Monday, January 30, 2017

Second Chance at Dean Cornwell Book

A second printing of the popular book The Art of Dean Cornwell is in the works via Kickstarter. The first printing was limited to 1000 copies. It quickly sold out, leaving Cornwell fans wishing there was another chance to buy a copy.

Measuring 9x12 inches with 224 pages, the book resembles some of the other books in the Golden Age series published by the Illustrated Press. Although it has a complete biographical summary of Cornwell's life and working methods, the emphasis is on the art itself, with over 260 published full page and in full color, almost entirely from the original paintings and drawings.

A few years ago, I produced a video showing some blurry but fascinating footage of Cornwell at work. (Link to YouTube)

More info about this book
Dean Cornwell second printing on Kickstarter
Read my full review of the original book
Thanks, Ethan Davidson

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Unknown said...

Thank you so much! Can't wait for this book :)

Unknown said...

The video of him painting was very interesting. He worked on quite a large canvas for that painting, I always got the impression that illustrators generally worked on smaller a canvas or board. Also, do you know why Cornwell and Harvey Dunn flicked their brush upwards after each stroke? I'm curious if there was a point to it or if it was just a habit

Unknown said...

It's so rare to find video of a master at work. That video is a treasure.

Unknown said...

Just to let you know James Gurney, since you posted this the amount pledged jumped up $2,00 dollars and now has more than enough to be reprinted!!! :)

James Gurney said...

Ethan, thanks to you for reminding me to do the post. I'm so glad that the book will be reprinted! The publisher tells me that he has some other great titles in the pipeline, including one on Jon Whitcomb that will be coming out in March.

I have no idea why they flicked their brush upward. I guess those sorts of habits get passed on from teacher to student.

Adar, thanks should go to Frank Reilly who shot the video and various people who have passed along the video files so that Reilly's "Artists at Work" series would not be forgotten.