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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Original edition (Nov. 30 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740797719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740797712
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.5 x 26.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 930 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mili Fay on Jan. 3 2012
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The trouble with ignorance is that one does not know one is ignorant, until one is no longer ignorant.

Though I've studied art in various forms for over two decades, until I've read this book I remained chiefly ignorant of Colour and Light.

As a reference, this book is an absolute must! It answered many questions that I did not know I had, and some I did not know how to ask.

James Gurney dissects theories of light and colour into an easy reference that is a pleasure to read. He approaches art from an artist's view, as well as a scientific view. The amount of his knowledge at times can be quite frightening. Before reading this book, I thought I knew quite a bit about working with colour. Now, I realize how much of my work was instinctive, and I can only anticipate improvement in my work when that instinct is tempered by my freshly gained knowledge.

Reading the table of contents should be enough to convince you that this book will be worth your money and your time. It does not hurt your decision making to know that Mr. Gurney's art is beautiful, or that it enriches this book with the art to text ratio of ~ 7: 3.

Lastly, when you are finished reading this book, if you feel that you still need further explanations, Mr. Gurney includes a list of books you can use to continue your study.

What else can I say?

'Colour and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter' by James Gurney is absolutely amazing. Thank you Mr. G for writing it, and I look forward to reading your other and future work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard on Sept. 18 2011
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There are plenty of books on anatomy and using painting materials but so few go into the depth needed to better understand colour and light. Gurney does an excellent job filling this largely ignored gap amongst art books. Every page is filled with examples and detailed descriptions about the topic on the page. Every two pages, Gurney tackles a new topic so there is plenty of useful material to absorb.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Emmanuel Filteau on Sept. 1 2011
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This book covers so much it's incredible. I studied color theory, but it was never explained so clearly. If you have any use for color in your work, you should get this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dan Barlow on July 10 2013
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I only recently got into art and painting so I am definitely a beginner and this book is definitely not so much for people like me. However, it is an excellent book.

It's hard to recommend this book for a beginner but at the same time it feels like you would probably be wasting your money if you bought something else for the topics of light and colour.

The author talks about things that were nowhere even close to being on my radar as an "artist"; an eye opener to say the least. This book made me quickly realize how little I actually know about painting (a big plus in my books). It`s rare that an instructional book these days actually leaves you with a new found appreciation of the topic you are studying.

The author paints pictures that look better than some photographs, so needless to say he knows what he is talking about. There are tonnes of topics covered and each topic gets about two pages with usually about 2-3 paintings that the author uses to visually reference the topic being discussed. Two pages probably sounds pretty light but from my own personal experience that is usually enough to allow you to get inspired to just paint something instead of spending all of your time reading about it.

There is a lot of information here so I recommend you read it slowly and piece by piece. I tried giving the book the cover to cover treatment and it was a little too overwhelming (as a beginner).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WryGrin on Dec 14 2011
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I'll be honest... I always HATED the Dinotopia series... never could get into it at all...
But the artwork on the covers was something I always admired, and the author's approach to discussing shape and especially light is wonderful in this book.

This is an excellent little book that speaks in a personal, experienced way I find refreshing - unlike many other instructional books designed to help an aspiring artist to "see", this one seems less mechanical and more like a first-person lesson in the ideas being expressed.

A good book for inspiration and an intermediate look into colour theory and the painting of light.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By vincent goodeve on April 27 2012
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What a great book . I found it to be a breath of fresh air
and a pleasent suprise . Very concise and informative. I really liked
the fact that it explained all the little nuances that many authors seem to assume we ( the reader )
already know. I have the other book from Mr Gurney as well ( the one that covers fantasy representation )
it is equally valuble.My respect for you and your commitment is immense. Great job sir Thank you!

Vincent R Goodeve
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diane C on Oct. 13 2012
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This is one of the few books in my collection I feel I couldn't do without : the essential basic notions about real color and light elements are comprehensively grasped, explained and illustrated in a simple, yet clear and practical language. This is a must for any serious painter who wants to tackle any realistic subjects on the canvas - whether with or without dinosaurs in it ...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FP on May 19 2014
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Amazing guide to applying and observing lighting and color techniques in painting. One of the clearest demonstrations and explanations of color gamut and limited palette techniques ever.
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