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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Do yourself a favor: Preview — Imaginative Realism by James Gurney. His suggestions related to composition were unique, exciting, and useful. What a novel idea!

Get ready to be blown away the effort that goes into it, but also the incredible payoff. Sue Brettingen, Model Retailer show more.

Imaginative Realism by James Gurney

The methods in the book will save you time in the long run and yield much better results. Read more Read less. It might be a little overwhelming for beginners. Sue Brettingen, Model Retailer. Pages with related products.

Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn’t Exist

This forthcoming advice is the kind of gold that makes this book priceless and a must-have for any artist. He found out there’s a drummer boy who used his drum as a float and drew that in. Imaginative Realism James Gurney.

The importance of research is emphasized and the amount of research he does really shows. Dinotopia is a registered trademark of James Gurney.

Here’s what he says about his own book from the introduction: Contact You can write me at: 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.


It’s also not a recipe book for a particular paint technique, although all these topics are addressed in passing. However, you can quote images or text without asking permission on your educational or non-commercial blog, website, or Facebook page as long as you give me credit and provide a link back.

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. I’m so glad that this book is in existence. Get to Know Us. Gurney shows you all the intermediate steps from start to finish e. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of He has provided lots of photos and his own work in the book.

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This book is the answer to my curiosity I have had so far. I had seen a few illustrations from Dinotopia by the author previously but really had no idea how truly amazing his work is. The following sections detail his workspace, developing styles, and identifying artistic influences – all useful for expressing our own unique takes on imagery using the tools and strategies of those who came before.

Anyway, where was I? Imaginative Realism is an enlightening and fun read. It could be a very helpful book for someone loo James Gurney’s illustrations in the book are incredible.

I have a whole new appreciation of his craft. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. But overall, I’d imatinative this is one book that should be in every artist’s library— regardless of their style and purpose.


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After reading Gurney’s fantastic book “Color and Light: Not much else needs to be said, except that if you are an illustrator, you gurnry to read this!

Lists with This Book. There is no other peice of literature as comprehensive on the topic of painting what does not exist – whatever the cost, this is a staple, chicken soup for the technical. You must create color studies of landscapes from lifeyou must draw figures from lifeyou must ask people to dress up in period costume or pose from life.

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What I like most about it is that you can almost see into author’s head. I promise it will become your go to art book.

What this book contains is a distillation of the time-tested methods that I’ve found to be most helpful for achieving realism in reaoism pictures. Sorry to my Canadian and overseas friends. He has also drawn beautiful illustrations for publications like National Geographic.

An interesting insight into how an artist creates fantastical worlds. Gurney truly is a master of “Imaginative Realism”.