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Imaginative 3D Worlds From A Paper Theater

Sunday 12.23.2012 , Posted by

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In her little paper craft theater, Elly MacKay meticulously creates, lights, then photographs dreamy scenes. Although the final product looks like an illustration or painting, the actual process is much more fastidious. Once MacKay comes up with an idea for a scene, she begins to conceptualize it with thumbnails, drawings and words. Using a plastic material called Yupo paper, she draws and cuts out the layers she will need. Using wires she carefully places each piece where it belongs and adds additional touches, like parchment paper skies or tissue paper for landscapes in the distance. [Read more…]

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A Fantasy of Geometric Landscapes

Thursday 11.15.2012 , Posted by

Ok, confession time. Unlike what seems to be about 99% of the current population, I am not a huge fan of video games. That doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the near addictive fun they are to play… in fact I almost stay away for that reason. I’ll tell you what would get me playing though: seeing digital artist JR Schmidt design a serious adventure game. [Read more…]

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Get A Miniature You: 3D Photo Booth Opening in Japan

Monday 11.12.2012 , Posted by

The Japanese are big fans of the photo booth, producing some of the most original examples of the stand-alone photo devices you can imagine: from machines which add cute frames around your pictures to examples which morph you into a big eyed manga character. Now a company called Omote 3D is taking the concept to the next level and will soon be offering people their likeness in miniature printed 3D form! [Read more…]

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New Simulation Asks: Is This How Our Universe Formed?

Wednesday 08.22.2012 , Posted by

Do you ever wonder how our universe formed? There are many theories and speculations that have been brought to the public consciousness, and while some are generally more accepted than others, the truth is, we don’t really know how our universe came about. Yet, as technology today develops and scientists gain access to a wider range of tools to explore the secrets of our beginnings, new findings shed further light on the history of the universe. [Read more…]

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90º Typography Pop-Up Book

Monday 07.09.2012 , Posted by

Graphic designer Iwona Przybyla from Poznan, Poland has created a new typography book in the most amusing book form out there- that’s right, pop-up (followed by “choose your own adventure” in a close second). The book and the font style are called Kąt 90 stopni, which translates to 90 Degrees. To create each letter, Przybyla threaded light and dark blue string through two perpendicular sheets of paper, so that when each page is open to 90 degrees, a 3d letter will appear. This one-of-a-kind book contains all 26 letters in this new, clever style. [Read more…]

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Incredible 3D Illustrations Jump Out of the Sketchbook

Saturday 06.23.2012 , Posted by

Every now and again, we come across a piece of art that we can’t even begin to wrap our heads around. These sketches by Nagai Hideyuki are the perfect example. The 21 year old artist from Japan creates drawings that seem to leap out of the sketchbook before your very eyes. It’s amazing to see what can be done with just a pencil and paper and the right angle for capturing a photo. The way he uses lighting, shading, and anamorphosis to create these 3D images is reminiscent of MC Escher but even more mind-blowing. [Read more…]

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3D Currency Collages Made From a World of Money

Wednesday 06.13.2012 , Posted by

We’ve seen money collages and sculptures plenty of times, from the politically charged works of Chad Person to the 3D carvings of Scott Campbell. One major thing is different about these works however: these are made from different currencies sourced from countries around the world. The effect is quite striking and beautiful, because unlike the monochromatic U.S. currency used in the aforementioned works, these are multi-colored with designs unfamiliar to many eyes. Through their multi-cultural paper source, these works seem to bring forth a message of unity, collaboration and harmony in the world… and the gracefully composed designs send exactly the same message. [Read more…]

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The Third Dimension

Wednesday 05.16.2012 , Posted by

Inspired by Japanese traditional craftsmanship, Mikas Emil, who lived in Japan for a year, works with his paintings in a more dimensional way, but using modern techniques of today. The 29 year old Architect received his Masters in Architecture from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, School of Architecture last summer. For the project featured below, he started with a 2 dimensional drawing of a face, three-dimensionally modeled it in Rhino, then milled the 3D drawing using a CNC milling machine in plywood. [Read more…]

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The Warped Digital World of Jordan Speer

Tuesday 05.15.2012 , Posted by

Welcome to the warped digital world of Jordan Speer. His illustrations create a surreal environment full of robots and strange machinery with a distinctly humanistic twist… mostly, everything from drum sets to rockets and drilling machines come to life and grows gigantic eyes. It’s as if we have traveled to some alternate universe or distant future where technology is alive and aware of its environment. [Read more…]

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Game Changer: Camera Creates 3D Rooms in Minutes

Wednesday 04.11.2012 , Posted by

When it comes to the task of creating 3D images of interiors, complete with furniture and a myriad of colors and textures, the job until now has been highly labor intensive. Now, a new system called Matterport is doing that same job in only a matter of minutes, and making it almost as easy as using a point and shoot camera. The devise, based closely on the Xbox Kinect (in fact the prototype was literally this), uses twin lenses on a hand held unit which connects to a laptop. By simply walking around the room and “painting it,” a mass of depth and color information is collected and interpreted into a 3D environment. [Read more…]

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