Practical Light and Color

Theory and Application with Jeremy Vickery

Chapter List


In this title, Jeremy discusses the fundamentals of light and color from a very practical standpoint. Going back to the basics of how light works in the real world, he focuses on an often neglected subject. Intended as an introduction to understanding light and color, the lecture covers topics such as bounced light, shadows, atmosphere and camera effects, going beyond basic color theory while staying relatively untechnical. Jeremy demonstrates many practical examples of how to apply the concepts to both 2D and 3D image creation.

Duration: 116 minutes

Format: SD 1024x768

Chapter List

  • 00. Preview
  • 01. Introduction
  • 02. Light Basics
  • 03. Bounced Light
  • 04. Shadows
  • 05. Color
  • 06. Surface Response
  • 07. Depth and Camera
  • 08. Art Study
  • 09. Application

Jeremy Vickery

Lighting Artist / Concept Artist

Jeremy Vickery is currently a Lighting Technical Director at Pixar Animation Studios but has also worked as a concept artist, freelance illustrator, modeler/texture artist, and CG generalist. After graduating from Full Sail Real World Education in 1997 with a general degree in Digital Media, Jeremy got his first job as a digital modeler/texture artist and concept designer at Big Idea Productions in Chicago, working on several of the popular kids animated videos Veggie Tales. He later worked at Fathom Studios in Atlanta as a CG generalist and became the Lighting Supervisor. He joined Pixar Animation Studios in 2003 and has worked as a lighting artist on such films as The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille and Wall-E.

  • "Jeremy has a deep understanding of the craft of CG lighting. His technical knowledge is strong, but his passion lies in creating artistically gorgeous images. As a senior lighting artist at Pixar, he uses these strengths to create breathtaking and memorable imagery. This tutorial is a special treat since Jeremy is also a very capable and generous teacher and mentor, he truly loves to share what he knows."

    - Sharon Calahan
    Director of Photography Pixar Animation Studios