It has been a busy last month with freelancing projects starting here and there, at the moment I have 3 going on, so time is scarce to do other things.
At the moment, on a personal note I have 2 characters I intend to finish within a month, The Glutton King and Horace Bennett. ( if you remember he is the one from the mixamo contest that I didnt have the chance to finish. )
However I have a few shots on the Glutton King here to share, he is at about 60% done, needing an extra pass of detail, retopology, and texturing.
While my king character is progressing through sculpting stages, I decided on take a whole new challenge, a big one this time. I finally started to participate on a competition at the Poly count community forum. Intimidating!!
The brief for the contest consist in design and model a character, then take it onto Mixamo auto-rig software and use a preset animation.
The Brief: In the early 19th century a mysterious book, the Voynich Manuscript,
made its world debut. Written in an unknown language the secrets within
are still debated to this day. Every generation has had its adventurers
take hints from the Manuscript’s broken ciphers and cryptic images. From
the high mountains of the Himalayas, to the lost jungles of the Amazon,
from cities of gold, to buried underworlds, those brave enough to call
themselves adventurers must be ready for the challenges the book alludes
to. Help us discover the great adventures of the past century and the
world’s most mysterious book.
Starting from the beginning of the 19th century up to modern day, create
an adventurer to seek out the treasure of the Voynich Manuscript. Will
it be a 19th century scholar from England, or perhaps a German code
breaker from World War One? A Chinese medicine man or a hired thug for
the Railroad barons of the expanding United States? Will it be a modern
day billionaire, searching for thrills, or the descendant of Voynich
himself? Use the greatest adventure stories you can think of as your
inspiration and create your ideal hero!
Source: Polycount Forum
Being comedic on my character designs, I decided to add a twist my version of the adventurer and I came up with this.
Character: Horace Bennett
Setting: 19th Century, London England.
"Horace Bennett , an Englishman enlighten by the discipline of the
plants, is a renowned name in the botanical world, primarily due to his
discoveries of new species of plants.
Being very intellectual, when he heard of the the “Voynich Manuscript“,
he automatically knew it hid information about his beloved plants,
maybe a healing plant, maybe a poisonous one or maybe a very rare
After many sleepless nights attempting to decipher the manuscript as he
expected, it provided him with information about a very rare species of
plant only to be found at the very center of the amazon Jungle, South
Being a botanist and not an adventurer, he thought to hire a
expedition, however as the thought was formed it was immediately discarded,
after realising the lack of coin on his pockets, all spent on whiskey
which served as a company horrendous nights being puzzled by the
Now his only choice was to grab his botanical kit, disembark in Brazil
and venture alone to the heart of the dangerous Amazon Jungle in search
of this rare species of plants, which could make him some serious gold."
Lately, I have bought a copy of Art Rage4, So I gave it a try.
I am surprised in a positive, The program has a clean layout, with the essentials tools, the brushes are used in a more traditional way, and often tricky. It has a lot of little tools that help your workflow, Such as tracing or reference tabs, where you can stick on your painting something to refer to. The menus are neat and user-friendly, but not as vast and detailed as photoshop. I am impressed with the program which I will be using from now on.
I am just posting some progress on my Glutton King Sculpture, where I am finishing the 1st pass detailing. As you may see from my original sketch, I have modified the Belly area. with this modification I intend to emphasize his character.
Lastly, As some have noticed my profile picture changed again, this time I tweaked my caricature.
I just wanted to quickly update, my blog with some more work I have been working on.
Firstly, I decided to get the Beautician Character sculpted, so here I share few renders on the bust ( the body still needs rendering). I have used Zbrush for rendering purposes, as I have been looking into it.
Meanwhile I have been working a King's Portrait, in which apart from the drapery I want to use as a background. It is pretty much there.
and finally I would like to share to you how the model for the king is going.
As you may see I havent been posting for over a month on the blog, the main reason is that I have been very busy with a few things in my personal life.My life did a turn of 180 degrees,
Firstly, I have finally found a place in Portugal, a great flat that I share with Ivana, it has been quite a hectic month of moving, settling and feeling comfortable. i have now a division in the house which is my studio, as well as Ivana.
Secondly, I have a new family member, ( no baby on the way, no!) rather a artist-friendly beautiful kitten. which ironically or not is called "Snow". Because her mixed siamese breed.
Thus far, she has controlled a lot of time in our lives, but the house is now kitten-proof. More than an animal she is a great companion. Damn, Ivana you turned me into a cat lover!
Professional life has gone fine also, I have been a few freelancing projects where I have applied my character design, modelling and texturing skills. For my freelance clients I have been using Freelancer.com, which so far is going fine apart from their fees.
Finally, I have also improved my sculpting skills and applying what I am learning on a more realistic version of my beautician character. Here is the progress on the head, it is only the arm to resculpt.
I have began a new character inspired by the place I now live Mafra, Portugal. The character is a Glutton Imperial King, who is very cynical, cruel and disgusting. I will be posting some more progress so far here some initial sketches.
Finally Atom Pancakes project has been fine, and I can't wait to present a few characters I have been working on for our new animation, as we intend to have a launch day for the project we intend to release everything in one go in a few places, so you need to wait.