Two of my all time FAVORITE artists have a Birthday this week, James Gurney and Jean-Baptiste Monge!
image copyright Jean-Baptiste Monge
Jean-Baptiste Monge is one of the most talented illustrators on the PLANET! I LOVE his work for its humor, passion and ability to instantly take me into another world (even if only for a moment, those moments are WONDERFUL!). Jean-Baptiste and his artwork are all the BEST things Fantasy Art has to offer!
images copyright James Gurney
James Gurney is the most COMPLETE artist I have ever seen and had the pleasure to meet! He knows that the job of an artist does not end after you create a GREAT piece of art (and he has created HUNDREDS of GREAT pieces of art, just check out Dinotopia: Land Apart from Time, Dinotopia: World Beneath and Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara all INTENSE works of art).
He stresses the importance of artists getting their work out and seen to inspire others creativity at conventions, art shows and museums (just check his touring schedule on his blog, no one works harder to get their work out and seen).
He also stresses the importance of teaching and sharing knowledge. If you learn how to create GREAT art SHARE that knowledge. He shares his knowledge by bloging.....EVERYDAY, two best selling "art technique" books (Imaginative Realism and Color and Light), endless amounts of lecturing / workshops and endless magazine and blog articles teaching techniques.
Both of these GREAT artists are living LEGENDS! So if you get a chance this week let them know how much they are APPRECIATED and how GREAT it is to have their art in our world! LONG LIVE THE KINGS!
(left to right, Margo, Myself, Kristina (my wife!), James Gurney, Jeanette Gurney, Jean-Baptiste, Lester)