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HOME|FORUMS|CHARACTER DESIGN CONTEST

The Spartano (CLOSED)


Sat, Oct 31, 2020
gabriele_zero3dart
artist
THIS JOB HAS BEEN COMPLETED SUCCESSFULLY AND IS NOW CLOSED
The Spartano

This is my project for the contest: The Spartano.


Based on a real-life spartan armor suit, this character is a monster of the Greek epoch.


I'm trying to write a little story of him:


"The Spartano" was the best greek-spartan army commander in the entire greek land who's killed during a battle close to Persia. Hades gives him another possibility to live but under another aspect: after the resurrection, he will be like a monster, with four arms and a huge and massive body, hard to defeat and with massive energy and force.


In this thread, I'm posting just a PureRef's screenshot of my references, later I'll update it with some news about my character. I'm modeling the character with Zbrush and after I'll make the retopo with Maya and texturing with Painter and rendering in Toolbag. I really hope I can arrive at the end of the contest with a good character! Good luck to everyone!


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Sat, Oct 31, 2020
Foxy 3D
Administrator

Nice references. Gonna be a cool character!

Welcome to the contest, and thanks for participating.  :-)  





Sun, Nov 01, 2020
gabriele_zero3dart
artist

Thank you I'll post soon some updates :) 



Mon, Nov 02, 2020
gabriele_zero3dart
artist

Good morning to everybody!

Attached some anatomies updates of my character. I'm trying to making a "still human" monster with some difference from humans on the hands and feet.

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Wed, Nov 04, 2020
gabriele_zero3dart
artist

Good morning to everybody!

Attached some armor updates of my character. 

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Wed, Nov 11, 2020
gabriele_zero3dart
artist

Good morning to everybody!

Attached some armor updates of my character. image



Wed, Nov 11, 2020
gabriele_zero3dart
artist

Good morning to everybody!

Attached some armor updates of my character. image



Thu, Nov 12, 2020
Foxy 3D
Administrator

Awesome! Very cool and unique character.

Thank you for sharing your progress.  :-)  





Thu, Nov 12, 2020
gabriele_zero3dart
artist

Thank you Foxy!

I'll share more progress asap



Thu, Nov 12, 2020
gabriele_zero3dart
artist

Good morning to everybody!

Attached a full view of the armor!

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Fri, Nov 20, 2020
Foxy 3D
Administrator

CONTEST ENTRY DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JANUARY 15, 2021


Some contest participants have been giving feedback that they may not have time to complete their projects, or may have to take shortcuts to make the November 30th deadline. 

To relieve some of this anxiety and give artists more time to do the quality job they want, RenderHub has decided to extend the entry period deadline to January 15, 2021. 


We thank you all for participating! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.  




Fri, Nov 20, 2020
gabriele_zero3dart
artist

Good morning to everybody!

Attached a retopology made with Autodesk Maya.

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Sun, Nov 22, 2020
Foxy 3D
Administrator

That looks like some clean topology. Nice!

FYI: I answered your question over here, too:  

https://www.renderhub.com/forum/510/character-design-contest-questions-answers





Fri, Nov 27, 2020
gabriele_zero3dart
artist

Hello to everybody!

Attached an update of my character: the balking process with marmoset toolbag 4.

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Fri, Nov 27, 2020
itayogev
artist

baking looks awesome dude
its a boomer its impossible to zoom in and see the full resolution of the photo



Fri, Nov 27, 2020
RxLnx

Dear Gabriele,


 Very impressive. Good luck in the competition.


 Interesting to note, even today - most folks know the name of one of Sparta's greatest.


 Who?


 Marathon - soldier scout who ran back to Athens, to report the victory of the 1000.


Cheers,

Rick.



Sat, Nov 28, 2020
gabriele_zero3dart
artist

@itayogev thank you mate. I made the baking with Toolbag 4 with Ray Tracing, is soooooo great!


@RxLnx Thank you for this history pill I already knoow that, the greek history and mitology is my favorite theme of studies I'm from Sicily and in my island there are the first greek colonies :) 



Fri, Dec 04, 2020
gabriele_zero3dart
artist

Goodevening!

Finally, I've finished my character for the challenge, attached the final beauty shots of my character "TheSpartano".


Technically it's a game ready character in a-pose but for the presentation was posed in ZBrush. 

I've made the high-poly in Zbrush 2021, the low-poly in Autodesk Maya, the bake (and the rendering) in Marmoset Toolbag 4 with Ray Tracing and textures with Substance Painter 2021.

Shots in high resolution available soon on my https://www.artstation.com/zero3dart">ArtStation and a 3D viewer soon available on my https://sketchfab.com/zero3dart/models">Sketchfab 

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Fri, Dec 04, 2020
gabriele_zero3dart
artist

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gabriele_zero3dart
artist

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gabriele_zero3dart
artist

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artist

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artist

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Fri, Dec 04, 2020
RxLnx

Dear Gabriele,

 Excellent entry and certainly amongst the top 'contenders' seen thus far.


 Sicily was one/two of the original Greek states - given the latest archaeological and vulcanological  research suggest "Atlantas" was in southern Sicily (you know where).


 Spartan and Greek history is rich, and a very good area for character developers (Globally) to consider/research when looking for ideas and inspiration.


 Heroes can mean different things to different people. Ion - here - has a (first golden age) Greek hero, not overly capable in matters martial (fighting).


 Gentleman by the name of Pythagoras - well known for his contribution to CAD/3D (without him, we would not be here); however less well known for the bulk of his theories and essays - on society, beliefs and social systems/order.

 "Precepts of Pythagoras" is a (these days) rare, but good starting point - for insight. Does not include the belief/theory that led to his death.


 In his essays on good/responsible social behaviour, he noted it was bad behaviour and very anti-social to tread on peoples crops, or walk/run through their bean fields.


 Sadly then - as today - local politics can get nasty. Some folks who disagree with his thoughts were chasing him. His escape route took him up a farm lane to bean crops - where his only exit was through the bean crops.


 Pythagoras refused to tread on the bean crops ... and got beaten to death.


 Cheers,


 Rick.



Fri, Dec 04, 2020
gabriele_zero3dart
artist

Thank you Rick, I appreaciate your good words on my work

About the history we can speak per hours about it, i really love the greek history and my island is full of that. Especially Syracuse, Agrigento ecc



Sun, Dec 06, 2020
Foxy 3D
Administrator

What a cool character, and those are some great renders. Awesome job!!!  :-)  

From concept to creation, it's been fun following your project. 

I'm not a judge, but I wish you luck. Thanks for participating!



Sun, Dec 06, 2020
RxLnx

Dear Gabriele  and Ms Foxy,


 As mentioned - Greek history and the Golden Ages (3) are rich resources for ideas and inspiration in creating characters and stories.


 Can understand why some aspiring artists would not think 'hero' who avoids treading on bean crops is not quite what they want/need ... however could say he was forefather of environmentalists {laugh}.


 Is a pleasure to share little historical insights for others in forums who follow artistic work, and artists, plus also read the comments made.


 Similarly - is a real pleasure to watch artists at work ... like Gabriele.


 Keep well and keep smiling,


 Rick.

[Wanders off -  wonding if maybe sandals and sword might be under the rock by the path; plus feeling a little tired - maybe stay at inne over there by the cliff, only bit worried legs might be too long for the bed ... {smile}.]



Mon, Dec 07, 2020
RxLnx

Dear Gabriele,


 I meant to mention - that is one seriously good spear (head design).


 Would punch holes in any armour or helmet (like the helmet/armour spike on latter day Swiss pole-axes),

and due to the design - would not get stuck.


 Very clever - and practical (for blood thirsty warrior types).


Cheers,


Rick.



Wed, Dec 09, 2020
gabriele_zero3dart
artist

That's a good idea Rick!

Thank you very much!

Cheers!



Sun, Jan 10, 2021
gabriele_zero3dart
artist

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artist

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gabriele_zero3dart
artist

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Sun, Jan 10, 2021
gabriele_zero3dart
artist

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Sun, Jan 10, 2021
gabriele_zero3dart
artist
Some new shots in wireframe!


Mon, Jan 11, 2021
Foxy 3D
Administrator

REALLY cool stuff!  :-)  





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