Special Subjects: Basic Color Theory: An introduction to color for beginning artists (How to Draw & Paint)

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Understanding how to effectively use color is the first step to becoming a well-rounded artist. Special Subjects: Basic Color theory is your guide.

A perfect resource for new artists and art hobbyists, Basic Color Theory demonstrates the color wheel at work and covers all the essentials, including complementary, primary, secondary, and tertiary colors; hue, saturation, and value; color mood, temperature, and schemes; and how to create a color chart.

Each concept is clearly explained in easy-to-comprehend language so beginning artists can put their newfound knowledge to immediate use. Also included are step-by-step tutorials, as well as techniques for basic color mixing in different mediums.
Designed for beginners, the How to Draw & Paint series offers an easy-to-follow guide that introduces artists to basic tools and materials and includes simple step-by-step lessons for a variety of projects suitable for the aspiring artist. Basic Color Theory allows artists to widen the scope of their abilities, demonstrating how to create color and value charts, basic color mixing techniques, and a comprehensive approach to understanding color relationships.

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Special Subjects: Basic Color Theory: An introduction to color for beginning artists

Color Properties

Hue, saturation (or intensity), and value are the three characteristics that help us describe and categorize a color. For instance, if we say an object is red, we can more specifically describe the color by answering the following questions: Is it an orangey red or a crimson red? Is it brilliant or muted? Is it light or dark?

Color, Light & Shadow

The interplay of light and shadow is a common area of focus for artists, as this can heavily influence the mood, drama, and realism of a painting. To begin understanding how light affects an object, think of it as though it is made up of three basic parts: lights, local color, and shadows.

Color Schemes

Over time, certain color combinations have been established as especially agreeable to viewers. These combinations consist of two or more colors that have a fixed relationship on the color wheel and are pleasing when viewed together (creating ‘color harmony’). This includes tints, tones, and shades of the colors within a scheme; simply be aware of the balance of warm to cool hues, as well as saturated to neutral colors.

Color & Composition

Color plays an integral role in how the eye moves throughout a painting. On the following pages, learn how to use it to guide the eye to a focal point and minimize visual competition to create an effective composition.

Color & Mood

Color psychology refers to the influence of color on our behavior and perception of the world around us. Although we may not consciously think about it, our perception of color is affected by our gender, age, culture, and ethnic background, among other factors. These differences play a part in how each of us responds to color or color groups.

Color In Action

Over time, artists develop particular palette preferences and color biases that influence their paintings. Often a palette or color scheme is the most obvious identifying factor of an artist’s work over another. Many classically trained artists use color according to rigorous color models and methods passed down over centuries.

Publisher‏:‎Walter Foster Publishing (November 6, 2018)
Paperback‏:‎40 pages
Item Weight‏:‎8.8 ounces
Dimensions‏:‎10.2 x 0.35 x 13.7 inches


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