Tiago Oliveira takes us through his process in the creation of his prowling Beast image.
This character was inspired by Jaemin Kin's art. I created this work during a workshop a while ago with Rafael Grassetti, and will show you all the steps that I went through during this project.
First of all, I researched some animal references, like felines, lizards etc. After that, I started modeling the form from a sphere in ZBrush. I divided the modeling into steps and the first step was to work on the proportions and primary shapes like the muscles, face, spine, nails and teeth. This first step is very important because this is where your model will get his defining shape.
The first stage involved creating the basic shapes
I then used ZRemesher for retopology, using guidelines to get the right flow in his head and body.
ZRemesher helped create a better flow in the body and head
When the retopology was ready, I started to apply details to sculpture mesh. I specifically added more defined muscle and some scales, using masks and inverting and inflating them (in the Deformation Panel).
Adding detail to the mesh using tools in the Deformation panel
For the fine detail, I made three PolyGroups: the tail, body and head. After that I split them into three SubTools to get more subdivision levels in each part. This way I could make pores, wrinkles and cracks. I used some alpha maps to do some of these details and made others using DamStandard, to give skin variation.
Using various methods to create detail in the skin texture