This is NOT a how-to series. This is an observation of my creative process to give people a better idea of how my pieces are made.
How long I take to do my research depends on how much information is provided, the scale of the design, and the overall complexity of the project.
The larger or more difficult designs (i.e. moving parts, interlocking designs, designs that require LED installation, irregular shapes, floating/overlapping patterns, etc.) will usually require more careful thought and consideration while designing.
Like doing my research, how long I take to do my sketches will also depend on how much information is already provided, the scale of the design, and the overall complexity of the project.
If the client wants a design that is custom fitted to their face or body, it would be ideal if the client already has their own clean 3D scan. If you do a quick Google search, there are now many available 3D scanning services. However, there is the other option of using the good ol’ tape measure and calipers. It is the client’s responsibility to supply accurate ring size, wrist size, 3D scan, body measurement, etc.
The patterns on my masks and other designs are all hand drawn and later 3D modeled.
Watch videos 3-6 in the playlist below. Depending on the size, complexity, and detail, overall sketching, pattern drawing, and 3D modeling the design can take anywhere between 30-150+ hours of labor.
Very few of my pieces are direct 3D prints nowadays. Most of the time, my master copies are 3D printed and then later molded and cast in a variety of materials.
Mask and armor designs are now cast in a semi-rigid and flexible material. Even so, the designs should not be deliberately thrown or damaged since they are still artwork…and it’s just not nice 🙁
It’s so bendy! 😀 More tests with new elastic mask materials and non-cracking flexible paints. #sculptureart #3dart #3dprinted #3dp #3dprinting #shapeways #masquerade #mask #dream #filigree #carnival #dreamer #Venetianmask #blender #dreamermask #lumecluster #wip #fantasy #fantasyart #fantasyartist #masqueradeball #masqueradeparty #masquerademask #fairy #fairytale #ethereal #elven #elves
Depending on the size, complexity, and detail of the design, this can take anywhere between 10-80+ hours of labor (not including drying and curing time).
Metal designs are polished and don’t require painting and finishing. However, non-metal products do require painting, finishing, etc.
Other additional items like LEDs or resin cast gems are sometimes included depending on the design.
I hope this offers more inspiration and insight behind what goes into 3D modeling and 3D printing art.