CHARACTER CONCEPT WORK
Here are a slew of concept images and stills from a music video I worked on for Timo Maas & Brian Molko with the guys at Sitcom Soldiers. Here's their latest REEL if you're not familiar with their work. Had a weekend to do the girl from the neck up for concept approval, then a week to finish her body + another week for the guy bot you see in the video frame grabs. I don't fancy myself a character artist but it was a blast putting these concepts together!
Regarding render tech and lighting setups: first "bust" shot along with other look dev renders not shown here were Mental Ray entirely lit with an HDRI, Light studies were rendered with Vray and lit only with Vray area lights and no GI at all. The shots for the video itself were also rendered in Vray and hand lit with a setup to mimic the lights used onset. I also created a spherical HDRI for reflections from onset photography, again no GI there either. I considered going brute force with Maxwell but time was too short to swap out my shaders / lights etc. so I stuck with Vray for the final. 3D work was done in Max and textures painted in Photoshop with source from CGtextures.com
The first bit of work I did was creating this "bust" to get the general look approved
Portrait of the final full body concept
A bunch of light studies
Some frame grabs from the video