Artist's Little Book of Color

Artist's Little Book of Color

by Simon Jennings

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781770859241
Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date: 08/15/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 515,780
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Simon Jennings is a visiting lecturer at a number of leading art schools. He conceived and designed many books on art and design, including Vincent van Gogh: The Complete Self Portraits and Collins Artist's Manual.


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Introduction

The subject of color is so vast and the ranges of pigments and materials available to the artist so wide, variable and subtle, it is inevitable that the best means of finding out how particular colors really look and handle is by actually using them.

In this book there is a great deal of information about color and its value to the artist. Hundreds of colors are mentioned and shown in the various media in numerous combinations, mixtures and applications. Most artists will admit that the only effective way to knowledge and confidence is to experiment with the actual colors and different media yourself. It is hoped that this book can provide a springboard into the world of color for the artist.

Unfortunately, there is one obvious drawback to it. This is that when it comes to the subtlety of reproducing color all of the colors shown here are printed, not painted. They are not the actual colors at all, but are reproduced by the four color printing process using only four ink colors. Modern printing technology and the skills of graphic reproduction have brought us very close to the reality of seeing real, pure pigment color on the printed page.


Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction
Artists' pigments
Color by color
Blue
Turquoise
Violet
Red
Orange
Yellow
Yellow Ochre
Green
Green Earth
Brown
Black
Grey
White
Color Index
Guide to suppliers
Pigment standards
Color terminology
Index
Acknowledgments


Preface

Introduction

The subject of color is so vast and the ranges of pigments and materials available to the artist so wide, variable and subtle, it is inevitable that the best means of finding out how particular colors really look and handle is by actually using them.

In this book there is a great deal of information about color and its value to the artist. Hundreds of colors are mentioned and shown in the various media in numerous combinations, mixtures and applications. Most artists will admit that the only effective way to knowledge and confidence is to experiment with the actual colors and different media yourself. It is hoped that this book can provide a springboard into the world of color for the artist.

Unfortunately, there is one obvious drawback to it. This is that when it comes to the subtlety of reproducing color all of the colors shown here are printed, not painted. They are not the actual colors at all, but are reproduced by the four color printing process using only four ink colors. Modern printing technology and the skills of graphic reproduction have brought us very close to the reality of seeing real, pure pigment color on the printed page.


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