A single object Zbrush creature sculpt that is made out of several million polygons making that model lightweight. It is basically a sculpted sphere. Rendered inside Zbrush with best preview render.
That head was modeled to have a reason to try out fiber system in Zbrush.
Wrinkly face number billion and one. I had that model on my hdd for a while, I probably would not finish it, if not for already sculpted eagle’s head. I sometimes do that when I don’t want some cool model to waste. That hard surface eagle was sculpted by hand from sphere.
Even though I finished this one in 2011, I started this 3d model several years earlier. However back then, I didn’t have the necessary skills to do it properly so I shelved it. I think I started it in Zbrush 2. So around couple years ago I found it on my hard drive. I liked the design and decided to re-do it. Besides general idea, most of it was designed on the fly and done from very primitive base meshes. That is why there is some stretching here and there. Now I didn’t model it for 2 years of course. I simply returned to it from time to time, did some part and moved on. Rendered in Zbrush with BPR.
This 3d character was started probably around 2008-2009 without much thought behind it. I had some old upper body very basic mesh and decided to sculpt some fat as I don’t think I did that before. Anyway I gradually added stuff from time to time before deciding what the character is supposed to be at the end. That model never was supposed to be render material. Hence a lot of things that are sculpted from basically a box with few extrusions. Some stretching is caused by that. It was just a random model that accidentally ended up being rendered.
As usual, base mesh in Silo, sculpt in Zbrush 3.5 (maybe 3.1). Grey models are rendered in 4.0 with best preview render. Textures were done in Photoshop and final image was rendered in XSI with Mental Ray. It took 10 hours or so. Also there is a lot of post processing here. A lot of color correction and so on. For example depth of field is done in post. Back then I learned about linear rendering workflow.
Year 2009, rendered in 3delight (renderman) + Softimage XSI with no GI and no decent shaders. I think I used phong/blinn. Anyway, a ton of displacements. For example this is how the hats fuzz is achieved. Insane amount of polygons everywhere. Hat was done with old school box modeling. I learned the power of post effects in CGI with this render.