This is a portrait of my Olympia SM9 from 1967. This typewriter was made during a high point of German postwar manufacturing, and it is regarded by connoisseurs as one of the finest manual typewriters every built. Before the age of computers, I typed on manuals all the time. I had almost forgotten what it feels like until my 27-year-old son gave me one that he found in a garage sale. I brought it to the student center of a nearby college, and shot a video for Facebook Live of a college mom named Kathleen who spontaneously posed for me while I painted her portrait.
On the facing page, I lettered a thought that occurred to me as I was painting in watercolor, comparing the mental commitment that both activities require.
Then I did a watercolor portrait of the typewriter itself and documented it on video. It was a pleasure doing all this work in a Perfect Sketchbook, which has the perfect kind of paper.
About the Artist
James Gurney is the artist and author best known for his illustrated book series, Dinotopia, which sold over a million copies and landed on the New York Times Bestseller List. Gurney kick-started his freelance illustration career in the 1980s, specialising in painting realistic images of scenes that can’t be photographed, from dinosaurs to ancient civilizations. His work has been featured at solo exhibitions at Smithsonian Institution, Norman Rockwell Museum and Lyman Allyn Museum of Art. Gurney is also a dedicated plein air (outdoor) painter and sketcher, believing that making studies directly from observation fuels his imagination.
View James' work on Instagram @jamesgurneyart.
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- Dimension of frame: 4980mmL x 4050mmH x 320mmW
- With removable backing
- Suitable for The Perfect Sketchbok (B5) or artwork measuring 365mmL x 260mmH
- Natural grained leatherette pasted over frame
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