My husband's art goes 3D

Thursday, November 15, 2012

From time to time I energize this little lit blog with images crafted by my husband.  It makes me happy.  His work is good.

I have, for example, provided a reveal of Dr. Radway's Sarsaparilla Resolvent, my 1871 Philadelphia book (forthcoming in March) for which my husband both provided a dozen interior illustrations and the wonderful cover art.

I have showcased sample spreads from Zenobia: The Curious Book of Business, the corporate fable on which we collaborated with Matthew Emmens; this Alice in Wonderlandish exercise in strangeness and delight sold to a dozen countries worldwide.

I have offered my thoughts on Ghosts in the Garden, the coming-into-middle-age Chanticleer garden book my husband brought to life with black-and-white photographs. 

I have shared those stunning photographs of ballroom friends, transported into and transfigured by imaginary spaces (fun fact:  two of those stunning dancers are now appearing in the new Bradley Cooper movie, "The Silver Lining Handbook," based on the novel by Matthew Quick).

Then there was the fabulous William Sulit art that accompanied my review of Tina Fey's Bossypants

Today I'm posting new work by Bill—a three-dimensional model that he created with ZBrush modeling software (the first image above is the illustration) before sending that art to Shapeways, a manufacturer capable of converting illustrations into three-D sculpture in a variety of materials (the second and third images depict the cute and surprisingly weighty sculpture that arrived by post yesterday—it's a few inches high by a few inches wide; it feels like pottery in your hand; the egg is pure photo prop and will be my breakfast tomorrow).  For reasons known only to him, Bill decided to produce a chicken; I hope he wasn't inspired by my reaction to recent gum graft surgery.  We're thinking these sculptures—which can be erupt from anything Bill decides to draw and 3-dimensionalize—are potential rich.

If you want to know more, just ask me (and then I'll ask him).  In the meantime, he's back in that studio fortress of his, developing images for my upcoming keynote address at the Publishing Perspectives conference.  I am hoping there will be no chickens. 


Melissa Sarno said...

I love this. I want a chicken in a bowl. And I want a penguin in a bowl. And I want to make happy toys in bowls with Bill.

Serena said...

That is so cool...looks like I could reach out and touch it.

Elizabeth Mosier said...

This is incredible! I love the colorful goofiness of the image, imagination made real.

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