Colour and Light

Colour and Light : A Guide for the Realist Painter

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A researched study on two of art's most fundamental themes, Colour and Light bridges the gap between abstract theory and practical knowledge. Beginning with a survey of under appreciated masters who perfected the use of colour and light, the book examines how light reveals form, the properties of colour and pigments, and the wide variety of atmospheric effects. Gurney cuts through the confusing and contradictory dogma about colour, 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 no.1 bestseller on the Amazon list for art insturction.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 244 pages
  • 228 x 254 x 15.24mm | 911.72g
  • Kansas City, United States
  • English
  • colour illustrations, frontispiece
  • 0740797719
  • 9780740797712
  • 3,664

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From New York Times best-selling author of the Dinotopia series, James Gurney, comes a carefully...
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James Gurney's series of illustrated fantasy adventure stories, beginning with 1992's Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time, produced a generation raised on Gurney's highly realistic paintings of an entirely unreal subject.... Still it was no surprise to the author-artist-blogger and his long-time publisher Andrews McMeel when his recently released second volume of art instruction, Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter, became a bestseller for AMP immediately upon its release in December 2010, selling out its 10,000-copy run in just two months. (Mark Schulz, Publishers Weekly) Dinotopia author and plein-air painter Gurney offers a practical, well-organized, and informative handbook for artists of all levels. (Chronogram Magazine) This is a terrific book, highly recommended not only for young artists but anyone with an interest in traditional art technique. (Karen Haber, Locus)
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About James Gurney

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.
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10,754 ratings
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Got send here by John Silva, seems to be realy good!show more
by Max
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 more
by Audrienne Degiorgio
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 more
by Unknown
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 more
by Katarzyna Zalecka
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