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Color is Design

find your unique color vision

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Color is Design is a hands-on project book that will teach how to use color well in your artwork. It is appropriate for artists of any skill level working in any medium. The way you see color, choose color, and use color will be transformed. Afterwords . . . 

Color will be intuitive and second nature.
You will be broken of habits that are limiting and repetitive.
You will be a stronger visual communicator.
Your artistic possibilities will be greater. 
The color options available to you will be drastically increased.
You will develop life long studio habits for choosing and using color. 
You will find your unique color vision.

Creating a color palette (using color swatches) then precisely mixing and matching to those swatches with paint then using those paints to make an image, ingrains the color into your brain. Color mastery is a direct result of this hand, eye, and mind relationship repeated over and over with different colors. The projects in this book will add hundreds and hundreds of colors, combinations, contrasts, and palettes to your mental picture album.

Color is Design is for artists of any skill level working in any medium including; painters, illustrators, comic book artists, video game designers, film makers, photographers, character designers, make-up artists, sculptors, modelers, digital modelers, website builders, graphic designers, product designers, set designers, costume designers, fabricators, fabric designers, advertisers, crafters, hobbyists, decorators, interior designers, custom automotive painters, anyone who may use color for anything, or those who are curious.

Color is Design contains twelve Chapters, an Introduction, and twelve short videos.

1 Visceral Color
2 On Prominent Display
3 Chanelling Matisse
4 Worlds Apart I
5 Worlds Apart II
6 Complementary Colors Blue Orange
7 Complementary Colors Red Green
8 Complementary Colors Yellow Violet
9 Unlimited Palettes
10 Looking at the Body of Work
11 Found Palettes Passion for Color
12 Quadriptych


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Customer Reviews

Fantastic Colorist! Great Teacher!

Working with the exercises in this book I have been able to experience color in a whole new way. Now I am able to see the color within the color. It has increased my confidence in mixing any color and broadens my palette. A great resource for both experienced or inexperienced painters.

Color is Design

Derek Leka is a master at teaching what is known as the Color Field in abstract painting. He was my teacher that launched me in my understanding of the interaction of color and helped me to develop my color and shape language in my painting. He continues to be an inspiration to all of us. I love this book!

Fabulous Book

"Color is Design" is an exciting, contemporary and fun approach to learning how to make the colors you want and create perfect color harmonies. So many questions I have about color and color relationships are addressed here. This book gets you working feverishly in a personalized color palette that inspire you to use color to express ideas with confidence. I am thriled to finally have a chance to understand color better through projects I can do in the quiet of my own home.

Color is Design
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  • $14.99
  • Available on iPad, iPhone and Mac.
  • Category: Art & Architecture
  • Published: Mar 27, 2018
  • Publisher: Tulu Publishing LLC
  • Seller: Tulu Publishing LLC
  • Print Length: 289 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Version: 1.0
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, or an iPad with iBooks 2 or later and iOS 5 or later, an iPhone with iOS 8.4 or later, or a Mac with OS X 10.9 or later.

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