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Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter (2010)

by James Gurney

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I’m usually not a fan of instructional art books. All to often, they devolve into breaking things down into a series of steps, or simply showing a the different stages of one image. While this breakdown might be helpful in creating that one painting or drawing, it rarely helps you develop the skills needed to apply to original work.

Thankfully, Color and Light is not that sort of book. Instead it is a wonderfully useful guide to how color and light works and how to incorporate them into your artwork.

That’s another benefit of the book – since it focuses on color and light and not on a specific medium, it is applicable for all sorts of media and field. While it’s geared towards artists, either traditional or digital, who create their artwork from the ground up, the information on color schemes could also be useful to a photographer.

This book is full to the brim of all sorts of useful information, from different types of lighting, to ways to think of the color wheel, to how you create different surface effects. Each topic is covered in a two page spread, which, while simple, effectively conveys what you need to now.

Which brings me to another topic. I can’t believe that I’m already five paragraphs into this review and haven’t mentioned how wonderful James Gurney’s art is. If you know anything about James Gurney, you’ll know that he’s the creator of Dinotopia, and luckily for us, he uses his own highly imaginative and beautiful paintings to help illustrate the principals in his book.

If you are at all interested in art, this is a book that you should at least flip through. Even if you don’t create your own artwork, you may very well want to marvel at the beauty inside this book. ( )
  pwaites | Sep 27, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0740797719, Paperback)

James Gurney, New York Times best-selling author and artist of the Dinotopia series, follows Imaginative Realism with his second art-instruction book, Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter. A researched study on two of art's most fundamental themes, Color and Light bridges the gap between abstract theory and practical knowledge. Beginning with a survey of underappreciated masters who perfected the use of color and light, the book examines how light reveals form, the properties of color and pigments, and the wide variety of atmospheric effects. Gurney cuts though the confusing and contradictory dogma about color, testing it in the light of science and observation. A glossary, pigment index, and bibliography complete what will ultimately become an indispensible tool for any artist.

This book is the second in a series based on his blog, gurneyjourney.com. His first in the series, Imaginative Realism, was widely acclaimed in the fantastical art world, and was ranked the #1 Bestseller on the Amazon list for art instruction.

"James Gurney's new book, Color and Light, cleverly bridges the gap between artistic observation and scientific explanation. Not only does he eloquently describe all the effects of color and light an artist might encounter, but he thrills us with his striking paintings in the process." --Armand Cabrera, Artist

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Color and Light bridges the gap between abstract theory and practical knowledge.

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