Color Theory: An Essential Guide to Color - From Basic Principles to Practical Applications

Author(s): Patti Mollica


Color Theory features everything an artist might need to know about color, including color psychology, pigment characteristics and terms, color schemes, color mixing, shadows, highlights, and much more. Regardless of your medium, a solid understanding of color and its applications is essential. With a fresh, contemporary take on the subject of color, this essential guide features step-by-step projects and practical tips and techniques to put color knowledge to effective use.


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Patti Mollica has been a professional illustrator and fine artist since 1982, represented by Morgan Gaynin, Inc. She has been commissioned by American Express, Sheraton Hotels, CBS, RCA Records, and many others. Her artwork is known for its fearless use of color and uninhibited brushwork. She delights in painting the world around her in a bold, decisive style, with intense, brilliant, and contemporary hues.

Introduction Getting Started Section 1: The History of Color Color & Art History What is Color? Section 2: Color Basics The Color Wheel Hue, Saturation & Value Color & Value Color Temperature Color Relativity Color Schemes Section 3: Pigments & Paints Mineral vs. Modern Pigments Pigment Properties Color Mixing Section 4: Communicating with Color Painting Light & Shadow Color & Mood Color & Painting Styles Color & Composition Section 5: Color in Action Personal Approaches to Color Closing Words

General Fields

  • : 9781600583025
  • : Walter Foster Publishing
  • : Walter Foster Publishing
  • : September 2012
  • : 255mm X 179mm
  • : November 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Patti Mollica
  • : Paperback
  • : 64
  • : col. Illustrations