by 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 much-awaited 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.
  • Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9781585422197
    Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
    Publication date: 09/23/2004
    Pages: 224
    Sales rank: 108,248
    Product dimensions: 7.52(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.53(d)
    Age Range: 18 - 14 Years

    About the Author

    Betty Edwards is professor emeritus of art at California State University in Long Beach, California. She is the author of The New Drawing on the Right Side of the, the world's most widely used drawing instructional, which has been translated into thirteen foreign languages with U.S. sales of almost three million copies. She speaks regularly at universities, art schools, and companies, including the Walt Disney Corporation and the Apple Corporation.

    Table of Contents

    Introduction: The Importance of Colorxiii
    Part I
    Chapter 1
    Drawing, Color, Painting, and Brain Processes2
    Seeing Colors as Values3
    Why Values Are Important4
    The Role of Language in Color and Painting6
    The Constancies: Seeing and Believing8
    Seeing How Light Changes Colors10
    Seeing How Colors Affect Each Other12
    Chapter 2
    Understanding and Applying Color Theory14
    Theories about Color15
    Applying Color Theory in Art17
    Chapter 3
    Learning the Vocabulary of Color20
    The Three Primary Colors21
    The Three Secondary Colors23
    The Six Tertiary Colors23
    Analogous Colors23
    Complementary Colors25
    Naming Colors: The L-Mode Role in Mixing Colors26
    The Three Attributes of Color: Hue, Value, and Intensity28
    From Naming to Mixing31
    Moving from Theory to Practice33
    Part II
    Chapter 4
    Buying and Using Paints and Brushes36
    Buying Supplies37
    Beginning to Paint41
    Mixing a Color44
    Exercise 1Subjective Color45
    Cleaning Up47
    Chapter 5
    Using the Color Wheel to Understand Hue48
    Exercise 2Making a Color Wheel Template49
    Exercise 3Painting the Color Wheel51
    Exercise 4Practice in Identifying Hues56
    Mixing Colors57
    Creating Colors: How Four Pigments Can Become Hundreds of Colors57
    Chapter 6
    Using the Color Wheel to Understand Value60
    Exercise 5Shades of Gray-Constructing a Value Wheel/Hue Scanner61
    How to Use Your Value Wheel/Hue Scanner63
    How to Lighten and Darken Colors64
    Exercise 6Two Color Value Wheels-From White to a Pure Hue, From a Pure Hue to Black65
    Other Ways of Lightening and Darkening Colors68
    Another Way to Darken a Color70
    Summing Up70
    Chapter 7
    Using the Color Wheel to Understand Intensity72
    Exercise 7The Power of the Primaries to Cancel Color73
    Exercise 8Creating an Intensity Wheel-From a Pure Hue to No Color and Back Again77
    Exercise 9Practice in Naming Hue, Value, and Intensity79
    Other Ways to Dull Colors80
    Part III
    Chapter 8
    What Constitutes Harmony in Color?84
    The Aesthetic Response to Harmonious Color85
    The Phenomenon of After-images86
    After-images and the Attributes of Color90
    Albert Munsell's Theory of Harmony Based on Balancing Color92
    A Definition of Balanced Color93
    Chapter 9
    Creating Harmony in Color96
    Exercise 10Transforming Color Using Complements and the Three Attributes: Hue, Value, and Intensity96
    Chapter 10
    Seeing the Effects of Light, Color Constancy, and Simultaneous Contrast112
    The Next Step: Seeing How Light Affects the Colors of Three-Dimensional Shapes113
    Why It Is Difficult to See the Effects of Light115
    How to Accurately Perceive Colors Affected by Light116
    Three Different Methods of Scanning a Hue116
    The Next Step: Estimating the Intensity Level118
    The Three-Part Process of Painting119
    Exercise 11Painting a Still Life121
    Chapter 11
    Seeing the Beauty of Color in Nature134
    Color Harmony in Flowers135
    Floral Painting in Art136
    Colors in Nature Differ from Colors of Human-Made Objects139
    Exercise 12Painting a Floral Still Life140
    Nature as a Teacher of Color155
    Chapter 12
    The Meaning and Symbolism of Colors156
    Attaching Names to Colors157
    Using Colors to Express Meaning158
    Exercise 13The Color of Human Emotions161
    Your Preferred Colors and What They Mean168
    Knowing Your Color Preferences and Your Color Expressions171
    The Symbolic Meanings of Colors172
    Practicing Your Understanding of the Meaning of Color188
    Using Your Color Knowledge190

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    Color 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    What a beautiful book! Easy to follow easy to learn from it. The basic and the complex about color in a short volume full of examples and very practical exercises. Excellent!!!
    bella2006 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    Another very useful book by the author of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, the two books together make for an excellent "art course" at home.
    jmorreau on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    A follow up to Edwards ' must -read book "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain." Edwards continues her theme of first draw, then learn color, and finally, paint. In her previous book Edwards details the left-brain (language mode), right brain (visual mode) dichotomy. Drawing, she says, requires a "cognitive shift" to the right brain/ visual mode ("the somewhat blissful visual-perceptual mode") This, in turn, requires one to "get in the zone" (which she describes as a loss of sense of time, intense concentration on the task, and difficulty or even inability to use language). Edwards follows up on that notion in this book, espousing the concept that painting requires a back-and-forth shifting from left to right brain functions. This is because of the painter's need to focus on color mixing and matching. (Note: how many times have you heard artist-instructors say that you need to ingrain the fundamentals so that you can be free to focus on just painting?) Beyond this, Edwards' book is very similar to Quiller's books on Color theory. Edwards devotes much of her book to a discussion of hue, value and intensity. She includes some intriguing exercises, particularly in the section on Color Harmony.
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