Between other things over the last couple of weeks, I painted/altered some hard hats for cSPACE Project groundbreaking ceremony coming up on May 13th at the King Edward school. All three hats are finished now, and will leave my studio in a few days.
I'm very glad I took on this project. It's out of my usual practice to work on 3D objects, and it was so much fun to explore, experiment and discover what I could do with them. They all came out quite different from one another, but still aesthetically related.
I am pleased also with the quality of photos I managed to take. The process for photographing 3D things is a bit different from my usual 2D paintings: different lighting requirements and a kind of staging, as the background is not completely cropped out of the final image.
You don't need a fancy set-up to get good photos:
At one end of my studio I set the stage. A piece of canvas pinned to the wall and draped over my working table creates a seamless backdrop. Two hardware-store clamp lamps with 150W halogen flood bulbs, positioned on either side at roughly 45 degree angles, creates decent lighting. A tripod and camera, et Voila!
If you'd like to see more photos and read a bit more about these hard hats, you could visit my website here.