Artist's Little Book of Color
Author - Simon Jennings
hard cover | 128 pages, 7 ¾ x 6 inches
colour photographs and illustrations throughout, 42-page colour index, suppliers' guide
Fascinating facts and useful information on all aspects of colour.
The most popular colours available to the artist are also the colours that are part of the everyday world. Simon Jennings deals with colour history, mythology, science, chemistry and botany, and he tells engaging stories about the great artists and how they used colour.
Chapters on each of the primary, secondary and tertiary colours explore their history, composition and attributes. For example, the chapter on blue covers the variety of blues from natural to chemical -- including the Ancient Egyptians' copper-derived frit blue, and the accidental discovery of Prussian blue. Information on pigment standards and the mixing of colours, an extensive 450-colour index and a guide to suppliers are useful for anyone working with colour.
Artist's Little Book of Color is a handy and attractive guide to the fascinating world of colour and an essential sourcebook for artists, designers, art students and teachers.
Simon Jennings trained at the Royal College of Art in London, and has been a visiting lecturer at a number of leading art schools. He conceived and designed many books on art and design, including The Ways of Drawing series, Vincent van Gogh -- The Complete Self Portraits and the Collins Artist's Manual.