- Taschenbuch: 224 Seiten
- Verlag: Andrews McMeel Publishing (30. November 2010)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0740797719
- ISBN-13: 978-0740797712
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 22,9 x 1,5 x 26,7 cm
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Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter (James Gurney Art) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 30. November 2010
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James Gurney's series of illustrated fantasy adventure stories, beginning with 1992's Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time, produced a generation raised on Gurney's highly realistic paintings of an entirely unreal subject.... Still it was no surprise to the author-artist-blogger and his long-time publisher Andrews McMeel when his recently released second volume of art instruction, Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter, became a bestseller for AMP immediately upon its release in December 2010, selling out its 10,000-copy run in just two months. (Mark Schulz, Publishers Weekly)
Dinotopia author and plein-air painter Gurney offers a practical, well-organized, and informative handbook for artists of all levels. (Chronogram Magazine)
This is a terrific book, highly recommended not only for young artists but anyone with an interest in traditional art technique. (Karen Haber, Locus)
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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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Now that I have one of my own I understand why so many designers, artist and all those people on the Internet advise others to get this book.
Usually you're shown HOW to paint/draw something by a step by step tutorial. How to draw and design a car, houses, landscapes, creatures, doesn't matter what,
it's common that there's a short text in which the artist explains what he is doing or how he mixes what kind of colour or what makes the artist draw this and that etc,
and this short text usually sides a bigger illustration that tells us visually what to do.
If you look for step-by-step tutorials, get yourself those pieces.
If we want to create realistic paintings and drawings on our own we need to understand the physics to which our whole world is bound to, not to just copy it by
lookig for all kind of references, picking sth suitable here, chosing the lightening there.
Seeing and drawing what we see is one thing. But drawing what only can be seen in our own head, making it believable to others needs us to
observe our surrounding for the mechanics that we have to understand at first in order to use it in the reality that we're going to create.
In case of "Color and Light", James Gurney provides us with information about how light works, why it works like this and how it does affect the surrounding.
He explains the light ressources in the real world, the difference between them, the way these light ressources cast shadows or lighten things up and why they do so.
How what kind of light affects your colour palette, how distance works. He tries to show us how colours can control the viewers eyes and so on..and so on....
It is the ultimate mastre key to everything, no, but it will help anyone interested to become better with realistic paintings.
Everything dealing with visuals depends on light. We even do not actually see objects, we only see the light that is reflected by its surface. We never and never have seen the real
nature of an object. If we do not understand the way light works how could we form realistic worlds in our minds? On our screen? On Paper?
I became better with painting because I started to try to understand how all those things work. I started to actually think about why we are built like that, why animals are
built the way they are formed. Every time I'm somewhere I suck up how things reflect light, how sunlights drops shadows on our faces, how those shadows changes with time
passing by and I'm thinkng about why it is like that. Made me search for books. Ended up with this one.
With all the wondering about this and that let's not forget the practising part -.-
The author explains the science of light and colours and the various effects, as well as the science of perception and the human eye – which not only pleases the scientist in me, but also helps remembering things and applying them to a wide range of scenarios. Here and there, the author adds hints about the actual painting process without getting hung up too much about specifics – just enough to be helpful or interesting even if you work with a different medium.
I also appreciate how varied the author's oeuvre is. He paints and draws a variety of subjects, from scientific illustrations, fantastic story illustrations, portraits, plein-air studies of landscapes and architecture, and with several different mediums as well, and seeing everything he talks about applied to different contexts really adds a lot. And although himself a traditional painter, he's also got an interest in digital art and other technologies, so you really get the impression of someone exploring the topics at hand from all angles.
This book is not a beginner's book, but if you have gotten the basics of getting lines and paint on paper (or colourful pixels on the screen), I cannot recommend this book enough.
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