Experimentation in 3D photography (wiggle)

Posted by SpaghettiOh on Saturday, November 03rd, 2012 in Art /Other

Cell phone cameras always seem to fail to capture any real depth of a scene when photographing it, resulting in a flat and soulless picture of whatever the hell was important enough to get a picture, but not by the use of any real camera.

I recently hiked a small river trail in West Virginia and came across a tree whose roots were protruding from the 3 foot cliff raised from the path of the trail. The roots went horizontally into the cliff, leaving a bit amount of shelter for any creature small enough to appreciate it. I thought, “Hey, lemme get a picture of this kick-ass tree! But wait, I know taking a picture with my cell phone isn’t really gonna grab the awesomeness in front of me. I’m gonna upload it to my computer and stare at it and think ‘YTF did I take this picture?’ ”

Then it hit me. Everything is going 3D now a days. The only thing is, it’s not really 3D; it’s just two images displayed simultaneously for each of our eyes to give the illusion of 3D. I can do that! What if I took two pictures of this tree from different angles, and animated them really quickly like those weird drawings I’ve seen out on the innernette!


Campfire trail tree wiggle

Now you get the idea that the thick root swinging up from the left creating that weird cereal bowl at the base of the tree is actually sticking out far from the cliff, and the bottom of the base clearly shoots back into the cliff horizontally! You’re welcome.

I went to Bok Tower today, a lovely botanical garden in Lake Wales, FL; highly recommend you check it out, but the first rule is not to tell anyone about it. Needless to say there was plenty of shit I wanted to photograph. I enjoyed the result of the tree image so much I thought what better opportunity than Bok Tower to do it some more! Enjoy.

Bamboo grotto
A rock inside an awesome hidden bamboo grotto.
Some cool dead tree amidst a field of life.
Bok Tower
Bok Tower itself.
Flower bed
Cool flower bed on the way out.

Last but not least, a ridiculously massive aloe plant, agave americana. This thing absolutely blows my mind.

Massive aloe plant
Massive aloe plant

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Fan mail for inspiration

Posted by SpaghettiOh on Wednesday, August 03rd, 2011 in Art
Super Metroid

Every once in a while I get messages from YouTubers asking about Super Metroid Redux, an animation project I put a lot of time, heart, soul, and love into, and whether or not I’ve made any progress since ’08. You’d think I’d pick it back up… Out of all the unfinished projects of mine (unfortunately there are quite a few, look at this place for example) this is the only one I look back on and shed a tear.

I wouldn’t normally put a personal message out for everyone to see, but this one struck a nerve. I’m putting this here so that I have no choice but to see it out in the open every time I come here. A constant reminder of something literally devoid of my love for more than two years, set boldly on the face of the site I visit quite often, regardless of how often I add content.


Not to be confused.

Posted by SpaghettiOh on Monday, November 22nd, 2010 in Art

Some people get their signs wrong…



Posted by SpaghettiOh on Saturday, August 28th, 2010 in Art

I’ve been really inspired lately to do small comic strips like this one. I’ve got a couple others in a sketchpad, but I like this one the most so far and thought I’d digitize it. This one is called “Catfight.”


Nothing to fear but fear itself

Posted by SpaghettiOh on Sunday, May 02nd, 2010 in Art /Enlightenment

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

All too often we don’t realize, and more often take for granted, the unity of the ego, or conscious mind, and the self, or unconscious mind. The ego has wants, desires credit, conjures the illusion of needs, feels jealousy, hate, discrimination, etc. Whereas the self is led purely by your Spirit, the Source, the Universe, God (take your pick), and only knows love, kindness, creativity, euphoria, etc. I perceive what I’m speaking of as the bond that mends those two levels of consciousness together.

Most people don’t have a full grasp on the idea that living life to their fullest extent requires harmony between the two consciousnesses. The yin cannot exist without the yang; peaks cannot exist without valleys; light without dark; heat without cold; so on and so on.

Fear, in all actuality, exists only in the ego.


Believe in the Sun!

Posted by SpaghettiOh on Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 in Art /Enlightenment

Love is an extremely confusing concept to me; I always try to think about it scientifically. As I sit here and try to analyze it, I deactivate the very power it grants me with. My pendulum of love constantly sways back and forth, and my emotions play out based on my perception of the reality that I, myself, create.

The Sun doesn’t work this way. It’s unconditional. It’s been pummeling the Earth with it’s life-force rays of light-energy for millions of years, never once asking for anything in return. Show the Sun any kind of emotion or feeling (or lack thereof) and it will still shine bright as ever.

This is my goal. To be like the Sun. It’s my new ideology.


The road less traveled

Posted by SpaghettiOh on Friday, January 15th, 2010 in Art /Enlightenment

I find it amazing how I have so much trouble just doing the things I want to do. From simple shit like picking up around the house, to the more complicated and intimidating things like finishing projects, big or small. There is always some sort of Resistance that comes in right when you feel the urge or thought to do that thing. It might be that… you’re too tired to do yoga in the morning, and the extra twenty minutes of hanging out under the blankets outweighs the clarity of thought and feel-good attitude you’d have for the rest of the day. Or it might be that you’d rather play video games than to clean the kitchen.


Symphony of the Night Slim DVD Insert

Posted by SpaghettiOh on Friday, July 03rd, 2009 in Art /Retro

I have no idea why I haven’t published this until now, but I know you’ve been ready to kill yourself waiting for it. So, here it is…

Castlevania – Symphony of the Night Slim DVD Insert

Castlevania - Symphony of the Night

Now GO check out all the other cool ones I’ve designed. If you’ve already done that… DO IT AGAIN!

Super Metroid Redux update: Metroid model started

Posted by SpaghettiOh on Friday, May 29th, 2009 in 3-D /Art

Ok, so this is a Metroid, the star of the Metroid series of video games for numerous Nintendo consoles (like you didn’t already know that…) :

Metroid enemy from Super Metroid
A Metroid as it appears in ‘Super Metroid’ for the Super Nintendo.

Now, normally one might think it would be extremely easy to sculpt something like this in 3D; at least as someone with 3D experience might. Throw some spheres together to represent the nuclei, throw that into a larger sphere, add some claw-tusk-lookin’ things and you’re set! Here’s the problem: that image and it’s subject are two dimensional, and that means there’s no cheating and turning him around so you can see him from different angles. I’ve run into a few problems in doing this…


Super Metroid Redux teaser trailer

Posted by SpaghettiOh on Tuesday, January 27th, 2009 in 3-D /Art

This video needs no introduction. Enjoy…