- Series: James Gurney Art (Book 2)
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; 13642nd edition (November 30, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0740797719
- ISBN-13: 978-0740797712
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.6 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 477 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter (James Gurney Art) Paperback – November 30, 2010
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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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James Gurney's unique blending of fact and fantasy has won Hugo, Chesley, Spectrum, and World Fantasy Awards. His work has been featured in one-man exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institution, the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Delaware Art Museum, and the U.S. embassies in Switzerland and Yemen. He lives with his wife, Jeanette, in the Hudson Valley of New York State.
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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.
I'm a digital painter but the information he passes on can be applied, I believe, to any medium. It's simply learning how light and color works.
The book talks about color in a very practical sense, as you would see them in life. The lessons are observations of light and colors from James Gurney's years of painting experience. He brings his points across with his own beautiful paintings as examples, clearly explaining why and how he uses colors. It amazes me the amount of work James Gurney has created over the years, and this book is filled with them, from his plein-air to Dinopedia paintings.
There are lessons on sources of light, light and form, understanding the color wheel, how light reacts with surfaces and other elements, and visual perception. You'll learn interesting things like why the moon looks blue, when happens to light when it travels through green canopy, tips on mixing colors, and a whole lot more. There are lots of tips and techniques included. The book is also well researched and I enjoy reading the history of color as they were used in the past by other artists.
It's really a no-brainer to pick this up if you're into creating art, or even if you just want to check out the beautiful paintings in the book.
Highly recommended reference. And you should also check out his other book Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn't Exist.
(There are some pictures of the book on my blog, just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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how he painted them.