Dermatographia is a rare skin disorder in which the skin is extremely sensitive to touch. Following the slightest abrasion, the skin swells into raised, red welts that are sometimes itchy. Although it is unknown what causes this condition, it is thought to be an allergic reaction, lacking in the appropriate antigen.
This skin disorder can be an artist’s unique medium, as is the case for Ariana Russell, who showcases this disorder in her artwork:
Posting some work from my upcoming smoking animation. I’ve been busy modeling out lungs and alveoli. Here is a still image rendered from my 3D scene, where the viewer is able to see the interior alveolar bundles.The 3D models have been modeled and textured in Maya. So far the textures have included surface shaders and bump mapping to give each alveolar bundle a nice cellular texture. The next step is to come up with textures emulating diseased and damaged alveoli caused by smoking.
I’m currently working on an animation about smoking so I’ve been experimenting with various modes of modeling. Here I have a couple screen shots of lung models sculpted in Mudbox. At the moment I’m working through importing Displacement and Normal maps into 3D Studio Max, where the final animation will be done. This model was accomplished at a SubD level of 6 (apparently I really like detail)…
I’ve still got some painting and texturing to do within Mudbox before the model is complete.
…and now I’ve taken pictures of them. Fetal skull and adult skull in my closet. Yep, they’re real. In order to disillusion anyone who thinks I’ve got random bits and pieces of human remains lying around, I should add that they are on loan from the Craniofacial Department at my University, but I digress.