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.


Benjamin Hummel, James Gurney & Cherish Flieder (Me)

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!

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Cherish Flieder (Me), Mark Bowers, Jane Yamada, Ritchie Patterson & Sarah Tommer

About Cherish Flieder

Cherish Flieder is an internationally-featured artist, designer, creative entrepreneur, and award-winning children’s book illustrator. Cherish’s designs have been seen in fashion apparel, books, magazines, greeting cards, gifts, crafts and more. She is the creator of Something to Cherish®, an artistic brand that joyfully connects with the hearts of women through her original watercolor mixed-media artwork on pre-treasured gifts, home decor, fashion accessories, and keepsakes. Cherish is also the founder of the art licensing community She regularly teaches marketing, illustration, design, and technology at Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design. Connect with Cherish on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Google + and LinkedIn.

1 Comment

  1. Sue Leonard on August 31, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    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!