Facial reconstruction of ‘Mary Magdalene’ skull revealed — Strange Remains

Last month National Geographic reported that biological anthropologist Philippe Charlier, from the University of Versailles, and forensic artist Philippe Froesch collaborated on a project to create a 3D computer reconstruction of a face that might have belonged to Mary Magdalene. However, the identification of the skull used for this project as one of Jesus’ most […]

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French cleats, reset to zero and ready to launch

Things went fairly well today: frame completely assembled, painted and the French cleats installed, posts got put up, the other half of the cleats were mounted to the posts and was able to clean up the garage and put all my tools away. Job is done and the working space is reset to zero ready for the next project.

Tomorrow Flashfest is having it’s launch party at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. After that event I will put up my piece.

Points, Planes, Lines and Grooves: but what is underneath it all

Morning study session reviewing the cephalometric points, planes, and lines and grooves of the human skull.

I have a good understanding of the location of these place markers but what I am running into difficulty is relating how all these surface points line up with the underlying structures of the human skull.

And I find it difficult to keep in mind that the image I am looking at is a three dimensional object in real life.

The book I am using to study from is “Heads”, by Alex Kayser.


“Plane change equals value change”, so says Scott Robertson. Maybe if a pay a little closer attention to the sudtle value changes seen in the photographs I’ll be better able to identify what shape is under the surface giving rise to it.

An seminar being offered at Texas State by artist Karen Taylor seems to cover exactly what I am looking to learn…

“New Workshop – Drawing to Depict the Deceased for Identification”



New for the night stand: How to Draw the Human Head and something extra too!

New for the night stand “How to Draw the Human Head” by Louise Gordon. This book was referenced in Karen Taylor’s “Forensic Art and Illustration.”

When one one artist thinks highly enough to mention another artist’s work, that always piques my curiosity. Bought the book on the spot.

And an added bonus for today, not from the book seller but from a friend, a 3D print of me.

The piece is titled … well … actually, I don’t have a title for it.

I like what my buddy called it. He called it “Little John.”

The file for this 3D print was created from a fully body scan I had done a couple of years ago at the 3D Print Show in London.

I am very surprised at the detail the hand held scanner was able to capture. And that was a few years ago. Am curious what resolution today’s handheld scanners can achieve.

My buddy’s 3D printer did a nice job too.

Well done Blaine! http://solveproductdesign.com/