Printed Figurine

Today I awoke to an exciting text message telling me my figurine was ready to be picked up from the basement in Graham Sutherland. I was very excited to see it and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. It was presented to me and I was confused at first, the figurine was surrounded in a plastic waxy substance, the technicians put me at ease once they told me that is to be washed away. The figurine is also slightly smaller than I originally wanted but due to the Universities 3D printing facilities it is the biggest I could get it.

The next step was to soak the figurine in cold water, I did so for about an hour before starting to clean it.

On the technicians advice I used a tooth brush and scrubbed the figurine, this took just over an hour but was strangely therapeutic and relaxing. I took a video of myself cleaning the figurine for around 10 minutes, I found it really hard when doing research to see any videos on the post production of 3D printing i.e. cleaning, prepping and painting so I thought I would make a video which anyone could access and not have the problems I had.

The figurine still has a rough texture on the back half so I will leave it in soak over night and scrub it again tomorrow, then it will be ready for painting.


So I have my camera sorted, I will also be taking a back up film camera just in case the worst happens, I will be test shooting on that tonight. But what else do I need to take? I don’t need artificial light but a light meter might come in handy. I have also been concerned about lighting the subject, seeing as I am shooing as the sun goes down and with such strong back light my images might be to dark to highlight the subject. For this reason i am going to take a reflector with me, I have chosen to take the gold and silver reflecter over the white because it bounces more light, I will be relying on the store, lamp post, car and vending machine lights to bounce off the reflector and onto the subject. Also by having the choice between silver and gold I can choose wether I want a cold light on the subject by using the silver side or if the atmosphere needs warming up and use the gold side. I did a bit of research and came across this helpful demo which made me sure in my decision not to take the white reflector. I am keen to get in the studio before I go and use backlighting and a reflector to test where I need to be pointing and become more confident before I leave in using it.

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