Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter

Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) James Gurney

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  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 244 pages
  • Dimensions: 229mm x 264mm x 20mm | 930g
  • Publication date: 9 December 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Kansas City
  • ISBN 10: 0740797719
  • ISBN 13: 9780740797712
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations, frontispiece
  • Sales rank: 2,220

Product description

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 indispensable tool for any artist. This book is the second in a series based on his blog, 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.

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Author information

Author and illustrator James Gurney brings a perspective of realism and scientific accuracy to his work. His art currently appears in museum exhibitions around the world.

Customer reviews

By Max 19 May 2013 5

Got send here by John Silva, seems to be realy good!

By Audrienne Degiorgio 01 Feb 2013 5

You know how it feels when you find that book that feels like you've just found the holy grail?

This is one of those books. This is information that is a must have to any artists if you're serious about learning what truly is needed to learn about painting or rendering truly good images with color and volume.

This is what all the other technique books are lacking, which is a sad fact.

By Agnes Preszler 06 Sep 2011 5

Beautifully illustrated, very informative, this book explains many natural phenomena that quite all art technique books simply skip. Illumination types, color of light and shadow, gamut masks, a lot of useful information for realist painters.

By Katarzyna Zalecka 30 Mar 2011 5

While the book seems to be mainly directed at traditional painters (me being digital) I find the break down of different light types and applications of colors quite helpful.

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This is a terrific book, highly recommended not only for young artists but anyone with an interest in traditional art technique. (Karen Haber, Locus)