James Gurney Inspires FRCH

We had the great privilege of having James Gurney, award-winning artist and best-selling author of the Dinotopia Series and the books “Imaginative Realism” and “Color and Light, a Guide for the Realistic Painter“, visit FRCH on October 28th for a lecture and meet and greet.

Prior to the event, James found a spot across the street from our building in Cincinnati and sketched what he saw.

It was standing room only in our Paris Conference Room.  Around 50 people attended.  James’s lecture covered  his creative process and the techniques used to create visuals and stories of things that don’t exist, something we do everyday as designers.  These techniques are vital to any form of visual communication, from the traditional to photo realistic computer renderings.

He also shared several sketchbooks containing page after page of ideas and observations.  James’s insights provided a great deal of knowledge and served as a reminder to all designers and architects  that understanding visual storytelling will make our presentations stronger and our client communications more dynamic.

After his lecture, we broke out into the lobby for a wing ding and a meet and greet.

James brought a collection of books for sale and we set up a mini Dinotopia Store in our Paris Conference room vestibule.

He signed many copies that night and continued to share thoughts and ideas with great conversation.

For more information on James Gurney’s techniques please visit his daily blog.

This event was part of our continued education and inspiration efforts and was made possible by our Training and Development Committee.

About PhillipFreer
Draws, paints and builds stuff. Designs Theme Parks, places and family destinations.

One Response to James Gurney Inspires FRCH

  1. cristinaferrari says:

    I wish I could see the world through his eyes for just one day – my favorite takeaway from the lecture is how he explained that even when dealing with a fictional subject matter, he bases so much of what he creates on reality and learnings from other disciplines like science and engineering. It was really fascinating.

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