The Art Department Faculty, John English and I have all been working hard to add a number of phenomenal instructors, presenters, and adjunct faculty to the program in order to deepen the knowledge base and information available to students at TAD.
Starting in October, the esteemed James Gurney, creator of www.dinotopia.com and the creator of the best art blog on the internet, will be joining us to share his knowledge with all students in TAD, covering a variety of important topics, lectures, and presentations which further the educations of TAD students. http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/ (This is a must read blog for all artists so if you have not clicked that, do it! You will learn and see a lot of great stuff). We are very fortunate to have James support in assisting the TAD students and I hope everyone will take a deeper look at his world and art.
I can personally express that James had a major impact on me when I was first learning to be a concept designer, years before first brainstorming Massive Black with Andrew Jones or founding this website. I was attempting to learn to build worlds, and when I found Dinotopia, I discovered not only the level of academic painting and composition that i had come to love, but absolutely brilliant universe design, industrial design, costume design...the works. James Gurney is an inventor of worlds at a level that has him up at the very top of the field. I have been a reader of his blog since it first started and am a huge fan of his work and abilities. I learned some of the foundations of my own craft from studying his works while I was in college, and am overjoyed to have him coming to TAD to assist in helping othe TAD students.
In the coming days, when he returns from his trip, James will be stopping by ConceptArt.Org and this forums of ours to say hello and I hope that everyone gives him a warm welcome. We have added him as a featured artist atop the site and look forward to seeing what everyone thinks of his blog too!
With that said, here are some of his fabulous works! Please feel free to welcome him to the site.
The Art Department
Founder and Board Director
Massive Black Inc.