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Star Wars Mosaic

Posted on September 9, 2009

DOWNLOADABLE NEWER VERSION AVAILABLE HERE

Thanks to Gizmodo.com for the wonderful interview and write up!

VERY special thanks to Eric Deschamps. If you don’t know who he is, he’s not my roommate, he’s the gentleman who painted the original Star Wars Last Supper

More special thanks at the end

It took me about two weeks of programming my own algorithm, doing a shit ton of touching up, and I even replaced a lot of images myself.

It took two weeks of sitting in front of my computer and thinking “why isn’t this as good as I want it to be”

two weeks of my roommate saying “turn off your fucking monitor it’s so bright” at 5AM.


worth it though:

(click on any of the images for slightly higher resolution versions of them)



Whole shabang from the left





Whole shabang from right



For reference, the table is 10 feet long.

here are some close ups:



Man that glare is annoying!



As much detail as the crappy camera at the time could do.

since it’s all photographs, it’s hard to discern the true detail without seeing it. Here’s a crop from the original 12 gigabyte raw image:



This is not actually not a fullsize crop from the original, but does show a significant amount more detail

and here’s a shrunken down composite of the full size image, you can’t see any details really but you can see what it is at least.



A relatively low resolution version of the image.


I hope you all like it, if you’re interested in purchasing one e-mail me and when I figure out a way to sell it, i’ll let you know. I have no idea on the price, but it cost me 87 to produce one for myself. I’m now looking into obtaining the proper licenses to further pursue this. I wouldn’t really expect it any time soon though, if at all.

Please leave words of encouragement or criticisms if you have any, I’m just getting back into artwork and stuff, so anything is appreciated. I’ll let you know when my next piece is done.
btw, Star Wars > *
Oh, and also, every single image from the mosaic is extracted from all six of the movies, the total collection is approximately 69 thousand images, or about 1 every 20 frames in the entire series.

here’s a short description of how I did it:

yeah, there are mosaic maker programs out there, and that’s how I started. I used a program that does it for you, didn’t like the way it was turning out, and couldn’t process large files. I “hacked” the program and wrote in my own algorithm, which is a slightly modified version of theirs and requires a really…REALLY powerful computer to compute. since mine’s just above average it took a long time for the initial composition. Then about 6 compositions later I started working on it manually. By rough estimation, i’d say I replaced about 1200-1500 images manually (cut/crop, etc.) and it improved the image DRASTICALLY. For this reason there are likely to be doubles, but I tried to avoid it.

I also did a lot of color touching up, I made some frames black and white instead of color because I thought it fit better (like on the table, which is supposed to be all white, but there are only so many hoth scenes). I had the most trouble with the windows in the back, but I just did a lot of color editing and subtle changes to pull it all together. It was a really long project, and I couldn’t do anything while working on it because it was such a gigantic file, my computer would crash if I tried opening winamp or something. The flattened raw file for the full size image is 2 GB. I’m still not entirely satisfied, because I couldn’t get it printed how I wanted. I was shooting for a 5ftx11ft mural, but the printer’s computer couldn’t open a file that large, so in the end everything got shrunk a tad. Also cropped about 6 inches off the sides. I didn’t get grommets put in on the first one, and now i’m regretting it…how the fuck do I hang up a 6 foot long 3 pound poster???

 

Thank you for looking and I hope you like it as much as I do :)
-Avi
 

Special Thanks

Thanks to slashfilm.com for writing about my mosaic!

These guys helped get the word out too:

theforce.net

digg.com

technorati.com

I.Z. Reloaded

linkinn.com

flixya.com

reddit.com

stumbleupon.com

aboutcolonblank.com

io9.com

Special thanks to everyone who’s written to me with compliments and well wishes. I appreciate this all very much, and it’s almost overwhelming. I can’t tell you how good this makes me feels to know that you all like my mosaic, I wanted to thank you all specially, and I’ll be writing to those of you who e-mailed me individually!
 




  • http://www.linkedin.com/pub/adam-willoughby-knox/20/1/b31 Adam Willoughby-Knox

    bitchin

  • rd

    Wow, just wow. Hope this becomes commercially viable for you, your work and effort does deserve a little monetary gain even if the one final product you own is it’s own reward.
    Good luck on getting this out for sale i’m sure it will be huge.

  • KID A

    Extraordinary work! – Just one thing: isn’t Anakin/Vader the Chosen One…? So he, not Luke would have to sit in the middle, balancing the Powers…

    • http://www.avi-nation.com Avinash Arora

      It’s a good thought, but I like to think the skywalker line in general balance the force. Before vader, it was very light, he balanced it, and then subsequently unbalanced it in the other direction. Luke came and did it again, but the real kicker is Han and Leia’s kids, who really brought balance.

  • MEGAMAN

    Wow! That is absolutely amazing.  Congratulations on this success. 

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  • Aaryan

    You’re a legend!!

    • http://www.avi-nation.com Avinash Arora

      Aw, you flatter me!

  • buzzyapyear

    So awesome.  I’m doing this!  Can you comment on the print itself?  Did you go with a vinyl banner?  Can’t quite tell from the pics.  Can’t thank you enough for making this available for all of us.

    • http://www.avi-nation.com Avinash Arora

       It was okay, honestly the vinyl really detracted from the quality. The poster print I had done later looks SO much nicer.

  • Mike

    Is it possible to get an original digital picture?… It’s exciting 7 a want to put it over my bed… ;)

  • Buddy_juana

    This thing is amazing, great work. The only flaw I percieve is a chronological one. Mace Windu should definitely have been Lando and I would have excluded Maul. Still, it is a really nice piece, good job!