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Color and How to Use It (Artist's Library series #05) Paperback – January 1, 1984
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That's what the Artist's Library series is all about! The books in this series will help you expand your creativity, overcome technical obstacles, and explore new media. Each 64-page paperback focuses on the materials and methods of a specific medium and provides step-by-step demonstrations, helpful tips, and plenty of encouragement.
The quality of instruction in this series is unsurpassed. Each book is written and illustrated by a professional artist who specializes in the particular medium and is uniquely qualified to guide the reader to a new level of expertise.
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This book is Simple. This book is thorough. It's loaded with visual examples. It packs in a lot of information, everything you need to know to get started, but it doesn't have a bit of extraneous text. It starts with a very brief overview of optics, light and refraction. This section is very brief but also very well written and it's fundamental knowledge to anyone who wants to know how paint actually coordinates with the eye.
Value, Hue and Intensity are next. Then comes one of he best descriptions of the Color Wheel that I have ever read. You Learn about analogous colors, complimentary colors and monochromatic colors. The sections on mixing grays and browns are spot on, A+, they couldn't be done any better. The same for color mixing and color blending, using just a little bit of one or two colors in all the colors of the painting to create harmony.
I don't think one could write a better introduction to Color Theory.
In my younger days I tended toward the browns, and overworking paint usually produces "mud." Knowing where to start with some expectation helps you gain a confidence with your color pallet quicker than the hit and miss surprise. Some of those "happy little accidents" Bob Ross used to call them, are not so happy.
Having a firmer grasp of color and how to use it to convey mood, time, and so forth is extremely helpful in painting in oil or acrylic.
I could never understand how people could look at one color and each describe it in different ways. To some it was warm, to others cool. It was this; it was that; it was another thing. How can one color be so many different things and how do you keep track of it all? Sometimes I felt I was color blind because I just didn't see colors the way other people seemed to see them.
But thank you Mr. Powell and Walter Foster Publishing. I am now beginning to understand how to make color work for me. Sixty-four pages of graphics, examples, easy-to-understand text and principles that make sense all contained in a small, but valuable and portable book.
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Very good book but don't seem to have time to really review it and get the potential that I am sure others will get.Published 9 months ago by Caryle
I lost the french version So I bought this one. A very good book !!!!Published 14 months ago by Erica
I really like the clear explanations of color and I am on my 2nd reading and it will be my no 1 reference.Published 17 months ago by lubo
I was really looking for a very simple approach to color theory that would help me to understand how to put colors together. Read morePublished 24 months ago by S. L. Werner