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.

Layered Printing

So i thought instead of using photoshop to create these collages why not print each image on top of each other. Here are the progress photos and the finals.

Looking at this comparison between photoshopped version and layered print version I can most definitely say the Print is so much better, is hard to tell form these images, but the print offers so much musch texture and depth and you gain a sense of dimension from it, where as the photoshop version looks flatter.

Now time for the next experiment, with the image above i printed the colour layer last, but with the one below i printed it on top…

i prefer the second print because the colour images compositionally balances out the black and white, providing a flow of colour. Whereas the first one has a dark bottom which blocks out some of the other layers.