Aus­tralia’s Age of Di­nosaurs

James Gur­ney of­fers a brief but nev­er­the­less re­ward­ing look into a de­mand­ing nat­u­ral his­tory project.

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Pub­lisher Gur­ney Stu­dio Price $32 (DVD), $15 (down­load) Web www.james­gur­

Hard on the heels of James Gur­ney’s su­perb How I Paint Di­nosaurs (re­viewed in is­sue 102) comes this look at how the mas­ter il­lus­tra­tor re­searched, planned and painted a beau­ti­ful set of stamps for Aus­tralia Post. The video’s quite a brief watch at 38 min­utes, but it cov­ers a lot of ground in that time.

You’ll see, for ex­am­ple, the work James puts into re­search, mak­ing sure his ver­sions of these long-ex­tinct crea­tures ad­here to the lat­est sci­en­tific think­ing of how they looked and be­haved. The video also shows ev­ery stage of cre­at­ing the art­work, in­clud­ing build­ing ref­er­ence ma­que­ttes and try­ing out colour schemes, as well as of­fer­ing an in­sight into plan­ning a com­pos­ite im­age, where each stamp works as a self-con­tained piece of art, while also fit­ting to­gether to form a larger, whole scene.

James calls the ap­proach of Aus­tralia’s Age of Di­nosaurs art in­struc­tion rather than train­ing and what you’ll get from this video is an over­view of the process, rather than the full-on de­tails on how to ex­e­cute it yourself. But his process is so metic­u­lous that get­ting into the artist’s mind through this video can’t help but en­cour­age you to in­vest more in your own work.

The ear­lier How I Paint Di­nosaurs re­lease is ar­guably bet­ter value, show­ing two full projects in 53 min­utes rather than the one project here. But it’s hard to quib­ble with a film that charms and en­ter­tains as much as it in­forms, with high-qual­ity edit­ing and pre­sen­ta­tion through­out.

The down­load ver­sion is a sump­tu­ous 1080p pre­sen­ta­tion, al­though its 1.6GB could take you a lit­tle while to down­load. The DVD ver­sion is nearly dou­ble the length of the down­load, with a se­lec­tion of ex­tras that in­cludes an ex­cel­lent look at the evo­lu­tion of James’ fa­mous Dino­topia fran­chise.

James Gur­ney was asked to paint di­nosaur art for Aus­tralian postage stamps. James’ di­nosaurs are a com­pos­ite paint­ing: clev­erly the stamps work as a col­lec­tive im­age but also as stand-alone im­ages.

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