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Adorable Anamorphic Chalk Creatures Make The Streets of Ann Arbor More Playful

Thursday 10.30.2014 , Posted by
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For the past 13 years, street artist and illustrator David Zinn has been making his neighborhood a little bit brighter with temporary art. His whimsical chalk art uses the sidewalk, brick buildings, and cement walls as canvases for his little creatures to come to life. Although there is only one angle that reveals the 3D nature of his characters, the people of Ann Arbor are often rewarded for looking down at the ground. His characters include fish, mice, monsters, a flying pig named Philomena, and a green alien named Sluggo, who boasts 3,409 fans on Facebook. [Read more…]

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The World’s First Humanitarian 3D Printing “Make-A-Thon” is Underway in Israel

Monday 06.30.2014 , Posted by
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Tikkun Olam are two deeply meaningful Hebrew words which literally translate to “repair the world.” It is a core value of Jewish culture, and is manifesting itself in a beautiful and modern way this week in the city of Nazareth, Northern Israel. For a non-stop 72 hours that began yesterday, a 3D printing “Make-A-Thon” similar to Hack-A-Thons is underway; one where 120 of the top designers, engineers and makers from Israel and the world are bringing customized assistance to those with physical disabilities. It is an open-sourced event with hopes to make a huge impact to those who need help the most. [Read more…]

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Even More Colorful, Awe-Inspiring 3D Sketchbook Illustrations by Hideyuki Nagai

Wednesday 05.07.2014 , Posted by
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The artist who mastered the art of bringing 2D sketchbooks to life with his pencil has grown tired of black and white, adding much more color to his latest collection. Nagai Hideyuki is a talented, young Japanese artist who has serious anamorphic abilities. Now 23 years old, he continues to build an impressive profile and even shares some of his techniques on YouTube videos like the one below. He also uploads videos of his drawings from different angles to prove that they aren’t actually 3 dimensional. It’s hard to believe sometimes! [Read more…]

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3D Animal Drawings Pop Right Off the Wall

Monday 05.05.2014 , Posted by
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Looking at these pictures, you might find it hard to believe that each one of these pieces by Fiona Tang is completely flat. Based in Vancouver, the artist uses a variety of materials such as chalk pastel, acrylic paint, and charcoal to achieve such wall popping depth. Tang is a student at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and only switched from ceramics to drawing 3 years ago when she realized she was allergic to the glazes and clay. She definitely has a natural knack for art and we can’t wait to see what kind of things she will be producing 3 more years from now. [Read more…]

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Tired of Boring Selfies? This App Lets You Create a Pixelated 3D Printed Avatar of Yourself

Friday 02.21.2014 , Posted by
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It used to be good enough to take a selfie and pop it up on Instagram, but no longer: two French creative whizzes have created LEBLOX, a soon to be released app that will let you create a 3D printed, pixelated version of yourself. Let the 8-bit frenzy begin. [Read more…]

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Mind-bending 3 Dimensional Paintings by Mad King

Friday 02.21.2014 , Posted by
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It’s hard to say what’s cooler: artist Mad King’s philosophy on art or the art itself. The self-taught artist AKA Jake Johanson creates paintings by hand that you feel like you could walk right into. Repeating patterns and geometric shapes give each piece a mind-bending three dimensionality that top layer objects appear to float upon. Based in Denver, he has painted entire walls in this style, but these images can not even do justice to what seeing the paintings in reality is like. Since he uses metallic paints and multiple sheens of poly-acrylic paints, a picture can never show the depth and variety of designs that is produced in different light settings. [Read more…]

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Augmented Tape Mapping on a 3D Animation Brings Futuristic City to Life

Tuesday 01.14.2014 , Posted by
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Looking at this video you would never believe that the skyscrapers of the futuristic city were 2 dimensional augmented tape art. This installation appears in the bar area of Generator, a new artsy hostel in Berlin Mitte. The project was created by Jaques-Andre Dupont, an audiovisual creative in Berlin. His vision for the future is “an invasive city, occupying every surface, forever growing on itself. A concrete and light saturation.” [Read more…]

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Fun App ‘Seene’ Covertly Primes You For The 3D Revolution

Tuesday 11.12.2013 , Posted by

The current race to develop 3D technology is a little like the race to invent color television after an era of black and white. Our media is on the brink of coming full-circle, back into the third dimension after being trapped in a flat virtual world since 3D movies went out in the 60s. New 3D tech is being announced daily in the form of printers, scanners, TVs, glasses… what’s next? With every revolutionary innovation comes a beautifully pointless product (like Snapchat to temporary content). These trends can be ‘stupid’ on the surface but they can also function to assimilate foreign ideas into mainstream culture, paving the way for world changing tools. One such tool in the 3D tech world is a pointlessly-revolutionary app called Seene. [Read more…]

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Immersive 3D Paintings on Layers of Transparent Film: An Interview with Artist David Spriggs

Wednesday 09.25.2013 , Posted by

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To walk beside a painting by Canadian artist David Spriggs is an experience not to be missed. His works tread neatly along an unusually blurred frontier between sculpture and painting, greeting viewers with an all encompassing vision that powerfully touches on the ethereal. How does he realize such arresting pieces? By meticulously painting on hundreds of sheets of thin, transparent film.

What results are powerful cyclonic forms frozen before our eye; three dimensional figures that float in space; and intense fields of color so tangible you could reach out and touch them… almost. [Read more…]

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Explosive 3D Sculptures on Panes of Glass: Volcanic Smoke and A Nuclear Bomb Mushroom Cloud

Tuesday 09.03.2013 , Posted by

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From head on, these gorgeous catastrophic explosions by Israeli artist Eyal Gever look like 3 dimensional sculptures, but looking at them from the side, their secret is revealed. Layering digital prints on two dimensional panes of glass, Gever is able to achieve a hyper-realistic image of the smoke given off of a volcanic eruption and the mushroom cloud of an exploding nuclear bomb. The pieces, appropriately titled Large Scale Smoke and Nuclear Bomb, began with a digital rendering of each explosion, which was fairly simple for Gever who is a visionary in the high-tech industry and actually designed the software he uses to create his 3d images himself. It’s hard to grasp the astonishment of these pieces with 2d images, but the videos below give a great representation of what they are like in person. [Read more…]

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