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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Another Fan Girl Night -

I got to spend a very wonderful hour or two tonight at a book event -

- featuring the charming, witty, incredibly talented and personable James Gurney. (If you haven't discovered it yet, he authors the best artblog out there! Somehow he finds time to make an entry daily - alternating between reports of his current book tour and pretty amazing art-related entries. Inspiring AND informative. Always worth a read).

He is on a book tour promoting his latest addition to the Dinotopia universe: "Journey to Chandara" - which I think is the most impressive and beautifully executed of his Dinotopia books. I am excited to own a now-signed copy! :-)

The talented Mr. Gurney not only gave a delightful talk about his new book and process, but allowed a Q & A and topped his presentation with 'live drawing'. Most were clever pen-play.

I took 'notes' - after a fashion. (the woman behind me mused if we were going to have a test when she saw me with my sketch book).


People who make books really are some of the nicest folks out there. And in this case - one of the most talented that I've had the honor to meet.

14 comments:

Rebecca Bush said...

Thanks for sharing this, Tara! I enjoyed checking out James Gurney's blog. He seems like an interesting person.

Cre8Tiva said...

oh wow...i love james...have been asked to create many a child's room a la dinotopia...you are one lucky gal...thanks for the link...i will be spending a sunday afternoon at his blog...blessings, rebecca

Britt-Arnhild said...

We have a Dinotopia book from our boys when they were young. They loved it.

Thanks for a great post.

Maddy said...

Gosh what a wonderful experience.
Best wishes

This is my calling card or link"Whittereronautism"until blogger comments get themselves sorted out.

tongue in cheek said...

What a wonderful way to interact withthe group.
Clever and interesting, what talent!

andrea said...

I knew there was a first Dinotopia (it's in my son's room) but had no idea there were more. What a fun evening! (And did you know that Neil Gaiman is growing out of your head?)

cinderelly said...

my son loved dinotopia when he was a kid...it was such a cool book!

dinahmow said...

Lovely post! I've been reading the Gurney blog for quite a while; seems the more I read of the blog (and what you say) the warmer the man becomes.

Julie Schuler said...

My son is only beginning to be interesting in dinosaurs. I'll have to keep this in miind and check out the blog. Thanks!

Ulla said...

Best kind of auther talk, with demo's too! Is that you looking so happy next to him??? I love that you took 'notes'!

Gardengirl said...

Tara, Nature Girl needs some prayers today. Please go read my post.
http://lavenderdaze.blogspot.com/

Hugs
Maggie

Gina said...

OH it looks like so much fun! Heading over to his blog now : ) Happy holidays!

Merisi said...

I wholeheartedly agree with your statement that people who make books are some of the nicest people out there. What a special night you had, the joy in your eyes sparkles all the way to the other side of the continent and the ocean! :-)

Andrew Glazebrook said...

I love James Gurney's Dinotopia illustrations, they're really fabulous stuff !! Surprised to see even he has a Blog on Blogger !!