Junicorn! I’ve always loved unicorns. I read so many books about unicorns. Anyone else a fan of The Unicorns of Balinor or The Unicorn Chronicles? The...

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, a New Space Opera

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets started out as a sci-fi comic series called Valerian and Laureline by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières. Now it’s been adapted for the big screen, giving us a film that appears to be a stunningly beautiful space opera. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets stars Dane DeHaan...

Learn How to Design an Exosuit

Exosuits are robot suits worn directly over the human form. They do anything people can do—but better. In addition to being an effective defensive shell, they enhance the wearer’s strength, increase endurance and house high-tech weapons. When your characters are ready to suit up and save the world, make sure they’re equipped to do...

Vanity Fair Celebrates Stars Wars 40th with Last Jedi Covers

It’s the 40th anniversary of Star Wars! This December The Last Jedi comes out. I’ve already been geeking out pretty hard about this film. Vanity Fair has printed special Last Jedi covers featuring the main characters of the film. The Last Jedi covers were shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz. She shot the cover...

Drawing and Coloring a Mermaid for MerMay 2017

Happy MerMay everyone! Earlier in the month I discovered the wonderful hashtag MerMay. MerMay was created by Disney animator Tom Bancroft, much like Inktober was started by artist Jake Parker. The hashtag has taken off and I’ve seen a lot of people participating. We wanted to jump in with our own mermaid inspired by...

How to Draw a Mermaid: Proportions and Tails

Mermaids are beautiful mythical creatures that have long featured in folklore and fairy tales. There are a lot of different versions of mermaids seen in illustrations. Some are friendly and more humanoid like Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Others are more fish-like such as the mermaids in Harry Potter and the Goblet of...

New Mass Effect Andromeda Trailer Shows off Aliens and Crew

The upcoming Mass Effect Andromeda continues the popular Mass Effect series. This sci-fi video game had a huge impact when it first came out. Some fans weren’t happy about the end of the series with Mass Effect 3. Maybe Mass Effect Andromeda will be the game to satisfy those fans. You can explore space and...