3d artist Njie gets 3d fish for 3d art project
3D artist Njiie is excited to finally get his 3d design of a blue whale out to the world.
Njiies design was inspired by a piece of artwork by artist Zalman Lipschutz.
Njiie’s whale, dubbed Zalmer, is a collaboration with 3D software maker Lipscomb that took four years and $250,000 to complete.
“It’s a very beautiful design,” Njiem said.
Njie said he’s proud to share his design with the public, especially for the benefit of his local community.
“When you see something like this on the news, you have to share it.
I think this is an important thing for the people that live here, because if you see a whale, you can’t forget about this.”
Njiem says he’s happy with the 3D work he’s gotten out of his project.
“I feel like I’m helping people in a way, not only as an artist but also as a person.”
3D artists have been able to see their creations on the web and in movies for years, but Njiems 3D whale was his first foray into the field.
“In terms of being a 3d whale, I think I have the best of both worlds, I have a real, physical whale, and then there’s a digital version of a real whale,” he said.
The whale was modeled with an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, which Njiiem said he uses when he’s making 3D designs.
“There’s a certain amount of comfort in that and it’s good because it allows me to visualize things that are not possible with my hand.”
The whale’s 3D design is a collaborative effort, which is why Njiemi wants to be more transparent with his work.
“With a whale like Zalmy, you want to give him a voice.
You want to let him know what you think of him and how he feels about things,” Njiem said.
“For me, it’s important to let people know that I’m an artist.”
3d artists have always wanted to see more 3d content out there, and with Zalmans help, Njies work is now being shared with other 3d software makers around the world, including Lipscom and Lipschin.
Njiest says it’s a good way to give back.
“To have this piece of art be so appreciated by so many people in the 3d community is something I’m very grateful for.”
Njiem is also hoping to bring Zalmon back to New York, where he lives, for a new project soon.
He’s hoping to make a 3D model of a whale’s dorsal fin that will be on display at the Museum of Modern Art.