Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio at Theatre Bizarre 2015!

Its been a whirlwind year and I have completely neglected documenting all the things I’ve been up to, so I’m going to make a push in the next month to write up everything, starting with this year’s pilgrimage to Theatre Bizarre, Detroit’s amazing masquerade ball held in the world’s largest Masonic temple. Last year, I brought the Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio out to capture some of the party’s most outrageous visitors and this year I succeeded in getting some even better portraits. Here’s some favorites!

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And some physical 3D prints:
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3D Scanning at the Brooklyn Museum

I was recently at the Brooklyn Museum for the opening of the exhibit Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861–2008. Its a great exhibit and I encourage everyone to go check it out! While there, I took the time to take pictures of several objects to use to generate 3D models of a few Coney Island Artifacts, as well as some beautiful architectural details.

This process of photogrammetry  or “physical photography” as I have come to call it involves photographing an object many times from all angles, taking care to ensure that each image is in full focus. Once photographed, software analyzes the image to find the same point in multiple images and generates a 3D model of where in space each camera was. From there, a point cloud and 3D mesh can be generated. Its a laborious process but its a very accurate way of generating 3D models of still objects like sculpture.

Here’s the processed scans:

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Spook-A-Rama cyclops head from Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park (Courtesy of the Coney Island History Project)

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Pegasus Statues from the Coney Island pumping station. (read about these here)

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Bacchus Keystone from the Brooklyn Museum Sculpture Garden. This scan came out amazing, with incredible detail to it!

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Another Great Keystone!

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Telamon (Male Caryatid) #1

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Telamon #2

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Architectural Detail from the Brooklyn Museum Sculpture Gardens

SUPERSTRATA: 3D Printed Art

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I am pleased to be included in the Compound Gallery‘s exhibition Supertrata: 3D Printed Art in Oakland, California. I was sad not to have been able to make it out for the opening but if you are out near San Francisco, please check it out! Here’s a couple images of work of mine that went out to the show:

Coney Crush Saga

Coney Crush Saga, 3D printed PLA Plastic (3D scans of performers from the Coney Island Circus Sideshow), 12″h, ~30″w, 9″d

Grim, 3D printed PLA Plastic, 12"h, 21"w, 8"d

Grim, 3D printed PLA Plastic, 12″h, 21″w, 8″d

Grim- backlit

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Creation, 3D printed PLA Plastic, 34"h, 31"w, 8"d

Creation, 3D printed PLA Plastic, 34″h, 31″w, 8″d

To give you an idea of the scale- this one's big!

To give you an idea of the scale- this one’s big!

Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio Second Anniversary Mermaid Parade Portraits!

Can you believe it- Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio is two years old! I opened up for the first time at the Mermaid Parade in 2013 and made some great portraits (See here and here). Well this past Saturday was the Coney Island Mermaid Parade and again I was able to make 3D portraits of some of my favorite Coney Island characters and sea creatures. These have not yet been cleaned up but I think they look great. I’m very happy with the day. Its exciting to see the technology improving since I’ve started and I’m proud of all the advances and things I’ve learned in the last few years.

Enjoy!

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Parade Queen Mermaid Julie Atlas Muz and King Neptune Mat Fraser

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Creepy Ronald McDonald the clown

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Time Out’s photog Filip stopped for a pose

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Too Much Beer?

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The Diaper Guy

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Badass Burlesque’s Velocity Chyaldd

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James and Camille Habacker of the Slipper Room

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An OctoPirate

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Zeroboy channeling his inner Popeye

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Lobster Girls

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Reverend Billy, Savitry D and family

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A Mermaid Family

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BooBoo Darlin’ as a Shrimp Cocktail

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Penguin

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A Jellyfish

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A Mermaid

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Eric the Fish

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Lil’ Miss Lixx as Champagne

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Mr. Gorgeous

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Bunny Love as Caviar

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Breakdancer

Kembra Pfahler 3D Portrait

I 3D scanned Kembra Pfahler of the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black this spring and have been working on a 3D portrait of her off and on for a while now. My initial intent had been to do something with many arms, reminiscent of the Hindu goddess Kali, an image inspired by her love of blue body paint, but this imagery was not at all working for Kembra.  She felt Kali was too obvious and already done by Nina Hagen. So my scans of her have been languishing and waiting for inspiration. I had included her in some sketches for the Gates of Hell that I’m working on, but had nothing yet… until last night when this came together. Its 3D printing away now on my Jetguy Big Boy printer for another 20 hours, but I’m looking forward to seeing how it comes out!

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Greetings From Pilchuck!

I’ve just completed two weeks as a visiing artist at the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington. It’s been 21 years since I have been here and I’m happy to say that Artistic Director Tina Aufiero is doing a great job of pushing the school forward into the 21st century while maintaining the atmosphere of collaboration, comraderie, experimentation and creativity. 

I was brought out to get the new 3D printing studio space set up in preparation for classes this year, and to plan my 2016 class on using digital processes and 3DP for creation of glass objects. It was an awesome experience and much needed moment of reflection. I was able to generate some work in preparation for the upcoming Wheaton Arts fellowship and even got to dabble in glassmaking while making new friends and reconnecting with old ones.  

Here’s some images: 

The iconic Pilchuck Hot Shop

    

Hank Adams’ Trojan Horse has grown a wonderful patina over the years

        

as Always, the hot shop was bustling with action- pulling glass tubes for neon here

  

Sunset over Puget Sound as seen from the lodge

  

“Creation” 3D Print- a maquette for my Wheaton Project? Picture this 12′ tall! Made on the new Printrbot Bot Farm.

  

Gaffer Dan Friday helped me make a piece, starting with this gold Ruby glass heart

  

Hot glass is a seductive material

  

This 3D printed scan if my hand was inspiration for this hot glass sculpted piece

  

Hand with heart being reheated in the glory hole.

  

The Heart in the hand

  

Il Cavallo- the glass Horse: I see the glass horse as the ultimate test of glassblowing prowess. what the paper crane is to Origami, il cavallo is to glass. if you can work hot enough to make the horse without reheating, you are a skilled glassworker. Watch my YouTube olaylist of Glass Horse making here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZroWUSkyKpFH_TNnoYe2JcpZcVCiRBcC

  

Pilchuck Totem Pole made by Preston Singletary and other pacific Northwest natives with cast glass inclusions

        

My last night ended with a gallery show. of 3D printed and glass work

 

Creation Maquettes

  

3D Portraits

  

Portrait of Artist in Residence Joel Otterson

      

Glass hand holding Heart

  

Dan Friday Portrait

  

Il Cavallo

  

Goodbye Pilchuck! im excited to teach session 2 , 2016!

  

On The Road To Bay Area Makerfaire

Sideshow-SAR-WhiteTomorrow, I fly out to San Francisco to bring the Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio to the Bay Area. If you’re attending Maker Faire, please stop by to say hi. We will be in the large 3D printing tent and would love to make a 3D portrait for you.

I’m also presenting Sunday at 1:30pm on the Center Stage so come see my talk “The History and Legacy of Technology as Entertainment“. I’m honored to be sandwiched between Autodesk’s Carl Bass and 3D Robotics’ Chris Anderson!

 

3D Printed Luna Park’s Latest Addition is the Helter Skelter!

It’s been months in the making but I was able to update the installation at the Coney Island Museum today with the Helter Skelter Building. I plan to have a reception event at the museum on Memorial Day, so stay tuned!                               

 Thompson & Dundy’s Luna Park: 3D Printed- new images

I’m out in Coney Island this week working in a shipping crate to bring my scanning rig to Bay Area Makerfaire but I had a few moments to snap some photos of my Luna Park installation. As soon as I have a moment to start gluing I will be adding a new building: the Helter Skelter slide. Hopefully soon, so these will be my last shots without it.