This is my first stereoscopic conversion of a Chinese brush painting. This project started when a friend suggested I try adapting a Chinese brush painting into stereoscopic 3D. With his guidance I started exploring Chinese brush painting styles. I was immediately impressed by the beautiful paintings of the master painter Wu Guanzhong.
About Wu Guanzhong
Wu Guanzhong was a contemporary Chinese painter widely recognized as the father of modern Chinese painting
Stereoscopic 3D Animation
I recommend switching the YouTube 3D video resolution to 1080p for the best results.
Stereoscopic 3D Anaglyph Image
A high resolution version of the stereoscopic 3D anaglyph image is available:
The Stereo Conversion Process
To convert the painting into stereoscopic 3D I started in Adobe Photoshop by painting masks to isolate each of the elements in the painting onto separate layers. It took quite a long time to extract the fine tree branches from the mountain background!
In Autodesk Maya I modeled polygon geometry that approximated the shape of each object in the scene. I loaded the Wu Guanzhong painting layer elements into Maya as a series of Photoshop PSD nodes. Each PSD node was projection mapped onto the geometry using a camera mapping technique that transfers the texture from the painting onto the 3D surfaces.