Adam Lister and Isaac Budmen are both artists and they have created a collection of 2D artworks that are then turned into 3D prints. “8 Bits, 3 Dimensions” artworks are originally painted as water colours by Lister and later re-imagined in 3D by meticulously modelling all the details and sending the files to Shapeways for printing. Shapeways models the 3D paintings in full-colour sandstone. The models are built up layer by layer with a binder material and a colour ink in a bed of gypsum powder. Cyanoacrylate (effectively super glue) is applied post printing to increase durability and improve the colours.
According to Budmen the paintings and 3D models,
“capture the essence of the digital age, representing familiar images of culture and art in a format that is nostalgic and beautiful in its limitations. Lister’s collection of 8-bit-inspired portraits, reproductions and original works have been met with critical acclaim and tremendous excitement from collectors.”
“Digital fabrication — or “3D Printing” — is a refinement of the digital building process. Today, our world can be precisely crafted using millions of bits, and then made manifest with machines that can produce designs to exact specifications. These are the tools of artist Isaac Budmen, who began with Lister’s work and added a third dimension to the pieces, bringing them to life in beautiful sandstone.”
Interestingly, Budmen and Lister have never met in person and interacted on every aspect of the 3D artworks over the internet. Pricing and further information can be found over on their website.