Guillemin Takes His 'Secret Life of Heroes' 3D Printed Cult Art To Book Form, Launches Kickstarter …

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The artist

Greg “Léon” Guillemin has dreamt up one of those rare and funny, delightful concepts that combined with stunning craftsmanship simply leaves everyone wanting more. He’s also an artist who enjoys working in a variety of mediums which is even more thrilling for the viewer, as we have the opportunity to check out everything from 3D printed sculpture to paintings, prints, and books.

bookWhile it’s said that everyone has a bit of the voyeur in them, who could resist the idea of seeing what superheroes do in their off time—in full, widespread color? Leaving you shaking your head in wonder at the creativity, Guillemin offers a journey through the secret lives of superheroes. It might not be your grandmother’s humor, as we check out protectors of the world and beyond, picking their noses and dealing with malodorous armpit stains, but it has an obvious appeal to the twisted sense of humor this generation enjoys so heartily.

Numerous characters are depicted in 3D printed sculptures featured in his new Kickstarter campaign meant to secure funding for publishing his art books, beginning with For Your Eyes Only, which is a celebration of the second anniversary of his ‘Secret Life of Heroes’ series of paintings. Hoping to raise 30K, the Kickstarter campaign runs through March 5, 2015. Guillemin stresses that the funds are needed to publish the first edition of the book, which he envisions as a big, lush art book full of the vibrancy of his paintings and works, scaled at about the size of an LP cover.

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Already a successful and fulfilled artist, Guillemin simply began having fun with ‘Secret Life of Heroes’ which has–not surprisingly–developed a cult following which he refers to as a ‘geek art’ series, depicting super heroes in a number of different poses and activities, which (ahem!) they may not have approved of if they had a choice.

As the artwork gained steam, Guillemin also worked with the Nyce Gallery to collaborate on 3D printed sculptures. As the fan base for ‘Secret Life of Heroes’ grew, Guillemin began toying with the idea of a book series, and began putting his favorite images into a compilation, while in the process of creating a previous exhibition.secret life

Guillemin went on to unveil his ‘Pop Icons’ series, creating even more complex characters and subjects, taking the humor—and artwork—to the next level. It’s going to be interesting to see how the book series continues to evolve, along with other mediums in the future.

Those who pledge even at the lowest levels will receive copies of For Your Eyes. As pledges increase, supporters receive signed books, hand-signed posters, canvas prints, and more. As they pledge upward of $2500 supporters will begin to receive Guillemin’s 3D printed sculptures. And for a really cool once-in-a-lifetime experience, if you pledge $9900, you receive a 3D printed sculpture, an original signed book, and dinner out with the artist—as well as a private viewing of his work.

It’s easy to see why Guillemin’s latest work has a variety of venues falling over themselves, clamoring to show off his art—including an up and coming solo showing of his work in Paris at Galerie Lacroix on February 6th.

Are you thinking about contributing to this Kickstarter campaign? What do you think of Guillemin’s use of 3D printing to convey his artwork? Tell us your thoughts in the ‘Secret Life of Heroes’ forum over at 3DPB.com.

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3D printing has the potential to make life longer, happier, and healthier

I look at 3D printing and think, “Why did it take this long to think of creating this?” In my book that thought is a sign of an innovation that’s truly revolutionary. Its capabilities give us so much potential benefit that we wonder why we didn’t think of it, and reap the financial rewards. Here are three ways I see 3D printing changing our world for the better.

Education

Ever wish that someone could just make something and show you exactly what they’re talking about rather than them having to paint a picture for you with words or a badly drawn diagram on a dry erase board? That’s how I felt through most of my education. If I could see models, hold them in my hands, and look at them from 360 degrees, I’m certain learning would have been easier and more effective, particularly in the sciences. With 3D printers getting small, cheaper, faster, and more capable, we are on the cusp of giving our children a 3D education that physically immerses them into a learning environment. Imagine if you could walk around inside a model of an atom to learn about physics or a model of a human being to learn about biology. At the very least being able to hold these models, take them apart, and put them back together could make learning by doing a regular and inexpensive component of every child’s education.

Healthcare

Building on the education idea above, 3D printing can also be an incredible component to higher education. What if medical and nursing students could use completely lifelike 3D models, encountering complicated medical situations in a learning environment before encountering them when someone’s life is on the line? Could perfectly compatible transplants be created from a 3D printer rather than waiting for a donor match? Would medical devices become cheaper and faster to manufacture making them easier for facilities to attain if we could build all of the components on a 3D printer?

Product development

The dream of rapid prototyping has been around since the dawn of product development. We’ve got some decent options for building fast and cheap prototypes today, but 3D printing promises to make this practice of rapid prototyping accessible to anyone and everyone with an idea. Imagine if you could prototype anything you imagine, see if it works the way you want it to work, and have the chance to iterate with a negligible financial investment.

Just as social media has made everyone a content creator (if they choose to be), 3D printing holds the promise to make everyone an inventor. 3D printing is building a bright and beautiful future for all of us.

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