I was commissioned to create a 3D interactive for the opening of a major new gallery at Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum for their Marine worlds Gallery. The exhibition would see the skeleton of the UK’s largest example of Ichthyosaurus laid out in full for the first time ever.
Ichthyosaurs were marine predators that looked a lot like dolphins but they were actually reptiles. The skeleton had just been the focus of a two year conservation and research project, revealing that it was the largest Ichthyosaurus in the UK and potentially a new species.
The existing hardware that the interactive was to run on was hooked upto 4 monitors and was being repurposed from an older exhibit. The system was quite old so the interactive had to run at a lower resolution and utilise limited graphics and memory resources. after a few tests on the existing machinery we decided to opt for an animated virtual model with key hotspots, which when clicked gave details about findings from the skeletal renovation.
We first created a 3D model from a conceptual drawing produced for the exhbition. The model was then rigged to a virtual skeleton and then animated and then animated to swim through an underwater scene that we had created in a realtime engine.
The kiosk only had a rollerball for moving the mouse and one button for functions so we had to make the interactive work within these parameters. We allowed users to rotate the 3D model using the rollerball and select key points that would pop up when the camera was near them. An information sheet would display on the screen allowing the user to learn more about the ichthyosaur and the fossil.
The hardest part of the project was making the project look decent on old hardware but we managed to get good performance and an engaging experience for visitors despite the limitations.
3D Interactive Design : Taran Singh
Graphic Design: Kam Samra
Programming support: Divkaran Singh
Special Thanks : Dave Rowan & Luanne Meehitya
Taran3D joined with the Sikh Museums Initiative to recreate one of the 4 Charaina (Body Armour plates) of Guru Gobind Singh ji worn by him in the battle of Bhangani in 1688
The first phase of this project was unveiled at the Third Dasam Granth Seminar in California, USA on 9th April 2016. It featured an interactive digital recreation of one of the 4 armour plates, which features Gurbani from the Akaal Ustat, written by Guru Gobind Singh ji.
“The ability to recreate and share these artefacts in digital form and make them available via modern technology will give future generations of Sikhs access to pieces of history which are either lost or inaccessible”
Taran Singh, 3D Artist
The plate in question is the most damaged of the 4 and missing parts of the pattern were recreated by taking similar sections of the pattern and gurmukhi letters from undamaged parts of the armour.
The whole armour was created from scratch in 3D using low quality catalogue photos. The Gurmukhi was painstakingly hand painted digitally and each component of the gold koftgari pattern was created and then pieced together to make up the full pattern.
We believe given access to the actual artefacts, we could create more accurate and better quality digital representations that can be used to preserve and educate future generations.
The second phase will involve completing the other 3 plates of armour and creating a touch screen based exhibit.
So its taken almost a year of development and all the kickstarter support that was raised to develop these statues and it is finally time to send them out to backers. I have made 17 iterations of this model to get it production ready and sometimes it felt like it would never happen. 99 backers on kickstarter helped to make this happen so really grateful for their support.
I have been getting a lot of people contacting me to purchase models of Garja Singh but unfortunately I only have enough for Kickstarter backers. I should have more stock after Vaisakhi time so if you want to be kept up-to-date on new stock availability then please subscribe to our email list below.
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
An art exhibition inspired by Bapu Surat Singh’s campaign for the human rights of Sikh political prisoners
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
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
My first 3D print of the Harimandir Sahib Gumut (dome) printed in SLS nylon by 3DprintUK and is 4 inches high (10cm). This was done as a quick test for future projects and also to explore converting virtual 3d models into real physical objects. I was very pleased with the quality. Subtle details can be lost on 3D prints so I will start to exaggerate details in future prints and also thicken up thin parts of the mesh.
In comparison here is a sample from a makerbot home 3D printer. I wasn’t as impressed with the Makerbot print but I can see how useful it can be for producing prototypes.
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.
Light app is an Ipad application that is a fun and stimulating tool for lighting buildings by experimenting with combinations of lights to create different effects. It has recently been shortlisted for the CG Architect 3D awards 2015 in the Interactive category. if you haven’t already, then check it out…
I like to explore, learn, create and help if I can in some way. I enjoy what I do and that is enough.
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.