Shadowbox Art


Some Images of my shadowbox. I am a huge fan of the cartoon ‘Over the Garden Wall’. So I made this box as a piece of fan art to the show. I drew the silhouettes in photoshop. Each layer was a separate drawing, then I cut the images out of cardstock on the glowforge. Each layer then had a 1/4" foamcore ‘frame’ put around it, to space the layers apart from each other.

The layer furthest back is a blank piece of cardstock, which acts as my ‘sky’ layer. There is a row of addressable LED’s on the top, and the bottom of that layer. Using an Arduino Micro Controller, I wrote code that would tell the LED’s to shift and change color to simulate different times of day. It starts in a ‘morning’ mode, than moves on to afternoon, sunset, then night time. In the night time mode, a second set of LED’s comes on behind the ‘sky’ layer. On the back of the sky layer, I cut out a shape of the villain of the cartoon with black paper, so that he would block light coming through. So he only appears at night, (as he does in the cartoon). To top off the effect I put two small yellow LEDs behind his eye holes so that his glowing yellow glare would fade in as well.

I’ve been working on this for about two weeks and I’m super happy with how it turned out. Follow me on Instagram if you want to see the build process. I documented every step. I’ll be doing more pieces like this in the future for sure.


another image of the box:


Last one:


Awesome! Amazing creativity & cross-discipline project.


This is wonderful! Great job.


Amazing! Great work, love the depth and the villain.


Beautiful! Such a delicate result and still eerie. :grinning:
(I’m afraid I’d have nightmares if that was in my bedroom.)


wow! I love it when artists show off there work!


Impressive, I love it! Thanks for sharing!


Beautifully done!


That is enchanting! I skipped over to your Instagram and watched the video. The lighting effect is fantastic!! Great job! :smile:


This is the type stuff I want to do.

Nice instagram page. I see you are a fellow arcade nerd too. I built the same cabinet and ended up upgrading to a full sized one.


Wow, incredible wow. I love the muted/washed out/shadow style. And I’m glad I decided I never want to sleep again because after seeing a picture of the night mode that is not going to be a problem.


These are unbelievable! Great job!


Oh gosh, this is amazing! I know nothing about the show but I really like the figures. And that LED lit one is just spooky!



I tried to make one and failed and yours is so good it might be a while before I try again.

Excellent work!


That is pretty damned awesome. Excellent job.


The people in the forum are truly creative and amazingly super-duper-duper smart!!!

This project is so cool and came out Fan-fricking-tastic!!!




I posted about making these before I even had a glowforge. This is beyond cool! So glad there are owners doing this!