Interactive 3D for the Anglo Sikh Wars Exhibition

Interactive 3D for the Anglo Sikh Wars Exhibition

In mid 2016, I was approached by the Sikh Museum Initiative (SMI) and commissioned to produce a series of interactive 3D exhibits for an exhibition that would explore the history surrounding the Anglo Sikh Wars that took place in 1845. The exhibition would take place at Newarke Houses Museum in Leicester from 11th March to 4th June 2017 and include a series of 7 expert lectures and kids activities.

My role in the project included the overall layout and design of the exhibition space as well as the initial branding and marketing material. I designed a concept for a logo which was further developed by an amazing artist called Kam Singh Samra from Birmingham, his visual design was not only distinctive but was the linchpin for the whole project. 

Anglo Sikh Wars Leaflet Design Logo Design by Kam Singh

Use of 3D Visualisation to design the space

It became apparent very early on that designing an exhibition to fit in the physical space is very difficult, especially when you are going to be doing most of the work remotely. Therefore in our first visit to the Newarke Houses Museum, the rooms were surveyed to ensure accurate measurements. Read More

Human Rights Exhibition

October 29, 2015 |  by  |  3D, 3d Printing, 3DS Max, Sculpting, Zbrush  |  No Comments

My submission for an art exhibition that will be held soon for Bapu Surat Singh a Human Rights Campaigner who is campaigning for Sikh political prisoners in punjab. It is a digital sculpture that will be 3D printed.

Bapu In Defiance
Digital Sculpt 3D Print Resin, January 2016
Size – 500mm 

The name Bapu Surat Singh evokes an image of a frail and emaciated old man. But he is more than his body. This sculpture is a tribute to the warrior spirit of Bapu Surat Singh, who despite his physical condition, remains steadfast and stoic in his fight for justice.

While his body may be frail and weak, his spirit is strong and will not be conquered

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An art exhibition inspired by Bapu Surat Singh’s campaign for the human rights of Sikh political prisoners

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Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa, an 83 year old grandfather, left the comforts and luxuries of his life in the USA, to free Sikh political prisoners in India who have served their sentences but still imprisoned. With God’s blessings we have witnessed the release of 2 prisoners, thanks to Bapu Surat Singh’s campaign.

To mark these testing 365 days, an art exhibition inspired by Bapu Surat Singh’s campaign to free political prisoners will be held

Sat 16th January 2016 – 1pm-8pm
Sun 17th January 2016 – 11am-8pm

Room 5, Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick
128-130 High Street, B66 3AP Smethwick

Phantom Walls Exhibition

Phantom Walls Exhibition

October 21, 2015 |  by  |  3D, 3DS Max, Modelling, Photography, visualisation  |  No Comments

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

http://www.davidrowan.org/work/phantom-walls/
http://grand-union.org.uk/news/david-rowan-phantom-walls/

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Garja Singh Statue Kickstarter Project

Garja Singh Statue Kickstarter Project

August 21, 2015 |  by  |  3D, 3d Printing, 3DS Max, Featured, Modelling, Sculpting, Vray, Zbrush  |  5 Comments

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

Free Wallpapers –
Desktop Wallpaper – http://goo.gl/aEnwiD
Mobile Wallpaper – http://goo.gl/PKkGtx

support the project here – www.kickstarter.com/projects/610818206/statue-of-18th-century-sikh-warrior-garja-singh

What I am offering is a chance you to own and to help produce this affordable high quality 12 inch statue, of the famous 18th century Sikh warrior Garja Singh.

early design phase 3D model
early design phase 3D model

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Sousson Pata Short Sword, india 1800

Sousson Pata Short Sword, india 1800

June 8, 2015 |  by  |  3D, 3DS Max, Featured, Modelling, shaders, Zbrush  |  No Comments

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.

Character Armour Study

Character Armour Study

May 14, 2015 |  by  |  3D, 3DS Max, Featured, Gaming, Modelling, Sculpting, Zbrush  |  No Comments

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

  • Anatomy sculpting
  • hard surface modeling
  • sculpting hi-res detail
  • Re-topology
  • Baking and Normal Maps
  • texture painting

 

Hires detailing Shield - Dhaal

Hires detailing Shield – Dhaal

June 9, 2013 |  by  |  3D, 3DS Max, Modelling, Sculpting, Zbrush  |  2 Comments

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.

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