This project is a collaboration between MWM Graphics, Paper Fortress Films, and myself. The process of creating a “drawing” using the numerically controlled Sharpie jig that I designed [see repeat press/aarn: project: wallpaper numerically controlled sharpie [misc]] is documented in an amazing little video (embedded below). Vector graphics, created by artist Matt W. Moore, are converted into tool paths and then machine language which controls my 3-axis CNC machine retrofitted with a special fixture - which holds a marker and mimics typical hand pressure during the act of drawing. Thirty-three mechanical drawings in three designs were produced using this process. The original drawings are for sale in Matt’s online store, printed on French 80-lb Dur-O-Tone “Butcher Extra White” paper and paired with the actual Sharpie used for each drawing.
Working with Matt and Stebs was awesome, and I’m really excited about how this turned out. I did some work and figured out how to properly fixture and locate the paper, which made the set-up really smooth. I also designed a new clamp/locating mechanism for the Sharpie jig that limited the movement to just z-axis compression (unlike the rubber band that I had been using to keep everything tight), which really improved the repeatably and precision of the process. Even with all of those process details figured out, it still took me about 30-hrs to get 33 drawings that were perfect. A lot of people will probably look at this video, or the prints and write them off because they were made with a machine, but there was still an enormous amount of work that everyone did to make the end products as high-quality as they are. Big thanks to everyone who was involved and helped out with any of the little details along the way. Buy some prints!! Blog media is here.
The three designs are shown below:
[Video: Paper Fortress Films, Photos 2-4: MWM]