GlitchArtwork

3D Video game shadow boxes in retro styles

Toronto, Canada · 819 Sales

GlitchArtwork

3D Video game shadow boxes in retro styles

Toronto, Canada 819 Sales On Etsy since 2015

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Ghouls 'n Ghosts 3D Shadow Box 5x7 SNES Nintendo
$48.50
Sonic the Hedgehog 3D Shadoxbox Sega Genesis
$68.50
Star Control Mini Shadowbox
$48.00
Super Mario World Shadow Box 5"x7"
$48.50
Space Invaders Arcade 3D Shadow Box
$68.50
Rampage! Arcade Game 3D Shadow Box
$68.50
Ms. Pac-Man 3D Shadow Box 5"x7"
$58.50
Bubble Bobble 3D Arcade Shadow Box Mini 5" x 7"
$48.50
Ms. Pac-Man 3D Shadow Box 8"x10"
$74.50
Contra for Nintendo Shadow box
$68.50
Moon Patrol Arcade 3D Shadow Box
$48.50
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Worst con ever. I had some time to lay out and photograph my own shadowboxes.
I made a new mini shadow box! Super Mario World!

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Super Mario World Shadow Box 5"x7"
$48.50
New edition of the Street Fighter II cartridge holder shadowbox! Fresh off the bench.
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About

Retro Arcade Shadowboxes on Etsy!

I could see what the golden era game designers were going for. They wanted depth in their games, but the limits of old-school hardware didn’t quite let their vision out of the screen. They could simulate depth by using techniques such as parallax scrolling—and it was awesome!

I wanted to pay tribute to these designers, programmers, artists, and visionaries. They did so much with so little. They took tiny grids of pixels and turned them into magic—space ships, heroes, monsters—all the wondrous fantasy elements, firing the player’s imagination.

There were a handful of other 3D shadowbox artists, but they were using automatic craft paper cutting machines, leaving the whole 3D effect kind of, well, flat. Plus, their offerings were really expensive considering that the cost of materials was just pennies. Why were they so flat? Why were they so expensive?

We quit our day jobs, and Glitch Artwork was born!

With a whole lot of kind engineering support, we invented a new method to make these designs POP out. Everything’s done on layers of 3/16th inch foamcore board, not paper or cardstock. Layers are built upon one another, until the 3D sculpture inside the shadowbox comes to life. Generally we fill the ENTIRE depth of the shadowbox with layers of art, for maximum “pop.”

(If you’d like more details on exactly how these thing are created, I made a video detailing the whole process. The first photo at the top of the page is actually a video. Take a look if you’d like.)

We love to carefully construct scenes from old-school arcade and console games. At Glitch, all the heroes pop out. You put them on your wall.

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Shop members

  • Jill

    Owner

    Administrative and management Goddess.

  • T-Bone Forest

    Owner

    A manufacturing and design guru whose artistic tendencies who finally hit critical mass. He enjoys enjoys building things, playing guitars, horsing around with computers, and playing with cats.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 19, 2017
Retro Arcade Shadowboxes on Etsy!

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Shipping
ALL SHIPMENTS COME WITH A TRACKING NUMBER!

IN THE USA AND CANADA: Your shadow box will be shipped by Canada Post

Elsewhere: Your art will be shipped from Canada as a "Tracked Packet - International"
Refunds and Exchanges
Did the frame get destroyed in the mail? We'll cheerfully send you a new one immediately.

If you have any other issue, we're friendly and flexible :D Let's have a chat. In fact, let's have a chat even if you don't have a problem.

More information

Last updated on Jan 19, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Do you do custom shadowboxes?

Due to the large volume of non-custom art we're doing, custom orders are expensive. It generally takes 15-20 hours to design and prototype a new shadow box. The design process is tricky. Unlike most art forms, if you do this wrong, you will literally start fires! Seriously! Lasers are not to be trifled with.

For rates, please see this listing:

www.etsy.com/ca/listing/481905281/custom-shadowbox

Don't be afraid to suggest which one we do next! Ya never know!

How do you make this stuff?

In short, I use a laser cutter to cut printed foamboard, and then build the layers up.

This is done with foamboard rather than cardstock, so the layers won't bend over time. It also gives it a nice layered effect.

Please take a look at this little YouTube video I made of me making a shadowbox:

http://bit.ly/2jQtNKC

Refunds and Exchanges

Did the frame get destroyed in the mail? We'll cheerfully send you a new one immediately.

If you have any other issue, we're friendly and flexible :D Let's have a chat. In fact, let's have a chat even if you don't have a problem.

I need it for Valentine's Day 2017! What's the last day to order?

February 4th, 2017, is the last day to place an order for delivery to the USA or Canada by February 14th.

February 1st, 2017, is the last day to place an order for delivery to Europe or elsewhere in the world by February 14th.