James Gurney: Illustration Dinotopia
Recently I had the distinct pleasure of meeting James Gurney along with several art licensing and children’s book illustration friends. If his name doesn’t ring a bell, perhaps the name Dinotopia will. James Gurney is the multiple award winning author, illustrator behind this best selling book series which has circulated the globe as well as many spin-off opportunities.
We met James Gurney at the Denver Botanic Gardens for a lecture on his creative process as it relates to the world of Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara.
As you probably know, I teach adjunct illustration classes at the Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design. I don’t know how many people were there to get their book signed, I just know I was at the end of the line. I had the honor to have my copy not only signed, but also sketched upon. I asked James if he would consider coming back to Colorado to present to the Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design as well as the local chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. I feel very blessed that everything was able to work out for Mr. Gurney to fit these lectures into his visit this September 17-20, 2009. We look forward to seeing him again!
For more information on the upcoming visits to Colorado click to:
- Rocky Mountain Chapter – Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (Fall Conference)
- Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design (Visiting Artists)
When my son was growing up, he had the two Dinotopia books and they were his favorites, we would spend hours just looking at the images.
Even though he is now 21, I think I will buy the latest for James Gurney book of Dinotopia for my son for Xmas. I think he would still love it because he was such a fan when he was younger!