Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara, from the visions of James Gurney

by Fred Showker

Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara

Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara If you've followed this series, then you need no further introduction! If you haven't followed this, or you know someone who loves fantasy and art, this is well worth your look. I've found Mr. Gurney's works to be spectacular in every respect. You may have seen our review of Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time -- I think you'll like this one too!

Professor Denison, the intrepid 19th-century explorer, is back! Some time ago, the professor discovered a lost island where humans and dinosaurs dwell in harmony. Now the professor and Bix, his dinosaur companion, have been summoned to the forbidden empire of Chandara. But when they lose their invitation from the emperor, the adventurers must cross the border penniless and in disguise.

A vivid narrative, accompanied by enchanting illustrations, traces their journey and its spectacular sights: a village composed of three ships propped up on end, a 50-foot-tall Brachiosaurus outfitted for firefighting, an Allosaurus tending its hatchlings, and other memorable scenes.


A stand-alone sequel to the first two Dinotopia books, Journey to Chandara offers the perfect introduction to James Gurney's fantasy world for readers of all ages. Filled with magnificent full-color paintings, cutaway views, and mechanical diagrams, this newly expanded deluxe edition includes a behind-the-scenes featurette filled with rare insights from the author/illustrator.

Zooming into the pages to show step-by-steps and closeups, he shares the methods he uses to achieve realism, such as: Preliminary sketches and storyboards. Area-by-area painting over an careful underdrawing. Physical maquettes for lighting reference. in his fantasy universe where dinosaurs and humans live in peaceful interdependence.

Enjoy these samples, just click to advance the slide show, and be sure not to miss the video below the samples!

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GO Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara by James Gurney
GO Get a super close-up from one of Gurney's paintings
GO Here's a panorama of the city

Here's the video trailer, chatting with author James Gurney

click here James Gurney is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Dinotopia book series. He designed the World of Dinosaurs stamps for the U.S. Postal Service and has worked on over a dozen assignments for National Geographic magazine, painting reconstructions of Moche, Kushite, and Etruscan civilizations. He has won the Hugo, Chesley, Spectrum, and World Fantasy Awards.

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        +FredShowker, Editor / Publisher @Showker
      Published online since 1988

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