March 10, 2015 3:00 PM
by Editor in Chief
Remember "Scale" the dragon in Sintel? Guess who sculpted the dragon? The artists is back with more impressive skill set!
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So, it is with great pleasure that www.BlenderNews.org introduces to you the winner of the Render of the Week Award for the week of March 9, 2015: Kevin Hays
Title: "Crystal Turtle"
I'm Kevin Hays and I started using Blender back in 2006. I developed a strong interest in sculpting a few years after I started, but more recently I've been interested in texturing and shading. I sculpted the dragons in Sintel and I've done some freelance work over the years, but CG has mostly just been a hobby for me.
About "Crystal Turtle:"
This project started when I saw this image: http://porkpiesamurai.com/ayco/final.jpg
I was just blown away with how cool it looked, and I was inspired to do something similar. I didn't really start off with a well defined goal, I just wanted to make something with crystals that looked cool. I decided to go with a turtle because it has an obvious place to put the crystals (its shell) and also because it'd give me something fun to sculpt. I wanted to really push myself to see what I could do without any kind of time constraint, so I ended up spending WAY too much time on this. I think it was worth it in the end though. The modeling, sculpting, texturing, and rendering was all done in Blender, and the compositing and rendering was done with Photoshop.