3D Printing and 3DArtGeeks is Bringing Comic Book Art into the Third Dimension
In the West Village, one of the oldest parts of New York City, you can find a strange little shop called Carmine Street Comics. Not only do they sell the comic books that you would expect them to based on the shop’s name, but they also have an open art studio situated at the front of the store. Every day a new artist sets up residence in the front window of the shop, and customers can ask questions, commission a sketch, buy prints or just watch them work. And if that wasn’t strange enough, Carmine Street Comics also host weekly open mic nights for local stand up comedians. So it is legitimately possible to spend an entire day at the shop, buying your weekly haul in the morning, learning some new tricks with an art brush in the afternoon and laughing at Paste Pot Pete jokes at night.
Their latest unorthodox venture is one that is bringing a whole new dimension to comic book art thanks to 3D printing technology. Carmine Street Comics owner Jon Gorga has teamed up with 3D Printing for Everyone (3DP4E), a group we’ve covered, on a new project that offers 3D modeling and 3D printing services to the store’s local comic book artist community. The project is called 3DArtGeeks, and the artists who work with them can turn their two-dimensional drawings into full-color 3D printed statues that their fans, and the comic store’s customers, can purchase. The artist gains not only exposure–and as any up and coming comic artist will tell you, that is always welcome–but also a bit of sorely needed money.
“In keeping with our goal to support comics artists and creators of all kinds, we’re proud to partner with 3DP4E to bring yet another artistic tool to the writers and artists who use our open studio space,” said the owner of Carmine Street Comics Jon Gorga.
3DArtGeeks uses the same technology that has allowed many a proud parent to turn their children’s drawings into 3D printed collectibles over on KidsCreationStation.com, a site launched back in November that we’ve been following. Digital artists take a 2D drawing and using a CAD program turn it into a 3D model, which is then sent to be printed in a full-color sandstone material. Once the 3D model has been sliced into layers, it is sent to be 3D printed.
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