Wow, Great feedback thank you!
LiquidApe and Tommywright, When making an image like this, even though I sculpted detail that will not be seen eventually, for me it is ok because the intent of this type of art is the emotional impression and fantasy experience it attempts to deliver. Thus the mood is very important and showing off all details is not one of the objectives. The details, for me are more of a means or a tool for art communication rather than a goal in and of itself. Being in a 3d graphics forum I do understand that showcasing the technical ability of fine details sculpting is also an aspect. I think of making separate renders, maybe clay renders that their goal is to expand on the sculpt detail. I also just now uploaded a new making of video, showing the details in 3d view:
I don’t use any normal maps or displacements, it’s just little polygons sculpted
anaho, This type of sculpture is sculpted into the pose without any rigging. There is no production topology here. This sculpts serves mainly as 3d concept art rather then a production asset (game / film). I guess you could make it a production asset, but you would have to make many changes to the sculpt to bring it into symmetry and a T-pose and of course, retopology etc. To me the hassle is in visualising the final character while sculpting in a T-pose and then posing it. Working on such a workflow, I tend to lose an artistic feel upon sculpting when the figure has no movement. Also usually in posing from a T-pose, the tissues do not respond accurately to the movement (unless it’s a super rig with muscle simulation ) And that will demand resculpting after each posing… So, in answering your question, even though I love rigging ( and designed the Pitchipoy rig: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HF7ocXKJbdY ), it would be a hassle to rig this character - about a good few work days.
Steve S, I consider doing so (going to non-Blender forums), but didn’t get around it yet. I feel as if I need at least some 5 or so more pieces into the portfolio like this and the Alien Amazon to enter in. If you have any suggestion I would love to hear!