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 you the time-tested methods used by artists since the Renaissance to bring your dreams into reality.
TRADITION • STUDIO SET-UP • PLANNING SKETCHES HISTORY • ARCHAEOLOGY • PEOPLE • DINOSAURS CREATURES • ALIENS • ARCHITECTURE • VEHICLES • PLEIN-AIR STUDIES • COMPOSITION • PROCEDURE • CAREERS • GLOSSARY
“Gurney has gathered teaching methods and painting practices culled from his own experience and the history of art, in particular the late nineteenth century, and placed the golden knowledge of centuries at the artist’s fingertips.”
—Dennis Nolan, Professor of Illustration, Hartford Art School
“Jim’s book, at once encyclopedic and anecdotal, belongs beside the taboret of every narrative painter. It is a comprehensive step-by-step guide to authoritative painting and visionary storytelling as well as a lively visual testament to a committed artist’s life lived fully and passionately. I heartily recommend it to all my students.”
—Charles S. Pyle, Director, Illustration, Academy of Art University, San Francisco
Andrews McMeel Publications, 224 pages, 400 illustrations, Signed by the author.