Saturday, February 18, 2017

Tennessee man builds Dinotopia in miniature

Photos by Jack Vance of the Johnson City Times
Bill Lankford, 78, of Johnson City, Tennessee, built this amazing miniature of Dinotopia.

He worked on the 12-foot-long creation for over a year. It includes stairways, bridges, canals inspired by scenes from Waterfall City, Pooktook, and Sauropolis. 


His wife Linda helped him by sculpting over 100 humans and dinosaurs using epoxy sculpting compound

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The miniature world has been packed up and shipped to Taipei to be exhibited in the Miniatures Museum of Taiwan.

Feature article about Lankford's Dinotopia miniature.

9 comments:

Dow said...

Wow!

Steve said...

Very cool. At what point in his process did you learn of Lankford's work?

James Gurney said...

Steve, I just found out about it yesterday via Google Alerts. Since then we've corresponded and he has been teaching me some new build methods and materials.

Martha said...

Wow, that's great!

JaneBucci said...

WoW! So Cool!

Travis Colley said...

Hi there, thanks for sharing the great work and much inspiration.

I have an ergonomic sort of question, basically about working with your paper clipped or mounted in place, as opposed to freely moving and rotating your work around to make arm and hand strokes in a more convenient way sometimes. In your videos it seems that you always leave your paper in place. Do you have any comments or suggestions about this? Do you always work with upright/angled paper, or sometimes flat depending on more watery watercolor. Cheers!

James Gurney said...

Travis, I do turn my studio work upside down or sideways quite a bit, probably more than it would appear in the videos. When I'm shooting video I don't want to disorient the viewer too much, so you see it right side up almost always. With location sketching, turning the work isn't so easy when it's clipped on the easel.

Robert Michael Walsh said...

I'm a day late, but I thought a link to Bill Lankford's work would be useful. http://www.billlankford.com/Landscaping%20List.htm

Bronwen said...

Woah, that's amazing.