This past week has seen a lot of inspiring additions to the Eagle + Wolf library.
While at Goodwill today, I was super excited to see a copy of Dinotopia on the shelf. In an illustration conversation with Jake a few months ago (weird, we NEVER talk about drawing), I remembered this book and the amazing illustrations, and realized that I hadn’t thought about it in years.
The book, written and illustrated by James Gurney, is layed out in a sort of scientific/documentary fashion, from the eyes of an explorer who disappeared from a ship and was never seen again. Where he ended up was in Dinotopia – a lost island where humans and dinosaurs coexist.
This layout includes handwritten script, implying that the explorer drew this in his research book.
I was obsessed with Dinotopia when I was about 11 years old. My brother and I loved dinosaurs, and this book blew me away. Gurney created an entire world, replete with details about the language, architecture, and all facets of the culture on this island.
A vertebral drawbridge?!
As it turned out, this book was a nerdy fantastical pot of gold – it’s sold over a million copies and spawned a whole series of related books. Overall, I am still in awe of the amazing scope Gurney accomplished with his fantasy world. And dinosaurs are still cool, Jake.
Heh heh, NO, we did not get this book. We just thought it was funny.
Another awesome book: The Selby is in Your Place. This book is based on the site, theselby.com, and is a project started by Todd Selby. Todd is a photographer who visits the homes of random interesting people and documents all the rad stuff they have. All his subjects seem to be from the creative vein – designers, artists, musicians, stylists, photographers – who are all happily nesting and enjoying the fruits of their creative labors.
Looking at this book and the site will probably make you INSANELY JEALOUS.
Lookit all this cool stuff!!
But it’s all very inspiring too. There are a lot of great ideas to pull from for my own illustrations, and looking at all these different homes gives you an itch to start collecting weird, random objects for your own house.
Holy crap, who remembers the Omnibot 2000?
I know a few people who wouldn’t mind owning this.
I also picked up a Jack London collection book, which of course includes Call of the Wild. I last read this in the 5th grade, and this lil’ wolf will be happy to read it again.
So much good fuel for the fire. These books are integral to the creative process. Sometimes when I’m in a rut, sitting and flipping through the right book can lend me some inspiration.
Aw crap, more shoes?? I picked up two more pairs this weekend – they were dirt cheap and awesome and I couldn’t resist. Where am I going to put all these things? Don’t be surprised if these little tuxedo dippers end up in a drawing somewhere.