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Making Of 'Ganesha - God Of Wisdom'

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Date Added: 10th January 2011
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I grew up in a simple Indian family that lived by devoutly religious values. That every act was to be performed while keeping in mind the values and blessings of the divine force was taught to us right from the beginning. In our culture every religious function, festive celebration or holy or new endeavor begins with the invocation of Ganesha, the god with the face of an elephant. To be honest, I've had a stronge affiliation with him ever since I can remember. So it was, I now feel, a very obvious progression for me that further on in my life, when I grew up to become a CG modeler, my first choice would be to model him. One can see it as my humble offering to the divine power.

When I finally summed up enough courage to begin this gigantic work, I decided that I wanted to create a detailed statue of Lord Ganesha, which would simultaneously evoke his divinity. I wanted to sculpt him and bring him out the way I grew up seeing him in my mind, which made the effort all the more difficult. But as they say, "If you think you can, you can"... and so began the journey.

Before I started to model, I went through lots of reference images of Ganesha idols. After having studied them, I did some basic doodling and finally came up with what I have modeled. The entire model was primarily done in Maya. My life would have been easier had I been using ZBrush for all the intricate detailing of the accessories, but I wanted to enjoy the challenge of working with Maya.

I took a cube and started to roughly block out the shape of the body (Fig.01 - 02).

Fig. 01

Fig. 02

After I got the basic T pose shape, I fixed the second set of arms from the back of the shoulder in a way that it wouldn't look disproportionate (Fig.03).

Fig. 03

After blocking the body, I focused on the head and gradually brought it to a shape that matched the look that I had visualized (Fig.04).

Fig. 04

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Nitin Oza on Tue, 15 September 2015 11:30am
You have taken lot of pain. I do not find words...
Blargle Arp on Sun, 31 May 2015 10:20am
Ganesh is fresh! Nice sculpt indeed.
Karan Aggarwal on Sat, 20 December 2014 4:57am
nice work bro
Rajesh on Fri, 05 September 2014 5:52am
awesome fine finieshed
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Lavanya on Fri, 26 April 2013 10:14am
Awesomee. eee ... have no words to describe ... simply mindblowing work ... good keep going :)
Suresh on Wed, 09 January 2013 9:22am
hi Hemant chhaan ! Nice & Holistic work.
T.K.Ramachandran Iyer on Sat, 28 July 2012 1:30pm
DEAR HEMANT, It is really wonderful piece of work!I am sure that LORD GANESHA WILL GIVE TO YOU THE STRENGTH and comfort to do and achieve more good things. Your's Sincerely, T.K.Ramachandran Iyer and Mrs.Meera Ramachandran (Senior Citizens)
Janaki on Wed, 13 June 2012 4:24pm
Awesome ... unbelievable... Love the Ganesha!!! Good job!
Arun on Wed, 21 December 2011 2:40pm
Sagar on Sat, 22 October 2011 8:17am
great thank god
Manish on Fri, 22 April 2011 6:58am
Hemant..Good me in my cell.
Srinivas on Sun, 06 March 2011 4:30pm
fine model, i like it.....
Santosh on Tue, 01 February 2011 6:44pm
hi hemanth, Amazing work! no words.. iam the M.D of ARENA ANIMATION one of the center in india. really great work u have done. Lord ganesha may bless u give u a brightful future. i was very interesting when I went through this...where r u working now? all the best for future..bye.
Rakesh on Thu, 13 January 2011 1:12pm
Nice work Hemanth. Very good quality output. Would be eager to see more such work coming from your end. Cheers
Jayaram on Thu, 13 January 2011 5:37am
Paul on Wed, 12 January 2011 4:39pm
Incredible sculpt and detail, especially your low-res poly before zbrush - nice proportions and form!
Roopesh on Tue, 11 January 2011 5:22am
Thank you very much for this making of Ganesha.. Its.. amazing...once again thankyou very much.. I was very interesting when I went through this...
Anand on Mon, 10 January 2011 8:16pm
Excellent work dude.... carry on d process
Ganesh on Mon, 10 January 2011 12:26pm
hi ! thank`s for your work, it`s amazing, i`hope some day, i can modelize like you. I'm still a beginner but I will try . THANK YOU !!!
Julien on Mon, 10 January 2011 12:03pm
Hi Hermant, i'm just back from a trip in india, visiting my in-laws for a wedding, and i was amazed by all the wonderfull sculptures of divinities you can find in this wonderfull country. Now i'm quite obsessed by reproducing this kind of sculpture and your job is a great inspiration. Congratulation you did a great job! All the best. Julien
Amit on Mon, 10 January 2011 11:55am
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