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Unlike many other art books that only give recipes for mixing colors or describe step-by-step painting techniques, Color and Light answers the questions that realist painters continually ask, such as "What happens with sky colors at sunset?," "How do colors change with distance?," and "What makes a form look three-dimensional?"
James Gurney — author and illustrator of the New York Times best-selling Dinotopia books — draws on his experience as a plein air painter and science illustrator to share a wealth of information about the realist painter's most fundamental tools — color and light. He bridges the gap between abstract theory and practical knowledge for traditional and digital artists of all experience levels.
Author — James Gurney
Paperback. 224 pages. 9" × 10½". (23 cm × 27 cm).
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Color and Light
from Fort Worth, Texas
Comments about Dinotopia Color and Light A Guide for the Realist Painter:
Really nice content, great for an aspiring concept artist :)
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Good Book and Great Photos
from North Carolina
The book does a thorough job at covering almost every kind of lighting you will encounter as an artist. The picture references are more than great and I spent hours just browsing through the work of the author. My only complaint is that even though it covers all types of light, it DOES NOT explain the techniques required to achieve that effect as an artist. I felt I was left to just study the 2-3 photo examples that were given in the book. A few things he explains well, but could of been better... Overall, a great book and resource I will use for years to come!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
from French Gulch
This is a really solid book, that explains a LOT of natural phenomena of light and color, both in an artistic and scientific sense. It explains things like lightening and darkening of the sky in relation to the sun's position, cast shadows by clouds, reflections in water, and shows different types of lighting and explains them.It is not a step by step instruction book, but more of a reference book for someone who wants to do paintings where familliar rules of light, color, distance, and level of detail apply.The lessons in the book are worded in a way that someone new to painting like me can still digest, and I haven't felt in over my head reading it. It also explains painting in a very general sense, not focusing specificly on any one media, instead often giving examples from many. The book is even applicable to digital artists like my brother, who also finds it useful. The majority of the example pictures are the author's own work, so in addition to the basic lesson, sometimes he provides background on themes, moods, time of day, etc.I have no complaints about the book, especially at Blick's current pricing, and plan to purchase another by the author.
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