"Feathered Serpent" - CGBoost Mythology 1st Place

โ€œ๐‘จ๐’” ๐’‚ ๐’‘๐’‚๐’“๐’• ๐’๐’‡ ๐’•๐’‰๐’š ๐’Š๐’๐’Š๐’•๐’Š๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’Š๐’๐’•๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ฉ๐’†๐’‚๐’”๐’• ๐‘ฉ๐’‚๐’๐’…๐’Š๐’• ๐‘ฎ๐’–๐’Š๐’๐’…, ๐’•๐’‰๐’๐’– ๐’Ž๐’–๐’”๐’• ๐’”๐’•๐’†๐’‚๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’†๐’ˆ๐’ˆ ๐’๐’‡ ๐’‚ ๐‘บ๐‘ฌ๐‘น๐‘ท๐‘ฌ๐‘ต๐‘ปโ€

This is my submission for CGBoostโ€™s Mythology Challenge.

Which I ended up winning! (very excited) https://cgboost.com/mythology-challenge-winners/

This is the longest Iโ€™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 Blenderโ€™s hair system. I spent quite a bit of time on colour grading and post-production in Photoshop, which I hadnโ€™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.

Iโ€™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

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Great job!

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And the image looks like it took 170 hours to make, a spectacular and detailed piece with a well-executed idea.

I am sure this will be a strong contender for the challenge.

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Great work, congrats.

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I featured you on BlenderNation, have a great weekend!

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Thank you Bart!

Great image all around! Wicked snake with feathers! Terrific lighting.

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Youโ€™re on the #featured row! :+1:

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this is awesome bro, great job

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Amazing work!! I like it

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Good job on the conception and rendering of your story.

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Very unique monster design, love the how the storytelling and compositiion are in sync. Colors are great too.

Awesome work, mate.

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