- Ring-bound: 152 pages
- Publisher: Fairchild Pubns; 2nd edition (April 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1563672006
- ISBN-13: 978-1563672002
- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.8 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #969,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
James Thomas (Jim) Long is an architect, artist, lighting designer, State Board certified Interior Designer, Professor Emeritus in the departments of Photography and Film and Interior Design, and retired chair of Photography and Film at Virginia Commonwealth University. His many design projects have been installed across the USA, and his photographs, paintings, and experimental videos have been exhibited in galleries and museums, and published, internationally. Also, he is the recipient of several grants and awards.
Joy Turner Luke is a painter and owner of Studio 231 in Sperryville, Virginia, where she conducts intensive courses on color and artists paints. She also lectures widely on these topics for art schools and other groups with a specialized interest in color. Among the organizations in which she has been active are the Inter-Society Color Council, where she has served as president; the Munsell Foundation; the Advisory Board of the Munsell Color Laboratory at Rochester Institute of Technology; National Artists Equity Association; and the American Society for Testing and Materials, where she worked on establishing standards for art materials.
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Top Customer Reviews
Sorting all those color chips reminded me of mixing paints--without the mess. It was a good exercise because successful color mixing requires the ability to distinguish hue, value, and chroma.
It also comes with a page that has a color wheel, a grayscale (value scale), and a row of chroma changes for a Red at value 4. It is called a Hue Value/Chroma chart.
Because of the cost of this book, I was hesitant to buy it. I downloaded and read Munsell's "A Color Notation." It struck me as more accurate and less confused than the wide variety of currently popular books on color. It also didn't conflict with anything I already believe about color. I knew interior designers and textile designers use Munsell to create complex and beautiful color schemes. I recognized that there was some order to the best color designs, but I couldn't figure out what the pattern or organization actually was. After reading "A Color Notation," I wanted to know more, so I bought this book.
I have many books on color, but I wish I had read this one first. It actually made sense and cleared up some of the confusion left by the other books. It was well worth the price!
Following are the chapter titles of this 138-page book.
1. The Vocabulary of Munsell--which covers hue, value, chroma.
2. Science, Color, and Art--which discusses the Renaissance, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and the Electronic Age.
3. Light and Color--which talks about the visible and invisible attributes of color and the differences between glossy and matt colors.
4. Vision and Color--which is about how the eye and the brain function, and how they alter perception of color.
5. Color Anomalies, Preference, and Emotional Response--which explains "warm" and "cool" hues, advancing and receding colors.
6. Additive Color Mixture: Mixing Light--which is about the mixture of light beams (used in televisions and computers).
7. Subtractive Color Mixture: Mixing Paints.
8. Relationships among Colors--which talks about simultaneous contrast, successive contrast, separated colors, color assimilation, color texture, and the transparency effect with opaque paints.
9. Combining Colors--which covers color harmony, balance, harmonious sequences, Munsell color paths.
10.Color in Designed Products, Installations and Printing.
But more importantly…I would recommend James Gurneys books on using colour to great effect. and his excellent blog. He does talk about munsell colour theory to great effect. Tons of info out there. But you only learn but working at it, and mixing lots of paint…Not by just buying the book and putting it on your self. Do the work….It is a lifetime of learning…Yes…a lifetime. As you progress..you will go forward, then back, then a bit further ahead and so on…but you learn by painting and looking and mixing paint…under colour balanced lights…Cannot stress that enough …good balanced 5200 degrees Kelvin….L.E.D. lights emit a most constant light output…expensive…but colour is constant…then they fail. Whereas fluorescents…are good for about 5o% of their life and then they change in output…frustrating.
The Munsell Student Set is an inexpensive, good place to start a serious study of color theory. While the construction of color charts (charts and tiny color chips provided) are instructive in themselves and the charts as a great source of color reference for mixing paint, the exercises also help to aid the student in learning to identify values, understand chroma and hues which is especially essential in painting realistically; it also trains the student artist in how colors influence and intensify each other when placed beside or in proximity to each other. Learn also the principle for how colors can be easily harmonized in a painting.
I recommend this set as a good reference and a basis for developing color theory; money is well spent and affordable. A must for the student painter who desires to develop professionally as an artist.