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: 210,085
    Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(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.

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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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