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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.
Joe Baer As Mark Twain
2021-09-25 12:20
Last night, actor and writer Joe Baer performed "Tales of Mark Twain" in Rhinecliff, NY. I painted an impromptu portrait of him from the audience using sepia gouache. I set up my palett… Read More
Bix Meets A T. Rex
2021-09-23 12:11
Bix, the Protoceratops, knows what to say to distract an attacking tyrannosaur.Oil over pencil on illustration board, about 13 x 14 inches. --From Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time.&nb&helli…Read More
2021-09-22 13:01
This little plein-air landscape begins with a sky gradient laid down with a brayer. I prime the page first in the studio with that blue sky tone and then paint the clouds over it. I demonstr… Read More
2021-09-21 13:41
Part of what gives a painting impact is a simple tonal design. You can create the design with a simple light shape and a simple dark shape, almost like a yin-yang symbol. Fingal's Cave… Read More
Harvesting Coal
2021-09-20 13:42
In 1894, Russian artist Nikolay Kasatkin painted this picture of poor women and children gathering chunks of coal in a worked-out coal mine.According to the Virtual Russian Museum… Read More
Artists Painting Airplanes
2021-09-19 22:58
Artists were painting airplanes this weekend at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome.   New video on YouTube  I dropped by to visit the American Society of Aviation Artists … Read More
2021-09-18 12:54
Skybax Academy, oil, 4 x 8 inches. Skybax Academy is one of the skill-building centers for young pterosaur pilots in Dinotopia Read More
2021-09-17 11:59
The size of the visual part of the brain varies a great deal from person to person. According to neuroscientist Jeff Hawkins:"Region V1, the primary visual region, can be twice as big in som… Read More
Nikolai Astrup At The Clark
2021-09-16 11:31
There are three days left for the exhibition Nikolai Astrup: Visions of Norway at the Clark Art Institute in Massachusetts.Nikolai Astrup (Norwegian, 1880-1928), Rainy Atmosphere beneath the… Read More
2021-09-15 11:42
 'Then they saw it: dazzling and glowing, the fruit of a thousand royal workshops, a small sea of riches adorning the feet of a gigantic statue of Ogthar.'-From Dinotopia: The World Ben… Read More

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