The talented 3D artist Ongie Ongushi shares with us his creative process for the latest adorable 3D cartoon
Ganesha is coming! For me, Ganesha is a pillar for success in art, love, work, and richness. I have spent a lot of time on this project and there were many interruptions during my work process, but I believed that I could do it and now I have finally finished this piece. I like to think of it as my "Dream come true project". Om Shri Ganeshaya Namah is the mantra for success, victory, prosperity, knowledge and illumination.
Ganesha is one of the best known of the Hindu deities and is portrayed in 32 different forms. I chose to use his 22nd form, known as "Ekadanta Ganesha", because it is especially meaningful to me and I also find it very encouraging.
I always like to start my work with a sketch
Although this model looks very simple, it actually contains a lot of smaller bits which all are deeply detailed, especially his crown and the arch in the background. Therefore, I spent quite a bit of time on this stage.
You can see all the details in the mesh, especially in the crown
The time it took to get all the detailing was definitely worth it!
The body of Ganesha has very simple textures compared to his jewelry, but none of the textures were easy on this work, especially blending the gold. I spent a long time researching and looking for the right information to get the desired material and effects.
The detailed mesh of Ganesha
The gold texture was not especially easy to make
Texturing the scene called for a lot of effort because it was all new to me, it gave me a sore wrist! Texturing the laddu (ball-shaped sweets) was also a bit of a challenge because I have never made anything like this before. Again, I did lots of research because I wanted the textures to look right. The rat is often portrayed with Ganesha as his attendant and he dares not eat the laddu without the permission.
The mesh shows the level of detail in the scene and the laddu
Starting to add detailed texture to the scene