What would you say are the best books on color theory? I'm a mostly self taught acrylic painter, and would like to increase my understanding of color. Sometimes I feel like I instinctively choose colors because its the color my mind automatically assigns it, like peach for flesh tones. But if you see some amazing painters, they introduce purples, reds, browns, etc into flesh tones and it looks so natural. Any suggestions for books?
there is a section on color theory in "creative illustration" by andrew loomis and it can be downloaded for free just google it.
color changes like purple and the such in skin are actually there you just cant see it yet. it takes much training of your eyes to actually see all the colors infront of you instead of the stereotypical average your brain evens it out to.
There are a good number of tutorials free on the web. A quick Google search can turn up a few - and they're free!
As for books, I like the introductory one done by Betty Edwards. It's fairly straight forward and easy to understand. The exercises are simple and really help. This book is not the end all for learning color theory, but it’s a nice primer for the more advanced books out there.