Color : A Course in Mastering the Art of Mixing Colors

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Millions of people have learned to draw using the methods of Dr. Betty Edwards's bestseller The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Now, much as artists progress from drawing to painting, Edwards moves from black-and-white into color. This much-awaited new guide distills the enormous existing knowledge about color theory into a practical method of working with color to produce harmonious combinations. Using techniques tested and honed in her five-day intensive color workshops, Edwards provides a basic understanding of how to see color, how to use it, and-for those involved in art, painting, or design-how to mix and combine hues. Including more than 125 color images and exercises that move from simple to challenging, this volume explains how to: see what is really there rather than what you know in your mind about colored objects
perceive how light affects color, and how colors affect one another
manipulate hue, value, and intensity of color and transform colors into their opposites
balance color in still-life, landscape, figure, and portrait painting
understand the psychology of color
harmonize color in your surroundings While we recognize and treasure the beautiful use of color, reproducing what we see can be a challenge. Accessibly unweaving color's complexity, this must-have primer is destined to be an instant classic.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 191 x 229 x 12mm | 612.35g
  • Jeremy P Tarcher
  • Los Angeles, United States
  • English
  • 1585422193
  • 9781585422197
  • 19,294

About Betty Edwards

Betty Edwards is professor emeritus of art at California State University in Long Beach, California. She is the author of The New Drawing on the Right Side of the, the world's most widely used drawing instructional, which has been translated into thirteen foreign languages with U.S. sales of almost three million copies. She speaks regularly at universities, art schools, and companies, including the Walt Disney Corporation and the Apple Corporation.
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I've had the opportunity to read lots of how-to guides/courses on this and many other subjects, but this book is surely something different. Written in the way everyone can understand, the author managed to explain complicated theories and facts about how to see, understand and reproduce the colors around us (and not only that). From how to prepare your working area to the science behind the colors, this book isn't a simple "painting in color for dummies" guide but a fantastic lecture that will surely provoke many of those "Aha!" moments along the way. This book is something I'd recommend not only to art students or art appreciators but to those who would like to understand a bit more the world of colors and what they mean in our everyday more
by Unknown
This would have to be the best book i have ever read about color. Mixing color, using color and the theory behind color. All written in a language that anyone can understand. I teach art to adults and i have found that using quotes from this book has made is so easy to explain color to my students. I am a visual learner and the pictures just walk you through the story. The words are easy to understand and my retention of what I read was unexpected. I recommend this to all my students and they all go out and purchase more
by patrick Ketter
"If you want to know, in language that you'll understand, what is colour, its make-up, how to identify them, how to mix them, how to use the mixes, how to paint with them, understanding design colours; if this is what you want to know; buy this book it's in my opinion the best available."show more
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