Book Blog

A friend of mine has recently set up a book blog, which is great! I think any creative outlet is a good one! I have also been suggesting it for years, as the best blog to start is one you are passionate about.

As an avid reader and writer, a book blog is by far the best fit.

She has asked me if I’d like to contribute any book reviews, which I would! I have been meaning to write a few reviews on here for years, so this will be a good way to start.

I will probably focus on the books that I like, so a few learning books about cinematography, photography, music production and the like. And also a few film and games art-books.

Art books are probably the biggest selection in my own personal library as it shows the creative process of art for films that I love. A few of the highlights include; Fantastic Beasts and where to find them, How to train your Dragon, Big Hero 6, God of War, Halo and more.

I also have all of the illustratedĀ Harry Potter books that have been released to this point, so could review them as they are lovely.

I guess I just have to find the time and pick the first book to review! If you are an avid reader, and maybe a blogger yourself, then why not check out Pandora’s blog: inkblotbookreview.co.uk

 

I Love Fantastic Beasts and Imaginary Creatures

For those that know me, this is no surpriseĀ – since I was a child, I was completely in awe of all manner of imaginary creatures, fantastic beasts, and legends that contained them. From the minotaur to dragons, to gryphons and everything in between, I was completely captivated!

My love of all this fantastic and fantasy in films meant that I completely adoredĀ the Harry Potter movies and Lord of the Rings – I think I saw Fellowship of the Ring 7 times… at the cinema!

When I was younger, I read all the Greek myths I could find, In the hope of stumbling across a new, as-yet unseen-by-me-creature to add to my imagination. I couldn’t get enough!

When I was younger, I would draw those creatures and as I grew up, I never really grew out of it. A few years ago I even started to work on an art book of all the fantastic imaginary creatures I had found over the years, but work commitments and general lack of time made it hard to complete.

Now I have been given a chance to rekindle my love for these creatures with the help of the guys at ImaginaryCreatures.co.ukĀ that are compiling a list of the legendary creatures from myth and legend, from all over the world! It is fascinating to learn about so many new creatures! My speciality is definitely in Greek Myth and European Folklore, So it is so intriguing to discover a whole world of myth and legend!

The Long-term goal with Imaginary creatures is to compile a list of the world most fantastic beasts, and then eventually add my interpretations of the creatures with my drawings and art. Obviously, that will take a while to make the whole list, so it is an ongoing project, with the eventual aim to creature a book (probably digital) that is available with the best of the best beasts and our personal favourites.

We have only just started compiling theĀ list, and the style and formatting are currentlyĀ being developed. We hope to have the complete list by the end of the year, with some beasts having individual pages, that we will be added to gradually. I have already started work on an “ancient” world map to show where the creatures come from and will be adding art for the individual beasts when I can.

Imaginary Creatures is both a pet project and a project that is being worked on with other people, so it is a joint effort that is fascinating and daunting to be part of. It will not be completed in the usual timeframe, so please don’t be impatient with me! šŸ˜…Ā I really can’t wait to show what is to come with our list of fantastic creatures of legend! But please visit often, and we are of course always open to peoples input! We love it! So if you have discovered a creature that has mostly gone unnoticed, then please tell us about it! We have even considered a list of user-created creatures because sometimes peoples imaginations are even more incredible than what has come before, and all imaginary creatures had to start from someone’s mind, right?

Have a good day! šŸ™‚

Luke