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Gurney Journey

This daily weblog by Dinotopia creator James Gurney is for illustrators, plein-air painters, sketchers, comic artists, animators, art students, and writers. You'll find practical studio tips, insights into the making of the Dinotopia books, and first-hand reports from art schools and museums.


The Forevertron is a scrap metal sculpture in Wisconsin made in the 1980s by Tom Every. It's one of the largest found-object sculptures in the world. 

Mr. Every collected unusual castoffs for decades to incorporate into his magnum opus, including Thomas Edison dynamos, lightning rods, power plant components, scrap from an ammunition plant, and the decontamination chamber from the Apollo 11 spacecraft.
The backstory is that a Victorian scientist named Dr. Evermor built the Forevertron to "launch himself into the heavens on a magnetic lightning force beam." 
Thanks, Tim Fehr.

Delta Wing Takes to the Track

The revolutionary new race car called the Delta Wing had its first track test on its way to Le Mans this summer. 

(Video link) The car was designed by Ben Bowlby and built by the team at All American Racers, headed up by Dan Gurney and his son Justin. 

Two time Grand Am champion Alex Gurney had the honor of being the first driver to get behind the wheel and try it out on the Buttonwillow Raceway in California, where it delivered a near flawless performance.
All American Racers press release
Previously on GurneyJourney
Alex Gurney, race driver
Goldsworthy Gurney's Steam Carriages

Artist's Facial Hair Poll

It's time to vote for the artist with the best facial hair. The poll is at left.

Artist's Facial Hair Poll

First row: Aivazovsky, Courbet, Friedrich
Second row: Kahlo, Uhde, Dali
Third rowMan Ray, Steele, Dickens
Fourth row: Brancusi, Rodin, Meissonier

----Added later: Dali is the winner. Here are the results, with 519 votes:

  35 (6%)
  20 (3%)
  13 (2%)
  86 (16%)
  84 (16%)
  106 (20%)
Man Ray
  19 (3%)
  39 (7%)
  15 (2%)
  15 (2%)
  22 (4%)
  65 (12%)
Previous Post: Best Facial Hair
Blog on Artists' Beards

Roadside Dinosaurs

Brian Switek, of the Smithsonian blog "Dinosaur Tracking," has gathered up photos of the "Best of the Worst Roadside Dinosaurs." 

Roadside Dinosaurs
This weak-kneed Corythosaurus (photo by Mark Ryan) is propped up alongside Interstate 15 near Victorville, California.

He looks like he's hoping to hitch a ride, and if that doesn't work, he'll just radio back to the orbiting cruiser to return him to Neptune.

Best of the Worst Roadside Dinosaurs

Ghillie Suit

A ghillie suit is a head-to-toe camouflage outfit used to disguise hunters, snipers, wildlife photographers, and paintball enthusiasts.

Also called a "wookie suit," "camo tent," or "yowie suit," typically they're a netlike base covered with scraps of frayed rope, mossy tendrils or leaves. They're far more effective than traditional patterned camouflage because they break up the outline of the form.

They're often used in forest or grassland environments, but they've also become popular for an amusement called "urban camouflage." 

(Direct link to video) A German artist recently hung out in an IKEA store in Stockholm wearing a ghillie suit made to blend in with a big display of colored paper.
Wikipedia on Ghillie Suit

Viking Raid

There wasn’t much to do last night so I joined a raid on IKEA with the Norse Hollywood Vikings.

Viking Raid
One of their customs is the “Valkyrie Pile On” in the sofa department, followed by the “See How Many Vikings You Can Fit into a Shower” gag, and the "Pillow Pillage."

Viking Raid
There were about 25 of us at the banquet. Of course we demanded the Swedish meatballs because they were out of Norway rats. No one challenged armorer and ringleader Tony Swatton when he brought his longhorn cup to the lingonberry drink machine for refills.

Viking Raid
Tony presented me with my helmet as an amazing gift. Wow! Tacka Dig, Tony!!! He based the design on Arthur Denison’s outfit from Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara. The wings are hammered brass, riveted onto a custom-made anodized aluminum helmet shell.

Viking Raid
Then we went on pillage Hooters, where we had to deal with three of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles....but that’s another story.

 Find Norse Hollywood Vikings on Facebook
Tony Swatton's Sword and Stone: Custom-made props and armor for movies
Pick up a signed copy of Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara for a Viking near you!

Unusual Artist Name Poll (at left)

Unusual Artist Name Poll (at left)It wasn't easy, but I narrowed the list of interesting and unusual artist's names down to ten finalists. Thanks for all your great suggestions.

Here they are with links to their Wikipedia page. Please vote for your favorite name (never mind their art) in the poll at left.

Augustus Egg
Cy Twombly
Fra Filippo Lippi
Hercules Brabazon Brabazon
Tibor Gergely
Man Ray
Rupert Bunny
T. Hee
Ub Iwerks
Odd Nerdrum

Previously on GJ:
Unusual Artist's Names

Unusual Artist’s Names

In this age of googling artist names, it's a real advantage to have an unique name. But it's hard to beat some of the really cool and memorable artists' names in history.
Unusual Artist’s Names
First off, there's the great Disney animator T. Hee. 

Unusual Artist’s Names
And here's a portrait of Illarion Pryanishnikov.

And let's not forget Hercules Brabazon Brabazon.

Would you like to nominate some artists for the most interesting or unusual names? Out of your suggestions in the comments, I’ll pick my top ten favorites, and then we’ll put it to a poll.

Wikipedia on T.  (Thornton) Hee
ForevertronDelta Wing Takes to the TrackCarpe DiemArtist's Facial Hair PollRoadside DinosaursBest Facial Hair NominationsGhillie SuitViking RaidUnusual Artist Name Poll (at left)Unusual Artist’s Names

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