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

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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.

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

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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.

Artworks Unexpectedly Leap from the Canvas. Bizarre 3D Sculpture/Paintings by Japan’s Yuki Matsueda

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The fascinating works of Yuki Matsueda pop out of their box enclosures and frames, penetrating the viewer’s space. Yolks fly out of eggs, figures jump out of exit signs, and kings and queens leap out of playing cards. Matsueda was born in Ibaraki prefecture in 1980. He won the 2010 Nippon Paint Design Center Award and graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts with a PhD in 2010. He has shown in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout Asia and Europe.

Massive Handmade Cloud Leopard Paper Cut Sculpture

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Using one single- rather large- piece of black paper, Japanese artist Nahoko Kojima of Solo Kojima hand cut an unbelievably intricate cloud leopard sculpture. The cutting process took five months and it was assembled by securing it in the air by fishing wire hung from the ceiling. The Crafts Council chose Kojima among just nine other international artists to display work in the Project Space at the Saatchi Gallery in the UK earlier this month. Before that, in February, the piece was assembled at Le Beffroi in Paris.

Isidore Koliavras’ 3D Comic Book Art

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Isidore Koliavras is a Greek character design guru, whose forte is creating 3D images of comic book superheroes that could almost be alive. He creates the storied pictures with specialized CGI software optimized for human modeling. His comic book superheroes, each with hours of digital manipulation, encompass a dynamic and highly entertaining collection.

Incredible 3D Printed Photography

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The team at Instructables has a printer that transforms black and white prints into unique three-dimensional worlds. The Objet Connex500 3d printer uses a rigid, semitransparent white material that don’t look like much when seen from the side, but when lit from behind the images gain texture and dimensionality. I don’t know much about any of this, but I do know awesome looking pictures when I see them.

3D Sculptures Seamlessly Blend Into Paintings

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Japanese artist Shintaro Ohata combines painting and sculptures to create a world somewhere between two and three dimensional. When viewed head on, the unique sculpture/painting duos look like a flawless painting, but stepping further back from another angle you can see that the characters in each painting are actually polystyrene 3d sculptures of the same texture and color as their canvas background. Ohata was born in Hiroshima in 1975 and has spent his career as an artist depicting scenes from every day life in a cinematic way.

Paper Sculptures “From within a book”

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“From within a book row on row a forest of knowledge continues to grow. While brackets and comma’s flourish and bloom, we fear the end begins to loom.” These are the words that can be found on the amazing book sculptures created by Emma Taylor. She carefully picks each book she turns into a work of art. With her careful hand, she brings out the story literally in the form of cut out pages of the book.

Coming Soon: Amazing New 3D Doodling Tool

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I’m beginning to get jealous of all the cool toys that kids these days have to play with- particularly this new invention by WobbleWorks that will be available in October of this year. As a kid of the 90’s I thought I was pretty cool with my vibrating Squiggle Wiggle Writer and Magic Copier but with this new 3Doodler, you can create 3D sculptures as easily as you could make a drawing. The innovative new toy makes it affordable for the average person to have a device with 3d printing capabilities. Invented and created by experienced robotics and toymakers Peter Dilworth and Maxwell Bogue, the device melts ABS plastic (like most 3D printers) and it dries instantly when it hits the air.

More 3D Illustrations Jump Out of the Sketchbook

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Back in June we featured some amazing 3d sketches by Japanese artist Nagai Hideyuki and now we are stoked that there are some new ones to share. Hideyuki has also created some videos showing the 2 dimensionality of the sketches when viewed at different angles. This batch is a little more colorful than the last, yet equally impressive. Hideyuki has really mastered this technique and inspired other artists to bring their sketches to life. See more of his works on Facebook and deviantART.