This character was inspired by a creation of Jeff Simpson. You can check his original concept here: http://www.surrealsushi.com/fallout.html
. The first time I saw this image, I stopped and stood there watching it for a while. Its details and atmosphere really attracted me, so I instantly knew I had to create a 3D version of this guy.
It also caught my attention because it reminded me of the past when I loved watching Mad Max, and also reminded me of more recent post-apocalyptic movies like The Book of Eli.
I wanted to achieve the mood of the worlds within these movies in the final character: old, worn and destroyed, with scarce objects that the character could grab during his journey through a desert world.
There were seven main stages for this character:
1. Sketching in ZBrush
2. Retopologizing in Max
3. UVs in Max
4. Sculpting details in ZBrush
5. Textures in Photoshop and Mudbox
6. Posing and rendering in Max
7. Compositing in Photoshop
Sketching in ZBrush
I started sketching the whole character in ZBrush. The main reason for this was to have the proportions, posture and pose set right. It also meant I could have slightly detailed props, which I could export to Max and then remodel/retopologize them with proper edge loops when needed.
First I posed and sculpted the desired body proportions and posture I wanted using the SuperAverageMan model that comes with ZBrush (Fig.01).