Imaginative Realism

Imaginative Realism : How to Paint What Doesn't Exist

By (author) James Gurney


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This book explores the question of how to paint a realistic picture of something that doesn't exist. It is intended not only for artists interested in fantasy and science fiction, but also for anyone who wants to recreate history, visualize extinct wildlife, or simply tell a story with a picture.

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 228.6 x 266.7 x 20.32mm | 907.18g
  • 29 Oct 2009
  • Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Kansas City
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, colour illustrations, frontispiece
  • 0740785508
  • 9780740785504
  • 8,046

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Author and illustrator James Gurney brings a perspective of realism and scientific accuracy to his work. His art currently appears in museum exhibitions around the world.

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More than an instruction book, this is a guide for fans of science fiction and fantasy. (Sue Brettingen, Model Retailer)

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I'm in love with this book! It is more than just another handbook, it really inspires you. What I like most about it is that you can almost see into author's head. He explains his methods, materials he used and it really makes you want to push your creativity to the max. I definitely recommend this book. I promise it will become your go to art more
by Sanja

very insightful

I love this book! I found it very insightful. Detailed instruction and great imagery to go with!show more
by Nikita Nicol