“𝑨𝒔 𝒂 𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒚 𝒊𝒏𝒊𝒕𝒊𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑩𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒕 𝑩𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒊𝒕 𝑮𝒖𝒊𝒍𝒅, 𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒖 𝒎𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒂𝒍 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒆𝒈𝒈 𝒐𝒇 𝒂 𝑺𝑬𝑹𝑷𝑬𝑵𝑻”
This is my submission for CGBoost’s Mythology Challenge.
Which I ended up winning! (very excited) https://cgboost.com/mythology-challenge-winners/
This is the longest I’ve spent on an image, around 170 hours. I had so much fun making this. I sculpted a creature and used Substance Painter for the first time which was awesome!
Pretty much everything in the scene was modelled, sculpted, retopologized, and then finally textured. This was a new asset creation workflow for me but I found it very effective!
The first 6 days were spent purely on the idea, story and composition. Halfway through the challenge, I considered scrapping the project for a new one due to spending an entire day on the lighting and not getting anywhere but I am so glad I pushed forward! Shortly after that, I kicked and fractured my toe, but that actually let me spend more time on it. The feathers on the Serpent are distributed using a combination of geometry nodes and Blender’s hair system. I spent quite a bit of time on colour grading and post-production in Photoshop, which I hadn’t really done before, but it greatly elevated the image.
The final scene has 55 lights, 3 million triangles and took 8 hours to render with volumetrics on a GTX 1060 6Gb.
I’m so glad I participated and it was an epic project to top off the year!
You can find me on Artstation here: https://www.artstation.com/robert_kouts