Introduction: 3D Collaborative Portraits


Alon Chitayat and I generated a 3D scan of our bodies that includes these two aspects:the mesh(form) and the texture (the skin). The mesh doesn’t change, but we can draw on the texture and project it back to our mesh. We used 3D scanning technology to generate the mesh, that is the form, of our bodies, but we also can also draw on the texture maps of our skin.


We found out Element 3D plug-in allows us to use videos as skin textures in AfterEffects, that opens up the possibility of projecting stop motion videos back onto our body mesh. Unique effects were created using mediums such as pencil, charcoal, ink, water color, pastel, and acrylic to apply mixing, washing, dripping techniques.


In order to invite audiences to collaborate with our portraits, we use JavaScript language with 3JS obj loader library to made an interactive site. The site uses webcam to capture print out textures that is secured with pegbar on the table and gives live feedback on what people draw on the paper.