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Archived Since:August 9, 2009

Blog Post Archive

OK Go's Artistic Music

For some years now, the band OK Go has been creating music videos that feature unique visual artistry, usually involving long single takes and complicated setups. This latest one, called "The Writing's On the Wall," takes the camera through a warehouse full of optical illusions that materialize and dematerialize as the camera moves position. Show More Summary

Update your Subscription

A lot of people have emailed me saying that they had signed up for an email subscription to GurneyJourney but that the subscription was interrupted.I'm not sure why this happened, but I've added a new "Subscribe" widget in the column...Show More Summary

Behind the Diner

Here's a sketch I did yesterday called "Behind the Diner," painted in casein on location in Red Hook, New York. Incidentally, the blue colors aren't this intense--has anyone noticed that Blogger seems to have installed an auto-colorShow More Summary

Water Cup Magnet

Here's an improved way to use magnets to hold your water cup to your metal watercolor set. I embedded three small neodymium magnets (1/4"x1/16") in an epoxy sculpting compound called Magic Sculpt. The compound sticks to the bottom of the water cup.This way I don't need to drop a magnet into the water itself, which will rust eventually. Show More Summary

Minnesota's Bell Museum and the Jaques Dioramas

Stephen Quinn, author of the book Windows on Nature, has been instrumental in saving the priceless museum dioramas of the American Museum of Natural History. Francis Lee Jaques was one of the artists who contributed to the New York museum, and he also helped to create the James Ford Bell Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Show More Summary

My Dad

I meant to post this yesterday, but here's a charcoal portrait I did of my father, Robert Gurney, back in 1978 when I was 20.Robert Gurney (1923-2001) was a mechanical engineer who worked on early communication satellites and helped with research and development for Cal Tech, Stanford Linear Accelerator, and JPL. Show More Summary

Review: Art of DreamWorks Animation

The art book publisher Abrams recently released a big book called The Art of DreamWorks Animation. It's a lavish visual survey of the art that went into all of DWA's films, from Antz and Prince of Egypt to Dragon 2 and the not-yet-released...Show More Summary

Brian Froud (and friend)

I drew this portrait of Brian Froud (author of Faeries and Trolls) as he gave his lecture at Illustration Master Class in Massachusetts.OK, I took a few liberties. He didn't have the top hat or the little fellow on his shoulder. But his wonderful faith in the reality of his unseen world had me believing, too.

Allen Williams, Painting

I asked Allen Williams if I could paint him while he worked at Illustration Master Class in Amherst, Massachusetts yesterday. He said yes, so I set up my little casein easel. I love Allen's artwork, which has infinite depths and the quiet rhythms of Nature. Show More Summary

"Greg Day" at IMC

Graphic novel artist Greg Ruth (The Lost Boy) made a surprise appearance at Illustration Master Class. When Mike Mignola (Hellboy) saw the sketch I did of Greg, he said "Ruth is human broccoli." The Drybrush Master from Ben Tobin onShow More Summary

Illustration Master Class 2014

We spent our first day at Illustration Master Class yesterday. It's a week-long workshop in Amherst, Massachusetts, where about 85 students work with a small group of instructors as they create a fantasy painting or sculpture. Among the featured guests this year are Brian and Wendy Froud from England. Show More Summary

Casein Questions

My friend Jim asked: "We’re headed off on vacation next week. And I’m mulling over my options for what art supplies to bring. I had eliminated oils, as there’s rarely time to really paint on a family trip. So I was leaning towards watercolor,...Show More Summary

Reference Reference

How does an elephant lie down? It pulls itself forward, lowering its rear half onto the knees, then settling the front half on the elbows. (Link to video) A free website called ReferenceReference has a wealth of stock video clips of such animal actions. Show More Summary


Schubertiade by Moritz von Schwind A Schubertiade was a house concert celebrating the music of the Austrian composer Franz Schubert (1797-1828). This image of a Schubertiade is by Moritz von Schwind from 1868. Julius Schmid painted this reconstruction long after Schubert was dead. Show More Summary

Tony Sarg's Sea Monster Hoax

Tony Sarg was a cartoonist, illustrator and puppeteer who also originated the giant character balloons in the Macy's Parade. In 1937 he and a few of his friends used one of his parade balloons for a hoax in Nantucket. He advertised sightings...Show More Summary

Book Review: The Lost Notebook

I recently received a copy of the new book The Lost Notebook: Herman Schultheis and the Secrets of Walt Disney's Movie Magic. The large hardbound book of 292 pages is a facsimile reproduction of a detailed scrapbook kept by Herman Schultheis,...Show More Summary

CLEMENTOONS: Behind the Scenes

I'd like to introduce a behind-the-scenes tour of CLEMENTOONS, the animation technique I've been developing to tell the story of Clement. (Direct link to YouTube video)Clement is a bold little guy, but he's always getting himself into trouble. Show More Summary

High School Drawing

Pen and ink on scratchboard was my favorite medium when I was 13 years old, and here's a drawing that I had a lot of fun with, a young ape raising a toast in a Renaissance court. For those who aren't familiar with scratchboard, it has a clay-coated surface that lets you scratch off white lines from any inked area. Show More Summary

Animation Title Cards

When I was developing a title card design for the CLEMENTOONS series, I looked at a lot of the opening graphics that inspired me as a kid. Most of my favorites were from the Golden Age of American Animation in the 1930s and '40s. When a cartoon started with the Looney Tunes titles it made my heart race with anticipation--still does. Show More Summary


Yesterday blog reader Jeff Jordan commented: "Just curious, Jim--when are you gonna bust out a Gurney animation? I sense there's something in the works........."You guessed it, Jeff! Here's the first look at a series of animated films I've been working on called Clementoons. Show More Summary

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