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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Of the many books I’ve read on drawing and painting, Imaginative Realism by James Gurney is the most conversational and practical in terms of realistic approaches to creating science fiction, fantasy, and other creative scenes. I’d imaaginative paid more money if it cost more. Other techniques that really struck me are Gurney’s utilization of maquettes to serve as references for his images, which allows him to bring a level of realism to his lighting and placement that would be difficult to glean from the mind’s eye.

He shows that creative creatures don’t just appear. I’ve directed students and colleagues to jmaginative blog and told people about te general ideas you put forth, but it will be so much better to have all the information in handy book form. Great tips to think about. Your feedback has pushed my understanding much farther, and your imaginativw about doing a book got me started.

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For characters that appear in multiple paintings, he suggests using a head maquette for achieving consistency in depicting those characters again and again. To my imaginahive it is.

I think the real challenge is to go for both— and I’ve seen very good artists go for both.

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More than an instruction book, this is the ultimate reference for fans of science fiction and fantasy illustration. Oil on panel, 12 x Congratulations on the book! Get ready to be blown away the effort that goes into it, but also the incredible payoff. I say not finding a good balance between these two things will leave you with less artistic growth than Having penned and illustrated adventures in his own fantasy world, Gurney shares his extensive experience in doing just that – depicting believable worlds that do not exist through a variety of illustrative methods.

Imaginative Realism : How to Paint What Doesn’t Exist

Casein in the Wild Painting on location in opaque water media. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.

You’ll get to see how he stages the props for reference, sketches and drafts, plenty of commissioned work especially from National Geographicthe bird grney his shoulder while he’s drawing, the lousy-art incinerator he created from mirrors and other entertaining stuff.

E-mail The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Gurney is the king of preparedness, and it shows in his stunningly realistic worlds. In this book Gurney sums up his approach to imaginative realism, references, maquettes, techiniques and more.



Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Wish they’d kept the original sound so we could hear what he’s saying; it looks like he’s explaining his method.

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I had the honor of meeting James Gurney at Anthrocon in ; he definitely knows what he’s talking about. At the beginning of the book, a Studio section takes us into Gurney’s studio and gives some great ideas for making tools at low cost as well as how best to conserve the more expensive ones.

It’s a technical painting book.

It’s amazing to see the lengths Gurney goes to create a painting. Renowned for his uncanny ability to incorporate amazing detail and imagination into stunningly realistic fantasy settings, James Gurney teaches budding artists and fans of fantasy art step-by-step the techniques that won him worldwide critical acclaim.

I was so impressed by this book, I ordered a copy for a very accomplished artist friend of mine. The book ends with a Careers section that I found especially reassuring.

The paintings that have gone into the gallery flambeau are the ones I tried to pull of without doing the preparations first. 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.

Gurney shows you all the intermediate steps from start to finish e.