Monday, May 28, 2012


Now this is the fun part! I started surfacing the cardboard with a thin layer of aqua resin followed by wetting in woven fiberglass. Then I started the surfacing with a underpainting of black and navy blue followed with over colors and brights. For details in the face, paws and mouth I used two part epoxy.

Color scheme/ surfacing inspiration:

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Pepakura wolf construction

Assembling and finishing my pepakura wolf! First I began by folding the cardboard pieces and super-gluing the flaps, Prof Scott recommends locktight. I then attached it to a wooden base so that the legs wouldn't pull in when I added material to the exterior. I coated it with a shell of aquaresin and fiberglass, this will make the sculpture waterproof and super strong! It also gives it a cool almost furry texture.
I've started my surfacing of the model with a navy blue underpainting.

Having a blast assembling my pepakura wolf!

Coating it in aquaresin and fiberglass material

Wolf pack baby! Owwoooooo!

Love at first sight!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Pepakura files #1

Here is my practice for pepakura, we took a shape from the database. No pepakura program involved here, just illustrator and rhino. I live traced a flower design and pasted it over my shape in rhino to give it a cool engraving. I'll post pictures of the final products soon!
Original Patern
Pattern in Illustrator

Original Pattern in Illustrator
Star shape in rhino with pattern
Here are the files for my pepakura wolf. First we take our model into Pepakura. Then cut and dissect the model into flat puzzle pieces using the knife tool and organize using the move tool. Where the flaps overlap you have to split the pieces with the zipper tool. Then we have to move the pieces into illustrator so that we can translate it into rhino.
Layers: Outercuts=magenta, innercuts=blue, text=red (make sure to convert text to curves, the laser can't read text objects)
These are crucial because the laser cutter will translate certain colors into certain cuts.

Wolf in Pepakura, model and pieces
parts laid out in illustrator
Rhino, close up

Rhino, pieces laid out

Sunday, May 13, 2012


Scissors, Oil on canvas

Lunchbox, Oil on canvas

Adam, Oil on canvas, 40x30 inches

Thursday, May 10, 2012

De Soto Row Gallery Show

In my first gallery show tonight! De Soto Row Gallery for the "Sculpture Form Student Showcase."
2427 De Soto Ave tonight at 7pm

Left, FDM 3D print "Caught in the Headlights" by Sami Lee Woolhiser. Right, clockwork deer called "The Nature of Time" by Rebecca Lemker.
Sami Lee Woolhiser and Rebecca Lemker

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

3D Print done!

Just picked up my prints from the shop! They turned out awesome. I lost some of the detail in the tops of the buildings because it can't print anything smaller than 1/8th of an inch thick. No matter, i can fix all of the little details manually.
I even managed to fit two large and one small in the print envelope of 5x5x6. 

The future is here my friends. 

L6xH5xW2 inches

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

3D Printing: Caught in the Headlights

"Caught in the headlights"

Here is a model I made for 3D printing (3DM) and pepakura. I took a few models from a database library. Here is a collage of a deer model, bridges and buildings which I manipulated to create my desired form.
Here is the model in Rhino
 There were some issues with the deer model so I took the file into Maya to clean up the mesh to get rid of all the manifold surfaces. I had to separate the leg and make that a separate shape from the main body. I will just put these two shapes next to each other and they will be fine in the 3D printer.

Fix in Maya
 Here is the final model in Rhino. I made sure to convert all of the models from polysurfaces to meshes so they would print properly. All clean meshes! Some of these I had to remodel because of some issues with the original data.

Here is the model in Keyshot, some cool renderings with a metal and wood.
Wood and Silver