When I uploaded a 3D scan of myself onto my instagram @madbunnykim several weeks ago, I received many comments of “Is that you?”, “It looks so much like you”, “It looks disturbingly real!” from friends who know me well IRL. Contemplating those feedback made me realize that I actually have the power to create an imaginary persona hosts in a body of my likeness.
As someone who didn’t grow up playing video games, it has been eye-opening learning about avatars in digital space. I really enjoyed reading the articles about LaTurbo Avedon and found her work strangely compelling.
For this week’s assignment, I imported my model into Unreal. After applying textures and adjusting physics, I began playing around with different animations. I have trouble applying the alternative physics to my avatar but will work on it this week.
This week I got to learn how to morph my 3D scanned body. It was a long process but very exciting seeing my avatar come into life.
I have 3D scanned my bust for a VR project I was working on last year and was really excited about this week’s assignment which gave me a great opportunity to scan my whole body.
This week’s self portrait assignment asked us to create self portraits with two avatar creation systems – one with Adobe Fuse and the other with our own choice which I decided to go with Bitmoji.