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3D Sigil Maker

By Joshua Madara on February 21, 2011 | Categories: Blog, Portfolio | Tags: , | 3 Comments

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This Processing project draws three-dimensional sigils similar to those drawn with Kameas, but on a cube instead of a square. A word (in the following example, “HYPERITUAL” — the duplicate ‘R’ removed) is mapped onto a 9 × 9 cube representing the 26 letters of the English alphabet (the center cube is blank; see table, below). Here is a video showing the sigil rotating on three axes:

Click here to run the program in your browser (click here to view the source code) . This interactive version includes the following keyboard controls:

  • 1: decrease x rotation
  • 2: increase x rotation
  • 3: decrease y rotation
  • 4: increase y rotation
  • 5: decrease z rotation
  • 6: increase z rotation
  • 7: hands-free rotation on all axes
  • 0: stop all rotations

The below image shows the positions of the letters forming a sigil for AZATHOTH. Click the image to run the interactive program in your browser, which responds to your mouse position and buttons (click here for the source code)

Azathoth 3D Sigil Letters

Enhancement ideas include interactive input for the word to be sigilized; toggle to show/hide letters; stroke color selector; buttons to save sigil as image or animation; vector interactions with multiple words; various maps (magic cubes, other languages); OpenGL rendering with thicker lines.

3D Sigil Character Map

Character Index X Y Z
A 0 -1 -1 -1
B 1 0 -1 -1
C 2 1 -1 -1
D 3 -1 0 -1
E 4 0 0 -1
F 5 1 0 -1
G 6 -1 1 -1
H 7 0 1 -1
I 8 1 1 -1
J 9 -1 -1 0
K 10 0 -1 0
L 11 1 -1 0
M 12 -1 0 0
space 13 0 0 0
N 14 1 0 0
O 15 -1 1 0
P 16 0 1 0
Q 17 1 1 0
R 18 -1 -1 1
S 19 0 -1 1
T 20 1 -1 1
U 21 -1 0 1
V 22 0 0 1
W 23 1 0 1
X 24 -1 1 1
Y 25 0 1 1
Z 26 1 1 1

3 Responses to “3D Sigil Maker”

  1. April 29, 2013 at 1:45 am

    i need to see what my sigil whould look like

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