Tuesday, December 27, 2016

3December Challenge Day 27

Day 27: Legoalways wanted to make this, but never had enough 1s, 2s or flat 8s

    Lego helix
    by Chaitanya Krishnan
    on Sketchfab

Heres the normal map i used for the logo on each block, incase anyone needs it.

also dug up this old program i'd used a few years back when they launched it -
Lego Digital Designer
Free Download - http://ldd.lego.com/en-us/
It lets you build whatever you like.. and then order the parts online. Earlier on there was no way to get a obj out of it so i gave up on it immediately..
but now you can get Leo CAD and that opens the lego file and saves as obj etc.
Free Download - http://www.leocad.org/
Anyway I used it to create something last night.. was fun doing this after a long time. Its a bit of a cheat for the 3December entry, hence not my official entry. Just something I played with last night.

You can see it below.. needs some smoothing and finishing.. the textures don't export apparently.

    Lego Craft
    on Sketchfab

Monday, December 26, 2016

3December Challenge Day 26

3December Day 26: Watch.

Used Inkscape to draft the filigree and engraving at the back(using various refrences)..
Blender and Sketchfab for the rest.

    The Special Pocket Watch
    by Chaitanya Krishnan
    on Sketchfab

The engraving at the back can be customised by modifying the normal map in any image editor.

Here are some alternate engravings I created

3December Challenge Days 24-25

Day 24: Free Idea
I had this idea for day 10(Light) but couldnt think of a better way to do the flares(yet).. so just plugging it in to the 24th

    Sun and solar flares
    by Chaitanya Krishnan
    on Sketchfab

Day 25: Tech

    by Chaitanya Krishnan
    on Sketchfab

Monday, December 19, 2016

Good Morning ICICI CIB login doesnt work

So after much deliberation we got a current account for our studio at ICICI Bank.
The Login process on the old corporate site was a nightmare in itself.. requiring one to remember ..
1) an alphanumeric corporate id (16 digits)
2) a username
3) a login password
and post login you need
4) a transaction password

After a year we basically got the hang of it. I started using the android app from the beginning, since it atleast remembers the first 2 things in that list, and i just need to remember the two passwords now.

Welcome to Saturday, December 18, 2016.

I attempt to login to the app, it says my password has been reset.
I attempt to use the website to reset the password and it says "password has been reset, now print out this paper, sign it and mail it to us"

After jumping through the hoops I realize its the damn weekend. So as usual nothings going to happen today.

So great.


Monday 19th December, 
they tell me to wait till the end of the working day for my new password to be active.

At 6pm I get a mail telling me that the account has been migrated to a new system.. ICICI CIB.
So i need to go to this new page and reset my password from there.

This time my username is mashed with my corporate id to create a
24 digit alphanumeric monstrosity.

Fine. Am in notepad land as it is.

So as I use this new "username" and  mobile number OTP to rest the password... I'm starting to see the end of the tunnel.

I get an sms confirmation that the password is reset, go ahead and login.

Login fails.
Both on the new CIB site as well as the old one.

Tuesday 20th December, So great. I have a business to run in a few hrs.. people to pay before they go off on vacations..
and no online banking.. in the days of demonetization.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Gun with red cartridge

made for 3december day 6: Weapon modelled in blender, painted in 3dcoat

Tattooed Cat

Made this for a friend who is obviously a cat person and into tattoos

White Walker USB Drive

Did this epoxy clay mod to a friend's USB drive..
the epoxy clay is a generic brand here in India called Fevicryl Shilpkar. 
I used acrylic paints for the color.
sprayed it with a coat of clear coat.

Epoxy Clay Cat

Epoxy clay cat.. with magnetically attached head and limbs.
The epoxy clay is a generic brand here in India called Fevicryl Shilpkar. 
I used acrylic paints for the color.
sprayed it with a coat of clear coat.

Epoxy Clay Skull USB

Did this epoxy clay mod to a friend's USB drive..
The epoxy clay is a generic brand here in India called Fevicryl Shilpkar.
I used acrylic paints for the color.
Finally sprayed it with a coat of clear coat.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Inktober 2016

I couldn't do one per day.. here are the stragglers i knock out once in a while.

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

ID Card for Stray Dog Feeders

I have the power!!
(To flash this card if someone messes with me when am feeding the kids)

Why bother? - Street dog feeding reduces man-dog conflict, and makes it easier to catch the dogs for birth control and vaccination
Note: anyone can feed a stray animal.
No one can stop you from doing so(even if you don't have this card). Its the law.
How to get your own?Step 1 - fill out a form.
Step 2 - attach mug shot
Step 3 - post (to their Chennai address)
Step 4 - wait.. like for a bit
Download the form herehttp://www.awbi.org/?q=node/152
or here

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


Amnesty International's interactive torture prison explorer.. mixes webgl and video.(click to see)

Saydnaya Military Prison is located 30km north of Damascus, Syria. The prison is under the jurisdiction of the Minister of Defence and operated by the Military Police. Saydnaya became notorious for the use of torture and excessive force following a riot by detainees in 2008. There are two buildings on the Saydnaya site, which between them could contain 10,000-20,000 prisoners.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Finally tried Blender's Grease Pencil

This isn't a new feature in Blender.. its just something I ignored for a long time.. finally decided to give it a whirl today, and it does not disappoint! Originally meant as a quick way to make notes or annotate a 3d model this tool has gone on to more advanced and glorious things :)

The tools are much more refined since when I first tried the grease pencil years back.. now it even has animation capabilities.. with onion skinning!!
Aaand its pressure sensitive with my wacom!

Heres a quick gif of my first animated clip with blender grease pencil..

and heres a screengrab of the animation in blender.. with onionskins.. and wait for it.. thats right you can fly around it because all these lines are 3d objects!!

A video posted by chaitanya krishnan (@c2ktheotherartist) on

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Visit to The Tamarind Tree

Few days back we visited this scenic location on the outskirts of Bangalore city..
called The Tamarind Tree..

Here are some photospheres from there..
(click and drag to look around)

Sunday, August 14, 2016

War Turtle Crawl

Tried a simple crawl cycle animation with my turtle skeleton.. will not use it in the final project.. but was fun to do.

Heres the 3d model: 

    on Sketchfab

Sunday, August 7, 2016

World of Warcraft: Legion Contest

Haven't taken part in a cg challenge in a while, so when this popped up I found my self saying..

Lets have a go at it

(see the forum thread for the work in progress)

Its sort of a fanart contest based on the release of World of Warcraft “Legion”

Prizes include an Oculus Rift, The Art of Blizzard Entertainment books, WoW: Legion T-shirts, Sketchbooks, Amazon Gift cards and more. Enjoy! More details here
heres my work so far..

I started with the idea of doing a mini Wandering Isle 
(turtle with a forest/cabin on its shell).. 

Got a lot of great inputs from @dark_minaz 
the turtle in my sketch was looking too cute.. less legion.. so after looking at several refrences of the game, happened on the idea of making it a dead/skeletal part of a lair.. ie: an environment that grew around the giant carcass of a turtle.. 

anyway looked at some refrences of turtle bones and skulls ..
and finally started modelling this snapping turtle skull.. will add horns etc and make it more legion

some layout progress... actually starting to feel satisfied with it a bit.. now to WoW it up.. with glowy cracks and green/blue goop and flames..

Friday, June 10, 2016

Blackout Bard Launched

Hey guys, we just finished version 1 of our #Blackout app.. go check it out!
Its great for creating #erasure or #blackout art on your phone or tablet.. 
advanced features will be added if we get enough users!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Happy Cough Drop Day

Frog in Your Throat is a cough drop company from the late 1800s - early 1900s Reference textures from here - http://kozmicdreams.com/froginyourthroat.htm

I whipped up this model on May 13th.. which happens to be Cough Drop Day!

    Frog In Your Throat
    by Chaitanya Krishnan
    on Sketchfab

3d Widget

Attempt at a bit of scifi ui ..
    Window Widget
    by Chaitanya Krishnan
    on Sketchfab

Alien Movie Poster modelled in 3D

Created using the original movie poster for the movie Alien 3 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_3 

Created in browser with smoothie-3d.com which is a free online modeling tool!

    Alien 3 Movie Poster
    by Chaitanya Krishnan
    on Sketchfab

A video posted by chaitanya krishnan (@c2ktheotherartist) on

Monday, April 25, 2016

Adobe Animate CC - Before you upgrade

In the past whenever a new version of an Adobe program came along, I'd keep the old one still installed as a backup.. 

With Adobe CC I was a bit nervous..
Turns out you can still do the whole "keep the previous version" thing. 

If your curious about the changes in Adobe Animate CC, here's a detailed video by Jazza

Friday, April 22, 2016

Earth Day - Quick Blender Model

On my morning check in, facebook told me that it was Earth Day.. A few minutes later I had the idea for a quick model.. based on an old earth day 2d artwork I'd seen before on this page (the gorgeous one called "2015! | Divine Organic").

I omitted the flowers and intentional symmetry of the original 2d artwork .. and went a little more organic with my composition.

Decided to combine the simplicity of png images on multiple 3d panes.. and then sketchfab.com 's easy to use lighting and post processing effects. Technically the globe and the text are the only 3d models in this file. Anyway I had a pretty busy day at work, and could only spare a few minutes for this quick side project.

    Earth Day
    by Chaitanya Krishnan
    on Sketchfab

The file above is available for download. Enjoy :)

Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which day events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 193 countries each year.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Yuri Gagarin Anniversary

12th April.. 55 years ago, Yuri Gagarin became the first man to fly into outer space. Here are some tidbits about his life and certain milestones. Data obtained from Wikipedia. Pictures from various sources. some pictures are just indicative and may not be historically accurate(pictures of tractors etc).

Friday, March 25, 2016

GOT Easter Egg

Sketchfab has this web based painting tool that lets you paint an easter egg.. its a contest they have every year in the weeks leading up to easter.
Create and win a 3D print by @Shapeways http://tmblr.co/ZpQmrs1CfFEgL #Easter2016

heres one of my quick entries this year.. based on the old R+L=J conspiracy(is it still viable?) and possible easter egg in the trailer for the 2016 season of Game of Thrones.

Annual 3d easter egg contest entry

Sketchfab has this web based painting tool that lets you paint an easter egg.. its a contest they have every year in the weeks leading up to easter.
Create and win a 3D print by @Shapeways http://tmblr.co/ZpQmrs1CfFEgL #Easter2016

heres one of my first entries this year..

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

What did we leave behind on the Moon

The following Globe displays the approximate locations of various artefacts we left behind on the Moon. Its by no means the entire list, to see the full list, please refer to this document  the “Catalogue of Manmade Material on the Moon” (pdf) compiled by NASA’s History Program Office.

I've based the locations on the map created by STEVEN PESTANA over at https://anthropoceneacolyte.wordpress.com/2016/02/22/lunar-artifacts-map/ with a few additions by me from recent times.. ok just the Indian mission(location not accurate).

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Assigning multiple drives to Steam on Linux

So I moved one of my work machines home and since i don't really need any of the windows applications i permanently switched over to the Ubuntu installation(was a dual boot setup).

Now a few months later i need some extra space for my Steam games. So decided to install them on the old windows partition. Those of you who are in the same boat already know that NTFS partitions(or most non ext4 partitions) don't auto mount.. so heres a culmination of my figuring out how to do that..
..and get Steam to use the NTFS partition as the directory for downloading and installing games.
I believe that this can also be used to mount external hard drives.. though you'll need to leave them plugged in at all times to avoid problems.

Note: The instructions below was culled from several forum posts, which will be mentioned and linked at the end.

1) Hit Ctrl – Alt – T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When terminal opens, run the commands below to view all partitions on your system. The drive should already be attached to your Ubuntu machine.
sudo blkid
you should see something like this
in my case I need to automount the two NTFS drives named "ReactorCore" and "Rehoboth" so from now on wherever you see those names, replace them with your drive labels

2) You need to note down the UUID(Drive Id)
in my case its 10B062CCB062B83C for Reactorcore and 7E02626002621E01 for Rehoboth
(you can drag to select and copy it out of the terminal and into a notepad or wherever)

3) Go back to the Terminal and run
sudo gedit /etc/fstab
this opens the fstab file.
which should look like this without any entries for your ntfs partitions

Scroll to the bottom and add the following entries for your drives

UUID=10B062CCB062B83C /mnt/reactor ntfs-3g defaults,locale=en_US.utf8 0 0 

Note: the UUID is what tells linux which drive to mount, and the name "reactor" is the name it will show up under.. it can be anything you like.

So my fstab file now looks like this:

4) Save the file and close it. Terminal may have some messages, its ok.. either close that terminal and start a new one or continue in the same.

5) After that, run the commands below to create the mount point you specified in the fstab file.
sudo mkdir /mnt/reactor

In my case i did this again for the second drive "rehoboth" as well

6) Make yourself "owner" of the mount point by running the commands below
sudo chown chaitanyak /mnt/reactor

Replace "chaitanyak" with your username, and "reactor" with your mount name

again, do this for all the drives you are mounting.

7) Restart your computer and go to /mnt to access the drives.

you can drag them to the side panel to create bookmarks for easier access

8) Launch Steam, in the top menu click "steam" and go to settings
now on the side menu click "downloads"
and you'll see the "Steam Library Folders"  button
Click it

9) now you see this.. a list of the folders on various drives.. in your case it will probably just be the first one..

click the "Add Library Folder" to add one of your newly added drives..
which will show up under "mnt" as seen below

select the drive and click "new folder"

that creates the folder.. now back in the folder list, you can right click and set it as the default one.

Thats it! happy gaming!

Refrence links: