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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The importance of research is emphasized and the amount of research he does really shows. Congrats on the book!

I use posts from your blog, and ideas you put forward within my teaching. It could be a very helpful book for someone loo James Gurney’s illustrations in the book are incredible. Art Out Loud Cumberland, Part 4: Some of the realisn such as making marquees ma An interesting insight into how an artist creates fantastical worlds.

Stay informed on our latest news! If not, this and the other book are amazing to keep as a collection, because This book completes the other Color and Light. Be sure to check out more work and writing from James Gurney at gurneyjourney. He demonstrates that creative products doesn’t come from nowhere or from genius.

This groundbreaking work examines the practical methods for creating believable pictures of imaginary subjects, such as dinosaurs, ancient Romans, alien creatures, and distant worlds.

Imaginative Realism

He also talks about some concepts that illustrators nowadays may be reluctant to do such as building models or researching costumes.


This must be amazing!!! 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. Imaginative Realism James Gurney. 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.

I have a Master’s degree in painting and drawing and was able to take a few of his techniques into practice. Want to Read saving…. Will I be able to purchase a signed copy from you at your lecture on Oct. Oct 26, John added it Shelves: This is actually one of my favorite books to read. While the majority of this book is not presented in a step-by-step manner, I found his examples illustrated his points eloquently and Gurney’s philosophy on art and work methods in general to be just as helpful.

I heartily recommend it to all my students. James Gurney’s illustrations in the book are incredible. I could immediately recognize the style from book covers of the America journals of s.

I think there’s a strange dutch term for it as well. The section on composition is different from most other treatments of pictorial design, which tend to be based on abstract formulas of line, shape, or geometric proportions. Open Preview See a Problem? Subscribe to our mailing list.

This is not just for fantasy artists: Jeremy, yes, you’re right: Hi James, I too am looking forward to the book. We had a wonderful time in Toronto earlier this year. Johan, I think you’ll get it via Amazonbut it won’t be ‘personalized’ with a signature.


Highly recommended to professionals, beginning art students and those who wish to push their art to the next level in terms of depth. All of the chapters are largely structured to demonstrate under-the-hood methods and techniques to achieve particular ends, and we can see how the works unfolded in Gurney’s studio through various stages.

I was absolutely enthralled by the book.

What a novel idea! Admittedly, some parts got rather dry and boring.

Imaginative Realism by James Gurney

To ask other readers questions about Imaginative Realismplease sign up. Learn to draw Check out my online sketching courses. Tip Jar Enjoy what you read? Tracey, I’m really thrilled if art teachers use this book as a textbook. For art enthusiasms, I think the pictures themselves worth the book’s price. Dec 15, I Read rated it really liked it Shelves: Imaginative Realism Signed by the author. On his blog, he talks about his work, art theories, insights and news from the creative field.

His philosophy and conceptual advice make this book relevant to digital artists as well, even if most of his specific techniques are traditional. In every chapter, James Gurney shares with us what he learned when creating his paintings.