This is probably the most comprehensive analysis of how colour works, both in theory and in practice, that you’re ever going to see. Typically from Michael Wilcox, it’s thorough, exhaustive and not a little exhausting. I’ve written elsewhere about guides that speak to you as an artist and, although this is written from an artistic perspective and is full of historical examples, it couldn’t be classed as a light read.
However, if you really want to understand the properties of colour and light, Michael Wilcox is the man and this is the book. It’s based around his colour-wheel palette and forms part of his colour system, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be read as a stand-alone. By using a consistent format throughout, and considering a wide range of colour pairings all individually, Michael has kept a complex subject as simple as it’s possible to make it. His knowledge of both physics and art history are impressive and he relates science and creativity well together to produce an impressive analysis.
I can’t say that this is essential reading, but it’s certainly illuminating.
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