February 10th, 2014 , last edited February 10th, 2014
Both Anaglyphs and Stereoscope cards rely on a printed image and a viewing device (red/cyan glasses or stereoscope). However, Wigglegrams (also known as stereographs) are animated images that simulate a 3D effect by looping two or three frames of an object shot from the vantage points of the viewer’s right and left eyes. Wigglegrams, and more lengthy animation loops saved as Gif’s, have the extra benefit of requiring nothing more than the very computer screen (and internet browser) you are using right now!
While the 3D effect these types of files create is notably different than the fixed images found in anaglyphs and stereoscope cards, they still bring the “space” of the drawing out in a pretty compelling way. They too (versus a traditional stereoscope card), can be made very easily by reworking old anaglyph files and putting them in an animation loop in Photoshop. The animation below was made using the same digital files used to create Blash 3D. However, instead of relying on just two images (one for the right eye and one for the left eye –as in the anaglyphic and stereoscope versions), the following animation uses nine separate “views” into the “space” of the drawing – in turn, creating a more fluid rotations than a typical twitch gif or wigglegram.
February 3rd, 2014 , last edited February 4th, 2014
I have always enjoyed old school anaglyphs - a pair of classic red/cyan glasses and a copy of Twisted Tales 3D or Alien Worlds 3D is about as good as it gets! Which is why I invested a fair amount of time to create anaglyphic images of some of my work and devoted an entire section to anaglyphs on my website.
Sadly, my efforts to develop complex 3D images of my work coincided with the rise of 3D films – and later anaglyphic books like The 3D Art Book by Tristan Eaton. For one second I was ahead of the curve (or at least I thought I was) – only to find the market saturated with 3D images of one type or another. At the time, I chose to develop the 3D images because I felt the faux dimensionality added to the sense of excess and spectacle the work was already embracing (or chasing after). Still, the immediate “trendiness” of it all did suck the wind out of my sails a little bit – and everything related to my 3D project slowly shifted to the back burner!
However, I recently purchased an old stereoscope on Ebay and my love of all things 3D has returned! I am currently using some of the same digital files that I created for the anaglyphs to print stereoscope cards. It is an easier, cleaner, way to see the 3D – and endlessly amusing to play with! So, if you have an old stereoscope lying around, grab and print the image below, and enjoy - (hopefully)!