Saturday, 18 December 2010

Book: Color and Light by James Gurney



After waiting a month for this book, as it was realesed in America that time, I finally received my copy of  Color and Light.
Color and Light is the second book by James Gurney, the first being Imaginative Realism, which emphasises the use of light in traditional painting as well as digital, and the overall idea of colour schemes, it not only mentions those topics but actually explains in-depth the same topics supported with great examples, from known old masters paintings or photographs.
In terms of light, he explains the different types of lighting,such as rim lighting and frontal lighting, etc. , and how to possibly achieve the same effect in painting, but also how to give form to objects. As colour goes, an extensive explanation of colour schemes, and how with colour we can direct eye through a composition is given, to explain that often colours in complete each other.

This book is truly an amazing source of knowledge of the given topics, and a must buy for everybody that is interested in traditional and digital painting, but also as a support to help lighting scenes in Maya, although it is not specified for that purpose, the book explains light in all artistic mediums.

4 comments:

Alan Postings said...

Good job Ruben. I'm still waiting for mine.

Ruben Alexandre said...

Thanks Alan, the book is truly amazing as I mentioned on the post it is mainly focused on painting however the theory is there to be applied to anything really.

Alan Postings said...

Yep - He's a great artist with lots of insight. I follow his blog as I'm sure you do.

Ruben Alexandre said...

indeed, really interesting blog with loads of advices.