Last year I fell into a bit of an obsession with how light is comprised and the way colours can play off different lights and began to research anaglyphics and polarised light, the 2 ways 3D has been represented in the past on 2D planes.
One path led to thinking up cool ways you could make adjustable screen doors or window shading with just 2 panes of polarised glass, and the other led me to art!
I began toying with concepts that would work in an anaglyphic mode, and which colour combination would work best in aesthetic and separations, those old-timey 3D pictures where there is just a subtle difference between channels was a bit overdone, I wanted something exciting, but in the same theme….perhaps a 2 step animation style route.
Luckily I had earlier finished 2 paintings of a frontal tiger in 2 different poses but able to be size matched and run them into their own channel mixed by multiplication, and exported them to a PNG and uploaded to Design by Humans.
Now I need to see if this was not all in vain, as the separations worked in photoshop simulations and through coloured cellophane, but I had no idea if it would be effective in a real world existence, so bought myself one.
Neato! The print came out really well, but I could tell straight away there would be an issue because of how a DTG printer represented the blue up close, being a fine application of a different hue instead of a solid print of the exact blue I need, I now understand a 2 pass screenprint of the respective colour channels would work the best, but I figure it should be good enough, at least as a test, so I bought myself a colour changing LED bulb to see for myself….
Badadadada drum roll:
This the the same shirt when viewed under blue light with no external leaks from any white light sources, the blue has been swallowed up and reflected back quite well, revealing the passive tiger perfectly.
The same shirt again when viewed under red light. The camera was having a lot of trouble picking up just a red spectrum, but rest assured in real life it looked very clean and crisp, that faint blue reflecting back a bit more light than what was planned, but still not a big deal.