We live in 3D. Thank goodness, because life would be really boring if it were only one or two dimensions. And because art imitates life, for centuries artists have been working to realistically portray dimensions on a flat surface. That’s called perspective.
Modern techniques and especially computers have taken things to a whole new dimension (pun intended). Now we have 3D movies, 3D printing, 3D games, anything 3D you can imagine.
Lately 3D movies have been waning in popularity, but coming up soon are two films that should be amazing: “The Boxtrolls” this month, based on the book “Here Be Monsters” by Alan Snow, and “The Book of Life” in October.
Meanwhile, this week all around the valley, be on the lookout for the 3D art that’s part of our Outside the Lines 3D Experience.
You can easily create your own 3D experience, too. If you like to craft, tinker or make art, try these ideas for any skill level.
Newbie. Draw simple geometric shapes with shading to create a 3D effect. Requires paper, pen or pencil and possibly examples for inspiration.
Apprentice. Create your own popup 3D greeting card using paper cutouts. Requires paper, scissors, dexterity, patience and a pattern or tutorial.
Advanced. Make clay figures, then stage and shoot your own stop motion animated film. Requires clay, props, video camera and plenty of time.
Grandmaster. Create 3D sidewalk chalk art, preferably a scene that creates the illusion of a crevasse or underground world. Requires chalk, a sidewalk canvas and totally wicked art skills.
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