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James Gurney— illustrator and artist of Dinotopia— has a blog!
September 3, 2010 10:46 AM   Subscribe

James Gurney (of Dinotopia fame) blogs at Gurney Journey daily about making art, making worlds, and making faces.
posted by yaymukund (7 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
i couldn't have been the only one to read the last linked words and think "oh no"
posted by mrgrimm at 10:48 AM on September 3, 2010 [1 favorite]


also, Gurnasaurus looks like a turkey. great blog.
posted by mrgrimm at 10:49 AM on September 3, 2010


One of life's simple pleasures is making ridiculous faces at children and seeing what they come up with in response.
posted by notsnot at 10:50 AM on September 3, 2010


I've been reading this for a couple years now. I'm not at all artistically-inclined or very knowledgeable, but his blog is quite interesting and accessible. Nice post!
posted by flex at 11:03 AM on September 3, 2010


Been reading James Gurney's blog for years. Great stuff, even if (like me) you can't draw so much as a stick figure. His posts on process and technique are fascinating; he is a careful student of his art, and he has a lot to say about it. Recommended.

The fact that a master like Gurney would have a hard time (I expect) being taken very seriously in the Art World because he makes his living in illustration and genre work does not reflect well on the state of that world.
posted by pts at 11:07 AM on September 3, 2010


The fact that a master like Gurney would have a hard time (I expect) being taken very seriously in the Art World because he makes his living in illustration and genre work does not reflect well on the state of that world.

I think Gurney made the conceptual leap necessary to be successful: He doesn't give a shit about being recognized, he cares about 1) doing what he loves and 2) making enough money at it to continue doing what he loves.
posted by fatbird at 11:12 AM on September 3, 2010


pts: "The fact that a master like Gurney would have a hard time (I expect) being taken very seriously in the Art World because he makes his living in illustration and genre work does not reflect well on the state of that world."

A possibly naive question: who are some contemporary artists that would be taken seriously in the Art World? I grew up admiring on one hand old masters like Sargent or Michelangelo and on the other people like Gurney or Marko Djurdjevic.

His blog's well known and one of the best regularly-updated resources for fledgling artists, so I was surprised he hadn't really been mentioned!
posted by yaymukund at 5:01 PM on September 3, 2010


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