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Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter (Volume 2) (James Gurney Art) Paperback – November 30, 2010
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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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- Publisher : Andrews McMeel Publishing; 13642nd edition (November 30, 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0740797719
- ISBN-13 : 978-0740797712
- Item Weight : 2.01 pounds
- Dimensions : 9 x 0.6 x 10.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is not a book on how to mix color, but rather is a book on how to properly use color and light in your paintings. All concepts are wonderfully illustrated by Gurney's own paintings, which include paintings from his Dinotopia books as well as his Fine Art paintings.
His instruction on the use of gamut masks to select the range of colors to use in a painting is alone worth the price of the book to me. Also his method of mixing color strings of the colors to be used in a painting is going to be very useful to me. The assumption is that you will already know how to mix the colors, these recommendations tell you how to decide what colors need to be mixed.
He goes over the effects of different lighting and helps the reader to understand how different sources will interact in not only the lighted areas but also in the shadows.
There is much more in this book that is of great value to realist artists. Each concept is presented in a couple of pages and related concepts are grouped into chapters.
An outstanding book! It is exactly what I needed.
Was not impressed with a couple of hundred pages of various paintings with a few paragraphs accompanying each. The complicated mathematical equation was a bore. Don’t waste your money and time. I’m donating mine. In “Daily Painting” by Carol Marine, she held nothing back. It’s a genuine treasure of instructions.
I'm 75% of the way through this book, and I feel like this book is giving me an equivalent set of tools to appreciate visual art. It's amazing. My hobby is miniature figure painting, and I was in deep, and this book has made it that much better. The brilliant bit is that I look at the world around me a see stuff in new ways all the time. Some things you need to practice, but a lot of this book is just pointing things out that you can observe all the time in the world around you.
So I'm very happy with this purchase. If you are or were an art major, maybe you don't need this book, but for us ignorant n00bs coming into an artistic hobby later in life, this book is great. The language is concise and to the point, with typically multiple excellent examples on every page spread. One has only to connect the words and the pictures and the concepts leap out.
I haven't found anything I don't like about this book. I suppose I could say that sometimes he only dips into certain concepts just to explain the part of that concept that backs up what he's trying to show you in the book. Additive vs. subtractive color mixing, for example - he explains additive but there doesn't appear to be an equivalent explanation of subtractive, or why it is called subtractive. My brain just wants to know these things! But this isn't a flaw, this is just something to note and follow up on later, which makes the learning experience, in my opinion, that much richer.
The book deals with color in a very practical sense, including rethinking the color wheel, mixing colors, and the history of pigments. Mr. Gurney also helps to remove some of the confusion in setting up an appropriate and workable palette.
I found the lessons on sources of light, visual perception, atmospheric effects, and his explanation of how light reacts with surfaces and other elements to be both helpful and fascinating. You'll find information on gamut mapping, underpainting, glazes, and the painting of hair to name just a few. There are numerous techniques and painting tips scattered throughout the book.
The various theories of color and light are demonstrated on beautiful color depictions of James Gurney's own paintings as well as the work of a number of other accomplished artists who have perfected the portrayal of color and light in their own paintings.
This is a thoroughly informative and enjoyable book and I highly recommend it to any artist working to improve their own paintings.
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This said, there are a lot of interesting topics that are not usually covered separately in most books. The chapters on light sources were something I found inspirational, to the extent that I found myself looking closely at the qualities of reflected light in the cityscape I have been working on.
There are sections in the book I am unsure about. The idea of gamut mapping to choose colours is an idea I find overly technical and unsympathetic and am unlikely to adopt. But generally I was delighted to find many things in this book that I had learnt by observation and to find out the scientific basis for them. It would have saved me a lot of trial and error over the decades if I had owned this book at college.
There are also a good few interesting techniques to try out that are new to me. Although I tend to premix some gouache greys before starting to paint I haven't tried premixing most of the colours for a piece before I begin. Or pre painted skies to base plein air pieces on, come to that.
This is an interesting book that I think any painter will derive some benefit from. You may not agree with everything the author advocates but it will definitely make you think. Unfortunately it is not a book for the complete beginner, unless they are willing to glean what they can and then put it away for later. But if you are already a painter it will not only confirm what you have already learnt but also give you a lot of new ideas. Definitely worth buying.
In fact the entire presentation within the book is based on compact two page explanations of each aspect he deals with giving a written explanation and illustrated with associated paintings and diagrams.
His approach is a revelation and provides a fascinating record of his thoughts and achievements in the normal and fantasy worlds that he is famous for (eg Dinotropia).
I found this to be a fascinating and informative read and would recommend it to anyone interested in art and/or fantasy art.
The book itself is nice and big (just under A4 sized) and done in a glossy paper that lets the numerous paintings within shine. There is reams of passion not only in the paintings provided by Gurney himself but also in his writing, which shows even on more mundane topics like 'pigment'. It is a very good price especially considering this quality.
I really don't know how I could gush about this book any more so if you have a serious interest in pursuing art pick this book up and use the information inside to your advantage.