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Gurney, James 1958-

Works: 149 works in 312 publications in 6 languages and 10,276 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Fantasy fiction  Juvenile works  Drama  Action and adventure fiction  Science fiction  Television pilot programs  Children's films  Animated films  Film adaptations 
Roles: Author, Illustrator, Actor, Editor, Bibliographic antecedent, Creator, Honoree, Conceptor
Classifications: PS3557.U824, FIC
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Most widely held works by James Gurney
Dinotopia : a land apart from time by James Gurney( Book )

32 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in English and Dutch and held by 2,393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1862, after being shipwrecked in uncharted seas, Professor Arthur Denison and his twelve-year-old son Will find themselves washed up on a strange island where people and dinosaurs live together peacefully. Reaching shore with the help of friendly dolphins, the Denisons find themselves on a strange island inhabited by dinosaurs and humans living together in a peaceful, cooperative society. So begins the story told through Professor Denison's detailed and enthusiastic journal. The two castaways have stumbled onto a kinder, gentler world where reptilian wisdom has a decidedly Zen flavor: "Breathe Deep. Seek Peace. Although we find every kind of dinosaur here, it is the humans who catch our attention--characters like Tok Timbu, a blue-eyed African descended from a Yoruba king, and Nallab the librarian, who looks like a wizard gone to seed. As father and son travel the terrain that is Dinotopia, Gurney's vision unfolds via spectacular paintings that illuminate the sweeping vistas of Waterfall City and Canyon City as well as the uncharacteristically sensitive faces of the dinosaur mentors. This is the kind of lap book that readers will pore over for hours, studying the intricate drawings of dinosaur hatcheries and ingenious gadgets of every kind. As satisfying a story as it is, we are still left wanting more, since a mystery remains about what Professor Denison discovered in the forbidden World Beneath
Dinotopia : the world beneath by James Gurney( Book )

14 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and German and held by 1,442 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Four years after being shipwrecked on the lost island of Dinotopia, sixteen-year-old Will Denison, now a fully trained Skybax Corps pilot, explores the skies over the island while his scientist father leads an expedition into the forgotten caverns of the legendary World Beneath
The Hand of Dinotopia by Alan Dean Foster( Book )

4 editions published between 1999 and 2003 in English and held by 533 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Will and Sylvia search for the mysterious Hand of Dinotopia, which will supposedly lead to a safe sea route to and from the hidden island where people and dinosaurs live together peacefully
Color and light : a guide for the realist painter by James Gurney( Book )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overview: James Gurney, New York Times best-selling author and artist of the Dinotopia series, follows Imaginative Realism with his second art-instruction book, Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter. A researched study on two of art's most fundamental themes, Color and Light bridges the gap between abstract theory and practical knowledge. Beginning with a survey of underappreciated masters who perfected the use of color and light, the book examines how light reveals form, the properties of color and pigments, and the wide variety of atmospheric effects. Gurney cuts though the confusing and contradictory dogma about color, testing it in the light of science and observation. A glossary, pigment index, and bibliography complete what will ultimately become an indispensible tool for any artist. This book is the second in a series based on his blog, His first in the series, Imaginative Realism, was widely acclaimed in the fantastical art world, and was ranked the #1 Bestseller on the Amazon list for art instruction. "James Gurney's new book, Color and Light, cleverly bridges the gap between artistic observation and scientific explanation. Not only does he eloquently describe all the effects of color and light an artist might encounter, but he thrills us with his striking paintings in the process."--Armand Cabrera, Artist
The artist's guide to sketching by James Gurney( Book )

2 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers suggestions on the materials used in sketching on-the-spot--how to sketch amid the elements, how to capture motion and mood, how to produce studies on nature, people, and the man-made world--and the uses of imagination
Dinotopia : journey to Chandara by James Gurney( Book )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2017 in English and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After many years of searching, artist James Gurney has discovered a never-before-seen journal by the nineteenth-century explorer Arthur Denison in a used bookstore. Denison's previous travel accounts, published as Dinotopia: A land Apart from Time and Dinotopia: The World Beneath, introduced a lost island where dinosaurs and humans live together in peaceful interdependence. Now Professor Denison and his saurian companion, Bix, set out on a perilous journey to the long-forgotten empire of Chandara. The legendary capital of Dinotopia's east, Chandara has long been shrouded in mystery and was closed off in recent times from western traders and travelers. Several times in its nearly 6,000-year history, waves of invading saurians have tried to plunder the Chandara riches, but each group has been converted and absorbed by the magic of the city. The city borders the Zhengtao River. Concentric canals and broad avenues radiate like spokes around the central hub of the Imperial Palace. In this remote and lofty height lives the beloved and elusive emperor Hugo Khan
Imaginative realism : how to paint what doesn't exist by James Gurney( Book )

8 editions published in 2009 in English and Danish and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overview: An award-winning fantasy artist and the creator of Dinotopia, James Gurney instructs and inspires in Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn't Exist. Renowned for his uncanny ability to incorporate amazing detail and imagination into stunningly realistic fantasy settings, James Gurney teaches budding artists and fans of fantasy art step-by-step the techniques that won him worldwide critical acclaim. This groundbreaking work examines the practical methods for creating believable pictures of imaginary subjects, such as dinosaurs, ancient Romans, alien creatures, and distant worlds. Beginning with a survey of imaginative paintings from the Renaissance to the golden Age of American illustration, the book then goes on to explain not just techniques like sketching and composition, but also the fundamentals of believable world building including archaeology, architecture, anatomy for creatures and aliens, and fantastic engineering. It concludes with details and valuable advice on careers in fantasy illustration, including video game and film concept art and toy design. More than an instruction book, this is the ultimate reference for fans of science fiction and fantasy illustration
On stranger tides by Tim Powers( Book )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1718, John Chandagnac, a bookkeeper and puppeteer, unwittingly sails into the company of Blackbeard the pirate, encounters zombie-crewed wrecks, and is caught up in a search for the Fountain of Youth
City of sorcery by Marion Zimmer Bradley( Book )

1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Haunted by mysterious images of dark figures and strange birds, Magdalen Lorne, chief Terran operative on Darkover, must pursue her quest for an ancient city to the ends of the physical world as well as to the perilous limits of the spiritual overworld
Dinotopia by James Gurney( Visual )

23 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a small plane flown by Frank Scott crashes into the Caribbean, only his 2 teenage sons, Karl and David, make it to shore, only to find themselves castaways on Dinotopia -- a fantastic lost continent where humans and dinosaurs peacefully coexist. The boys soon learn that they are the keys to Dinotopia's survival and must journey to a dark and foridden territory in a last attempt to save their new home
Dinotopia : first flight by James Gurney( Book )

5 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the third book of the Dinotopia series, Will Denison reads of the adventures of Gideon Altaire, "the first person ever to fly on the giant pterosaur known as a skybax."--Page [1]
Quozl by Alan Dean Foster( Book )

2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rabbitlike aliens from outer space colonize Earth during humankind's Second World War in a delightfully funny and thought-provoking science fiction adventure The Quozl just need somewhere to call home. A gentle race of extraterrestrial rabbits, they have a propensity for reproduction that has left their home planet, Quozlene, dangerously overpopulated, and in their search for greener and less-crowded pastures, they have discovered the perfect place to start over: the third planet away from a healthy, warming sun. What they don't realize is that this world they call Shiraz is already inhabited by a species of violent sentient creatures known as humans. But there's no going back now. In the midst of the brutal and helpfully distracting global conflict the Shirazians call World War II, the colony ship lands undetected, and the space rabbits immediately go into hiding. But a secret like the Quozl can be concealed for only so long, especially when their numbers start to increase and certain rebellious members of the long-eared society decide the time is ripe to claim their place in a world they believe is rightfully theirs. One of the most admired and prolific authors in the science fiction arena, Alan Dean Foster will delight readers who hunger for something different with this funny, thoughtful, and wildly inventive novel of first contact and coexistence. Once you meet the Quozl, you will never forget them
James Gurney : the world of dinosaurs by M. K Brett-Surman( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Text and illustrations, based on James Gurney's art commissioned for the Postal Service dinosaur stamp series, introduce thirteen dinosaurs and three other creatures found in North America during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods
Dinosaurs: Thunder Lizards( Visual )

3 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Colorado is one of the best places in the world to find dinosaurs. Here you can find best dinosaur stories around; dinosaur fossil, dinosaur stamps, dinosaur digs, a town named Dinosaur, and a dinosaur soo
Cyber way by Alan Dean Foster( Book )

2 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A routine murder investigation leads Detective Vernon Moody to an enigmatic Navaho sand painting that has mystical properties and connections to an incomprehensibly powerful alien data base
James Gurney's Dinotopia : pop-up book by James Gurney( Book )

3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Imagine landing on an uncharted island and discovering that dinosaurs are alive and well - and living peacefully alongside humans! It's a place called "Dinotopia," and it's magically real. Spectacular pop-ups, pull-tabs, and lift-flaps encourage children to join Arthur and Will Denison on their fascinating explorations into the unknown, as they make incredible discoveries in a land where wonders never cease"--Back cover
The song of Homana by Jennifer Roberson( Book )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For five long years the land of Homana had been strangling in the grasp of a ursurper king'its people ravaged by strife, poverty and despair; its magical race, the Cheysuli, forced to flee or face extermination at the hands of their evil counterparts, the sorcerous Ilhini. The time had come for Prince Carillon, Homana's rightful ruler, to return from exile with his Cheysuli liege man, free his land from the evil dominantion of the tyrant Bellam and his villainous magicians, restore the Cheysuli to their rightful position of grace, and claim his birthright. To do this, he would not only have to raise an army, but overcome the fear and prejudice of an ignorant population and answer the call of a prophecy he never chose to serve!
Dinotopia audio adventure by Thomas M Lopez( Recording )

9 editions published between 1993 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Close your eyes, open your imagination, and be transported to Dinotopia, the only place in the world where dinosaurs and humans live side by side
Maori by Alan Dean Foster( Book )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"His name was Robert Coffin, but the Maori natives called him Iron Hair. A civilized man in the raw wilderness of New Zealand, he had come to forge a nation at the end of the world, and discovered a magical world beyond his strangest dreams. A world of astonishing beauty and breathtaking adventure, the natives called it the Land of the Long White Cloud. And Robert Coffin was about to enter its greatest mystery, cast in the wondrous spell of a shaman whose magic would change his life forever..."--Page [4] of cover
Sentience : a novel of first contact by Terry A Adams( Book )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Dinotopia : the world beneath
Dinotopia : the world beneathThe Hand of DinotopiaColor and light : a guide for the realist painterDinotopia : journey to ChandaraImaginative realism : how to paint what doesn't existCity of sorceryDinotopia : first flightQuozl
Alternative Names
James Gurney Amerikaans illustrator

James Gurney décorateur de cinéma et illustrateur d'ouvrages consacrés aux mondes anciens

James Gurney escritor estadounidense

제임스 거니 미국의 작가

ガーニー, J

ガーニー, ジェームス


English (134)

French (3)

Chinese (3)

German (2)

Danish (2)

Dutch (1)