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Best Color Theory Books

Recommendations from 15 articles, Brian McTaggart.
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Interaction of Color
50th Anniversary Edition
Josef Albers - Jun 28, 2013 (first published in 1971)
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Josef Albers’s Interaction of Color is a masterwork in twentieth-century art education. Conceived as a handbook and teaching aid for artists, instructors, and students, this timeless book presents Albers’s unique ideas of color experimentation in a way that is valuable to specialists as well as to a larger audience.Originally published by Yale Univ...
Color by Betty Edwards
A Course in Mastering the Art of Mixing Colors
Betty Edwards - Sep 23, 2004
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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 me...
Color and Light
A Guide for the Realist Painter (Volume 2) (James Gurney Art)
James Gurney - Nov 30, 2010
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From New York Times best-selling author of the Dinotopia series, James Gurney, comes a carefully crafted and researched study on color and light in paintings. This art instruction book will accompany the acclaimed Imaginative Realism: How to Paint What Doesn't Exist.James Gurney, New York Times best-selling author and artist of the Dinotopia series...
Color Theory
An essential guide to color-from basic principles to practical applications (Artist's Library)
Patti Mollica - Jan 01, 2013
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In this essential guide, accomplished artist Patti Mollica walks you through the most important aspects of color theory as they relate to oil and acrylic painting. From pigment characteristics and color mixing to color psychology, you'll find all the information you need to make dynamic, harmonious, and meaningful color choices in your own works of...
Color Choices
Making Color Sense Out of Color Theory
Stephen Quiller - Feb 01, 2002 (first published in 1989)
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Internationally renowned artist and best selling author Stephen Quiller shows readers how to discover their own personal "color sense" in Color Choices, a book that offers readers a fresh perspective on perfecting their own color styles.With the help of his own "Quiller Wheel," a special foldout wheel featuring 68 precisely placed colors, the autho...
Color, 2nd edition
A workshop for artists and designers (A practical guide on color application for artists and designers)
David Hornung - Sep 05, 2012 (first published in 2004)
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Taking a practical approach to color, Color: A workshop for artists and designers is an invaluable resource for art students and professionals alike. With its sequence of specially designed assignments and in-depth discussions, it effectively bridges the gap between color theory and practice to inspire confidence and understanding in anyone who wor...
Secret Language of Color
Science, Nature, History, Culture, Beauty of Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, & Violet
Joann Eckstut - Oct 22, 2013
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In this beautiful and thorough investigation, The Secret Language of Color celebrates and illuminates the countless ways in which color colors our world.Why is the sky blue, the grass green, a rose red? Most of us have no idea how to answer these questions, nor are we aware that color pervades nearly all aspects of life, from the subatomic realm an...
The Secret Lives of Color
Kassia St Clair - Oct 24, 2017
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The Secret Lives of Color tells the unusual stories of seventy-five fascinating shades, dyes, and hues. From blonde to ginger, the brown that changed the way battles were fought to the white that protected against the plague, Picasso's blue period to the charcoal on the cave walls at Lascaux, acid yellow to kelly green, and from scarlet women to im...
Making Color Sing, 25th Anniversary Edition
Practical Lessons in Color and Design
Jeanne Dobie - Jan 11, 2011 (first published in 1986)
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Through clear, illuminating excercises, this best-selling book stimulates new ways to think about color, generating responses that unlock personal creativity and allow artists to express themselves with paint as never before. Readers are shown how the interplay of complementary hues can trigger vibrations; how the push and pull of warm and cool col...
Chroma
A Book of Color
Derek Jarman - Mar 18, 2010 (first published in 1994)
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Chroma: A Book of Color is a meditation on the color spectrum by Britain’s most controversial filmmaker. From the explosions of image and color in Edward II, The Last of England, The Garden, and Wittgenstein, to the somber blacks of his collages and tar paintings, Derek Jarman has consistently used color in unprecedented ways. In his signature styl...
Color Mixing Bible
All You'll Ever Need to Know About Mixing Pigments in Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Gouache, Soft Pastel, Pencil, and Ink
Ian Sidaway - Apr 01, 2002
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Mixing colors accurately may be an art unto itself. In fact, many artists are discouraged by the time and expense it takes to mix and match colors, and achieve the right results. Even more frustrating is the vast range of colors available. Now there’s a ready-to-use visual directory that takes all the guesswork out of mixing and matching colors . ....
Color Inspirations by Darius A Monsef IV IV Monsef Darius A. Darius A. Monsef IV
The Elements of Color by Johannes Itten
A Dictionary Of Color Combinations by Various
Exploring Color Workshop, 30th Anniversary Edition by Nita Leland
Artist's Color Manual by Simon Jennings
Confident Color by Nita Leland
Color Studies by Edith Anderson Feisner
Color Problems by Emily Noyes Vanderpoel
The art of color; by Johannes Itten
Color by Alexandra Loske
Theory of Colours by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Contemporary Color by Steven Bleicher
Colored Pencil Painting Bible by Alyona Nickelsen
1,500 Color Mixing Recipes for Oil, Acrylic & Watercolor by William F. Powell
The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques by Margaret Radcliffe
Polymer Clay Color Inspirations by Lindly Haunani
Color Correction Handbook by Alexis Van Hurkman
The Brilliant History of Color in Art by Victoria Finlay
The New Color Mixing Companion by Josie Lewis
Color in Spinning by Deb Menz
Paris in Color by Nichole Robertson
Chromatopia by David Coles
A Garden to Dye For by Chris McLaughlin
Opticks by Isaac Newton
Pantone by Leatrice Eiseman
Color Play by Joen Wolfrom
Color Theory for the Makeup Artist by Katie Middleton
Color Harmony in Your Paintings by Margaret Kessler
The Art and Technique of Digital Color Correction by Steve Hullfish
The Beader's Guide to Color by Margie Deeb
Blue and Yellow Don't Make Green by Michael Wilcox
The Anatomy of Color by Patrick Baty
Glorious Color - Sources of Inspiration for Knitting and Needlepoint by Kaffe Fassett
Color - Messages & Meanings by Leatrice Eiseman
A Visual Guide to Classical Art Theory for Drawing and Painting Students by Eric Mantle
The Secondary Colors by Alexander Theroux
The Designer's Dictionary of Color by Sean Adams
Helen Van Wyk's Favorite Color Recipes by Helen Van Wyk
Pantone's Guide to Communicating with Color by Leatrice Eisemann
Indigo by Jenny Balfour-Paul
Watercolor Artist's Guide to Exceptional Color by Jan Hart
Josef Albers by Josef Albers
Indigo by Catherine Legrand
Color and Culture by John Gage
Real World Color Management by Bruce Fraser
Jinny Beyer's Color Confidence for Quilters by Jinny Beyer
Living Color by Nina G. Jablonski
The Colors of History by Clive Gifford
Green by Michel Pastoureau
Yellow by Michel Pastoureau
Black by Michel Pastoureau
Local Color by Mimi Robinson
Yoko Saito's Japanese Taupe Color Theory by Yoko Saito
Color Creates Light by Tina Dickey
Pink by Valerie Steele
Color Theory Made Easy by Jim Ames
Color Image Scale by Shigenobu Kobayashi
Colour Dynamics Workbook by Angela Lord
A Passion for Colour by Ruth Issett
The Color Scheme Bible by Anna Starmer
The Color Star by Johannes Itten
Color from the Heart by Gai Perry
Blue by Boston Museum of Fine Arts
On Color by David Kastan
An Eye for Color by Olga Gutierrez de la Roza
Foundations of Color by Jeff Davis
Color Correction Look Book by
I Don't Have a Favourite Colour by Hella Jongerius
Digital Video and HD by Charles Poynton
Color For Designers by Jim Krause
Playing with Color by
Color + Design by Ronald L. Reed by
Color and Fiber by Patricia Lambert
Color by Design by Ann Johnston
Knits from a Painter's Palette by Maie Landra
A Red Like No Other by Carmella Padilla
Mexican Color by Elena Poniatowska
Creative Color. by Faber Birren
Michael James by Michael James
Susan Sargent's The Comfort of Color by Todd Lyon Susan Sargent Eric Roth
Simply Color, Second Edition by Diantha Harris
Chromatic Algorithms by Carolyn L. Kane
On Vision and Colors by Arthur Schopenhauer
Color and Mastering for Digital Cinema by Glenn Kennel
Colors For Your Every Mood by Leatrice Eiseman
Colorist by Shigenobu Kobayashi
Colour Maniaby Victionary by Victionary
Ballpark by Paul Goldberger