The best formula to succeed is following your passion. Having a bevy of degrees is going to do no good and this has been aptly proved by Timothy Inzana. Basically a student of film, art and computer science at the UC Santa Barbara, Inzana never completed his studies, but instead chose to immerse himself in motion graphics and, therefore, dropped out from college. With his knowledge of video software, Photoshop, computer illustration programs and metal craft, and his love of automobiles, Inzana recently managed to transform a normal 2D picture of a Porsche 911 into an 18 level 3D aluminum photo-sculpture – definitely not a mean achievement for someone who is not even a graduate.
A project which took Inzana several months to complete, the 3D photo sculpture was born after several trials and errors involving bolts and spacers for a correct fit of the 2D art in 3D space. The first step for this project involved heavy usage of Photoshop and Illustrator. Post heavy layering with each layer specifically designated, Inzana took the image files to a machine shop and got metal sheets cut accordingly by laser. Then, he painted and assembled these sheets with precise mathematical modeling. An algorithm specially developed by him for this project helped him get the perfect 3D fit.
Easy as it sounds, the project entailed massive single minded dedication, but was probably worth it. Lately, he posted the final image of his art piece on to the Internet. So massive was Inzana's interest in this unique venture that he now plans to go full throttle on it considering the ever rising demand. Definitely a long way for someone who drives just a 2003 Honda Element, and whose only exposure to Porsche were the car shows he attended with his dad as a kid!