A talented visual artist and friend of mine, David Rowan was commissioned this year by University of Birmingham (research and Cultural Collections) to make work in response to six portraits of former pro and vice chancellors of the University. The first of which was Sir Oliver Lodge.
I had the great pleasure of working on a small part of this project with David. Archival photographs (circa 1904) from the Cadbury Research Library depicting Sir Oliver Lodge at work, constructing experimental radio machines and other devices were re-photographed and used as the basis to ‘re construct’ these objects as 3D models, these machines no longer exist, but now exist as large photographic prints in the Great Hall and elsewhere in the university once again, brought back to life for the duration of the exhibition.
Phantom Walls is the title of Oliver Lodge’s book of 1929. Lodge was the University’s first Principal and his book explored the possibility of an afterlife – an alternative reality beyond death. Rowan takes this as his starting point. His portraits employ photography, video and sculpture to create phantom versions of the originals. In some of his works he brings to life the personal iconography and relationships of the subjects. In others their legacy and social impact is explored. Some of his pieces elevate inanimate objects to a lofty status or tell the stories of other people involved in the life and work of the sitter. All provide a fascinating alternative perspective of these key figures from the University’s history.
Aston Webb building, 16 October 2015 – 17 January 2016
So I have a new kickstarter project to try and fund the production of this statue of famous 18th century Sikh warrior Garja Singh. Its live on kickstarter now and would be great if you can support it. Press Release for Garja Singh Statue
A 3D model of an indian Sousson Pata short sword, which has an S curved blade and is heavily influenced by the kukhri. I modeled this a few years back and it was a mess. I tried to use it to dress a character I was working on recently so I decided to remodel it and use it to work out a good 3DS max to zbrush workflow for detailing. I have almost cracked this workflow and also found a few gems along the way like the unwrapping in zbrush – which is brilliant by the way. Working all this out took ages as I had to go back and forth so many times but I’m hoping I can replicate the process easily and get it all right in one go.
I worked on this model while doing a game character course with Alex Troufanov who works for ubisoft on the Assassins Creed games. Thoroughly enjoyed the course and learnt so much along the way. All the armor patterns were painted by hand and I used some Punjabi koftgari examples as reference. below is a brief overview of the process we went through
I have pretty much started to remodel everything from scratch in hires without worrying about poly counts anymore. The idea is to create low poly models later and bake the detail into normal maps.
This is a standard Sikh Dhaal which has most of the major details added. It also has varying levels of damage that could be animated. For example, if the shield in the game is hit too many times by opponents then it can visually show gradual damage until it is unusable and another must be found by the player.
I find the architectural details of Harimandir Sahib (Amritsar)very interesting, so I started to look at some the main elements of the structure here is a 3D model of the most common type of smaller domes which follow the perimeter of the roof.
A Constant point of development/angst for me has always been character creation since the beginning of the sarbloh warriors game concept. Getting back into it recently has been really interesting. Studying anatomy and using a more image reference based approach has led to an easier work-flow. Looked at a lot of Indian wrestlers and kabbaddi players to try and get away from the western body-built type which is more stockier and less muscle definition. Set about recreating the 17th century Khalsa soldier concept that I created for the original SW game. Since we are no longer restricted to old game technology I decided to bring the character into a next gen quality, which is what i always wanted it to be. This is not textured yet so is presented as a modeling concept only Read More
This blog is my exploration of 3D digital arts. Some of the content will relate to the Culture and History of Punjab, games development, Architecture, virtual reality, 3D Animation, PaperCraft and some random stuff I haven't decided on yet.