Most art instruction books show you how to draw or paint something you can see: a still life, a landscape, or a portrait. But what if you want to make a realistic. “Gurney’s Imaginative Realism is a goldmine for artist’s wanting to create images that sing with Posted by James Gurney at Monday, September 07, Imaginative Realism by James Gurney, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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For those who don’t know him, James Gurney authored the masterfully illustrated series of Dinotopia books, which show jmes life would be like if humans and dinosaurs lived together in a world much like our own. Books by James Gurney. Lists with This Book. There is so much valuable information in this book. There’s a constant emphasis on developing the idea over the technique in this book, such jammes important philosophy I imxginative agree with!

This book is the answer to my curiosity I have had so far. Here’s what he says about his own book from the introduction: I was encouraged by his use of a variety of strategies including the sketches, models, maquettes, and photo references.

You’ll get to see how he stages the props for reference, sketches and drafts, plenty of commissioned work especially from National Geographicthe bird on his shoulder while he’s drawing, the lousy-art hurney he created from mirrors and other entertaining stuff.

I honestly almost never do, which might explain why my art has been stagnating for 10 years now. The task is to learn to observe the subject accurately and arrange it into a pleasing design.

Imaginative Realism : How to Paint What Doesn’t Exist

It’s also OK to do an artistic copy of my paintings as a study exercise without asking permission. I had seen a mames illustrations from Dinotopia by the author previously but really had no idea how truly amazing his work is.


Both are essential to the book’s goal of making believable art of invented subjects. Set up a giveaway. Dec 26, daisy rated it really liked it.

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I am left kinda with reaism feeling of shame for not having referenced stuff in my xy years of artistic endeavor. There’s lack of heat protection for the dinosaur, lack of understanding on how water hose works and a complicated water pump design. The number This book Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

Because the art vocabulary in English lacks some words to describe key concepts, I have had to invent several terms such as clustering and shapewelding jamse describe compositional principles that artists often think about but lack the vocabulary to talk about. This book completes the other Color and Light. Sorry to miss seeing you. Highly recommended to professionals, beginning art students and those who wish to push their art to the next level in terms of depth.

By applying the everyday principles of art with the imaginative examples such as dinosaurs in the book, you get one book with a whole lot of use out of it.

If your an aspiring artst hoping to either get imahinative at paints; see what they can do as a medium; or a pro just hoping to brush up gueney pun intended on what you already know but applied to some new things, this is the book for you.

Other techniques that really struck me are Gurney’s utilization of maquettes to serve as references for his images, which allows him to bring a level kames realism to his lighting and placement that would be difficult to glean from the mind’s eye.

It is one of the BEST books out there on artwork, in preparing your work, researching, designing characters and costumes, compositions, and so on. We had a wonderful time in Toronto earlier this year. You’ll learn about making physical models and dioramas, staging them and lighting them, keeping files of reference materials, expanding your range by limiting your palette, where to find real-world inspiration for fantasy art, plus an absolute barrel-load of Gurney’s work throughout his career.


I did not overly enjoy so much focus on dinosaurs or machines though, unfortunately. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

It is intended not only for artists interested in fantasy and science fiction but also for anyone who wants to recreate history, visualize extinct wildlife, or simply tell a furney with a picture. Gurney takes you step by step through his process. This is not a book about figure drawing, anatomy, or perspective. I have only one hopeful question. More than an instruction book, this is the ultimate reference for fans of science fiction and fantasy illustration.

He found out there’s a drummer boy who used his drum as a float and drew gurey in. All of the chapters are largely structured to demonstrate under-the-hood methods and techniques to achieve particular ends, and we can see how the works unfolded in Gurney’s studio through various stages. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. I liked the typeface on the back cover so much, this seventies-era typographer went on a hunt for it: In addition to the painting genres you mention, it will also be of great benefit to Surrealist painters, artists exploring Magical Realism, and spiritual, psychological and Imzginative themes as well.

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