Category: Illustration

3D Chalk Art

3D Chalk Art

3D chalk art has a long history and is known by many names. Some of those include 3D street painting, chalk painting, and my favorite anamorphic art. This form of art and painting dates back to before the 16th century. The process begins by determining the viewing hight and distance from the painting. Once the proper figures are calculated  and reference lines are established, the drawing can then be transferred to the grid and the painting or chalkinging can begin. When viewed from any other angle or height than the desired view point the painting looks distorted. When viewed at the proper view point, an illusion of depth and 3 dimensions is achieved.

3d chalk art

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World famous sculptor and ephemeral artist Sean Fitzpatrick recently launched his new website www.3Dchalk.com to showcase his talents with anamorphic 3D chalk drawing. While many of his clients are corporations and event planners, Sean also works directly with private clients to create temporary and  permanent showcase pieces for home, office, or corporate headquarters all over the United States and beyond! In addition to his new venture, Sean also features exquisite sand snow and ice sculptures and fabulously detailed pumpkin carvings. When asked about his new-found passion for 3D chalk, he replied simply,”3D chalk  fits seamlessly with our mission statement of creating an art form that is a metaphor for life.”

3D chalk art by Sean Fitzpatrick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can contact Sean Fitzpatrick directly through this site or  you can email sean@3Dchalk.com.

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Green Lantern Power Ring

Green Lantern Power Ring

Another one of my favorite comics is  the Green Lantern. I’m not sure how true to  the original story the new movie will be, but I’m already impressed with the new design for Hal Jordan’s Power Ring.  For those of you not familiar with the story, Hal was the first human to be selected to join the elite corp of Green Lanterns.  I’ve always wanted to design a ring in Cinema 4D so this was a perfect opportunity. Here are a few screen shots of my initial attempts. Once I have the ring prototype created I’ll repost this article with new pictures or the actual ring. For now here are the 3D renderings.

Green Lantern Power Ring

 

 Green Lantern Power Ring Fully charged

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The story behind the logo of the World Championship of Sand Sculpting

The story behind the logo of the World Championship of Sand Sculpting

 To the average person looking at this logo for the first time, it may seem a bit unremarkable. The very nature of the design doesn’t necessarily bring sand sculpting to mind, but  show this logo to most professional sand sculptors  and you will get an immediate reaction. This simple design, that was officially reintroduced to the world of professional sand sculpting in the summer of 2010, symbolizes the very best of professional sand sculpting.  

The story of just how this logo came to be starts in the mid 80’s when a man by the name of Joe Maize had the design  etched onto t-shirts at one of the very first professional sand sculpture events in Harrison Hot Springs, BC.  I never had the opportunity to meet Joe, but just ask anyone who has and you will get a sence of what kind of impact he made on everyone he came in contact with. His outrageous sence of humor and dry, say it like it is attitude were his personal  trademarks. Sadly, the world lost Joe to cancer in August of 2006. He was just 52.

Photo Courtesy of Carl Jara

When I learned that the World Championship was moving to the US in 2010, I immediately asked how I could help. Because I had experience with  graphic design, I was tasked with designing a website and more importantly restoring the logo that Joe had created all those years ago. The original drawing I had to work with was nothing more than a grainy scanned image. Suzanne Altamare a friend of Joe had gotten the copy from another friend of Joe’s, Charlie Beaulieu. Suzanne had been attempting to clean up this fuzzy image in her spare time. The image below is what I first saw. I imagine it was in much worse shape before Suzanne spent many hours  cleaning it up.

Joe Maize

The first part of the process was to create a black and white line drawing in illustrator followed by a careful color selection process. For the logos that were to be used in digital print and  the website, I added some shadow and lighting effects. The total process took several days of testing and tweaking. In the end it was worth all the hard work. There are several variations that reflect the specific area that the contest (s) will take place in as well as an official qualifier logo. They are all derivatives of this primary design. (other logo variations not shown here) The results are seen below.

Worlds Logos

This year the 2011 World Championship of Sand Sculpting will  be celebrating  25 years. To commemorate this milestone I’ve added a few  new features to the logo that reflect the silver anniversary of this amazing event. I consider it a great honor to have been trusted with the task of restoring this iconic symbol. Special thanks to Charlie, Suz, Doc, the countless others who have given their time and of course, Joe Maize for creating the original design. May your sand stand…. One Grain at a Time! 

 25-years World Championships

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The Hammer of Thor

The Hammer of Thor

I am a self admitted comic book geek. When I saw the  most recent movie version of Thor, there was one thing that stood out to me. Many of the coolest super heroes have  a prop that is uniquely their own. Batman has his utility belt, Spiderman has his web, Wonder Woman has her golden lasso and Thor has his hammer. The prop artists did such a great  job reinventing something so simple.  When I first saw it, I thought to myself, ” That is a work of art!”

Being a professional sculptor and full-time artist, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to create a digital 3D model of this iconic hammer. Below I have posted a few photos of the finished project that I created in Cinema 4D.

 The coolest thing about being able to create a digital file like this, is that technology actually exists that allow me to have this file transformed into an actual physical 3D proto-type. 3D printers have been around for a while now. It wasn’t until a small company in the Netherlands was formed, that 3D printing really started to hit the main stream. The technology is advancing at a rapid pace and getting better and more cost-effective every day. Check out Shapeways to find out more on this awesome technology. In the mean time I hope you enjoy these photos. Remember, whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of  THOR!

Thor's Hammer

The Hammer of Thor

 

Thor

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Wonder Woman Still a Classic

Wonder Woman Still a Classic

NBC is not hot for Wonder Woman, having cancelled the show before it even aired on the network. You can read more about that here. I must admit I was a bit skeptical when I saw the new outfit that was previewed  a few months ago,  but it would have been nice to see at least a few episodes. The new series was to star Adrianne Palicki as Diana Prince, a.k.a. Wonder Woman. I must say I have fond memories of the original series that stared the lovely Linda Wagner. That show defiantly had a very campy feel but seeing Linda in that outfit week after week certainly made up for the goofy feel of the show. You can see a side by side shot of Linda and Adrianne below.

Wonder Woman
Adrianne Palicki and Linda Wagner

 

So you’re  probably reading this thinking, ” ok, what does this have to do with art?” Well  the answer is simple. I have always been a fan of comic book art. Prior to taking up ephemeral art, primarily sand sculpting,  I spent countless hours drawing and doodling. One of my favorite characters to draw was Superman. I can also recal drawing the likes of Batman, Spiderman and even the Silver Surfer. Then I realised that I have never done a drawing of a single female superhero. When I heard the story  about this new show, I thought I would give it a go. What better first subject tto try than the ultimate female super hero, Wonder Woman. Below is a photo of my creative process. First I start with a basic sketch to determine the pose and scale. I will note that all my work is done on a pressure sensitive tablet. This allows me the freedom to make corrections while  at the same time conserving paper. I then import the sketch into illustrator and make a clean vector outline. The next to last step is to add the basic primary shading for the character.

Wonder Woman Process
Sketch done in Photoshop, line art and color done in Illustrator

 

Once I’m happy with the finished piece. I import the file back into Photoshop and add the detail. I’m not going for photo realism here. The idea is to stay true to the genre of comic book art. I use the airbrushed and smudge tool primarily along with a few applied masking techniques.  Below is the finished piece.

Wonder Woman Final
Wonder Woman Final
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