Another dimension

Updated: Apr 30, 2020

One of our sample prints for 3d, showing the fine lines that appear as part of the process

We are excited to share the first 3d printed samples based on the original illustrations, which we wanted so that the blind and partially sighted could experience the artwork as well as providing an additional tactile element for everyone. It's taken a bit longer than we'd hoped because our previous supplier mysteriously vanished and finding someone who could convert the digital files turned into an epic quest but it's so, so worth it.

Another shot of the sample 3d showing light shining through the print from behind

We picked two images for our first test pieces - we figured the tomb from The Creatures Lament would translate well with its strong, simple lines. This one came out even better than expected- the writing is remarkably clear given the textured pattern in the original drawing and the layers represent the depth of the image very well.

A shot of another sample print lit from the side to pick out fine detail like ivy leaves

To make sure the first one wasn't a fluke, we got a second sample made up of an image with more fiddly, isolated details. The ivy leaves on Fairy Tales showed really well even at this scale, as did the ropes on the swing. Textured stripes on the background represent the shafts of moonlight. We're really excited to see these grow into works of art in their own right and can't wait to get them out on the road with the rest for people to play with.