Interview with a Sculptor – How 3D scans influence art

What happens when you merge 3D scanning with physical sculpture?

We recently got in touch with 3D Sculptor, Dana Younger, and how his approach using photogrammetry scans has helped influence and shape his work.

Interview by James Hanline

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What happens when you merge 3D scanning with physical sculpture?

We recently got in touch with 3D Sculptor, Dana Younger, and how his approach using photogrammetry scans has helped influence and shape his work.

Interview by James Hanline

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Hi Dana, so who are you and what do you do?

I’m Dana Younger and I’m a sculptor working in a variety of mediums including clay, plaster, cast metal and resin, wood and high density polyethylene.

What drives you?

I could say I love to make sculpture and that would be true but the whole story is that it’s kind of a compulsion. I think that’s true with most artists. We do our work because we have to. Making sculpture is an important part of my identity.

Hi Dana, so who are you and what do you do?

I’m Dana Younger and I’m a sculptor working in a variety of mediums including clay, plaster, cast metal and resin, wood and high density polyethylene.

What drives you?

I could say I love to make sculpture and that would be true but the whole story is that it’s kind of a compulsion. I think that’s true with most artists. We do our work because we have to. Making sculpture is an important part of my identity.

“For me, 3D scans provide both inspiration and technical advantages”

For me, 3D scans provide both inspiration
and technical advantages

Where do you draw inspiration from for your work?

Much of my work lives at the intersection of art and technology. I like the way technology influences my work from both process and conceptual standpoints. I’m also interested in social commentary.

Where do you draw inspiration from for your work?

Much of my work lives at the intersection of art and technology. I like the way technology influences my work from both process and conceptual standpoints. I’m also interested in social commentary.

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What has been one of the most satisfying projects to work on?

Learning the human figure is a long term project which I am finding immensely satisfying. The technical elements of understanding anatomy, the systems of using proportion and methods to construct figures and the potential to connect to viewers emotionally and conceptually using the human form are all very exciting to me.

Does reference material play a role in your creative process?

Reference material is essential in my process. Everything I make is drawing from some form of reference material.

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What has been one of the most satisfying projects to work on?

Learning the human figure is a long term project which I am finding immensely satisfying. The technical elements of understanding anatomy, the systems of using proportion and methods to construct figures and the potential to connect to viewers emotionally and conceptually using the human form are all very exciting to me.

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Does reference material play a role in your creative process?

Reference material is essential in my process. Everything I make is drawing from some form of reference material.

Do 3D scans inspire or save you time, time that you can spend being more creative?

For me, 3D scans provide both inspiration and technical advantages. Random accidents or lossy areas in my scans provide inspiration for departing from nature. The ability to work from an accurate model that doesn’t talk or take restroom breaks is really cool. I can measure, rotate, zoom in, zoom out and work on any part of the sculpture I want.

Do 3D scans inspire or save you time, time that you can spend being more creative?

For me, 3D scans provide both inspiration and technical advantages. Random accidents or lossy areas in my scans provide inspiration for departing from nature. The ability to work from an accurate model that doesn’t talk or take restroom breaks is really cool. I can measure, rotate, zoom in, zoom out and work on any part of the sculpture I want.

My latest project uses photogrammetry
as a conceptual launch pad

“My latest project uses photogrammetry
as a conceptual launch pad”

What inspired you to take up photogrammetry?

I love trying out new technologies and started dabbling in photogrammetry a few years back. I’ve done extensive work with laser scanning and 3d CNC machining so this seemed like a natural avenue to pursue. I was just following my nose to fun.

What inspired you to take up photogrammetry?

I love trying out new technologies and started dabbling in photogrammetry a few years back. I’ve done extensive work with laser scanning and 3d CNC machining so this seemed like a natural avenue to pursue. I was just following my nose to fun.

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Were there any challenges in setting up your own rig?

My rig is probably laughable to most people doing human form photogrammetry. I just don’t have the $ or space to set up a proper rig. I use several GoPro cameras on a swing arm mounted to my studio wall. I set the cameras to each take 30 pictures in 3 seconds and get them in roughly a 180 degree arc. My results are not consistent and that causes me some frustration but also gives me some interesting ideas for departing from a standard representation of the human form.

Were there any challenges in setting up your own rig?

My rig is probably laughable to most people doing human form photogrammetry. I just don’t have the $ or space to set up a proper rig. I use several GoPro cameras on a swing arm mounted to my studio wall. I set the cameras to each take 30 pictures in 3 seconds and get them in roughly a 180 degree arc. My results are not consistent and that causes me some frustration but also gives me some interesting ideas for departing from a standard representation of the human form.

What do you look to gain from 3D scans? 

Photogrammetry can provide inspiration, accuracy, scale, and realism. I definitely use the scans for a wide variety of reasons. In addition, my latest project uses photogrammetry as a conceptual launch pad to explore the nature of friendship in the digital age.

What do you look to gain from 3D scans? 

Photogrammetry can provide inspiration, accuracy, scale, and realism. I definitely use the scans for a wide variety of reasons. In addition, my latest project uses photogrammetry as a conceptual launch pad to explore the nature of friendship in the digital age.

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Tell us about the latest project you’re working on.

#solidfriends is my latest body of work. In it I have created scans of various friends of mine using photogrammetry. I use the scans as reference for life-sized portrait busts. The clay handling in the sculpts is inspired by surface erosion found in my scans and photogrammetry is the foundation of the concept. We filter so much of our lives through digital devices these days.
Many of our friendships are played out though social media and involve very little face to face contact with our friends. Working with scans of friends is, to me, a proxy for our social media friendships. I spent inordinate amounts of time studying the expressions and details of my subjects faces, clothes, hair, etc. but their experience of that process was literally 3 seconds of scan time. I am questioning the changing nature of friendship and the effect it has on us personally and as a culture.

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Tell us about the latest project you’re working.

#solidfriends is my latest body of work. In it I have created scans of various friends of mine using photogrammetry. I use the scans as reference for life-sized portrait busts. The clay handling in the sculpts is inspired by surface erosion found in my scans and photogrammetry is the foundation of the concept. We filter so much of our lives through digital devices these days.
Many of our friendships are played out though social media and involve very little face to face contact with our friends. Working with scans of friends is, to me, a proxy for our social media friendships. I spent inordinate amounts of time studying the expressions and details of my subjects faces, clothes, hair, etc. but their experience of that process was literally 3 seconds of scan time. I am questioning the changing nature of friendship and the effect it has on us personally and as a culture.

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You can check out more of Dana’s work over on his website.

Take a look at 5 of Dana’s 3D scan picks, on sale at the time of this blog post!
Tall Male | Sport Male | Ballet Girl | Edgy Female | Female in Kaftan

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