Graffiti Arts on walls such as dragons dancing in the sky are examples of beautiful street arts. While watching these graffiti arts kids sometimes wonder if the characters that are randomly drawn on the wall would simply get freedom and fly away into the open sky. The Rinkak 3D Printing Design Contest Grand Prize winning “Genghis 3D Style Writing” is exactly the kind of work that realizes these kids’ dreams. This “Genghis 3D Style Writing” is designed by Genghis (Benjamin Cann) who gets inspiration from Japanese Origami.
Q: Congratulation on winning the Grand Prize. Can you please talk about how you feel right now?
I am really happy with this prize! I was looking forward to the results, but didn’t expect winning the Grand Prize. I received the email the day before my birthday and was even more excited. My friends and I had a great party on that weekend!
Your winning design, “Genghis 3D Style Writing” perfectly interprets the 3D graffiti art. What inspired you to make “Genghis 3D Style Writing”?
I started exploring this kind of 3D Sculpture 2 years back and tried to find my own style in this rich form of expression. In fact, I made a lot of 2D and 3D sketches with different letters and names, some are more organic, others are more aggressive. Each one reflects a mood or particular state of mind.
I started the “Genghis” back in November 2014 and decided to print it in January 2015.
The possibility of creating sculptural forms on a computer in a unique iterative way was the key element of this creative process for me. Beyond the offered complexity level, it allows to adjust the proportions and shape of the model for any angle. My aim for this tri-dimensional interpretation of the art of graffiti or “lettering” is transpose it in space and thus appreciate its expression at various angles. While designing my own 3D graffiti, I found good inspiration with Graffiti Technica and the artist Peeta.
[ Back Crooked Grind / Para-lel ] 2010 Photo by Genghis
[ My Longboard - Loaded Dervish / Self designed, hand cut griptape. ]
2011 Photo by Genghis
Q: While designing the “Genghis 3D Style Writing”, what was the most challenging part that you found out?
Saying to myself, “Let’s just stop and print it!” It is something that I was doing for fun and I had no exact deadline to finish it. When I heard about the contest, I thought I could be a great contestant and decided to go for a 3D test print. “Done is better than perfect!” Finding harmonious proportions for the letters, keeping harmonious curves and proportions are the real challenging parts in the process. There are also the technical aspects due to the chosen manufacturing process: Thickness, resolution and size. On my first tests, I felt the size was the main factor. This is the biggest model I have ever printed.
Q: Through “Genghis 3D Style Writing”, what type of art lovers you would like to engage?
Beyond the graffiti lovers, doodlers and makers or just urban culture fans, I wanted to share a cool piece of a 3D interpretation of this universal expression form with sculpture and 3D printing enthusiasts. A great feature of 3D Printing is that it offers the ability to share physical art objects more easily and thus make art more accessible to people. I understand that great sculptures or decorative objects are time and production intensive, and often unique. 3D Printing allows sharing this digital craftsmanship more easily.
Q: Is it possible to transform “Genghis 3D Style Writing” to other form of creature? If yes, what do you think it will become?
That is a good question! Some of my previous sketches have an animal look and I want to explore this way. The “Genghis” one could be a prehistoric fish or some kind deep sea fish.
Anyway, the prize and the recognition of my artwork give me a great opportunity to go further with this project. I will also try colored and bigger prints!
Q: What is your occupation in normal life?
As a mechanical design engineer, I have previously worked in materials research and aerospace industry. Besides, I have experiences with design and artistic activities, like photography. As of September 2014, I started working as a freelancer for 3D Design and Engineering. I love the flexibility to work for diverse sectors such as jewelry industry or aerospace.
[ Rhino 3D Model & Print / 3D Printed Models in Black Steel and Polished Brass ]
Q: Regardless of 3D design, when did you start your designing?
Like many other engineers, I think I started designing as a child while playing with Legos ;-) I could never follow the instruction sheets; I always had to assemble from my own ideas. Another important point of my life is when I started Japanese Origami folding at the age of 7. My grandmother offered me a book and since then I am still folding, but it is not a truly pure “design” activity. I love to fold models from the Japanese masters “Satoshi Kamiya” and “Hideo Komatsu”. I think their works have an impact on my style.
Q: Under what occasion you started the design life?
I really started to make designs for others as a graphic designer while working for the student office in my engineering school. I designed mostly flyers for parties, logos, medals, etc & it was back in 2007. I was also taking part in graphic design contests for t-shirts designs and won some little prizes. https://www.behance.net/gallery/815278/T-Shirts-Designs-(2008-2010)
Q: About design, what do you insist particularly?
I always try to propose an original concept or object. But I don’t have established rules; it should convince me and reflect my instinct. The presentation of the concept is very important as well.
[ Organic Snapology (2013) ]
Organic structure design mixing computionnal design and modular Origami folding techniques.
Q: What inspires you to design?
Both esthetic and dramatic things, complexity and originality. Nature and animals or sometimes silly things.
Q: What motivated you to start the 3D Printing Design?
The possibility to easily touch and use your digital creations with a small budget and little equipment is a great break-through in creation history. As I realized the potential of this technology, I also started to learn other modeling techniques for more complex or organic models. Before that, I used to work with solid modeling software and had a little experience with polygonal modeling. Discovering nurbs modeling and parametric/generative was the key to more complex designs.
Q: Could you please talk about your 3D printing experience?
A lot of trials and errors to begin with! For example, I had about five iterations for my espresso cup design. The fact is that this modeling is challenging because of the printing possibility.
It is quite difficult to evaluate the final aspect of your model from the preview on the computer. It requires trials and patience. With the acquired experience, I am pretty happy with the prints I order now and can better foresee the final object while designing it. My engineering background and experience in material/process helped me a lot.
Q: Is there any 3D printing design that you are planning now?
I have a ton of ideas and working projects with 3D printing right now. One is with houseware and the others are with 3D Graffitis. There are other jewelry designs too. They would be available on Rinkak for sure.
Q: What kind of design software you prefer to use? Also, what version is it?
I use about 4-5 different software for modeling, depending on the type of design. But my favorite is Rhino5. You can quickly create complex shapes and even parametric model with the fabulous Grasshopper add-on. I am currently working on a project with Origami and parametric modeling with this program. I started to use it in 2012. Like most of my CAD skills, I learnt this from the internet. As a demonstration of my skills with this software, I created a stylized Rhinoceros model. It turned out to be a nice model for jewelry when I 3D printed it in precious metals, which you can see in my Rinkak product page.
Benjamin Cann a.k.a Genghis
Benjamin Cann aka Genghis is a French Mechanical Engineer and self-taught Designer based in Germany. He is the founder and director of Eugenio 3D. The company deals with 3D Engineering and Design Solutions, starting in September 2014.
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