Light for the Artist (Dover Art Instruction)

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The portrayal of light is one of the most important skills an artist can develop and getting it right can involve a lifetime of study.

This comprehensive guide, aimed at the intermediate and advanced student, offers one of the most thorough studies available. The bulk of the book is devoted to an analysis of the structure, action and effects of light: in short, how it appears and affects the way a subject looks. Using a wealth of examples, diagrams and sketches, Ted shows you how the source, quality and direction of the light creates depth, modelling and perspective. He also, crucially, shows you how to capture and represent these effects in your work.

This is a well-worked account of one of the artists most important challenges and tools and it will repay a considerable amount of study.

It is not a how-to book as such, but contains all the information you could possibly want. Although the example paintings are mostly oils, the advice applies to any medium.

Dover Publications - Paperback - 144 pages - Colour throughout

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Intermediate and advanced art students receive a broad vocabulary of effects with this in-depth study of light. Topics include basics, use of light to define form and space, field effects, colored light, and many other subjects. Diagrams and paintings illustrate applications of principles to figure, still life, and landscape paintings.

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Intermediate and advanced art students receive a broad vocabulary of effects with this in-depth study of light. The guide offers detailed descriptions that start with the basics--the direction of light, reflections, and shadows--and advance to studies of light in natural and manipulated situations. Examinations of subtler light effects include foreshortening, field effects, multiple light sources, colored light, depicting the light source, and the behavior of light on shiny surfaces.
Lavishly illustrated with diagrams and paintings, this volume applies its principles to figure, still life, and landscape paintings. Author Ted Seth Jacobs stresses the importance of comparing real-life vision to the canvas, since no system of rules can substitute for close and careful observation. Jacobs points out common errors, suggest light effects that artists should keep in mind, and discusses how preconceptions can be put aside in order to see the world more clearly.
Dover (2104) republication of the edition originally published by Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, 1988.

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