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James Gurney’s Self-Education Journey – Draftsmen S3E04

April 27, 20210 Comments

James Gurney is our podcast guest this week! He’s the creator behind Dinotopia and the author of “Color and Light” and “Imaginative Realism”. James talks with us about how he was able to succeed with his own art education and how it deviated from traditional art schools. We also take a look at popular art books that you can study from, try to imagine what the future of art education looks like, and talk about the struggles of using animals as live models.

Where You Can Find James’s Stuff

Website
Gurney Journey blog
Youtube
Gumroad

His Books (affiliate links)
Imaginative Realism by James Gurney
Color and Light by James Gurney
Dinotopia by James Gurney

Call and Ask Your Art Questions: 1-858-609-9453

Books and Resources

(some contain affiliate links)
Composing Pictures by Donald W. Graham
The Artist’s Guide to Sketching by James Gurney
Howard Pyle Weekly Drawing Sessions (Blog Post)
Perspective Drawing by Ernest Norling
Drawing Made Easy by Edwin Lutz
How to Draw Animals by Jack Hamm
Cartooning the Head & Figure by Jack Hamm
Norman Rockwell Illustrator by Arthur Guptill
Art Alphabets, Monograms, & Lettering by J.M. Bergling
Gurney Journey Dover list
Drawn to Life by Walt Stanchfield
Figure Drawing For All It’s Worth by Andrew Loomis
Creative Illustration by Andrew Loomis
Gurney Journey Best Art Instruction Poll
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
The Human Figure by John Vanderpoel
The Practice of Oil Painting & Drawing by Solomon J. Solomon
The Practice & Science of Drawing by Harold Speed
Negotiating a Book Contract by Mark Levine
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
Animal Painting & Anatomy by Frank Calderon
Animator’s Survival Kit by Richard Williams
Grand Central Academy of Art
Robert Rodriquez 10 minute Film School
Art Babbitt animation
Heinrich Kley sketchbook tour
Pete Beard

Show Links and Referenced Artists:

James Gurney

James Gurney

Rico Lebrun

Rico Lebrun

Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell

N.C. Wyeth

N.C. Wyeth

Los Angeles Natural History Museum

Los Angeles Natural History Museum

Rhode Island School of Design Nature Lab

Rhode Island School of Design Nature Lab

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts – Cast Hall

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts - Cast Hall

Thomas Kinkade

Thomas Kinkade

Andrew Wyeth

Andrew Wyeth

Adolph Menzel

Adolph Menzel

Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter

James Montgomery Flagg

James Montgomery Flagg

Mort Drucker

Mort Drucker

Frank Brangwyn

Frank Brangwyn

John Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent

Bob Ross

Bob Ross

Jon Gnagy

Jon Gnagy

Alphonse Mucha

Alphonse Mucha

Jean-Léon Gérôme

Jean-Léon Gérôme

William-Adolphe Bouguereau

William-Adolphe Bouguereau

J.C. Leyendecker

J.C. Leyendecker

Dean Cornwell

Dean Cornwell

Howard Pyle

Howard Pyle

John Berkey

John Berkey

Tom Lovell

Tom Lovell

Harry Anderson

Harry Anderson

Mark English

Mark English

Bernie Fuchs

Bernie Fuchs

Bob Peake

Bob Peake

Fire and Ice movie

Fire and Ice movie

John Ruskin

John Ruskin

Asher Durand

Asher Durand

W. Heath Robinson

W. Heath Robinson

T.S. Sullivant

T.S. Sullivant

James Gurney cartoons

James Gurney cartoons

Norman Rockwell cartoons

Norman Rockwell cartoons

Ian McCaig

Ian McCaig

Anders Zorn

Anders Zorn

Kim Jung Gi

Kim Jung Gi

Paul Chadwick

Paul Chadwick

Ron Harris

Ron Harris

Jeanette Gurney

Jeanette Gurney

Bryn Barnard

Bryn Barnard

Glenn Wessels

Glenn Wessels

Joe DeMers

Joe DeMers

Coby Whitmore

Coby Whitmore

Frank Schoonover

Frank Schoonover

Steve Doherty

Steve Doherty

SKB Workshop in Dubois, WY

SKB Workshop in Dubois, WY

Bruno Liljefors

Bruno Liljefors

Bob Kuhn

Bob Kuhn

Guild of Natural Science Illustrators

Guild of Natural Science Illustrators

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