This week, I'm producing a very brief synopsis of each book that I own. This which will cover:
- what the book is about (list rather than evaluation)
- what sort of audience it's aimed at
- whether it is a favourite of mine and whether I recommend it
- Links in the titles are to Amazon. For those which aren't available on Amazon I've also included links to Google Books which provides useful information about where to find a book and links to Google Books where they provide a 'look see' functionality for the book
- ISBN links are to Alibris who I am finding come up on a regular basis with good information about where to find a book - although I have to say I haven't used them.
Colour by Edith Anderson Feisner
How to use colour in art and design
Published 2001 Laurence King ISBN-13: 9781856693004
This is the most comprehensive book about colour that I've come across to date. It's accessible but I think it likely that it would be of most interest to colour nerds (like me)! Preview this book and the full contents guide on Google Books. This is what it provides:
- explanation of the five main colour wheels and their application
- a historical account of colour theory plus a chronological list of colour theorists (unique?)
- a historical account of pigments and their use in fine and applied art plus a list of historical colour palettes linked to current colour code.
- analysis of the four dimensions of colour - hue, value intensity and temperature
- colour in composition - in relation to the principles and elements of design
- colour symbolism - including colour symbols in religion
- a thorough glossary of colour terms
A color scale that forms a smooth equal visual transition from one component of the scale to the next
Glossary - Colour by Edith Anderson Feisner
- over 75 colour charts
- over 100 works by students and well known artists
- coloring agents:
- dry binders
- liquid binders
- pigment origins and characteristics of common colours
- hue - various art media (eg Liquitex Acrylic Paints) matched to colour-aid paper pure hues
- color legibility rankings (background colors and lettering/line colors) Did you know that the most legible background colour is yellow?
- a very comprehensive bibliography
Colour by Betty Edwards
A course in mastering the art of mixing colours
Published 2004 Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin ISBN-13: 9781585422197 ISBN: 1585422193
This guide published in 2004 is by the bestselling author of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. This is a primer for people wanting to learn more about colour written an author who focuses on making art theory and practice accessible. Of all the books concerned with learning about colour it's probably most suitable for those who are just starting to learn about colour.
It reduces the enormous existing knowledge about colour theory into a practical method of working with colour to produce harmonious combinations. Its focus is on practical exercises with 125 step by step images - and will suit those who learn by doing.
Painter's Guide to Color By Stephen Quiller
Published 1999 Watson Guptill Publications 144 pages, ISBN-10: 0823039137 ISBN-13: 978-0823039135
This book is good for people who want to produce coloured greys rather than mud! It's written by a well known contemporary artist who is also a very popular instructor. He provides an analysis of the painter's ideal palette and how it is organized with primary, secondary, and intermediate hues.
The guide explores value and intensity, complementary and analogous colors, harmonious and discordant colours and the ways in which color can be used to evoke moods and express atmospheric conditions and six colour families. A review of a range of master colorists' work completes the book. A color wheel is included with the book - bound-in but removable.
Artist's Color Manual: The Complete Guide to Working with Color by Simon Jennings
Published 2003 by Chronicle Books, 192 pages ISBN:081184143X
This is one of those books I'm glad I have and it's nicely laid (Think Dorling Kindersley) - but it is absorbing rather than stimulating . It won 'Artist's Choice' art instruction book of the year in 1995. There is a mini version also.
The publishers state that the Collins Artist's Colour Manual is aimed at painters in particular and creative people in general, but will also appeal to designers, art students and educators and all those with a creative interest in the visual world.
It has over 1,000 pages and 192 pages. Main topics include
- what is colour - information of paints, pigments and a condensed and simplified introduction to the theory of colour
- colour by colour - a tour around the paintbox and an exploration of different 'core' colours
- creative directions - interviews on the practical application of colour theory with practising artists (lots of pictures!)
- index of colour - a visual synopsis of over 450 colours from the world's leading manufacturers.
What Every Artist Needs to Know about Paints & Colors By David Pyle
Published 2000 by Krause Publications ISBN:087341831X
This book covers
- the history of color from the history of pigments through trading through colourmen, the new chemistry for paint production and modern-day computer applications for measuring the colormetric properties of pigments,
- the emotional impact of colour
- how paints and colors are made (he's listed as directing the communication and education dept. for Winsow and Newton)
- pigment characteristics, permanence and stability.
- information about how pigments perform in different media - acrylics, oils, and watercolor.
Tomorrow I'm looking at books which are more about Using Colour.