Another year, and another moment where I find myself crawling into industrial-sized recycling bins to find big pieces of cardboard.
As shown above, this year’s object of cardboard desire was a 9 Volt Duracell battery. This was a relatively easy costume to put together compared to 2015’s Minute Maid Orange Juice box costume as there was far less intricate details to sketch and paint.
It took almost three and a half years, but after taking a photo of myself (nearly) everyday, I now have a video montage of 1000 photos of my face:
This is clearly a delayed post (as I sit here opening my Calendar app and seeing Halloween 2016 is less than three months away). Jesus.
Last October, I went as a Minute Maid juice box. And with that comes a time-lapse video of me creating it.
Here it is:
But as I was creating this costume, a band I've been listening to religiously the last year and a half (The Brian Jonestown Massacre) released a single that I listened to repeatedly called "Pish". So I created an alternate version of the video using the song:
If you're reading this, there's a good chance you know that every year I make a Halloween costume from large pieces of cardboard. It's a calling card. You can see all the previous ones I’ve done here.
What’s different from previous years, is that this time I created a companion time-lapse video showing the making of the costume. I have made one previously, but this year, rather than using one stationary shot, I decided to make a video with multiple angles, much better editing, and a far quicker pace.
Cardboard Halloween costumes are my thing. With this post, I'd like to go back in time and show every single cardboard costume I've created, dating all the way back to the Acne Era to the modern Hairy Arms Epoch. Let's begin...
At the beginning of 2013, I decided to start taking a photo of myself everyday. I had heard of an iOS app, fittingly called "Everyday". The app will remind you each day that it's time to take a photo, which I did, and got stares in cafes for.
So, here is my first 100 days of my face. Note that you should probably turn down your speakers/headphones before hitting 'play'. The Beatles knew how to scare the living hell outta your grandpa.
Walk around Montréal long enough and you'll notice a few parts of the city have fantastic black-and-white drawings that absorb entire spaces. These are done by a group called En Masse, and they're quite the sight to see in person.
One of my favourite's is on St. Laurent, only a few blocks away from my house. What looks to be a retired shipping and receiving alley has been consumed with En Masse's black and white illustrations. It literally covers about every square inch they could possibly apply paint to.
After walking by dozens of times and being in awe, I decided to finally capture it using Photosynth. My high-school ego is shitting himself right now by recommending a Microsoft product, but this app (free, for iPhone) is incredible. I intend on doing other panoramas using this...
Since moving to Montréal and decorating my room, I've wanted to put together a video tour of my abode. I knew I wanted it to be in the style of Wes Anderson's "The Life Aquatic" tour through Steve Zissou's boat.
I think it came out pretty well.
For those who haven't seen the original, watch the original video first (below). Then watch my version.
So you've got your fancy-pants mosaic made from Part 1, huh? I hope you had fun!
In this post, I'm going to detail how to prepare your poster for printing and mounting it to your wall.
Step 1: Download PosteRazor
Some print shops can print in very large formats. However, depending on the size, it's much more affordable to print your poster across several "standard" paper sizes (Letter, Legal, Tabloid).
To turn our mosaic image into something easily printable, we're going to be using a free app called "PosteRazor". What PosteRazor does is let you import an image, select how large you want your final print to be, and it will generate a PDF that you can print across a paper size you've selected.
It's available for OS X, Windows, and Linux here.
Several months ago, I moved to Montréal and found a great apartment. The ceilings are high and the floor is wooden, but my walls have remained largely blank. For months I've been trying to decide how to decorate them, and I think I've reached the age where another "Dark Side of the Moon" poster does not add much character to my abode.
I knew I wanted something large and dramatic when people walked into my room. I had heard of a piece of software years ago that let you print out an image across many sheets of paper, allowing you to 'blow up' the image into a large poster. With another piece of software I've used over the years, I've been able to create some pretty outstanding mosaics from my photos.
This project is a combination of these two pieces of software. How long did it take? How much did it cost? How hard was it to do?
In this first of two posts, I'll detail how to plan your poster and create your mosaic. In the second post, I'll explain how to properly...