Kansas City Sydney London: Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC, 2009. James Gurney. First Edition, First Printing. Wrappers. SIGNED & EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED by the ARTIST-AUTHOR with a dinosaur painting at an easel, small 4to (10 1/2" x 9"), lavishly illustrated with 400 illustrations by Gurney--the creator of DINOTOPIA--most in full color with a few B&W glossies, pictorial full color cover with green grimlin holding a paintbrush laden with paint, 223,  pages. Fine / None. Item #2628
EMBELLISHED AMUSINGLY & SIGNED BOLDLY on the half-title by the splendidly-gifted artist-author. SOFTCOVER only--no hardcover was published.
Very instructive illustrated chapters include: tradition, studio setup, preliminary sketches, history & archaeology, people, dinosaurs, creatures, aliens, architecture, vehicles, plein air studies, composition, and careers.
James Gurney (b.1958) is the artist and author best known for his illustrated book series Dinotopia. He specializes in painting realistic images of scenes that can’t be photographed, from dinosaurs to ancient civilizations. He is also a dedicated plein air (outdoor) painter and sketcher, believing that making studies directly from observation fuels his imagination.
Son of a mechanical engineer, James Gurney taught himself to draw by reading books about the illustrators Norman Rockwell and Howard Pyle. He studied archaeology at the University of California at Berkeley, receiving a degree in anthropology with Phi Beta Kappa honors.
Solo exhibitions of his artwork have been presented at The Smithsonian Institution, The Norman Rockwell Museum, The Norton Museum of Art, The Delaware Art Museum, and other venues.--from the artist's website
Bright, clean, tight SIGNED & EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED copy. A few pages have a slight curl to their edges.