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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and comprehensive resource,
This review is from: Light for Visual Artists: Understanding & Using Light in Art & Design (Paperback)
This is a useful book authored by Richard Yot to help artists understand light.
It's 176 pages and is pretty comprehensive. The chapters are split into three categories. The first looks at the basic lighting fundamentals, which are the basic principles of light and shadows, their qualities, colours and how we perceive surfaces. The second looks at lighting with people and environment. The last looks at specific uses of lighting for staging and composition, setting mood and giving the illusion of time and place.
The text is clear and detailed. There are lots of photos, 3D computer generated images, a few drawn art, and some film stills in later chapters.
It's interesting to read about things we see daily and don't really think about why they look that way. Examples like why some wet surfaces are darker, how the colour of the sky changes throughout the day, finding the true colour of shadows.
It's not a tutorial book so you won't learn any techniques. It's a theory book that highlights those principles so that you can make use of them to create more realistic and believable work. The principles can be easily applied to other medium.
This is not the only book around on light. If you're more of a traditional artist, I recommend checking out James Gurney's Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter. Many of the topics are similar bot James Gurney's book added colour schemes and other subjects more useful to artists.
If you're into digital lighting, check out Jeremy Birn's Digital Lighting and Rendering (2nd Edition). I no longer have this book so I can't remember anything much except that it's also a very good book. Not sure about similar topics.
(There are more pictures of Richard Yot's book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book,
This review is from: Light for Visual Artists: Understanding & Using Light in Art & Design (Paperback)Best thing I've read yet on drawing light. Makes you a) go around for days afterwards really NOTICING light b) appreciate physics. Sharp, observant explanations of how different light sources bounce around and affect their surroundings; and tips on how to draw this. Ought to be a standard text in art schools.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.,
This review is from: Light for Visual Artists: Understanding & Using Light in Art & Design (Paperback)I bought this looking into 3D lighting for video games. The examples and information was all very useful to work out how to light a few scenes of my work. Very good.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very usefull book,
Very easy to understand and entertaining.
I recommend this book to all artists/designers, or simply anyone who is curious about this subject.
5.0 out of 5 stars 5/5 Brilliant art reference second to none,
Things that were previously mysterious to me; reflections on surfaces, shadows and colours of shadows, translucense, bouncing light et al. - are now much more tangible. Understanding such concepts has helped me tremendously with my digital art, both in depicting mass realistically and maximising the use of my photo references.
If you already own books such as "color and light" by J. Gurney, know that this is well worth picking up as well, as it describes many important principles very succinctly, to help you know it in yourself and referencing it when you need to.
Highly recommended for students and quite possibly professionals or even teachers as well.
4.0 out of 5 stars Light,
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book,
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Light for Visual Artists: Understanding & Using Light in Art & Design by Richard Yot (Paperback - 25 April 2011)