The paper cut light box model, my object, is an experiment of using paper, light and shadow to form a space.
I try to set up something that audience can play with to have more interaction, like controlling the light or spinning some frames. I also did some lighting study as below:
The result is it is hard to light up 16 layers of card board with enough lighting in front and not overexposed at the back, I need to adjust the distance between those layers and to simplify the those layers or add in lighting in different layers.
As the tutorial on Tuesday, Joel advised me to look on to the material and texture behind the board instead of focusing on lighting. I played with different material with light. I bought some papers in different transparency and texture, and I also pick up some leaves on street.
- tear/peel off the skin of the original white board but the result is not obvious under the light, so I add in a wrapping paper behind it to see if the shadow of texture is easier to show as the board get thinner. Also a mixing of tear of edge, hand cutting and laser cutter boards together can enrich the texture of the overall model.
- Draw behind the board, as the card board is thick, the drawing on the other side of board cannot be seen without lighting from the back
cutting the lines, cutting the shape or make cutting strip set back/front to create different shadow effect. And I applied the glassine paper at the back for the blur effect.
- Something behind to create shadow, I tried to use a tissue with PVA glue to make it hard and placed behind the card board. But unfortunately the crease of the tissue is not obvious
- try to put leaf behind the board, the leaf pattern can be seen but not clear, it is more like projecting a leaf and that is quite interesting to me.
- Cutting back/front? And add in cotton
I cut a free form shape and a few of lines and put in under the light to see how the light goes through the front side and I also do the same for the back side by flipping it. Then I put cotton at the back to see how light goes through cotton and if cotton would form shadow behind the board.
- Pretend to be
I found the maya paper 270gm look alike with the 300gm white board, so I have an idea of mixing maya paper into the boards, the maya paper is thinner and able to delivery more light compare to the white board.
The problem if there is only 1 lighting resources or too many layers (16 currently) is too hard to get enough light to show all these effect, and on top of that, all layers must not be too overlapping or it would be too thick to get light.
Update: laser cut is done, I also hand cut a few layers, so I will play with laser cut layers, hand cut layers and the tear part layers to see how it goes