pantone skin color spectrum pantone skin color spectrum
jul 06, 2012

pantone skin color spectrum

‘humanae’ by angelica dass all images courtesy of angelica dass

spanish artist angelica dass has conceived ‘humanae’. the project applies the alphanumerical classification of the pantone coloring system to human skin tone, communicated through a photographed portraiture series. the background of each piece is dyed the exact shade extracted from a sample of 11 x 11 pixels from the very face of the people depicted, with the ultimate aim being to record and catalog, through a scientific measurement, all possible complexions.

the project records the pantone value from an 11 x 11 pixel of a human face

the project is ongoing, looking at recording a variety of complexions

example spectrum of pantone skin colours from the ‘humanae’ project

  • i like it, its great
    plz if you have another option for panton color plz send for me on my e mail

    belalhammouri@gmail.com i will appreciate this, thnx

    Graphic designr Belal says:
  • Wonderful project– I have a series called The Friendship Series using skin toned silk backgrounds to my hair embroideries, so I appreciate the investigation!

    masako@MasakoTakahashi.com
    Masako Takahashi, artist, 07/06/12

    masako takahashi says:
  • is 324-7 C the darkest you’re going to go? i have a sister that I draw often, and while i’ve saved a color palette of my own for her, it would be great to see her tone represented.

    Mimi says:
  • This almost did it for me sans No sub Saharan Blacks

    cyberbro says:
  • People, please read!

    “The background of each piece is dyed the exact shade extracted from a sample of 11 x 11 pixels from the very face of the people depicted, with the ULTIMATE AIM being to record and catalog, through a scientific measurement, ALL POSSIBLE COMPLEXIONS.”

    Dadzarro says:
  • This is an interesting project. I wonder how/if the artist is cataloguing and considering things like race, gender, hair color, age, etc.

    http://www.katekorroch.com/blog

    Kate Korroch says:
  • I dont see asians nor hispanics.

    Pedro says:
  • That\’s because SHE\’S NOT DONE YET!

    Kerry Maxwell says:
  • 62-6 C looks possibly Hispanic, not all Hispanic people are super dark you know

    anon says:
  • 7220-C is obviously Asian, too. Pedro, you might need to get your eyes checked.

    anon says:
  • Incredibly boring. background is too flat and close to foreground.

    critic says:
  • Good work, but Caucasians are way over-represented. Fore example there are few people with Asian background, NO person from India, Latin America either, also no-one with dark black skin.

    I do consider though that a non-deliberate exclusion could have been made because internet users, as well as people interested in pantone must probably be of caucasian origins.
    Nevertheless, I wonder if this can say something about how we perceive the world.

    fetapapa says:
  • Any darker skin tones? I’m looking for South Sudanese.

    anar says:
  • every face has a different color and a different story to tell.
    nice.

    j. says:
  • It reminds me of the work of French graphics-designers called super-script :
    [url=http://www.super-script.com/v2/en/super/page/projects/graphic-design/nuancier50/] super-script.com [/url]

    j says:
  • I’ll leave the practical aspects of this initiative to graphic artists. Fleshed out, so to speak, I love the concept of representing the infinite diversity of skin tones without reference to arbitrary, misleading, and assumption-laden race and ethnic divisions. Just look at the character in all the faces represented so far; they’re magnificent!

    StanMalcolm says:

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