Color A Course in Mastering the Art of Mixing Colors

ISBN-10: 1585422193

ISBN-13: 9781585422197

Edition: 2004

Authors: Betty Edwards

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Millions of people have learned to draw using the methods of Dr. Betty Edwards's bestseller The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Now, much as artists progress from drawing to painting, Edwards moves from black-and-white into color. This new guide distills the enormous existing knowledge about color theory into a practical method of working with color to produce harmonious combinations. Using techniques tested and honed in her five-day intensive color workshops, Edwards provides a basic understanding of how to see color, how to use it, and-for those involved in art, painting, or design-how to mix and combine hues. Including more than 125 color images and exercises that move from simple to challenging, this volume explains how to: - see what is really there rather than what you "know" in your mind about colored objects - perceive how light affects color, and how colors affect one another - manipulate hue, value, and intensity of color and transform colors into their opposites - balance color in still-life, landscape, figure, and portrait painting - understand the psychology of color - harmonize color in your surroundings While we recognize and treasure the beautiful use of color, reproducing what we see can be a challenge. Accessibly unweaving color's complexity, this must-have primer is destined to be an instant classic.
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List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/23/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Introduction: The Importance of Color
Drawing, Color, Painting, and Brain Processes
Seeing Colors as Values
Why Values Are Important
The Role of Language in Color and Painting
The Constancies: Seeing and Believing
Seeing How Light Changes Colors
Seeing How Colors Affect Each Other
Understanding and Applying Color Theory
Theories about Color
Applying Color Theory in Art
Learning the Vocabulary of Color
The Three Primary Colors
The Three Secondary Colors
The Six Tertiary Colors
Analogous Colors
Complementary Colors
Naming Colors: The L-Mode Role in Mixing Colors
The Three Attributes of Color: Hue, Value, and Intensity
From Naming to Mixing
Moving from Theory to Practice
Buying and Using Paints and Brushes
Buying Supplies
Beginning to Paint
Mixing a Color
Subjective Color
Cleaning Up
Using the Color Wheel to Understand Hue
Making a Color Wheel Template
Painting the Color Wheel
Practice in Identifying Hues
Mixing Colors
Creating Colors: How Four Pigments Can Become Hundreds of Colors
Using the Color Wheel to Understand Value
Shades of Gray-Constructing a Value Wheel/Hue Scanner
How to Use Your Value Wheel/Hue Scanner
How to Lighten and Darken Colors
Two Color Value Wheels-From White to a Pure Hue, From a Pure Hue to Black
Other Ways of Lightening and Darkening Colors
Another Way to Darken a Color
Summing Up
Using the Color Wheel to Understand Intensity
The Power of the Primaries to Cancel Color
Creating an Intensity Wheel-From a Pure Hue to No Color and Back Again
Practice in Naming Hue, Value, and Intensity
Other Ways to Dull Colors
What Constitutes Harmony in Color?
The Aesthetic Response to Harmonious Color
The Phenomenon of After-images
After-images and the Attributes of Color
Albert Munsell's Theory of Harmony Based on Balancing Color
A Definition of Balanced Color
Creating Harmony in Color
Transforming Color Using Complements and the Three Attributes: Hue, Value, and Intensity
Seeing the Effects of Light, Color Constancy, and Simultaneous Contrast
The Next Step: Seeing How Light Affects the Colors of Three-Dimensional Shapes
Why It Is Difficult to See the Effects of Light
How to Accurately Perceive Colors Affected by Light
Three Different Methods of Scanning a Hue
The Next Step: Estimating the Intensity Level
The Three-Part Process of Painting
Painting a Still Life
Seeing the Beauty of Color in Nature
Color Harmony in Flowers
Floral Painting in Art
Colors in Nature Differ from Colors of Human-Made Objects
Painting a Floral Still Life
Nature as a Teacher of Color
The Meaning and Symbolism of Colors
Attaching Names to Colors
Using Colors to Express Meaning
The Color of Human Emotions
Your Preferred Colors and What They Mean
Knowing Your Color Preferences and Your Color Expressions
The Symbolic Meanings of Colors
Practicing Your Understanding of the Meaning of Color
Using Your Color Knowledge
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