Ebenezer doing Thriller via Unity and mixed reality (MR)

Been learning Unity over the past couple of months along with refreshing my HTML, CSS and Javascript knowledge (will post on D3 learning separately).  So I needed something to bring to life so I could learn the tech behind Mixed Reality – like an updated version of Augmented Reality – so I dug old Ebenezer McRae out of retirement https://shielyule.com/2016/08/13/leith-outdoor-gallery-fringe-venue-421/ and created a 3D version of him. In the process I discovered Adobe Fuse (Creative Suit has all these obscure beta programs) for creating the character and mixamo for posing and animation. Now Unity3d – graphics rendering, next-gen runtime, and more artist tooling – is a vast programme and I am only just getting my head around it, but have managed to get Ebenezer up and dancing in the virtual world . . .

spooky magic mirror

Raspberry Pi project to create a mirror that when a motion sensor is triggered it morphs the reflection into a scary face.

Also portrait idea of young girl (image from AtmosFX http://atmosfx.com/) morphing into skeleton.

I used a reflective mirror film over plexiglass from an Ikea frame but it isn’t working that well #disappointed – the screen doesn’t fit the frame and the frame is clearly visible. Will need a bespoke frame me-thinks. Especially as I took the monitor apart to fit the frame – should have fitted the frame to the monitor. Hey ho was fun seeing how the inside of the monitor is wired.

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The reflective foil stuff works OK

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The concept works at least just need some perfecting.

Leith Outdoor Gallery – fringe venue 421

today has been a busy day at Leith’s Outdoor Gallery, with a nasty clean up first thing, sun and showers, lots of lovely people and a sale. one of my pictures is heading to Poland and a new contemporary gallery, thank you Sebastian.

jason noon by shiel yule

we are also honouring a man who does not get enough recognition in Edinburgh, Ebenezer McRae. Come and visit to find out more about him . . .

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the joys of running a fringe venue and the morning clean up . . . boak!

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Ebenezer McRae is discovered at LWS

One of Edinburgh’s great architects has been rediscovered at Leith Walk Studios, Ebenezer McRae. The studios are housed in the last remnants of the old Edinburgh Trams Department – the headquarters and main trams garage. These are due for demolition by Edinburgh City Council but the spirit of Ebenezer haunts the alley and wants to see his heritage preserved.

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Come visit and learn more about this great man – Leith Walk Studios, 165a Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 8NR