3-D Self Portrait Project Description

My “Head” Self Portrait Project is comprised of 2 parts
1: Oil painting on wood panel (14.5 x 19.5 x 1.25) .
2: A 42 second looped 3D animation sequence intended to be played along side the painting on a flat screen LCD monitor.

1

Through the use of cross section photographs, a 3 dimensional virtual sculpture of my head is constructed in a 3-d animation program.

Downward Spiral, Ben Marxen
2

A "texture map" or "flat map" is generated from the 3-d rendering and exported to photoshop where the painting reference is constructed utilizing the original cross section photos.

Downward Spiral, Ben Marxen
3

An original oil painting is then created based on the 2D flat map reference of my face.

Downward Spiral, Ben Marxen
4

Throughout the painting process, digital photos are taken and arranged in chronological order to create a time lapse video depicting the evolution of the blank canvas to the finished product.

Downward Spiral, Ben Marxen
5

The video is then imported back into the 3D program and projected onto the original head sculpture (with the sculpture acting like a 3D movie screen). Finally, an animation sequence is generated and transferred to a DVD. The DVD is then played along side the painting on a flat screen LCD monitor.

Downward Spiral, Ben Marxen