Books by James Gurney

Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter, Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2010

This unique new book examines the realist painter’s most fundamental tools: color and light. The book bridges the gap between abstract theory and practical knowledge, providing useful information about sources of light, color relationships, pigments, backyard optics, visual perception, surfaces and effects, and atmospheric conditions.

According to Spectrum, "This book slices though the confusing and often contradictory dogma about color with laser-like precision and backs it all up with some astonishing examples of Gurney's own paintings as well as with a welcome (if brief) survey of underappreciated masters who perfected how light reveals form and content."

Over 300 illustrations in full color. Order today and have it signed by the author.

CL Color and Light 224 pages, softcover, 9 x 10.5 inches... $24.99

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Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn't Exist, Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2009

Written and illustrated by James Gurney

Most art instruction books show you how to draw or paint something you can see: a still life, a landscape, or a portrait. But what if you want to make a realistic picture of something that you can only imagine? This book shows the advanced or intermediate artist the time-tested methods used by artists since the Renaissance to bring your dreams into reality.

Chapters include: tradition, studio setup, preliminary sketches, history & archaeology, people, dinosaurs, creatures, aliens, architecture, vehicles, plein air studies, composition, and careers. 400 illustrations in full color. Order Imaginative Realism today and have it signed by the author.

IR Imaginative Realism 224 pages, softcover, 9 x 10.5 inches….. $24.99

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Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara, Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2007

Written and illustrated by James Gurney

In Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara, artist and author James Gurney escorts readers—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. In the spirit of Marco Polo and Gulliver's Travels, Journey to Chandara recounts the adventures of explorer Arthur Denison and dinosaur Bix through the exotic eastern realm of Dinotopia.

DJ2CHB 160 pages, hardbound, 10 x 10.5 inches ... $29.95

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Dinotopia: First Flight, HarperCollins, 1999 — Out of Print

Written and illustrated by James Gurney

This action-packed prequel is one of several epic stories from Dinotopia’s Age of Heroes, which took place thousands of years ago. A young pilot named Gideon Altaire from the high tech city of Poseidos defects from his training to join the natives of the mainland of Dinotopia. He turns against his former master, Roff Stricker, who has launched an invasion of Highnest, where a powerful crystal called the ruby sunstone is hidden.

Out of print

Dinotopia: The World Beneath

Dinotopia: A Land Apart From Time, Turner Publishing, 1992 -- Out of Print

Written and illustrated by James Gurney

Explorer Arthur Denison and his son, Will, are washed up on the shore of an uncharted island, where they are astonished to discover a civilization of dinosaurs and humans living peacefully together for centuries. Published in over 18 languages and winner of the Hugo Award, The Colorado Children's Book Award and the World Fantasy Award, this New York Times besteselling book features over 160 pages of full-color illustrations and an uplifting story that will absorb readers of all ages.

Out of print


Dinotopia: The World Beneath, Turner Publishing, 1995 -- Out of Print

Written and illustrated by James Gurney

The adventure continues in this second book of the series. Arthur Denison leads an expedition deep into the mysterious caverns beneath the island of Dinotopia. He discovers marvelous mechanical walking vehicles powered by by sunstones, while above ground his son Will continues his training on the skybax. Winner of the Hugo Award for Best Original Artwork. Each of the 160 full-color pages features incredibly detailed paintings, drawings, and diagrams, many of which were exhibited in 2002 at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington.

Out of print


The Artist's Guide to Sketching, Watson-Guptill Publications, 1982 — Out of Print

Written and illustrated by James Gurney and Thomas Kinkade

A comprehensive guide to methods and materials for drawing on-the-spot, based on an odyssey across America on freight trains.

Out of print