Maybe you have seen a 3D painting before and you did not understand what was actually on the floor there. Maybe you go to all 3D street art festivals to take pictures of all paintings in the most fun an unique ways.
But to what things should you actually pay attention to and which things can you do to let the 3D effect come out in the best way possible? I would like to tell you more about what to do with a 3D painting!
1. Don't judge too quickly
You see a 3D artist working at a 3D painting, but you do not understand at all what the artist is making. It looks strange, it really doesn't look like anything. "It must be art," I have heard people say. This may mean that the 3D artist does not have his or her day, or maybe the artist has not enough experience in the profession...
But the chance that you are not standing on the right position is much bigger. This means you are not looking at the artwork from the right viewpoint.
A 3D painting looks very strange and distorted if you don't view it from the viewing point. The 3D effect will not emerge in that case. If you still don't understand where you need to be, then follow the tips below or ask the artist himself! 3D artists are regularly approached, so they are certainly used to it.
In addition to the position from where you are looking at the 3D painting, it is also important at what time you visit the painting. When an artist is still busy setting up the sketch, it is difficult to see something in it. You need 3D artist eyes for that! It also happens that a surface must first be painted one color before attention can be given to details. The painting may look like a child's drawing, but have faith. Come back one or two days later and you will be surprised!
2. Respect the artist's working place
In most cases, the location where the artist will be working will be closed off. This is done for a reason. If the paint is wet, you do not want people to walk over it. In addition, making a 3D painting requires a lot of concentration. Then it is nice that people stay at a distance, so that you can think calmly and perform your work. Finally, it is simply not pleasant when people are snooping around among your things. And as a 3D artist you have quite a few things with you! So respect the working place and do not climb on the scaffolding with the artist. In addition that it's pleasant for the artist, it is also pleasant for yourself, your children or dog not to get any paint in their clothes or nose. You'll probably not be able to wash the paint out of your clothes, or nose;).
3. Search for the feet on the ground
In the first tip the 'viewing point' is mentioned. A 3D painting is designed from one point. No further away, no closer, but where the artist has left a mark. The viewing point is often indicated by a pair of feet on the ground or an arrow. Do you want to take a picture? Then stand on the feet!
4. Look through the camera of your phone
You have found the feet on the ground and yet the painting does not seem to get off the ground completely. Because it is a challenge for your brain when you look at a 3D illusion. Your brain knows it is a flat ground, but a three-dimensional scene seems to be in front of you. The moment you view the artwork on the screen of your mobile, it becomes 2D again and you see the 3D effect much better!
5. Take your photo horizontally
In most cases, the painting is fully visible when you hold your camera/phone horizontal. Wouldn't it be a shame if you had more clouds on the photo, than painting?
6. Pose on the painting for a photo
When you see a work of art, your first thought will not be to walk over it. However the purpose of a 3D painting is that people can go on the picture with it. You can walk over it, because a 3D painting is meant to be an interactive artwork! So feel free to walk over the painting for a nice photo.
Is the artist still working on the artwork? Then it's best to come back later when it's finished. The paint can still be wet and it would be a shame if the work had already been damaged before it was even finished! Also, see tip 2: Respect the working place of the artist.
7. Think of original poses
Some paintings are more interactive than others. Sometimes a painter has placed several interactive elements in the artwork. In some cases the artist sticks a photo on the ground of the design with contours of people on it. These contours tell you where you could stand on the artwork. If there's not an example of where to stand on the artwork? Then be creative when taking a photo. Where can you stand for the best effect and can you create the illusion that you actually holding something on the photo?
8. Work well together to make the perfect photo
I think we've all seen the crazy photos of the people posing at the tower of Pisa. If you really want it to look like you are pushing over the tower, then it comes very close to taking a photo. In that case the photographer can still play with the point from which the photo is taken. In case of a d 3D painting that's not possible. The photographer should be standing on the viewing point and the model will have to receive instructions from the photographer: 'Stand a little more forward, a little more to the left, keep your arms stretched more, lower your knees a little more'. The perfect photo requires some time and good collaboration!
9. Make room for others
Are you satisfied with the photo you made? Then move aside for others who would also like to take a photo. If you stay in front of the viewing point, you are guaranteed getting in the way for others.
10. Share your photo!
Are you going to post the photo online? Then don't forget to tag the artist and add the # that may be on the painting!