The Practical Handbook of Color for Artists

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The accomplished artist must have mastery of a variety of visual principles, such as the use of line, light and shadow, perspective--and of course, color. This book teaches every aspect of color, both theory and practice. Opening chapters explain the color wheel, present color charts, and demonstrate using colors in different media. Chapters that follow emphasize practice, presenting illustrated, step-by-step exercises, and using illustrations of finished paintings. Among the ...
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Overview


The accomplished artist must have mastery of a variety of visual principles, such as the use of line, light and shadow, perspective--and of course, color. This book teaches every aspect of color, both theory and practice. Opening chapters explain the color wheel, present color charts, and demonstrate using colors in different media. Chapters that follow emphasize practice, presenting illustrated, step-by-step exercises, and using illustrations of finished paintings. Among the book's highlights are--
  • Exploring color--the color wheel, monochrome painting, chromatic scales, and much more
  • Pigments and paint--expressing emotions through color, mixing colors on the palette, mixing color on the painting, and more
  • Building an image with colors--chromatic patterns, painting nudes, flowers and vegetation, seascapes, reflections on water, artificial light, night scenes, and more
  • Being creative with colors--chromatic lyricism, options for color backgrounds, building textures in landscapes, creating abstractions, and much more

The techniques explained and discussed in detail apply to all traditional color media, including oils, watercolors, acrylics, and pastels. Hundreds of color photos and illustrations.

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The first few chapters of this handbook explain perception and concepts of color through color wheels, diagrams, and scales. The rest of the book addresses a wide range of color-related topics in painting, such as pigment, mixing colors, composition, interpreting color, and the emotional power of color. Lush illustrations and step-by-step exercises are plentiful throughout the handbook. VERDICT While this handbook addresses painters specifically, rather than all artists, it contains a wealth of both practical and theoretical information on color from which any artist may learn.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438001968
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2013
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 555,714
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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