- Paperback: 328 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (September 10, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781138844339
- ISBN-13: 978-1138844339
- ASIN: 1138844330
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.5 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,039,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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3D Technology in Fine Art and Craft: Exploring 3D Printing, Scanning, Sculpting and Milling 1st Edition
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About the Author
Bridgette Mongeon is a master sculptor with over 20 years of experience in figurative sculpture. She writes and often lectures about the arts, technology and marketing in the arts and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in combining 3D Technology and Fine Arts from Goddard College. She is a contributing author of Digital Sculpting with Mudbox: Essential Tools and Techniques for Artists and is the host of the Art and Technology podcasts.
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Though 3D Technology in Fine Art and Craft is solidly technical, it is not simply a manual. The hard information of text is illuminated by how it's done sequences of photographs, and numerous other photographs of the incredible—no, astounding--sculptures and architectural constructions, large and small, created by some of the most creative digital artists in the world. Indeed, with its large format and pleasing layout, 3D Technology in Fine Art and Craft can be a delightful coffee-table book. The final chapter, on the subject of patents and intellectual property rights, provides interesting historical background, and sections on the Orphan Works Act and Fair Use, which are highly pertinent.
The physical book itself is wonderfully complemented by Mongeon's excellent and wide-ranging website, www.digitalsculpting.net. I found her podcasts especially interesting, even exhilarating. In these podcasts, she interviews pioneering artists, engineers, and service bureaus working at the cutting edge of the revolution in sculpture. As certain of these artists and engineers point out, 3D digital tools have been around--and have been experimented with--for decades. But it is only within the past few years, due to the dissemination of various user-friendly 3D modeling tools available for free download, and the availability of affordable 3D scanning and 3D printing devices, that their use has exploded, creating a second wave revolution, and it is into this great current of new activity, that Mongeon has set her book afloat, like a lighted buoy. I was cheered by the fine quote from Erwin Hauer which Mongeon chose to begin Chapter Two, A World Turned Upside Down: It is an important token reminder for the younger generation and their tutors, that above and beyond the abundance of electronic marvels, the human vision and imagination remains the most important element, and that its nurture should not be replaced by excessive reliance on devices.
In short, 3D Technology in Fine Art and Craft is a marvelous book, which has the specificity and breadth to appeal to professional artists and engineers, and novices alike. It is encompassing, and yet accessible, and fills a wide gap, bridging old and new ways of making, and conceiving of, sculpture.
It's easy to lose time simply by not knowing where to start. This book speeds you to the questions to consider, how to prepare and what to do next. Ms Mongeon dispels the notion that with a few taps on the screen, suddenly your work is good. Art making is as difficult as ever. This book does help with understanding the nuts and bolts both of traditional methods, and the soon to be traditional methods.
The book is full of real examples of breathtaking art projects from all over the world, and it features detailed explanations of each artist's process, from concept to fabrication. Not only will you learn about a wide variety of different artistic media and technologies including 3D printing, laser scanning, laser cutting, CNC milling, and many more of the latest trends in digital fabrication, but you will also learn how to harness the power of these technologies and combine them with traditional approaches. Some of the examples in the book blew my mind. I highly recommend it!