Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter

Color and Light A Guide for the Realist Painter From New York Times best selling author of the Dinotopia series James Gurney comes a carefully crafted and researched study on color and light in paintings This art instruction book will accompany t

  • Title: Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter
  • Author: James Gurney
  • ISBN: 9780740797712
  • Page: 496
  • Format: Paperback
  • From New York Times best selling author of the Dinotopia series, James Gurney, comes a carefully crafted and researched study on color and light in paintings This art instruction book will accompany the acclaimed Imaginative Realism How to Paint What Doesn t Exist.James Gurney, New York Times best selling author and artist of the Dinotopia series, follows Imaginative ReaFrom New York Times best selling author of the Dinotopia series, James Gurney, comes a carefully crafted and researched study on color and light in paintings This art instruction book will accompany the acclaimed Imaginative Realism How to Paint What Doesn t Exist.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 indispensable tool for any artist.This book is the second in a series based on his blog, gurneyjourney His first in the series, Imaginative Realism, was widely acclaimed in the fantastical art world, and was ranked the 1 Bestseller on the 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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    1. (More pictures at parkablogs)Color and Light is the latest book from James Gurney and it's fantastic. It is a very accessible guide that's filled with interesting and useful information on color and light. It's fortunate we have so many colors today at our disposable, and now with this book, something to help make sense of them.The book talks about color in a very practical sense, as you would see them in life. The lessons are observations of light and colors from James Gurney's years of paintin [...]

    2. Summary review: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - Let me be very clear on this point. This book comes very highly recommended by me. James Gurney's coverage of the topic of colour and light is comprehensive. Plus it is accessible art instruction of a very high order. I've not come across any other book about colour by a practising artist and illustrator which covers this topic in such breadth and depth and makes it accessible as well.* I've got ones which are more technical - but they're much less accessible [...]

    3. Good introduction to colour and light. Interesting perspectives into the thought processes on how to look at a scene and deconstruct it, explain it and then paint it. James Gurney also has a nice youtube channel: youtube/user/gurneyjourney.

    4. 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 ar [...]

    5. This is another book every art person should own. However, it is a little "hand-wavy" as most art books unfortunately are. James Gurney at least stays away from weird mythical art mumbo-jumbo, as he actually has a formal scientific background (archeologist). He has a very active, informative blog on which you can see his rather rigorous methods. This book is more like a discovery channel documentary than a serious textbook. Nonetheless, Gurney's attention to detail shines through and he at least [...]

    6. A companion volume to Gurney's excellent "Imaginative Realism," "Color and Light" provides intelligent, practical advice on what the author describes as "the painter's two most fundamental tools." Gurney discusses elements of color, color mixing, surfaces and effects, light and form, atmospheric perspective, and much more in clear, understandable terms. The book is lavishly illustrated with examples and includes a brief but comprehensive history of the title subjects from the Renaissance to the [...]

    7. This is definitely a good book, specially for people who use watercolor. It explains how light and color work on several different scenarios in a very thorough and detailed fashion, always with several examples. It also contains a ton of references and indications of other books on the subject. The book is heavy on technical content, but it is still a pleasant and informative reading. Definitely recommend it!

    8. For years I didn't read this book thinking it was about dinosaurs etc. This guy knows his stuff. This is serious information packaged in an imaginative cover, probably one of the most serious art instruction books out there & probably not for a beginner either, unless you are serious about learning.

    9. James Gurney is the best. This book is a practical and unadorned guide to color and light, and from my limited experience the first book I'd recommend someone interested in the subject. The book is filled with useful information and contains no unnecessary fluff. Each section is paired with useful examples that clearly shows the principle he is discussing. I'll be returning to it for years.

    10. I am more of a sketcher, so perhaps not the most practical art book to me but it is a great insight on how a professional fantasy, science fiction, and palaeological illustrator goes to work.Delving deeper into colour theory and the theoretical side of painting, it is perhaps a duller read than James Gurney's Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn't Exist, which I would advise to buy first. Unless of course, you are specifically looking for colour theory.

    11. An amazing book! This book is so full of helpful information that I am glad I purchased a copy rather than borrowing it from the library. I am sure I will return to this book constantly to review the valuable information and admire the beautiful artwork.

    12. Leicht verständlich, viele konkrete, praktische Tipps und diese Bilder! Ich komme einfach nicht darüber hinweg wie genial diese Gemälde sind. Wahrscheinlich brauche ich also ganz bald seine Dinotopia-Bücher. Wahnsinn.

    13. Yeah I do like this book and I think it is so informative, an awesome reference to have by your side and periodically browse through. Although it got a bit complicated for my from the chapter about gamut masks onwards and I believe I'll have to revisit those chapters in the future.

    14. Even if majority of the paintings in this book are made with oils, I still highly recommend this to any artist no matter what medium you use, it's not just for painters. Even digital and stylized artists should own this! The photos of artworks in this alone is already worth the price (I actually originally bought this solely just for the paintings), what more if you will learn so much from it in order for you to render your art with harmony. You will learn new things from each topic and I honest [...]

    15. An absolute gem of a book. Every page is packed with exactly the sort of technical discussion that most other authors of art method books avoid. James Gurney has put together a concise but quite thorough compendium of technical aspects of representational work, regardless of material really. Whether you are working with oils or lace ribbons or Maya, this book should be required reading. Approaching the topics from the angles of optics, pigment history, traditional technique and computer graphics [...]

    16. Overall I found the book quite interesting, his works and illustrations are also often impressive and there are a lot of interesting fun facts in it however these latter two points are also the places where I think the book could have been better. I was expecting based on the promotion for the book to be more of an educational book, with more teaching, instead a good portion of it seemed to be oriented towards showcasing the author's works and trivia. I would have appreciated it even more if the [...]

    17. If I could give this book 6 stars, I would in a heartbeat. This book is an incredible resource for artists to learn about the effects of light and color in different scenarios. Recommended for ANY artist. *Some nude figures"The expression of beauty is by emotion. The person who can communicate his emotions to the soul of the other is the artist." (Alphonse Mucha, quoted in Color and Light, James Gurney, pg. 22)."More paintings fail because of too much intense color rather than too much gray." (C [...]

    18. Keep this book under your pillow artists !!!James Gurney will open your eyes to new tricks and tips which make paintings magical. Just like magicians, we would need these to manipulate our concepts and trick viewers into our deceptive moonlight ;)In my opinion though, there are more than necessary knowledge offered in the book. I would need to read it again and again every time I finish a piece of art to reflect it. A good practice I can think of is that with each tips delivered in the book, you [...]

    19. I would recommend this book to any artist wanting to paint in a more realistic style. James Gurney explains what is involved when painting subjects, both observed and imagined, when it comes to the use of color and light. He discusses color choices for specific situations and how light affects what we see and how we paint. This is not a "how to" book with specific suggested lessons, but every page has information that can be used for experimentation. The book is beautifully illustrated, mostly w [...]

    20. A fantastic book to give to any artists or art lover. It takes a romp through many art terms in a non academic sounding way, but does bring in strands of academic study into the eye, the physics of colour etc. BUT don't let theat put you off. Gurney uses examples primarily from his own work (landscape, portrait) but also his published fantasy work. BUT again don't l;et that put you off as his descriptions are very well put.He talks amongst other things about sources of light, light and form, spo [...]

    21. James Gurney (creator of "Dinotopia") has delivered an amazing book on the subjects of Color and Light. Both practical and insightful, the instruction provided throughout this book is top notch. This is a book that every serious artist should read. Each of the topics are represented by gorgeous paintings by the author - including "Dinotopia" and personal work. Having never read "Dinotopia", I have already ordered it based on the fantastic paintings that are represented throughout the book, and l [...]

    22. Fantastic resource for painters, i'd give it six stars if allowed 6 stars.Although the title and description doesn't mention oil painting specifically, almost all the paintings shown in this book are in oil. But the basics are applicable to any medium. He guides you through the basics thoroughly, how colour theory started, how it light in the sky refracts, etc. He covers every aspect there is, even those you won't think you would need (but one day will). This isn't a step by step tutorial book, [...]

    23. Fantastic book - just what I was looking for. Gurney has a great inquisitiveness about the world and why things are how they are. Fortunately his has collated his years of study into Colour and Lightso that we have the knowledge at our fingertips.I did feel the book fell down sometimes in the explanation and consider more scientific diagrams might have helped in places, but if needed one can always explore the subject matter more thoroughly. The main thing is he gives aspects that might not have [...]

    24. 15 March 20013 - 30 January 2014Good book, the writing and art of James Gurney are great but I'm no longer creating realist art. His blog is worthwhile too.2 June 2014Restarted reading because I realised that abstract artists need to learn many of the same skills as realist artists. Unfortunately there are no technical books for abstract art. At least I like reading James Gurney

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