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

Color and Light

A Guide for the Realist Painter


Published: 30th November 2010
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James Gurney, New York Times bestselling 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 colour and light, the book examines how light reveals form, the properties of colour and pigments, and the wide variety of atmospheric effects. Gurney cuts though the confusing and contradictory dogma about colour, 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.

About The Author

James Gurney's unique blending of fact and fantasy has won Hugo, Chesley, Spectrum, and World Fantasy Awards. His work has been featured in one-man exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institution, the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Delaware Art Museum, and the U.S. embassies in Switzerland and Yemen. He lives with his wife, Jeanette, in the Hudson Valley of New York State.


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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Understand
  • Informative
  • Inspirational
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  • Well Written


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    This is a terrific book, highly recommended not only for young artists but anyone with an interest in traditional art technique.(Karen Haber, Locus)"

    ISBN: 9780740797712
    ISBN-10: 0740797719
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 244
    Published: 30th November 2010
    Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
    Country of Publication: US
    Dimensions (cm): 26.7 x 23.1  x 1.5
    Weight (kg): 0.91