Robert's Snow: Snowasaurus

Here is Snowasaurus -- I think this is the only snowflake with a dinosaur on it! It comes from the brush of James Gurney, the creator of Dinotopia. The first two books Dinotopia: A Land Apart From Time and Dinotopia: The World Beneath

have been joined by new book in the Dinotopia series, Journey to Chandara (just released in October).

Mr. Gurney has an absolutly fascinating blog , full of instructive detail about the painting process. Here is my favorite post, which describes the four stages of the architecture painting process (I wish I had his way with styrofoam. Maybe he has a stronger kind of glue than the Elmers we use). Here is the magnificant end result:

Here at the Dinotopia website, you can find lots of information about the creative process behind the books. I was interested to learn that Mr. Gurney was an archaeology major, which does not surprise me given the loving attention to material detail in his paintings.

James Gurney is currently on tour, promoting his new book--here are some upcoming appearances, with more details to be found via his blog:

Nov 7 Three Rivers, MI
Nov 9 & 10 Mentor, OH
Nov. 12 SUNY Fredonia
Nov 13 RIT, Rochester NY
Nov 14, Syracuse, NY
Nov 14 PM Albany, NY
Nov. 15 WAMC Radio


  1. Thanks so much for this feature! And the link to his blog. It has been added to my daily reads. Fascinating stuff! I am in awe. His whole process is right up my alley. Nice to know it take some 4 months to create a piece. I get discouraged when I hear of people who work fast. ;)

    Sorry to say there is another dinosaur snowflake! The artist will be featured on my blog this Sunday. Stop by and check it out.


  2. I love his illustrations and have added his blog to my ever growing list of favorites.

  3. Thanks so much, Charlotte. I'll have to check out his blog for sure.


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