Hello, this was my entry for the Creative Assembly graduate art contest.
TRIUMPH from Gabriel Fronza on Vimeo.
I made a hi-res version of the notorious Julius Caesar rendered in Marmoset Toolbag2. The idea of my vignette is to present him as a very proud and pleased person with his victories and achievements, in this case, the vastness of the Roman Empire. In real life, he was known for being a very severe general and emperor, but in this CG version, he can't really hold his emotions, hence the big smile and the celebrative pose.
The floor with the map of europe depicts the Roman Empire of 44BC, the year of Julius assassination. The rattlesnakes on the floor simbolize the pitfalls of his success, the treachery and all the conspiracies that were slowly bubbling up with the growth of Julius's ego.
How it was made:
The whole scene was modelled in Zbrush,3Ds Max and Marvelous Designer. The textures were made in zbrush, photoshop and the quixel suite. Julius has sepparate textures for each part of his body, the head alone and a few other props have a 4096.4096 texture, but most of them were at 2048.2048. I quickly created PBR materials using the new Ddo, which allowed me to focus more on art than on technical especifics.
The floor was done with Adobe Illustrator, I downloaded an .svg file from wikipedia, and I edited the whole thing and exported several passes to create all the texture maps in photoshop (8192.8192 for each texture).The wine in the cup was simply made in realflow and the snake's body has a tileable texture made in Zbrush and baked in xNormal.
As a hi-res scene, I decimated or z-remeshed all the meshes so I could quickly UV and texture them, but a few things were either modeled straight in 3Ds Max or retopologized in topogun so the scene would be able to run on my laptop. Everything took me 3 weeks to make.
Luckily I won that challenge, so I am about to start working as a Character Artist at that amazing studio
Anyway, I hope you all enjoy it!