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3-D Muybridge Mayhem March 21, 2011

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Hear the name  Eadweard J. Muybridge and images of  the pioneer in motion photography’s subjects, (animals, nude men and women),  caught in a state of suspended animation come to mind.  Like the movements he photographed there’s more to Mr. Muybridge than meets the eye (or lens).  He led a fascinating life  changing his name multiple times  from Edward James Muggeridge- to -Eduardo Santiago,  he was also known as  Muggridge/ Muygridge, and finally Eadweard Maybridge on his tombstone. He was also involved in the murder of his wife’s lover.

Below are 3-D anaglyph illustrations created  by the class using Mr. Muybridge as inspiration.  You will need a pair of  3-D glasses ( Red left, Blue right) to experience  the 3-D effect.

(above) Sarah Ding


(above) Inbal Newman


(above) Taylor Grant


(above) Arielle Jovellanos


(above) Jonathan Fast


(above) Jessica Kim


(above) Vania Wat


(above) Mi Young Shin


(above) Soo Jin Lee


(above) Leigh Cunningham

space space

(above) Emily Ho



Jerry Marks Class Visit-IN 3-D! March 3, 2011

Posted by leskanturek in 3-D work, Anaglyph 3-D, Artists, Guest Visits, Subway/MTA Proposal, Visually Cool & Relevant.
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On his website, Jerry Marks is described as an “artist working along the border were art and science join…”   which is a good description of what you see when you enter his studio.  Part art studio, part laboratory of perception with maybe a little mad scientist thrown in (maybe a lot)  Jerry has been exploring the atistic applications of 3-D for a number of years. It’s really his passion and it comes through when he shows stereo images from the 19th century or a contemporary 3-D image experiment. Jerry’s work can be seen in books, music videos for the Rolling Stones, The 28th St. subway station, The New York Hall of Science , and theatre sets to name a few of the many projects he’s worked on . He is a accomplished 3-D silk screen printmaker, a teacher for many, many years , musican and has 3-D-ified everything from Bulwinkle to views of Venus.

At Jerry’s  Feb. 14th class visit to our concepts class he presented some wonderful 3-D eye candy,  a  powerpoint show of anaglyph photography and comics by  
Kim Deitch (It’s 4D!
) Bob Sikoryak (The Lost Treasure of the 3D!) , and Micheal Kupperman (Hercules vs. Zeus)

space(above) a 3-D panel from comic book artist Kim Deitch’s “It’s 4-D”.  Adapted for 3-D projection by Jerry.


(above) “The lost treasure of the 3D”  art by by Bob Sikoryak


(above top) An early virtual reality construction of the  mural at the 28th st. subway .  (directly above) ” 7 waves 4 twenty eight” the mural is built into glass blocks in which the curvature of the glass inside the block forms cylindrical lenses. ” Marks plans to use the lenticular (lens-like) properties of the block along with the appropriate lights, projectors, lenses, filters, in the space behind the wall to create a 3-D illusion art display. The mural will appear to move as you ride into the station”.


After the powerpoint presentation Jerry took some time to describe the process of creating an anaglyph image in photoshop. In the next week or two they’re be a follow up post with the finished 3-D images done by the class.

Anaglyph 3-D February 22, 2011

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You are going to create a 2-D illustration that appears in 3-D when viewed through red –blue anaglyph glasses.

How anaglyph works (From wikipedia)

“Viewing anaglyphs through appropriately colored glasses results in each eye seeing a slightly different picture. In a red-blue anaglyph, for instance, the eye covered by the red filter sees the red parts of the image as “white”, and the blue parts as “black” (with the brain providing some adaption for color); the eye covered by the blue filter perceives the opposite effect. True white or true black areas are perceived the same by each eye. The brain blends together the image it receives from each eye, and interprets the differences as being the result of different distances. This creates a normal stereograph image without requiring the viewer to cross his or her eyes.”

There are many ways of creating an 3-D anaglyph image. Jerry demonstrated taking a photo with a digital camera that takes two photos at the same time. Each photo in the pair is unique mimicking the way your eyes view an image/scene. Your two eyes are not in the exact same place right? Your left eye views an object from it’s left side and the right eye is looking at that same object a little more on the object’s right side. After Jerry downloaded his pair of photos of the class he then reassembled/layered the photos on top of each using an application (he used split MPO) to position them. One layer was filtered for red and the other layer was filtered for cyan in photoshop.

(above) Jerry’s stereo 3-D photo of the class.   I think he mentioned using a Fuji W1 3D Camera but I will confirm this.


Here is a link for a simple way to create a anaglyph image. Simplest Method of Making Anaglyph Images with Photoshop

The author in the demo is using a pair of photos but you will be using one piece of art and duplicating it to get your pair.

Above is a simple piece of line art I converted to 3-D using the step-by-step in the link.

  • I opened up my art in photoshop in RGB.
  • I duplicated the art onto a 2nd layer (label the layer left as an example)
  • I followed the instructions in the link  …“un-check the B and G check boxes” etc.
  • I moved the left layer over to my right about 5,6 hits of my right arrow key.
  • Put on your glasses and see what you got!

The image I created above “pops out”, but not really does it?  it’s pretty flat. That’s because there is no foreground or background. Look at the same image with additions to the background and after I selected the arm, and placed it on another layer. I shifted it a bit more to the right to get it more to the foreground.

Now it’s starting to look like a 3-D image right?  Your illustration, to capitalize on the 3-D effect will need an element/s in the foreground, a middleground and a background. How extreme, how subtle, etc. is where the artistry ,craft and planning comes in.

Jerry had demonstrated “skewing” an image to create depth in a selection. I’ll have more on that  shortly.

Experiment, make selections of different objects,for example a head, place it on a another layer and shift it over to make it pop out. Select a nose on the face-place it on a new layer and shift that over. see how much depth you can get in your illustration.

Google search Anaglyph 3-D images there are some very cool things out there!


Links you might find interesting:


Gerald Marks-Pulltime 3-D laboratories

The New York Stereoscopic Scociety


Pop-Up Assignment Gallery May 26, 2010

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Coinciding  with Teen Liu‘s visit (link to the  post of Teens’s visit )  and pop-up workshop was a class assignment to create a pop-up. Students choose their own theme/concept to work from and

(above) the day of the crit.


they could incorporate any paper engineering technique they learned at the work shop or that they could devise. The only criteria was that the pop-up actually fold flat and it must be able to open multiple times.  Below are the finishes :

(above) Pratima Mani- “What’s in Wolf’s Belly?” Prat’s pop-up is of particular note because her wolf rotates around upon the page opening.


(above) John Garcia-King and Queen of Hearts


(above) Deborah Mouloudji- Snails and leaf, 2 sliders


(above left ) Brianne Bowers rotating Ferris Wheel (right) Cityscape by Josey Herrington


(above) Biker by Lyejm Kallas-Lewis


(above Left) Psycho by Leila Ehtesham (Right) River by Rachel Tonthat


(above) Christine Westrich’s pop-up Chef


(Above left) a Beast by Grace Lang (right) stuffed animal  pop-up by Grace Moon


(above left) Jun Hui Im’s mask  (right) Skeleton by Ciara Gay


(above) a larger gold fish pop-up spread accompanied by a beautifully done smaller book  all my Masuko Jo

Two Awesome Worlds Collide April 19, 2010

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Post by Grace Lang


In recent months, I have been watching a lot of music videos, specifically ones that feature dope-ass animation. It was sensational to realize that there are so many places for illustration within the music realm because jams, tunes, and diddies inspire most of us in some way or another.   SO…I wanna share what I’ve found!

Chad Vangaalen is a musician from Canada whose music I got into during high school. A few months ago, a friend showed me one of his music videos and I realized that he is actually an incredible illustrator and animator as well.  I think its pretty amazing when a person can master music and visual art. TOUGH STUFF. Here is a still from that video…it is called “Molten Light” and the song is off his album, “Soft Airplane.” The link to watch it on youtube is below the photo.



In 2009, Chad released an album under the alias, Black Mold, called “Snow Blindness is Crystal Antz.” It doesn’t feature lyrics like his other stuff, but is effin incredible anyway. Here is a still and link to a video for the song, “Metal Spiderwebs.”



Seriously, y’al. All his videos are phenomenal and totally worth checking out, SO DO IT.

NEXT UP is a bitchin claymation video for the Grizzly Bear (a Brooklyn-based folk rock group) song, “Ready, Able,” off the album, “Veckatimest.” The guys in the band didn’t make the video, as they aren’t animators like Mr. Vangaalen . This video is unbelievable and inspiring. I like it because it seems like a new approach to a somewhat common form of animation (claymation). The way it mixes media is especially fresh. Again, here is a still and a link:



The last video I want to share is from a band called Ramona Falls and it’s for their song, “I Say Fever.” Ciara, another  student in the illustration Dept., showed me this video and I am infinitely grateful because not only is it one of the best things I have EVER seen, but it also exposed me to a great new band. (I bought the album. SO GOOD.) The band is based in Portland, Oregon and their first/only album is titled, “Intuit.” This video is super different from the others. It doesn’t have as much of a hand-drawn feeling as Chad Vangaalen’s stuff, but there’s no disputing that it’s an insane and beautiful concept. I am drawn (PUN SO INTENDED) to it mostly because it fuses so many things that I like together: intricate line-work, bizarre imagery, good color choices, and ANIMALS. It’s also really nice to see something that was clearly manifested on the computer, but doesn’t feel super technology-y.




Oh, and another thing. When I got this album, I was overjoyed to realize that one of my long-time favorite illustrators, Theo Ellsworth, did the album artwork. This made me really happy because he’s beyond brilliant and I am glad to see he is getting such cool jobs. Here is the album cover and I highly suggest looking up more of his work. His book, “Capacity,” is especially inspiring.

Teen Liu-Pop-Up Workshop April 4, 2010

Posted by leskanturek in 3-D work, Books, Guest Visits, Handmade, Movable Illustration, Pop-Up.
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March 22nd  paper engineer, illustrator, and designer Teen Liu came into class to discuss her work, pop-up books and to conduct a paper engineering/pop-up workshop. Teen has worked with  pop-up artist Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart, The Museum of Modern Art, editorial pieces, and fine art life size gallery installations (24 foot high pop-ups!).

You might also have seen some of her designs and paper engineering  she has worked on including Star Wars: A pop-up guide to the Galaxy (check out the LED light sabres and a very cool Darth Vader), The Tomie de Paola’s pop- book Streganona, the Chronicles of Narnia pop-up book, or the cards and ornaments she has designed for MoMA.

Teen got down to business fast, and before you knew it scissors and paper was flying.

(above left) Teen demonstrating a fold  (right) Josey and Grace cutting away

Before     and    after

After going over some basic folds and cuts  ie: a V fold mouth, and a layer pop-up we quickly got into something a bit more complicated a turtle with movable legs.  Teen had given out a link to pop-up instructionals  on Robert Sabuda‘s  site which has a section called  Simple Pop-Ups You Can Make! which has step-by step tutorials, though of course it’s not the same as having an engineer in the room trouble shooting why your turtle is dying a slow pop-up death.

(above) left Ciara , right Teen working with John on his turtle.


After the workshop Teen spoke about various pop-up project and the process of taking a pop-up from concept to appearing in print. Planing and mocking up versions during the concepting stage it  can take 6-7 or more dry runs before the construction is perfected. Then after the pop-up is test printed out , constructed again to make sure it fits.


(above) printed die-cuts for Fairies ready to be cut out and assembled. (image from Teen’s site)

It was a great workshop and visit. Many thanks to Teen for sharing her expertise and time. When you take a look at her site make sure to check out the pop-up done for Shit Disco’s music video among the other cool things .   Thanks Teen!



Moving Paper March 3, 2010

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The Museum of Arts and Design located at 2 Columbus circle in NYC, collects and documents craft, art and design. Presently MAD is hosting Moving Paper, the cut-paper animation film festival  and competition. Inspired by the exhibition Slash: Paper under the KnifeMoving Paper celebrates the use of cut paper in animation,
Two  videos made by Illustration major (and class member) Brianne Bowers have been accepted  on the Moving Paper site. Take a look :


Pop-Up Books March 1, 2010

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A toy, miniature theatre, automata, animation…all this resting between the covers of a book  on your shelf.  Pop-up books were, for most of us, our first experience treating a book as a precious object, something to stare at in amazement and share with others as illustrations break the rules of 2-D print by coming alive.  Open the spread of a book and it’s the reader that makes the doors on the bus open and shut, or causes Alice’s house of cards to fall around her. Illustration in movable 3-D, viewers can look at the same scene from multiple viewpoints and interact with it.

(above) A spread from The Wonderful Wizard of OZ: A commemorative pop-up by L. Frank Baum and art by Robert Sabuda.   Tucked in a pocket on the page are green sunglasses to view the emerald city (and everything else) with.


Books with moving parts have been around since at least since the 13th century when volvelles or rotating paper circles were used in books to illustrate philosophical ideas. Later they were used to demonstrate astronomy, mathematics and other scientific theory. It would take another 200 years for moveable books to be marketed to children.

(above) A volvelle from  Astronomicum Caesareum c. 1540 showing the orbital period off the moon.( from the Lib. of Congress)


Lothar Meggendorfer, (http://www2.lib.virginia.edu/exhibits/popup/meggen.html)  a 19th century German artist, created superb moveable illustrated books.  Illustrations in Meggendorfer’s books performed as many as 5 or more actions simultaneously in different directions.

(above) Lothar Meggendorfer’s International circus (photographed by G. H. Mott)

Blue Ribbon Publishing in New York in the ’30s was the first publisher to use the term “pop-up” to describe their movable illustrations. Books like  “Puss in Boots” from 1934, engineered by Harold Lentz, ­ vied for the attention of an audience that was getting used to the relatively new medium of animated cartoons.
Today, hundreds of pop-up books are produced around the world each year. Each book has to be painstakingly assembled by hand.

(above) XXX pop-up book

Contemporary paper engineers like, Robert Sabuda, (http://www.robertsabuda.com/)  and Mathew Reinhart are designing more and more complicated pop-ups involving sound, and light. Pop-up books have since crossed back from being exclusively for children and now marketed in some cases exclusively to adults and museums.
In this post–modern technological age the artistry, craft and surprise of illustrations printed on paper that pop-up to life  still fascinate.


Pop up display key

  1. Cow and Her Friends: A Golden pop-up book
  2. Mommy? Story by Arthur Yorink, illustrations by Maurice Sendak, paper engineer Matthew Reinhart
  3. The 12 days of Christmas : A Pop-up Celebration by Robert Sabuda
  4. ABC3D – An alphabet book by Marion Bataille. Each of the 26 three-dimensional letters move and change.
  5. The Wonderful Wizard of OZ: A commemorative pop-up by L. Frank Baum and art by Robert Sabuda
  6. XXX pop-up book
  7. Little Monsters by Jan Pienkowski Publisher: Candlewick; Pop Rei edition (July 8, 2008)
  8. The Pop-up book of Phobia’s created and written by Gary Greenberg, Illustrated by Balvis Rubess, Pop-ups by Mathew Reinhart
  9. Hallo our Motorcar: Schreibers Plastical Picture-books
  10. TK pop-up book
  11. Leonardo Da Vinci: The Artist Inventor, Scientist in three-dimensional, movable pictures by A.& M. Provensen
  12. Uz Jsme Doma pop-up book and dvd,-Uz Jsme Doma (oosh-smeh-doe-ma, Czech for “we’re home!”) is a  band from the Czech republic.The pop-up book is a collaboration between UJD lead Miroslav Wanek and the painter Martin Velisek
  13. Alices’ Adventure’s in Wonderland : A pop-up adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Original Tale by Robert Sabuda
  14. Silly Heads by Ruth Wickings & Cathie Shuttleworth Publ. DK
  15. Winter’s Tale: An original pop-up Journey by Robert Sabuda
  16. The Pop-up Buck Rogers- 1930’s
  17. Little Red Riding Hood illustrated by Patricia Turner: A peepshow book
  18. Say Cheese – David Pelham
  19. Carter, David A.
600 Black Spots:
A Pop-up Book for Children of All Ages New York : Little Simon, 2007
  20. Fungus the Bogeyman Plop-up book by Raymond Brigs

Thanks to faculty member Peter Hamlin for creating the video demonstrating the books in the showcase. Here are links to the video posted on youtube

www.youtube.com/watch?v=rawuw02klbYe spacespacespacwww.youtube.com/watch?v=0iQlOr71Hmw

www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaVK1qpgq90 spacespacespacwww.youtube.com/watch?v=xvh9b74fpqc

Other Links:


the Movable Book Society


Teen Lui/Paper Engineer


Pop-Ups and Movable Books:  a Tour through their History


Mona Hatoum February 20, 2010

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Post by Leila Ehtesham

Mona Hatoum is a Lebanese artist of Palestinian origin. She has spent much of her career living in London and, more recently, Berlin.  Hatoum works primarily with installations and video.

I first came across the work of Mona Hatoum about three years ago.  I didn’t know what to think of this artist who weaved Palestinian keffieh scarves from human hair, constructed welcome mats from needles or privacy screens  from giant cheese graters.   Hatoum’s work  made me a little uncomfortable,  it also made me curious. What is it about her pieces that make them seem all at once familiar yet foreign, personal yet clinical and minimalist, somber but still humorous?  She takes the everyday and transforms it into a surrealist dream. In a interview with the BBC’s John Tusa, Hatoum said of her own work: “I’m trying to make people question what they’re looking at, walk away with more questions than answers, complicate things so that it becomes a kind of one, challenging one’s assumptions about the world” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/johntusainterview/hatoum_transcript.shtml). I would agree that Mona Hatoum does just that: generates questions. You want to comprehend on an intellectual level what you already sense on an emotional one.

Although I found no overt mention of politics in my research, I do get the impression that Hatoum’s work reflects something of the Middle East, particularly Palestinian solidarity. The Kufiya has become a symbol of this in the Arab world, and the fact that she chose to weave the scarf from human hair seems to represent a personal sense of loss. The objects she uses in her pieces are largely household ones, and that she takes something like a sharp kitchen appliance or needle and juxtaposes it with something typically comforting like a bed implies a hostel force within day to day life. This is what I imagine when I think of people living in areas that are rocked by political and social divide, as is the case with the Israelis and Palestinians. Other artists have created or altered  objects into conceptual art, Marcel  Duchamp’s  readymades for example.  Because I get the impression of socio-political aim in Hatoum’s work, I don’t see too many ties with Duchamp’s Fountain/Urinal for instance, which I view more as having a comic motive rather than political.

Love it or hate it, the one thing I can say about Hatoum’s work with absolute conviction is that it’s memorable.

Web Bed (2002)

Pull (1995)

Keffieh (1993-1999)

The Grater Divide (2002)

Traffic (2002)

All work © Mona Hatoum

Su Blackwell-the Other Life of Books February 11, 2010

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Post by Brianne Bowers:

(Above) Pandora Opens Box 2009  (all photos and work from http://www.sublackwell.co.uk/  and © Su Blackwell)


If you’ve walked past the windows in Kate’s Paperie on 13th Street a few months ago you will have noticed works by artist Su Blackwell. I discovered this London based artist a few years ago when researching paper cut artists. Her altered book/pop-up style book sculptures have garnered a lot of  notice, leading to  magazine and other commissions, such as The Times Magazine, Waitrose, Food Illustrated, Vogue, Cartier Store (Paris) and Beringer Wine.

(above) Chatsworth Derbyshire’ A Guide


Su attended Royal College or Art in London and majored in Textiles.  What makes her work appealing is how delicate and precise her cuts are all while keeping them within the pages of an old book. These cut-outs can take up to a month to complete.

(above) Alice – A Mad Tea Party

space(above) Alice Through the Looking Glass

(above) The Wizard of Oz photographed by Irene CooperS


As seen above, Blackwell has cut Illustrations for stories such as Alice in Wonderland and the Wizard of Oz.  Su has also made her creations come to life in various stop motion commercials which you can view on her website. http://www.sublackwell.co.uk/

-Brianne Bowers