Friday, May 14, 2010

Dinotopia









Dinotopia, where author and illustrator James Gurney escorts visitors—adults and children alike—to the wondrous lost island of Dinotopia, an enthralling world of art, science, exploration, and invention in which humans and dinosaurs live peacefully together. James Gurney introduced Dinotopia in a series of illustrated books beginning in 1992, based on the journals of explorer Arthur Denison, who was shipwrecked on the island in 1862. Dinotopia also appeared as a TV miniseries in 2002.

James Gurney is the best-selling author and illustrator of the Dinotopia book series and creator of more than seventy illustrated book covers. He has worked on assignment as a National Geographic artist and has illustrated seventeen United States postage stamps. An accomplished, award-winning artist, Gurney is the recipient of many prestigious honors, including seven Chesley Awards from the Association of Fantasy Artists, two Hugo Awards from the World Science Fiction Convention, and Best of Show from the Art Director's Club. Gurney's art currently appears in museum exhibitions around the world. Gurney lives in the Hudson River Valley of New York with his wife, two sons, and a blue parakeet—a living descendant of dinosaurs.

6 comments:

Lausanne said...

I've been watching Gurney's blog for a while - absolutely amazing. Great How To book too. And another one on the way.

Amy Lilley Designs said...

Hey La...he is simply amazing...one of those artist where I look @ his work and wonder, how did he do that...a gi-normous gift...just started following his blog!!!

WillOaks Studio said...

wow, I didn't know the artist but I think I recognized the work. Excellent illustrations and imagination at work here1

Azure Islands Designs said...

Fabulous...he isn't familiar to me but for some reason his work feels familiar to me...possibly my grandsons have his books??? Connor in particular went through a dinosaur state!
I often wonder what goes on in some peoples minds...to come up with such amazing ideas?

My mind is much too quiet...

Cheers

Amy Lilley Designs said...

Karen, I hope that you linked to his web site...his work is stellar, along w/ the fantastic world he created called 'Dinotopia'!!!!!

Heather, I first saw his work in the Smithsonian magazine about 10 years ago...I stumbled upon his book, 'Dinotopia' @ Borders or Barnes & Noble, and just started following his blog while working on this post...I love what you said about your mind being too quiet to come up w/ such ideas...I giggle...that's a good way to put it..:)))

Waterrose said...

I remember that show, my son was about 10 and he loved it.