Fan­tasy In The Wild

Artist and il­lus­tra­tor James Gur­ney shows how the out­side world can take your fan­tasy art in un­ex­pected di­rec­tions

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Artist and il­lus­tra­tor James Gur­ney shows how the out­side world can take your fan­tasy art in some un­ex­pected di­rec­tions.

How do you fol­low Wa­ter­color In The Wild and Gouache In The Wild, James Gur­ney’s pre­vi­ous two ti­tles in this se­ries? Coloured Pen­cils In The Wild, per­haps? James has other ideas: with Fan­tasy In The Wild, he both stays true to the se­ries con­cept of cre­at­ing art out­doors and greatly ex­pands the ter­ri­tory he could cover in fu­ture in­stal­ments.

James presents two projects in which he uses his sur­round­ings as both in­spi­ra­tion and ref­er­ence, adding fan­tas­tic el­e­ments to oth­er­wise or­di­nary scenes. As an ex­er­cise, it’s a test of your paint­ing skills, be­cause you have to in­ter­pret the light and colours you see and ap­ply them to forms that ex­ist only on your can­vas. It’s also a great way to gen­er­ate new ideas you prob­a­bly wouldn’t have de­vised oth­er­wise. And, above all, James makes it look like a lot of fun.

The first pro­ject sees James adding a fly­ing ve­hi­cle to a sub­ur­ban street. You’ll see how James’s knowl­edge of per­spec­tive en­ables him to make the float­ing car looks nat­u­ral in the scene.

In the se­cond, more ex­pan­sive, pro­ject, an ex­ca­va­tor be­comes a robotic dig­ger. There are a few changes of tack along the way, and it’s th­ese changes that are the heart of the video. Imag­i­na­tion mixes with ob­served re­al­ity to send James down un­ex­pected paths, and what started as a small-scale study be­comes an epic tableau in which a gi­ant ro­bot in­ad­ver­tently causes chaos in a small town.

The real world has an­other role to play, too. Be­ing out­side gives James the chance to meet peo­ple with their own ar­eas of ex­per­tise to con­trib­ute, lend­ing the scene ex­tra au­then­tic­ity.

Fan­tasy In The Wild doesn’t of­fer the depth of tech­ni­cal de­tail that you might ex­pect if you’ve seen any of James’s pre­vi­ous videos, but it’s full of both prac­ti­cal guide­lines and cre­ative in­spi­ra­tion that could see your daily com­mute fir­ing up your imag­i­na­tion.

In Fan­tasy In The Wild, James Gur­ney shows how real-world ob­ser­va­tion helps him paint fan­tasy im­ages you can be­lieve in.

Pub­lisher James Gur­ney Price $25 (DVD); $15 (down­load) Web www.james­gur­ Ev­ery­day ex­ca­va­tors pro­vide James with in­spi­ra­tion as he works out how his ro­bot fig­ure should be con­structed. Un­der­stand­ing how am­bi­ent light af­fects hue means that James is able to make the car

feel like it be­longs in the sky.

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