This is a 3D cartoon illustration created in my spare time for self improvement.
This dragon was originally designed by my favourite artist, Ben Henry. He is also known by his nickname, 'Roundeye', on the Internet communities where he posts. The title of this work, 'Roundeye Dragon,' comes from his nickname. I am very honoured and grateful to have been given Ben's generous permission to recreate his 2D drawing in 3D.
The base model was done in Maya, ZBrush was used for sculpting & texture painting. I exported the texture map, normal map, cavity map and displacement map from ZBrush, then rendered with Mental Ray. I separated the different light passes so I could later make adjustments when compositing in Photoshop. The background & smoke was a matte painting, also done in Photoshop.
C & C is welcome. Thanks!
Hope you all have fun with it. Enjoy!
Staff pick for 10th May 2008