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Interactive 3D Installation Lets You Paint on the Artists: You Are the Canvas

by Lambert Varias
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New York University Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) students Rosalie Yu and Alon Chitayat came up with Skin Deep, an art installation that’s best described as a virtual form of body painting. They made 3D models of themselves then created a program that allowed people to draw on those models in real time.

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Aside from their 3D models, Rosalie and Alon also printed pieces of paper with textures corresponding to parts of their body. These pieces of paper were then laid out in front of onlookers along with pens and other drawing tools, inviting them to “complete” the artists’ 3D portraits.

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The two made a JavaScript program that would apply the onlookers’ drawings – which were captured by a webcam – on to their 3D models in real time.

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Here’s Skin Deep in action:

I think their intuitive process of turning 2D input into 3D output has applications outside of art as well. Head to Rosalie and Alon’s website for more about their project.

[via Prosthetic Knowledge]

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