Combining Pencil and Oil

COMBINING PENCIL AND OIL

Our boat brought us to a settlement of crested hadrosaurs and their human assistants, where we spent a few days drying out in the smoky...

Colexification

COLEXIFICATION

Colexification refers to a method of mapping the meanings of words. All languages have words for basic emotions like love and anger...

 
 
 
Text Driven Manipulation

TEXT DRIVEN MANIPULATION

Suppose an art director looked at one of your pieces and said "Great, but could you make it more goth?" You'd know what to do, right?...

The Clock in Bryan, Texas

THE CLOCK IN BRYAN, TEXAS

Downtown Clock, Bryan, Texas, gouache For this 45 minute gouache sketch I used ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow, burnt sienna, and...

 
 
 
The Lap Box

THE LAP BOX

Eugen Dücker 1841-1916 painted this portrait-possibly a self portrait-in 1900, showing a portable lap box rig used frequently by plein-air...

How Do Our Brains Process Images-Decoding or Predicting?

HOW DO OUR BRAINS PROCESS IMAGES-DECODING OR PREDICTING?

For a long time, scientists believed that images were decoded in a bottom-up process. It was thought that the image arrived on the...

 
 
 
Russian Edition of Imaginative Realism

RUSSIAN EDITION OF IMAGINATIVE REALISM

Привет моим друзьям в России, спасибо. Это русское издание моей книги о живописи из воображения. (Russian edition of my book Imaginative...

200K ON INSTAGRAM

200k on Instagram! Thanks to everyone who follows me over there. View this post on Instagram A post shared by James Gurney This is...

 
 
 
Lighting Ratio

LIGHTING RATIO

Setting up a maquette outdoors in the sunlight gives me clues about the placement of shadows and the lighting ratio. The term "lighting...

Painting Spinosaurus

PAINTING SPINOSAURUS

Spinosaurus was a dinosaur adapted to life at the water's edge, hunting for fish like a heron. - View this post on Instagram A post...

 
 
 
John Singer Sargent at San Vigilio

JOHN SINGER SARGENT AT SAN VIGILIO

When John Singer Sargent found a subject he liked, he often painted it from different angles in different media. In 1913, he was fascinated...

Painting Patagotitan

PAINTING PATAGOTITAN

Patagotitan, oil on board, 10x13”. Maquette is epoxy clay. This sauropod is called Patagotitan, one of the largest dinosaurs ever discovered....

 
 
 
Fees, Social Media, and Working with Clients

FEES, SOCIAL MEDIA, AND WORKING WITH CLIENTS

On YouTube , creekkidart asks: "I'd love to know how you quote for these kinds of projects. Do you include the time it takes to create...

DINOSAUR HATCHLING BEHIND-THE-SCENES

View this post on Instagram A post shared by James Gurney Eggshell is made with epoxy sculpting clay formed over a light bulb. Baby...

 
 
 
Imagining a Hatchling

IMAGINING A HATCHLING

Scientists found a skull of a baby sauropod dinosaur that was about to hatch out of its shell, and my job was to imagine the moment...

Creating a Maquette to Visualize Borealopelta

CREATING A MAQUETTE TO VISUALIZE BOREALOPELTA

Having an actual three dimensional maquette, even if it's crudely sculpted, allows me to determine viewpoint angles, foreshortening,...

 
 
 

EARLY THOUGHTS ON NFTS

There's been a lot of talk lately about NFTs and the art world. In this post I'll share some preliminary thinking and some resources...

Painting the "Reaper of Death"

PAINTING THE "REAPER OF DEATH"

This dinosaur is called Thanatotheristes , which means “reaper of death.” Before launching into the finished painting I try out various...

 
 
 
Sentient Insect Spaceships

SENTIENT INSECT SPACESHIPS

Here are some sentient insect vehicles for a 1980s video game. I looked through lots of photos of insects, trying to dream up different...

Sylvia and Bix

SYLVIA AND BIX

Sylvia and Bix, the Protoceratops, transparent oil wash over pencil drawing on illustration board, from Dinotopia: A Land Apart from...

 
 
 



Emma Elliott presents new marble sculptures at on form 18

Emma Elliott presents new marble sculptures at on form 18

Emma Elliott is one of forty sculptors selected for on form 18, a biennial exhibition of sculpture in stone at Asthall Manor in the Cotswolds. She joins world renowned and... Read more ...

Berlin in Quarantine: A Window View

Berlin in Quarantine: A Window View

You can say that our lives are affected by two significant components: space and time. This can be seen as a cliché from the physics books or in practice in our daily lives... Read more ...

How I Learned to Stop Chasing Landmarks and Love Photographing My Hometown

How I Learned to Stop Chasing Landmarks and Love Photographing My Hometown

I took up photography before the birth of my son in 2005 and moved to Marblehead, Massachusetts from Washington, D.C. in 2008. In D.C., I had no limits on famous landmarks to... Read more ...

Eddy de Pretto Is the Proud Sound of a New France

Born in the Paris suburbs, the singer has made waves with two albums that draw as much from '60s chanson as contemporary hip-hop. Read more ...

100 Houses in Aluche / Burgos & Garrido arquitectos

100 Houses in Aluche / Burgos & Garrido arquitectos

Burgos & Garrido arquitectos Location: Aluche, Madrid, Spain Project Year: 2019 Photograph: Fernando Alda Read more ...

Somewhere, PixelChan

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Bolu Babalola's Stories Reset the Idea of Who Sees and Who Is Seen

In Babalola's debut collection, “Love in Color,” the knight in shining armor doesn't necessarily wield a blade, but instead, the ability to see. Read more ...

One Man's Attempt to Solve a Mystery at the Top of Mount Everest

In “The Third Pole,” the author and adventurer Mark Synnott documents his attempt to find the lost body of a 1924 explorer. Read more ...

‘Transformers' and a Zombie Comedy: What ‘Invincible' Is Made Of

The writer behind the Amazon Prime superhero show ‘Invincible' shares the films, comic books and characters he drew on to create the new series. Read more ...

The Long Tail of Aphex Twin's ‘Avril 14th'

A song released 20 years ago continues to inspire curiosity and covers by classical, experimental and pop artists. Read more ...

With a New Museum, African Workers Take Control of Their Destiny

A Dutch artist worked with former plantation employees to create a “white cube” that they hope will one day display works returned from European museums. Read more ...