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 a while I kept two separate sketchbooks, one from life and the other from imagination, and I felt as if they were guurney by jzmes different people.

The result is a painting that tells its story convincingly. Imaginative Realism is aimed primarily at artists, but if you have an interest in art and the nuts and bolts of creating it, you’ll probably like this book as it is akin to the behind-the-scenes features on a DVD.

For if the seed of a creative idea is there, then it’s only a matter of having the patience to train yourself to realize it.

Dinotopia is a registered trademark of James Gurney. Now that I’ve been through it, I know imagimative will absolutely love it–but I loved it, too! Jan 10, Emily Van Doozer rated it it was amazing Shelves: Great book that makes fantasy art concepts and related “art theory” highly approachable for virtually anyone. Sorry to miss seeing you.

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Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn’t Exist

I’d be hard pressed to think of this as the type of “How to” book it first appears to be, since there isn’t any step-by-step instruction. Nov 09, Theresa rated it it was amazing Shelves: The number – and quality – of the illustrations in the book makes it worth getting already. In this book Gurney sums up his approach to imaginative realism, references, maquettes, techiniques and more.


I draw great inspiration from your blog; its URL is on my student’s list of electronic resources. If you happen to be curious of the process and love to look at colorful picture like methis short book around pages with lots of pictures might be a good book to relax your mind.

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I coulda sworn it was coming out in September though Sep 15, Klay rated it it was amazing. OK, I’m off to pre-order on Amazon. ParkaBlogs Newsletter Stay informed on our latest news! Some of imaginwtive dioramas are quite elaborate. Another interesting read is the story of him trying to design a Dinotopian fire engine.

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If you love art in general, or fantasy art in particular, you need to read this. I pre ordered your book from Amazon. He dispenses his knowledge as freely as he does on his blog. Anyone who is seriously interested in art needs to have this as part of their uames reference book collection.

Be sure to check out more work and writing from James Gurney at gurneyjourney. Get this book if you are even remotely interested in art. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.


This forthcoming advice is the kind of gold that makes this book priceless and a must-have for any artist. His philosophy and conceptual advice make this book relevant to digital artists as well, even if most of his specific techniques are traditional.

He dispenses his knowledge as freely as he does on his blog. But of course with more detail and also some sample of Gurney’s commissioned works are worth checking out. Around the same time I jamfs a job as a background painter in the film industry Fire and Ice, It led to another Jammes clip with Garrison Keillor reciting all the counties of Minnesota at breakneck speed. The tips he gives can be applied on other subjects as well.

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 Mythical themes as well. Sometimes it takes a good book like this to make us start thinking in simpler modes.

Gurney Journey: Why I Wrote Imaginative Realism

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Newer Post Older Post Home. They are a product of mixing of his real life experiences, carefully researches anatomy, and basic drawing skills. For use of text or images in traditional print media or for any commercial licensing rights, please email me for permission.