A Photographer on the Citadel
In a quite part of the Citadel Wards, in a small alley known only to the locals lies a studio.
Here lives and works a photographer who boldly defies all contemporary holographic technologies, relying instead on ancient human devices based on crude mechanics and chemistry to capture his motives.
Now - be it by chance or by purpose - some of the greatest heroes of our time found their way into that studio to stand before the camera...
(All pictures of the series can be found here: [link]
)The "Bla bla bla" part
Wanted to do an 'en profil' 'photo' of Liara for quite some time now. With a head silhouette like that, you just have to!
When I decided to give it a go I thought this would be a 'quickie'. Turns out it had to go through more iterations (read: complete changes of concept) than all my previous Liara renderings before it stopped looking boring or 'too technical' and became something I liked. It was even a 'Sad Liara' at some point, modeled (!) tears and everything ...
And speaking of modeling, there was quite a bit of it this time. Apart from smaller details, I had to remake almost the complete mesh of the folds on Liara's neck. The original one is far from optimized for their form and looked horrible in a close up like this.
Anyway, it was fun to change tone and work with a bit more light this time, though it probably won't become the new 'standard' for the series.
But who knows ... The technical stuff
All pictures of this series are based on models and textures directly extracted from Mass Effect's game files and modified by me where I deemed it necessary.
Posing, lighting, rendering were done in 3dsMAX + V-Ray.
Background, composing, postprocessing in PS.Updates
17/07/2012 - Small update with slightly altered eye reflections. Should look a bit more believable now.
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