Introducing the second of our project collaborators this week - the lovely and very talented Jan Lennon. After the person we had originally contracted to work with us on the 3d mysteriously vanished, we put a shout out on social media and thanks to some helpful friends, were put in touch with each other.
Jan is a 3D artist with over ten years experience working in television and advertising for clients such as Sky TV, ITV, BBC, Rolls Royce, Jaguar Landrover, Aston Martin, Maserati, John Makepeace Furniture and many more. She also trained as an Industrial Designer and as a Fine Furniture Maker, she also works designing and making bespoke handmade furniture from her workshop in Somerset. She recently took part in the Craft Council UK's Hothouse programme which handpicks and mentors new craft business which it judges as the "ones to watch" in the sector.
For Tales in Sombre Tones, Jan has done all the technical wizardry necessary to turn the 2d illustrations into a file suitable for the 3d printers. This is a complicated process as to get the physical prints to translate properly, some areas need to be raised up or dropped back accordingly so it follows the physical rules of the world around us. We start by using the light areas, the highlights as our 'top' points as that is generally the case then work out what needs translating to work in a new format.
Jan has been an absolute star throughout, not least for agreeing to work with a very traditional 2d artist with all the technical capability of a house brick :) Thanks Jan!