参观Dinotopia艺术家的工作室

Get a tour of Dinotopia artist's studio

+$James's studio is a cross between a toy shop, a creature FX lab and a curio cabinet.

+$I specialise in painting realistic images of things that can’t be photographed. My imagination only takes me so far, so I sculpt 3D reference maquettes.

+$In the foreground of the photo are a butterfly ornithopter, an elf alien, a BoarCroc and a satyr.

Get a tour of Dinotopia artist's studio

+$Maquette of Pan, made during the creature design class I offered last summer, where students worked from a live goat, a human model and three ram skulls.

+$The day starts with a few cups of coffee, or sometimes tea from the pot I found on a research-sketching trip to North Africa in 2008.

+$Not all of my sketching junkets are so exotic – I also sketch in fast-food parking lots and farmyards. Some of the oil sketches on the back wall are from observation – the cloud study was painted in July, and the two head studies come from a figure-drawing class.

Get a tour of Dinotopia artist's studio

+$On the slanting drawing table is an oil painting of a gryposaurus for the National Wildlife Federation.

+$I need music: Bach for perspective, Mozart for figure work, Brahms for skies and Tuva throat music for mixing paint. My pet budgie sings the loudest when I play Verdi.

Get a tour of Dinotopia artist's studio

+$Playground for my budgie, Mr Kooks, who keeps me company while I work.

+$Beyond the Aladdin's lamp is a set of dip pens. I used to be a calligrapher, and I still love to write in the copperplate style. Maybe it's a reaction to the blandness of email.

Get a tour of Dinotopia artist's studio

+$Brushes include bristle filberts, nylon flats and sable watercolour rounds.

+$The skull on the counter is a drawing aid and a memento mori. Behind it are architectural maquettes made of cardboard and styrofoam.

+$The hand-painted colour wheels and optical illusions were for my (then) upcoming book called Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter.

Get a tour of Dinotopia artist's studio

+$Colour charts, colour wheels and optical illusions for my art book.

+$The dinosaur painting is surrounded by skull photos, sketches and a reference maquette. The premixed strings of oil colours on the freezer paper palette help me control the mixing gamut of the colour scheme I want.

+$All in all, this studio is a cross between a toy shop, a creature FX lab and a curio cabinet.

话:詹姆斯格尼

+$James is the creator of Dinotopia and a cosmopolitan seeker of the fantastical. 这篇文章最初出现在ImagineFX问题57。



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