Sunday, July 16, 2017

Gurney Journey at 10

James Gurney's Gurney Journey art blog at 10
Congratulations to James Gurney for 10 years of authoring his superb blog, Gurney Journey.

What started as a modest intention to chronicle his travels on a book tour — in a way mirroring the journaled adventures of the character Authur Denison in Gurney’s popular illustrated adventure series, Dinotopia — has grown over time into not only a superb blog among art blogs, but one of the most in-depth and useful sources of art information and instruction on the web.

Gurney has been unstintingly generous in sharing his experience as an illustrator, author, plein air painter, instructor, model maker, videographer, and restless experimenter and investigator of artistic topics.

Over the course of time his posts on painting techniques, equipment, paints, color theory, drawing, and related topics have been turned into instructional books, YouTube videos, and most recently, a series of full-length instruction art videos.

Gurney has been a proponent of misunderstood and often overlooked painting mediums like gouache and casein, and Gurney Journey remains one of the definitive sources on the web for information and instruction in their use.

Long time readers of Lines and Colors will know I’ve long enjoyed Gurney Journey and recommended it often, along with Gurney’s other projects.

For those who may be new to Gurney Journey, I will recommend that you take a look at the post he did in 2016 on the landmark of 4,000 posts. In it he links to a quick overview of some of the most prominent topics. You can also explore using the list of topics in the blog’s left column, or the search feature at the upper left of all pages.

If you take the plunge, I will issue my Timesink Warning, and point out that I fell down that rabbit hole myself for a couple of hours while preparing this post, bookmarking along the way numerous articles I had forgotten about for future reference.

 
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7 thoughts on “Gurney Journey at 10

  1. David J. Teter

    An internet gem for sure. James Gurney always comes across like an ‘everyman’ making his posts, videos and the like even more enjoyable and less intimidating for the less experienced artists. Some who ask questions which James turns into posts.
    Plenty of How To’s post’s.
    Although… sometimes I see James Gurney as The Wizard in the Wizard of OZ, stepping out from his controls behind the curtain.
    His posts about making things from everyday items are always great. Lego motors for camera dolly’s.
    http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/2017/02/new-dino-paintings-flyover-preview.html
    His low tech old school sign Gurney Studio logo animation is one of my favorites.
    http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/2016/11/wow-i-went-viral.html
    Priceless!
    He even polls his readers asking what they would like before deciding on what to include in his own video productions.
    In the age of digital production Gurney is a champion of the handmade approach in clay maquette’s, stop motion dinosaurs, plein air easels, hand lettering etc. showing how it is possible with common materials and without costly equipment.

    I can’t think of any other art blog that covers so much art and art related territory.

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