Dinotopia is a fictional utopia created by author and illustrator James Gurney. It is the setting for the book series with which it shares its name. Dinotopia is an isolated island inhabited by shipwrecked humans and sentient dinosaurus who have learned to coexist peacefully as a single symbiotic society. The first book has “appeared in 18 languages in more than 30 countries and sold two million copies.”Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time and Dinotopia: The World Beneath both won Hugo awards for best original artwork.
God these images still send this ENTIRE thrill through me. They just evoke that feeling of being a child with a book too large for you, staying for so long on a single picture that you feel like you could turn around in it.
Gurney consistently produces a world that feels completely reasonable and real. The color, the light, the relationships between fore- and background,
the fact that it seems like a real world, where people are engaging in perfectly reasonable cultural activities…
The natural gestures, implying the personalities and relationships of characters in a single image…
And it’s quite creative. I mean, look at this pair of bagel sellers. WHAT A GREAT WAY TO SELL BAGELS?
I feel like there is so much to learn from the way Gurney does his work – his blog is here http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com
OMG if you feel this way DEFINITELY check out his youtube channel as well! 😀
He does his own incredibly charming special effects and sometimes has a very, very small saurian helper (RIP Mr. Kooks) that joins him in painting. He’s also got some painting/multimedia video lessons available on Gumroad that have, no joke, changed my whole outlook on art. It’s amazing watching his process.
I would like to be friends with these dinos 🙂