by isuchiee on 1 Jun 2021 for Rookie Awards 2021

Hi! My name is Isis Mawdsley and I'm a (soon to be) VFX graduate. This project has helped me improve at sculpting realistic characters and paint realistic textures (I want to improve even more!) I loved creating a fantasy character as it gives you freedom to design the character from imagination. It was so much fun!

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Mermaid project Serena

These are the final images from my 3D character Serena.

Character turnaround and wireframe

Making of Serena

I created this character using ZBrush, Maya, Substance Painter and XGen. Hope you like it!

Modeling in ZBrush

Retopology & UVs in Maya

Texturing in Substance Painter

Maya, Arnold & XGen

Setting up the final shot

I created the final shot in Maya. I modelled an environment and imported a terrain created in Houdini and used lights to bring it to life. I created the spirits by using the same model but posed differently and attaching a mesh light so it made it magical. I painted the spirit's hair manually on the Procreate app and edited the image on Adobe's Photoshop.

Thank you for checking out my project! I've really enjoyed the whole process of creating Serena and now I have to continue practicing to become the best artist I can be. 

Thank you TheRookies for giving us the opportunity to share our work. Good luck everyone!

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