Managed to free up some time this weekend, so decided to enter the contest. Because I've waited till so late to start on my entry, just going to do a character instead of a full scene, and since I'm primarily a game artist, I plan on creating a lowpoly version and normal mapping it once the highpoly work is done. I'm not much for drawing polished concepts typically, so just did a quick ortho sketch before jumping into zbrush. Basic idea is a pumpkin man/scarecrow carving his own face.
And after 3 or 4 hours in zbrush:
So far its mostly done in zbrush, based off a base human mesh I had for the body and a sphere for the pumpkin. The initial vines and the shirt were laid out in topogun on top of the body sketch since I wasnt quite able to get them how I wanted just with zbrush. And now, back to work...
textures are done for now, mostly just a couple photo overlays on the base colors except for the leaf, which was a quick model in zbrush since I'll probably use it in the final scene. For now, planning on keeping the scene fairly simple, abstract background, stool for him to sit on with maybe some vines crawling around his feet, and posed as if he's carving the other eye out. I typically spend several days this time of year carving pumpkins (didnt get around to it this time though) so it seems appropriate to me
Finished off the vines and stool. Wanted to keep things fairly muted so the character would pop out better. Just need to toss together the backdrop (planning on a kinda abstract random brush strokes thing) and then pose and render everything together.
Ended up going with brown and green as the primary colors. Painted a rough color backdrop in zbrush using a scatter brush with a couple of the alphas zbrush includes, then brought into photoshop and dropped a couple photos on top set to multiply to add some muted detail to the upper portion. Rendered the stool and vines in zbrush, will probably have to rerender them once I decide on lighting for the pumpkin guy when I pose him in the scene. And since I want the option to do a 13x19" print of this for my wall when I'm done, been working at the somewhat ridiculously large resolution of 5700x3900 (the final layered .psd for it is over half a gig), which my pc is not too happy with