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One Really Messed Up Dream by DivineError One Really Messed Up Dream by DivineError
Woot. Yeah, what a strange dream she's having! Why is she smiling??

I hope this even qualifies in the contest, since I only used one model (the girl) and then exported to Maya for editing. I really did throw this together at the last few days of the contest, I put it off WAY too long. I wanted the tentacles to be more translucent-like with the new mental ray physical subsurface scattering shader, and have a nice overbright background, but that's my fault for procrastinating! :D I for once really really wish I had given myself more time. Oh well, for the tiny amount of time I did spend on it it seems to have came out pretty freakin good! Yeehaw!

Arguably my most complicated scene to date. This is a revolution in my skill cause as you can tell, I've never ever done anything like this before, and I'm quite proud of it since it's the first time I've done this type of image. In fact, I would fav this if it weren't mine, hehehe.

Contest Details: I used the Victoria model. I used the default pose then edited it from scratch myself. My name is Erik Anderson, I live in San Diego, California. I am currently only doing random freelance work. I used DAZ|Studio to open and pose the model, then I exported as OBJ, and imported with Maya. Then When the scene was done I used Mental Ray to render it.

Technical Details

I used the new FAST mental ray subsurface shaders on every object in the scene. Used three lights. The monster was done quickly in zbrush in about 3 minutes. Hair done in Maya PaintFX then composited over with photoshop later, since mental ray can't render PaintFX brushes unless they are converted to meshes. The spines were a real pain in the ass, cause I decided it would look too fake to use the same spine model over and over, so instead I decided to duplicate and modify each one as I went to keep them from looking the same, which took a few hours since tehy have to fit and rotate perfectly. So yeah, each spine is individual. Hard to tell at this res, but I'm working on the higher res one now.

Here is various layers I rendered and composited in photoshop: [link] [link] [link]

Here's a few shots from the Maya viewport: [link] [link] [link]

Oh yeah, and theres a PNG version you can get at this [link] if you don't want any compression :)
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Irawadee Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student Artist
HurpDur Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011   Traditional Artist
Tentacles monster? O_O
SEspider Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
You be loving SSS don't cha?
Great job as always
J3V1L Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"tee-hee! that Tickles!"
Kyooki Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009
Oh so awesome work. õ_õ
If that big thing is a fish, then I have dreams like this too... ToT ...except that I'm not smiling... xD

So so brilliant work... *v*
metalgearhead123 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Student General Artist
that is an odd dream... I had one where a tentacle monster want taking over the world growing like vines and covering the earth! latter in the dream people were building a giant dome the extended up into space haha
SaphybOO Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009   Traditional Artist
NiobeeWoman Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009
She's smiling cos she likes it :)
Lady-Puresweet Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2007
jarod1872 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2007
That's really cool man. How've I never seen this before, with how long I've been a fan of your stuff?
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