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James Gurney

Autor/a de Dinotopia

25+ obres 4,402 Membres 53 Ressenyes 11 preferits

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Crèdit de la imatge: © Gurney 2007


Obres de James Gurney

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On Stranger Tides (1987) — Autor de la coberta, algunes edicions1,699 exemplars
The Stress of Her Regard (1989) — Autor de la coberta, algunes edicions1,238 exemplars
City of Sorcery (1984) — Autor de la coberta, algunes edicions1,148 exemplars
Forty Thousand in Gehenna (1983) — Autor de la coberta, algunes edicions1,090 exemplars
Rogue Moon (1960) — Autor de la coberta, algunes edicions851 exemplars
Quozl (1989) — Autor de la coberta, algunes edicions736 exemplars
Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 (2008) — Pròleg, algunes edicions630 exemplars
Dinotopia Lost (1996) — Autor de la coberta, algunes edicions445 exemplars
Warrior Woman (1985) — Autor de la coberta, algunes edicions444 exemplars
The Forever Man (1986) — Autor de la coberta, algunes edicions368 exemplars
Castle Kidnapped (1989) — Autor de la coberta, algunes edicions361 exemplars
Michaelmas (1977) — Autor de la coberta, algunes edicions323 exemplars
The Digging Leviathan (1984) — Autor de la coberta, algunes edicions319 exemplars
Starrigger (1983) — Autor de la coberta, algunes edicions245 exemplars
The Fleet (1988) — Autor de la coberta — 234 exemplars
Modern Classics of Fantasy (1939) — Autor de la coberta — 205 exemplars
A Journey of the Imagination: The Art of James Christensen (1994) — Introducció — 178 exemplars
Counter Attack (1988) — Autor de la coberta — 161 exemplars
Procurator (1984) — Autor de la coberta, algunes edicions140 exemplars
The Argonaut Affair (1987) — Autor de la coberta, algunes edicions135 exemplars
Sworn Allies (1990) — Autor de la coberta — 130 exemplars
Breakthrough (1989) — Autor de la coberta — 127 exemplars
New Barbarians (1986) — Autor de la coberta, algunes edicions107 exemplars
Magical Beginnings (2003) — Autor de la coberta, algunes edicions101 exemplars
Salvage and destroy (1984) — Autor de la coberta, algunes edicions98 exemplars
Cry Republic (1989) — Autor de la coberta, algunes edicions89 exemplars
Homecoming (1984) — Autor de la coberta, algunes edicions75 exemplars
Dinotopia [2002 TV miniseries] (2002) — Original book — 74 exemplars
Space Cadets (2006) — Autor de la coberta, algunes edicions30 exemplars
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction March 1990, Vol. 78, No. 3 (1990) — Autor de la coberta — 12 exemplars
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction April 1983, Vol. 64, No. 4 (1983) — Autor de la coberta, algunes edicions11 exemplars
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction November 1986, Vol. 71, No. 5 (1986) — Autor de la coberta — 11 exemplars
Art Alphabets and Lettering (1918) — Introducció, algunes edicions5 exemplars
Dinotopia [2002 TV Series] — Original book — 4 exemplars
Der Planetenretter. (1988) — Autor de la coberta, algunes edicions4 exemplars


Coneixement comú

Nom normalitzat
Gurney, James
Altres noms
Gurney, Jim
Data de naixement
Lloc de naixement
Glendale, California, USA
Llocs de residència
Hudson Valley, New York, USA
Palo Alto, California, USA
University of California, Berkeley (B.A.|Anthropology|1979)
Art Center College of Design
Biografia breu
James Gurney (born June 14, 1958) is an artist and author best known for his illustrated book series Dinotopia, which is presented in the form of a 19th century explorer’s journal from an island utopia cohabited by humans and dinosaurs.



James Gurney a Picture books (novembre 2014)


Read this to recapture some childhood nostalgia and it did not disappoint. The whimsical world that James has designed and illustrated is still incredibly charming and engrossing.
JasonMehmel | Hi ha 8 ressenyes més | Feb 9, 2024 |
If you paint and can allow yourself to have only one book about mastering your craft - this is the book you were looking for! It's comprehensive, easy to digest, and full of amazing inspirations. It will be useful at any level, from beginners to pros.

I enjoyed this book a lot. It doesn't give you point-by-point instructions on painting, but rather shows different problems that every artist will encounter. It helped me to notice these problems, understand their nature, and gave a perspective on how to think about solving them. I think I'm better equipped to take up a challenge and confidently play with light and color.

It starts with generic, fundamental knowledge about different kinds of lighting and color theory that any beginner will appreciate. Gradually selected subjects, each of them beautifully illustrated, become more advanced and more specific. Maybe not all o them are applicable to every picture but if you happen to work on something peculiar, you'll have no problems finding the right reference in this book as it is structured very well.

All of the insights, tips, and techniques are very pragmatic, based either on physics, psychology, or years of practice. They are described in a simple and accessible manner, without lyrical "artsy" language that likes to get loose with sense and meaning.

While Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn't Exist was rather universal in terms of medium, this book is heavily skewed toward painting. There are parts dedicated solely to pigments, paints, and mixing colors that won't be applicable to any other medium. Nevertheless, I believe that any visual artist will benefit from reading this book.
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sperzdechly | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Jan 12, 2023 |
It's an excellent book for artists who want to elevate their craft. Not merely draw or paint better but develop better art concepts and create final pieces more thoughtfully. Having a sneak peek into the approach of the author helped me not only to improve my practices but also to appreciate art in a new, more informed way.

James Gurney is a professional artist specializing in painting realistically things that don't exist for National Geographic, fantasy and sci-fi book covers, and his own illustrated book series Dinotopia. In this book, he breaks down the creative process behind many of his phenomenal art pieces. There is a lot of preparation, conceptualization, and planning done to make sure that the final result will be:
a) not only realistic but more importantly believable,
b) not simply correct but also intriguing and original,
c) telling an interesting story.

Each method or practice is explained in bite-sized chunks that are written in a conversational manner, without "artsy" words that would confuse beginners. However, if you are just starting your art journey this book might be overwhelming. It's inspiring to see how great art comes to be but the amount of time and effort necessary at this level and scale can be intimidating.

Most of the book focuses on developing the piece (rather than actual delivery) - meaning research, exploration, and prototyping - and is full of invaluable tips for any creator, regardless of medium or art form. The style of the author is very realistic. He can go the extra mile to find or create real-life references for his unreal art subjects but, at the same time, he emphasizes letting the imagination run free whenever it serves to tell a better story.

I'm dropping a half-star because there are a few ideas that seem out of place in this book, being either beyond the reach of mere mortals or tackling a different subject, e.g. eye-tracking analysis or the whole Careers chapter. Also, some points are very specific to an art piece illustrating them and are hard to generalize for another usage - it feels like "show and tell" of the author but the task of extracting insights is fully the reader's job.

This book is a valuable resource for anyone who mastered the basics of drawing or painting and wants to get serious about creating art. I will certainly be referencing it on regular basis, looking for inspiration and honing my own creative process.
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sperzdechly | Hi ha 4 ressenyes més | Aug 29, 2022 |
3.5 for me: didnt like the mostly incomplete paintings (seems like he was rushed) and he ditched the journal entries and just went with a narrative which didnt work in my opinion. Wasn't as engaged as with the first book.
Bandit_ | Hi ha 8 ressenyes més | Jan 15, 2022 |



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