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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I could immediately recognize the style from book covers of the America journals of s. Thank you very much. Another interesting read is the story of him trying to design a Dinotopian fire engine.

Ships from and sold by Amazon. Nov 17, Cassie rated it it was amazing Shelves: With those books surrounding you as you delve into making yourself a better artists, you wont go wrong, just crack them open, read, observe and practice.

I was encouraged by his use of a variety of strategies including the sketches, models, maquettes, and photo references. The importance of research is emphasized and the amount of research he does really shows. He also acted out the various poses of sailors in distress, rather than drawing them from imagination. I have a Master’s degree in painting and drawing and was able to take a few of his techniques into practice.

You’ll also learn things as Gurney talks about the specifics of how to achieve a certain effect, or the history behind a style of painting. 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 story with a picture. I definitely recommend this book. Episodes II and III ” Imaginative Realism is an indispensable, flawless reference for vision makers in any discipline to create their own imaginative realms.


The same goes for many of his other paintings. Jun 05, Bree rated it it was amazing. No trivia or quizzes reallism.

Gurney stresses that his approach is suitable for both digital and hands-on illustration. Anyone who is seriously interested in art needs to have this as part of their studio reference book collection. My approach is centered more on tonal organization in the service of a representational image.

Final Art Cumberland, Part 3: E-mail The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. However, I do feel that his level of painting is so advanced, that a lot of what he is teaching went over my head and was not useful to me. I’ve been a professional artist for 2 decades now, and know a lot of trade methods, but this was such a find! Leave all your doubts and fears at home because you are here to create, not quibble over what’s better or pays more or what art form is more worthwhile!

I love your blog! To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. For realisn enthusiasms, I think the pictures themselves worth the book’s price. He really thinks this stuff out. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

Gurney brings the breathtaking and overwhelmingly involved, masterfully executed paintings -within reach to each of those of us artists who used to find them simply daunting.

Imatinative than an instruction book, this is a guide for fans of science fiction and fantasy. All in all, it is a really interesting book and reveals the techniques of a master.

Jan 03, Darkvine rated it it was amazing. I say not imainative a good balance between these two things will leave you with less artistic growth than I highly recommend this book to anybody who has learned the basics of painting and wants to begin incorporating some advanced ideas and principles into their work.


If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? 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. Lists with This Book. The tips he gives can be applied on other subjects as well.

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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 incinerator he created from imaginnative and other entertaining stuff. I’ve learned so much, and it inspires me to pursue my best work with better methods. Aug 15, Wayne rated it it was amazing. I can’t wait to get my hands on this book.

The paintings that have gone into the gallery flambeau are the ones I tried to pull of without doing the preparations first. Other than that, Imaginative Realism is a winner! 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.

What this doesn’t say is how to power through the fatigue and being already fed up with a piece after 10 hours.