Mitsurugi BRAWL Update

Here's an update on my Polycount BRAWL submission. Last week I did some concepting and finally settled on something that I like and this week I spent a good chunk of time working on sculpting out the base anatomy. especially focusing on the facial features. It has been an interesting experience to design someone to look similar to concept art, but to still have the realistic idiosyncrasies that make people feel real. I still have a lot to learn, but I've been having fun so far.I've also been making an effort to document my progress (especially in the sculpting phase) and have made a timelapse of my work to this point.

 

Polycount BRAWL! Mitsurugi

I ended up deciding to go join the Polyount BRAWL instead of Dominance War this year. At first I was a little dubious about the theme, but when I had the idea to redesign Mitsurugi from Soul Caliber as a viking things started to get a a lot more fun. I still need to push my concept further away from the original, but so far I'm happy with the direction I'm going.

Dominance War vs. Polycount Challenge

This week has been a long series of disappointments as Dominance War V was repeatedly delayed until it finally entered it's now indefinite "coming soon" phase.  At first I wasn't too surprised, seeing as delays are something of a tradition for this notorious competition, but after a week of delays and my spring break rapidly disappearing, I became more and more frustrated.  This morning I discovered that Polycount will be breaking away from the Dominance War V competition and will be hosting their own character and environment modeling challenge!  I am excited by the idea, though I am somewhat disappointed that DWV fell through as it did.  There was something special about the multi-formboard relationship of DW that I will miss.  However, I've had enough of the ambiguious start date and simply want to COMPETE! If Polycount indeed gets their challenge together in a timely fashion (as I hope they will) I will eagerly join with a passion. Whatever happens with either competition, I hope that both get kicked off soon, because I've been psyching myself up for this for a long time and want to get started!

On another note, while I've been waiting I've been working on getting some of my old projects wrapped up/improved.  I started work on Iris's textures and have made pretty good progress, though I'm having some trouble with hair planes.  Anyhoo, here's a WIP shot for your viewing pleasure: