Art & Design
"COLOR HARMONY COMPENDIUM" - how basic is 'too' basic?
Finding new ways to work with color and making exciting color combinations that work for either designs or paintings is an important part of keeping my vision fresh and renewing the inspiration to make art. That's why I make an effort to review books on color, art, design or software to update and complement my methods.
Van Gogh alledgedly used strands of differently colored thread that he braided together to test new color combinations for his paintings. Now-a-days, there are many software options for your computer, online or apps for devices that can mimic the same basic concept in a high-tech fashion. Adobe's Kuler.adobe.com website for example let's you combine up to five colors, mix-and match according to various concepts and also review palettes that others have composed. I am sure there are literally dozens of ways to incorporate these programs into your creative routine.
Now, the 25th Anniversary edition of "Color Harmony Compendium" by Terry Marks, MINE, Origin, Tina Sutton is a color guide, featuring each color and its complementory/ analogous/ monochrmatic/ primary relations, perceived psychology and application in design. There also is a moveable color wheel in the front of the book and a CD with a basic color combo program included.
There are a few problems I have with this book: One is that the combinations are showing more of a symbolic representation of the theories rather than working design choices (they are in many cases very crass, gaudy and not up-to-date). But more importantly, the program on the disk is outdated because it only has a limited, internal use. The functionality of the interactive controls is clunky and badly designed. Moreover, the combinations are not transferrable to other programs and only applicable to the designs featured in the book. Any artist or designer that works digitally already has programs that are the primary software to create, change, and enhance all aspects of a design - there is just no need to switch to the artificial, non-integrated program on the disk.
This book is very highly rated on both Amzon and Barnes and Noble - and I'm not quite sure why. It has a visual catalog of basic color schemes but is otherwise not really necessary for a designer or artist that has a basic understanding of what they are doing.
"Color Harmony Compendium" by Terry Marks, MINE, Origin, Tina Sutton
(2009) Rockport Publishing ISBN-10: 1-59253-590-9
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