Stereograms – See The New Generation



ZeusThis is one of my experiments with MTS – Mapped Textured Stereograms. Click the image to enlarge. I use my cat Zeus in quite a few of my experiments. In a way, they commemorate my feisty cat, a polydactyl Chaussie.

In this experiment, I worked with texturing the background, the depth of the ZEUS lettering, the design and placement of the circle, and the accuracy of the depth map I designed for the image of Zeus.

Zeus the CatThis is essentially an HIS (Hidden Image Stereogram) with an included OAS (Object Array Stereogram). Click on the image to enlarge.

When viewed correctly, you will see seven images of Zeus, the center one becoming three dimensional.

Zeus RestingThis is a little different application. I used a HIS and blended it with a photo of Zeus resting on a shelf in my mud room. Click the image to enlarge.

The blend simulates a sketch pad effect using colored pencils. This one is harder to see, but there is hidden lettering above and below Zeus. The viewing technique is the same.

Depth TestThis is a test piece I did after seeing a stereogram artist’s work on the Web. Click the image to enlarge. I tried to replicate different aspects he used, like the center circle with its three dimensional characteristics.

I added image manipulation of my own to see if the additions would work. These would be the shadows in the upper circles, the glow behind the bottom lettering, and the colors on the floor and ceiling.

EaglesThis is a Mapped Textured Stereogram that uses some object array elements. Click on the image to enlarge.

I experimented with different elements and depth maps to see what I could produce after seeing the work of other artists.

Zeus - DivergingThis is the same 20″ x 28″ poster I mentioned in my explanation on the ‘Zeus – Converging’ page except this piece was converted to the converging (relaxed vision) format. Click the image for an enlargement.

You will see more depth in this format, but it does not seem suitable for display in a poster size, based on my experiments.

Zeus - ConvergingThis is another experiment using Zeus. It is similar to ‘Zeus’ in that I use the same background and figures, but the lettering and some colors have been changed. I also modified the size. Click the image to enlarge.

This is a converging (cross-eyed) stereogram. I proceeded with this format after I got my 18″ x 24″ poster of ‘Zeus’. When I taped it to the wall and tried to view it from 10′ or more, I could not get the depth. No matter how close or how far away I got, I couldn’t get any depth perspective. If I couldn’t see it, I figured no one else probably could either. I concluded that at a distance, there are too many other objects to focus on, so a diverging stereogram that uses a lot of subtle images along with a busy background would not work.

Given that assumption, I turned the ‘Zeus’ diverging stereogram into a converging one. I hoped the diverging format would subdue the focus issue created by nearby objects. Instead of getting another poster printed, I tiled it and printed a draft using my small Epson. I taped the tiles together and taped the draft to the wall. I moved back 10′ feet, and using the cross-eyed method, I could see the depth. I then redesigned the ‘Zeus’ poster into the one you see here. I just ordered an 20″ x 28″ poster.

When you view this enlargement, remember to use the cross-eyed method.

BRBR 2013 - ConvergingThis is my most ambitious work to date. I designed this piece for the 2013 Cooper River Bridge Run poster competition. (Click image to enlarge)

The Cooper River Bridge Run is one of the premier 10K road races held in Charleston, SC. I have run the race many times. The 29th annual event was held on April 1, 2006. I was fortunate enough to run a 39:29 which was good enough to win the 55-59 age group (1,165 competitors). I was 219th overall in a field of 33,596. You can read more about my races at Your Running Memories.

Unfortunately, I will not be submitting my work to the CRBR. They have a one paragraph contract that everyone must sign. If one signs that contract, the work and all rights become the property of CRBR. I submitted a contract that protected my rights as the artist and granted me production of a limited edition. My contract was rejected.

I normally do not enter competitions. The rejection of my contract sent me searching other competitions. I wanted to see how other event organizers treated the artists. I didn’t find a single agreement assigning all rights to the event holders. In most cases, a stated commission was offered, and in no case did I find anyone requesting the artist relinquish his/her copyright.

In my opinion, the CRBR needs to revise their contract if they want to attract serious artists. I don’t know any artist who would sign what they use.

I will be checking with a copyright attorney to see if I can offer a limited edition based on the generic terms used in the piece. That would be interesting. A 3D alternative to the ‘official’ CRBR poster.

When you view this enlargement, remember to use the cross-eyed (converging) method.

May 15, 2012: I am trying my hand at a most intriguing art form, the stereogram. Above are some of my experiments. I remember them first being introduced in the early 90’s. The first one I saw was at a mall kiosk during Christmas. I had to look at the HIS (Hidden Image Stereogram) for quite some time before I could finally make out the image. There are more techniques now. Following are three of my favorite forms.

Hidden Image Stereograms (HIS) are defined by being virtually impossible to see as 2D, with objects being magically exposed in 3D only when viewed correctly. This is the type image most commonly associated with stereograms. It is difficult to show anything with fine detail or long words, so it is necessary to keep objects simple and text short.

Mapped Textured Stereograms often appear to be a blend of Hidden-Image and Object-Array stereograms. MTS stereograms form a 3D object using the objects texture instead of an arbitrary pattern mapped upon the depth-image. 3D objects may appear to be hidden or not.

Object Array Stereograms (OAS) can be elaborately and clearly detailed as well as show deeper levels of depth. Images can be clearly seen. The surprise comes when you discover the depth.

For more information on stereograms: Wikipedia – Stereogram

Click here to see how to view a stereogram.
Click here to read why some people cannot see the images.

Can I design a stereogram for you? After looking at my experiments, you might come up with a unique idea that may work for a special occasion, an event, or a commemoration. If you do, send me a message, and we can discuss it.

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