If you are a regular reader of James Gurney’s blog, Gurney Journey, you would expect nothing less. This book is as good as I expected. Imaginative Realism by James Gurney, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. “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,

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I spent 12 hours tops on a painting in my life: This one’s a must-have for any artist’s collection! This volume blew me away, even though the cover was dog-eared and damaged after its journey from the States to where I live.

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.

The artwork is great, and the stories are very interesting, but as per the subtitle I was honestly expecting a bit more on the techniques and teaching rather than showing off his great works.

Another interesting read is the story of him trying to design a Dinotopian fire engine. James, The book looks fantastic. Highly recommended to professionals, beginning art students and those who wish to push their art to the next level in terms of depth.

Now I’m gonna go inaginative and watch Fire and Ice again to play a game of ‘spot the Gurney’ He explains that we can paint the imagination by creating it first, then it’s a matter of setting the light correctly on the studio and paint what you just sculpted or composed on your table.

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But of course with more detail and also some sample of Gurney’s commissioned works are worth checking out.

Book Review: Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn’t Exist | Parka Blogs

As the book demonstrates so clearly, creativity starts from daily life. Reealism are based in Asia but ship globally. His philosophy and conceptual advice make this book relevant to digital artists as well, even if most of his specific techniques are traditional. Thank you very much. I definitely recommend this book.

More information about text formats. More pictures at parkablogs. Books by James Gurney. I am left kinda with a feeling of shame for not having referenced stuff in my xy years of artistic endeavor.

My mind exploded after reading this book. This book is the answer to my curiosity I have had so far. Johan, I think you’ll get it via Amazonbut it won’t be ‘personalized’ with a signature.

Review: Imaginative Realism

In every chapter, James Gurney shares with us what he learned when creating his paintings. Nov 24, Angela Sasser rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: He takes examples from his own products and talks about his thought processes and his methodologies behind them. Web page addresses and e-mail addresses gurny into links automatically. Jan 13, Trike rated it it was amazing Shelves: Along the way, I have researched the art instruction methods from fifty and one hundred years ago, when imaginative art was taught more systematically.


Gurney even shares timeframes for completion increasing my appreciation for what goes into works like these that I think most aspiring artists will find helpful. It could be a very helpful book for someone loo James Gurney’s illustrations in the book are incredible.

He shows the photos of his studios with full of instruments. This groundbreaking work examines the practical methods for creating believable pictures of imaginary subjects, such as dinosaurs, ancient Romans, alien creatures, and distant worlds.

Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days When will my order arrive? I highly recommend this innovative book for anyone who is interested in imaginative realism. That sounds so mind-boggling to me, someone who has maybe spent 12 hours top on a piece. He also acted out the various poses of sailors in distress, rather than drawing them from imagination.

Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn’t Exist

This book is a great tool for artists but also extremely informative for those interested in art in general or Gurney’s in particular. You will gain endless tips from it’s study and it will fill you imainative ideas and inspiration. The result is a painting that tells its story convincingly.

OK, I’m off to pre-order on Amazon.