SILPAKORN UNIVERSITY JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, HUMANITIES, AND ARTS, Vol 13, No 2 (2013)

Digital Modeling of Buddha Sculptures

Sawitree Wisetchat




Abstract


The Sukhothai Buddha (1238-1438 CE) a distinct sculptural style developed which is still characteristic of Thai Sculpture Style today. The Sukhothai style inherited some artistic elements from its precursors, yet evolved through a remarkable process of refinement and invention. This study considers the visualization of this evolution. Conventionally, styles are analyzed and compared through written descriptions with reference to still images. It is difficult, however, to visually appreciate the evolution of style by such means. A new technique is adapted from digital character animation to assist in the visualization of style differences and to illustrate style evolution. By modeling sculptures of different styles as variations on a common shape, blend animation allows one style to change smoothly into another by interpolation. The viewer can now better appreciate style differences, not by shifting gaze from one to another, but by watching one become another, wherein their differences attract visual attention.

Key Words: Blend Animation; Morphing; Southeast Asian; Stye; Sukhothai Buddha; Visualization

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