The model wearable 3D printed self portrait - Mask is created on Zbrush a digital sculpting software developed by Pixologic and it is 3D printed out with a Zprinter 650 from Zcorporation. Of course, I don't have such great 3D printer at home then i sent my model to Shapeways. You just need to send them the 3D model and you receive your real mask a few weeks later depending on where you live !
Then this mask is composed of inject powder printing.
Masks are identificatory objects. True to the term « 3D printer», this mask stems as much from the image as the object. It is constructed from a pile of photographic materials, colored synthetic pastes, and the materalisation of haziness and shadows.
The outside of the mask stands for the adulthood while the inside stands for the childhood.
For the outside of the mask, the "adult face", i started with a standard primitive, a sphere, and i sculpted all the polygons one after an other while i was looking me in the mirror. As a painter and digital sculptor, i'm used to do this ! You start with a sphere with big polygons ( low res mesh) , it looks like a faceted sphere. Then you give it a rough shape of a head / skull. After this, you "divide" your 3D model, that is to say that you increase the polygon count of a model by replacing each polygon with multiple polygons... then fine details can be sculpted at a high subdivision level. You can have a look on the way it works with my video ! The easiest way to get a 3D model of your face is to 3D scan it with a 3D handheld scanner if you can have one ! I don't have one :/ ) Then I mapped a picture of my face on the model and add some colors ( red and blue ) to get it more lively !
For the inside of the mask, I made some drawings on ipad with my finger because i wanted the sketch looks like a child drawing, i used on SkecthbookX Autodesk application. Then, I got a rough idea as to the way I wanted my final "child design" to look..
You can have a look on the way Zbrush works with my video ! It is quite the same on 123D sculpt Autodesk ipad application if you want to exercise for free !