Services Vehicle: James Gurney – Dinotopia

Dinotopia is a fictional utopia created by author and illustrator James Gurney. It is the setting for the book series with which it shares its name. Dinotopia is an isolated island inhabited by shipwrecked humans and sentient dinosaurs who have learned to coexist peacefully as a single symbiotic society.

From 1995, James Gurney worked with a number of other authors on a series of short novels for children using the Dinotopia characters and themes.

Two full-length adult fantasy novels were also issued with Gurney’s authority, written by Alan Dean Foster: Dinotopia Lost (1996) and Hand of Dinotopia (1999).” (Good Reads)

James Gurney is an artist that has created the Dinotopia world. As the name suggests it is about dinosaurs. I do find his style of work really detailed and very pleasing to look at. The reason why I am looking at his work is because he has designed a robot that has been influenced by a dinosaur or a creature of some sort. james-gurney-1

This is the design. It looks like it has been based on a prehistoric sort of creature. The robot is called Arthur’s Strutter, which in the story Arthur has found it in a cave beneath the island (Nuthin’ But Mech)


I really like how the robot is designed because to be honest it doesn’t look like a dinosaur to me, more like a big fat cat, tiger like thing. Although now that I am looking at this image and how the robot is “jumping” or “running” it does remind me more of a dinosaur now.

I think that because I did want to create a something that looks more like an animal rather than a vehicle, this would be the right way to go. Which is to create something so fully mechanical that looks man made but that also looks like a creature I’ll be basing my design on.


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