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This daily weblog by Dinotopia creator James Gurney for illustrators, comic artists, plein-air painters, sketchers, animators and art students, with insights into the making of Dinotopia.
Aposematism
2017-07-22 12:53
Aposematism is a special coloration designed to scare off potential predators. It also includes other kinds of warning signals such as foul odors or attention-getting sounds. Lowland streake… Read More
Guest Post By Jeanette
2017-07-21 13:09
Hi, blog readers and fellow artists. I'm Jim's wife Jeanette, the lady in the background of the videos. A few of you have asked to see what I'm up to, so here's a look into my recent sketchb… Read More
Marker Sketch Of Fritz
2017-07-20 17:33
Fritz is an autonomous, sentient drone called a "hoverhead" based on the design of a ceratopsian, from Dinotopia: First Flight (1999). Note that his trim is dented and he's missing the chrom… Read More
Mort Drucker:
2017-07-19 13:11
Illustrators Quarterly is a UK magazine that focuses on historical and contemporary illustration worldwide, kind of a European equivalent of Illustration magazine here.The current… Read More
Claus's Grainy Luminism
2017-07-18 13:12
Emile Claus (1849-1924) conveyed a brilliant sense of light through fine textures of broken color, giving the painting a grainy look.  (Click image to see uncropped composition)Art hist… Read More
Antonio Mancini's Graticola
2017-07-17 14:06
Antonio Mancini (1852-1930), whom Sargent called “the best living painter,” used a unique grid system for sight-size painting.Mancini's system has been called the "graticola… Read More
10 Years Of Blogging
2017-07-16 13:19
Today marks ten years of GurneyJourney. My first post was July 16, 2007.Writing Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara in 2007I've tried to follow these seven goals:1. Brevity. (Omit… Read More
Early Sketching Stools
2017-07-14 15:08
This tripod easel and these stools are typical of what plein-air artists would use in the 1890s. The legs of the easel were made from sliding sections that closed down to about 31 inche… Read More

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