James Gurney’s Color Gamut Masking

Every winter, I have the pleasure of teaching a course named Introduction to Illustration during RISD’s Wintersession—a condensed academic term in January and February—with an exciting mix of Freshman, non-Illustration majors and graduate students. While this course is predominantly conceptual, I occasionally assign technical exercises to be executed in class, among which an experiment with the inspiring painter/illustrator James Gurney’s gamut masking technique. I find that applying this method is highly effective for students to develop a sensitivity to color’s relative nature and to address the difficulty of simultaneously working with tone, chroma, temperature and intensity. I thought that I would share some nice results by this year’s students, who have the freedom to select a favorite image of their choice to reproduce in a new color scheme.

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A color gamut mastercopy of a J. C. Leyendecker painting, by Freshman Kiana Shakeraneh.

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Freshman Cindy Shin’s color study of an illustration by the talented Kali Ciesemier.

To learn more about this technique, do visit James Gurney’s wonderful blog.


 
 
 

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