by Betty Edwards


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ISBN-13: 9781585422197
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/23/2004
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 195,132
Product dimensions: 7.52(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range: 18 - 14 Years

About the Author

Betty Edwards is professor emeritus of art at California State University in Long Beach, California. She is the author of The New Drawing on the Right Side of the, the world's most widely used drawing instructional, which has been translated into thirteen foreign languages with U.S. sales of almost three million copies. She speaks regularly at universities, art schools, and companies, including the Walt Disney Corporation and the Apple Corporation.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Importance of Colorxiii
Part I
Chapter 1
Drawing, Color, Painting, and Brain Processes2
Seeing Colors as Values3
Why Values Are Important4
The Role of Language in Color and Painting6
The Constancies: Seeing and Believing8
Seeing How Light Changes Colors10
Seeing How Colors Affect Each Other12
Chapter 2
Understanding and Applying Color Theory14
Theories about Color15
Applying Color Theory in Art17
Chapter 3
Learning the Vocabulary of Color20
The Three Primary Colors21
The Three Secondary Colors23
The Six Tertiary Colors23
Analogous Colors23
Complementary Colors25
Naming Colors: The L-Mode Role in Mixing Colors26
The Three Attributes of Color: Hue, Value, and Intensity28
From Naming to Mixing31
Moving from Theory to Practice33
Part II
Chapter 4
Buying and Using Paints and Brushes36
Buying Supplies37
Beginning to Paint41
Mixing a Color44
Exercise 1Subjective Color45
Cleaning Up47
Chapter 5
Using the Color Wheel to Understand Hue48
Exercise 2Making a Color Wheel Template49
Exercise 3Painting the Color Wheel51
Exercise 4Practice in Identifying Hues56
Mixing Colors57
Creating Colors: How Four Pigments Can Become Hundreds of Colors57
Chapter 6
Using the Color Wheel to Understand Value60
Exercise 5Shades of Gray-Constructing a Value Wheel/Hue Scanner61
How to Use Your Value Wheel/Hue Scanner63
How to Lighten and Darken Colors64
Exercise 6Two Color Value Wheels-From White to a Pure Hue, From a Pure Hue to Black65
Other Ways of Lightening and Darkening Colors68
Another Way to Darken a Color70
Summing Up70
Chapter 7
Using the Color Wheel to Understand Intensity72
Exercise 7The Power of the Primaries to Cancel Color73
Exercise 8Creating an Intensity Wheel-From a Pure Hue to No Color and Back Again77
Exercise 9Practice in Naming Hue, Value, and Intensity79
Other Ways to Dull Colors80
Part III
Chapter 8
What Constitutes Harmony in Color?84
The Aesthetic Response to Harmonious Color85
The Phenomenon of After-images86
After-images and the Attributes of Color90
Albert Munsell's Theory of Harmony Based on Balancing Color92
A Definition of Balanced Color93
Chapter 9
Creating Harmony in Color96
Exercise 10Transforming Color Using Complements and the Three Attributes: Hue, Value, and Intensity96
Chapter 10
Seeing the Effects of Light, Color Constancy, and Simultaneous Contrast112
The Next Step: Seeing How Light Affects the Colors of Three-Dimensional Shapes113
Why It Is Difficult to See the Effects of Light115
How to Accurately Perceive Colors Affected by Light116
Three Different Methods of Scanning a Hue116
The Next Step: Estimating the Intensity Level118
The Three-Part Process of Painting119
Exercise 11Painting a Still Life121
Chapter 11
Seeing the Beauty of Color in Nature134
Color Harmony in Flowers135
Floral Painting in Art136
Colors in Nature Differ from Colors of Human-Made Objects139
Exercise 12Painting a Floral Still Life140
Nature as a Teacher of Color155
Chapter 12
The Meaning and Symbolism of Colors156
Attaching Names to Colors157
Using Colors to Express Meaning158
Exercise 13The Color of Human Emotions161
Your Preferred Colors and What They Mean168
Knowing Your Color Preferences and Your Color Expressions171
The Symbolic Meanings of Colors172
Practicing Your Understanding of the Meaning of Color188
Using Your Color Knowledge190

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Color 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a beautiful book! Easy to follow easy to learn from it. The basic and the complex about color in a short volume full of examples and very practical exercises. Excellent!!!
bella2006 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Another very useful book by the author of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, the two books together make for an excellent "art course" at home.
jmorreau on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A follow up to Edwards ' must -read book "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain." Edwards continues her theme of first draw, then learn color, and finally, paint. In her previous book Edwards details the left-brain (language mode), right brain (visual mode) dichotomy. Drawing, she says, requires a "cognitive shift" to the right brain/ visual mode ("the somewhat blissful visual-perceptual mode") This, in turn, requires one to "get in the zone" (which she describes as a loss of sense of time, intense concentration on the task, and difficulty or even inability to use language). Edwards follows up on that notion in this book, espousing the concept that painting requires a back-and-forth shifting from left to right brain functions. This is because of the painter's need to focus on color mixing and matching. (Note: how many times have you heard artist-instructors say that you need to ingrain the fundamentals so that you can be free to focus on just painting?) Beyond this, Edwards' book is very similar to Quiller's books on Color theory. Edwards devotes much of her book to a discussion of hue, value and intensity. She includes some intriguing exercises, particularly in the section on Color Harmony.
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