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Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter | James Gurney

Category: Art books   Tags: Illustration, Tutorial, Art Technique, Painting

Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter by James Gurney

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Product details:

Paperback: 224 pages

Year: 2010

Author: James Gurney

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

Language: English

Product description:

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


About the Author


James Gurney's unique blending of fact and fantasy has won him worldwide critical acclaim. His work has been featured in one-man exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institution, the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Maison d'Ailleurs Museum in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland, and the U.S. embassies in Switzerland and Yemen. He lives with his wife Jeanette in the Hudson River Valley of New York State.

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