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Interview with James W. Cain: Bringing a Game Character to Life with 3D Printing #3DxArt #3DThursday #3DPrinting

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Interview with James W. Cain: Bringing a Game Character to Life with 3D Printing, from i.materialise:

When James W. Cain tweeted a picture of a 3D Printed sculpture portraying Ubin, a character from The Banner Saga, it simply blew our mind. As one of the comments so succinctly stated, “Beautiful work! Really impressed with quality of the printout. Looks so crisp”, it was easy to fall in love with this impressive piece of 3D Printed art. Recently, I had a chance to interview the designer himself and get the story behind this magnificent 3D Printed sculpture.

Expressing your inner fan

James W. Cain is an England-based graphic designer and illustrator but, as he explains, “I became interested in fan art only recently. Fan art is a good opportunity for fun projects that help me learn new techniques and software. It’s also great to connect with fellow fans of the subject and meet other artists.” This new sculpture certainly connected him and the 3D Printing enthusiast community. And surprisingly, he only started learning to design in 3D a year and a half ago! He explains, “the learning curve is quite steep but rewarding!” …

The delicate art of going 3D

Ubin from The Banner Saga is an old, wise character that’s lived for hundreds of years and serves as a narrator early on in the game. This character presented James with a real challenge. When asked which part was the most difficult to design, he answers “The horns! It’s always difficult to translate a 2D drawing into 3D, especially when heavily stylized as in the case of The Banner Saga. His beard in the 2D artwork is a good example and when it came to sculpting, I found it very tricky to represent faithfully. In the end I approached the sculpt as ‘my take’ on the character, and this was more fun!”

The sculpture was 3D Printed at i.materialise in prime gray. The smooth surface of this material was the best choice to capture the fine texture of Ubin’s horn, hair and beard….

Check out the rest of the interview here, and even more photos of his impressive work.

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