Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter

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Andrews McMeel Publishing, Nov 30, 2010 - Art - 224 pages
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From New York Times best-selling author of the Dinotopia series, James Gurney, comes a carefully crafted and researched study on color and light in paintings. This art instruction book will accompany the acclaimed Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn’t Exist.

James Gurney, New York Times best-selling author and artist of the Dinotopia series, follows Imaginative Realism with his second art-instruction book, Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter. A researched study on two of art's most fundamental themes, Color and Light bridges the gap between abstract theory and practical knowledge. Beginning with a survey of underappreciated masters who perfected the use of color and light, the book examines how light reveals form, the properties of color and pigments, and the wide variety of atmospheric effects. Gurney cuts though the confusing and contradictory dogma about color, testing it in the light of science and observation. A glossary, pigment index, and bibliography complete what will ultimately become an indispensible tool for any artist.

This book is the second in a series based on his blog, gurneyjourney.com. His first in the series, Imaginative Realism, was widely acclaimed in the fantastical art world, and was ranked the #1 Bestseller on the Amazon list for art instruction.

"James Gurney's new book, Color and Light, cleverly bridges the gap between artistic observation and scientific explanation. Not only does he eloquently describe all the effects of color and light an artist might encounter, but he thrills us with his striking paintings in the process." --Armand Cabrera, Artist

 

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Absolute must have for artists that deal with color. If you don't quite understand how color works then GET THIS BOOK! I learned more from Gurneys $20 dollar lesson on color and light than I ever did from a $120 academic book. So it's more than worth the price. Just get the book; what are you doing still reading this? Hop on Amazon and get this freaking book. What are you stupid? Go get the book. Borrow the $20 if you have to.  

Contents

introduCtion
8
the aCademiC tradition
14
Pleinair movements
20
sourCes of light
28
Candlelight and firelight
34
luminesCenCe
40
the form PrinCiPle
46
half shadoW
52
Chroma and value
76
the green ProBlem
82
Pigments
90
Warm underPainting
96
Palette arrangements
102
visual PerCePtion mountain streams 202
138
lights
148
surfaCes and glossary 214
158

frontal lighting
58
light from BeloW
64
limitations of the form PrinCiPle
70
highlights
164
Photos vs oBservation
170
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

James Gurney s unique blending of fact and fantasy has won Hugo, Chesley, Spectrum, and World Fantasy Awards. His work has been featured in one-man exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institution, the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Delaware Art Museum, and the U.S. embassies in Switzerland and Yemen. He lives with his wife, Jeanette, in the Hudson Valley of New York State.

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