Saturday, July 7, 2012
Pantone Skin Tones
Humanae is a beautiful ongoing portraiture project by artist and photographer Angelica Dass that assigns colors to human skin tone by referencing the PANTONE color system. She records the PANTONE value from an 11 x 11 pixel of the model’s face and creates a background in that exact shade. Her aim is to “record and catalog, through a scientific measurement, all possible human skin tones.” Take a look at her current chromatic inventory of complexions at her Tumblr blog.
If you know what your personal skin shade is, then you can coordinate that color with your clothing, and if it is well coordinated, you won't have the color you wear adversely optically changing your skin color towards unhealthy-looking tones. Clothing colors influence the colors around them, i.e. your skin tone. Chevreul's color fringe effect is mentioned in my previous post.
The folks in the Angelica Dass project could take their pantone chip shopping with them, and see how the color chip looks when held up to the clothing. Does it look darker, lighter, or color-shifted when compared to the clothing?