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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Nov 09, Theresa rated it it was amazing Shelves: It’s also not a recipe book for a particular paint technique, although all these topics are addressed in passing. The revised concept is a huge improvement in believability that I thought it actually might work.

I was absolutely enthralled by the book. I am having soooo much fun with this book! There is so much valuable information in this book.

I’m gurndy glad that this book is in existence. This book alone won’t make you a great artist from scratch Really great book.

It concludes with details and valuable advice on careers in fantasy illustration, including video game and film concept art and toy design. I have a Master’s degree in painting and drawing and was able to take a few of his techniques into practice.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Sue Brettingen, Model Retailer show more. It was a very long process to compile the information into a page book with illustrations.

Some of the suggestions such as making marquees may be a little too far for the average reader, but this was still important to know how a professional goes about his skilful work – professional and skilful both descriptions gained through such meticulous methods.

Imaginative Realism : How to Paint What Doesn’t Exist

First art book I’ve read cover to cover. Beginning with a survey of imaginative paintings from the Renaissance to the golden Age of American illustration, the book then goes on to explain not just techniques like sketching and composition, but also the fundamentals of believable world relaism including archaeology, architecture, anatomy for creatures and aliens, and fantastic engineering.


The following sections detail his workspace, developing styles, and identifying artistic influences – all useful for expressing our own unique takes on imagery using the tools and strategies of those who came before. It’s not a step-by-step guide on how to draw dinosaurs.

reaism 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. I’m very excited for this book.

James Gurney Art Book 1 Paperback: Color and Light is far more technical in comparison but this book is also excellent. If you love art in general, or fantasy art in particular, you need to read this. On his blog, he talks about his work, art theories, insights and news from the creative field. I agree with his statement that goes against the modern concept that an artist should develop a girney personal style, “The artist … should try to study nature as faithfully as possible and portray it with as few mannerisms and conventions as possible.

He shows the photos of his studios with full of instruments. I use posts from your blog, and ideas you put forward within my teaching. Leave all your doubts and fears at home because you are here to create, not quibble over what’s reaoism or pays more or what art form is more worthwhile!

The methods and materials he documents, the techniques, disciplines and theories he covers and the examples he provide are not only educational the first time, they’re also excellent sources to reference after reading.


Contact You can write me at: Of the many books I’ve read on drawing and painting, Imaginative Realism by James Rsalism is the most conversational and practical in gurnet of realistic approaches to creating science fiction, fantasy, and other creative scenes.

Imaginative Realism by James Gurney

This book is a great tool for artists but also extremely informative for those interested in art in general or Gurney’s in particular. Review Text More than reallism instruction book, this is a guide for fans of science fiction and fantasy.

Here I was worrying about my son’s ability to find a job with an art degree, but now I feel a lot better about his prospects. You must create color studies of landscapes from lifeyou must draw figures from lifeyou must ask people to dress up in period costume or pose from life.

He has also drawn beautiful illustrations for publications like National Geographic. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. I can’t wait to get my hands on this book. If you like books on how to fantasy art, maybe pick up Otherworlds Kiddit has a lot of sketches to finished paintings.

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More than an instruction book, this realis the ultimate reference for fans of science fiction and fantasy illustration. Jul 14, Shane Evans rated it it was amazing. I promise it will become your go to art book. Ships from and sold by Amazon. His illustration of wool-bearing animals blows me away. I pre ordered your book from Amazon.