The Practical Handbook of Color for Artists

The Practical Handbook of Color for Artists

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Baker & Taylor
Examines the theory and practice of color, discussing the color wheel, mixing pigments, and using color to express emotions.

Book News
This handbook for artists explains the principles and techniques of using color. Incorporating many examples throughout, it covers the color wheel, charts, ranges, and how to use colors in oils, watercolors, acrylics, and pastels, then the features of various colors, mixing them, using color in composition, interpreting color in a painting, creative possibilities, abstract painting, and experimenting. The book has been translated from the Spanish version, Manual Prácatico del Color para Artistas (2012), by Brunel and Cortabarria. There is no index. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Barron's Educational Publishing
The accomplished artist must have mastery of a variety of visual principles, such as the use of line, light and shadow, perspective--and of course, color. This book teaches every aspect of color, both theory and practice. Opening chapters explain the color wheel, present color charts, and demonstrate using colors in different media. Chapters that follow emphasize practice, presenting illustrated, step-by-step exercises, and using illustrations of finished paintings. Among the book's highlights are--

  • Exploring color--the color wheel, monochrome painting, chromatic scales, and much more
  • Pigments and paint--expressing emotions through color, mixing colors on the palette, mixing color on the painting, and more
  • Building an image with colors--chromatic patterns, painting nudes, flowers and vegetation, seascapes, reflections on water, artificial light, night scenes, and more
  • Being creative with colors--chromatic lyricism, options for color backgrounds, building textures in landscapes, creating abstractions, and much more

    The techniques explained and discussed in detail apply to all traditional color media, including oils, watercolors, acrylics, and pastels. Hundreds of color photos and illustrations.


  • Publisher: Hauppauge, New York :, Barron's,, 2013
    Edition: First edition
    ISBN: 9781438001968
    Characteristics: 240 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm

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