Vertex Week: paint a plein air biplane with James Gurney

Paint a plein air biplane with James Gurney

New York Times best-selling author and illustrator James Gurney pitches his easel at a local airport to paint a biplane. James Gurney is the creator of the popular Dinotopia book and TV series, as well as the author of Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn't Exist and Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter – two of the best art training books released.

For Vertex Week 2022, Gurney shares his advice for painting from real life and offers tips and techniques for capturing life as it happens in your watercolour sketches. A lover of fantasy and history Gurney also takes time out to share why research matters as he looks back on aviation art of the past to see how this can affect sci-fi and fantasy illustration today.

Graffiti artist Ekundayo who ventures into the jungle of Hawaii to paint a portrait

If you enjoyed Gurney's tutorial then you really need to watch Cynthia Sheppard's advice for painting from life and how to paint strong shadows in your portraits. We also have a fascinating video from graffiti artist Ekundayo who ventures into the jungle of Hawaii to paint a graffiti portrait from imagination.

If you want to get started in traditional art and follow in the footsteps of Gurney, then take a look at our guide to the best art easels for painting, as well as further advice: art techniques for drawing and painting and the best YouTube art channels.

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Ian Dean
Editor, Digital Arts & Design

Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & Design at Creativebloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and leading video game title Official PlayStation Magazine. In his early career he wrote for music and film magazines including Uncut and SFX. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his experiences to bring the latest news on AI, digital art and video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq, and in his spare time he doodles in Procreate, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5. He's also a keen Cricut user and laser cutter fan, and is currently crafting on Glowforge and xTools M1.