To create this model I used
-Zbrush to do the initial modeling
-Blender to create the cage for baking
-Xnormals to bake the highpoly onto the lowpoly
-Substance painter to create textures and do these renders.
This was a free sculpt without following a strict drawn concept. I had a strong idea of what he would look like in my head but it was very three-dimensional in nature. I was excited to begin using Zbrush as this was my first time and I jumped into sculpting extremely fast.
I found Zbrush to be extremely intuitive and by far the best digital sculpting platform I have ever used. Having worked with clay in the past I was surprised to see the similarities to clay as a medium. That prior experience might be why I picked it up so quickly.
This is a wireframe showing the geometry of the lowpoly model. The lowpoly was created using Zbrushes own generator. My goal was to experience what Zbrush could accomplish and I found that this tool was shockingly good. This model is 45,156 tris. Normally I would want to lower it further but this asset was created specifically for creating beautiful static renders and so I kept it higher than if I were to put it into a game.
After using Xnormals to create a normal map I was eager to test it out on the model and ended up with this result. This was one of the first times I've baked highpoly onto lowpoly and I am blown away by the effect.
I textured this model using substance painter.
Aëtius is a Demon lord from the depths of hell. His entire purpose is to bring about the end of days. He is located in the fictional city of Maelstrom Oregon and works with the pharmaceutical company H.E.R.A. to further his goals.
He helped H.E.R.A. summon lesser demons to begin kidnapping local people with strong psychic ability. These abductees were used to create a hallucinogenic drug called Rune.
Maelstrom is defined by it's night club scene, and these dark loud places are perfect for disguising demons. Aetius makes his home at the club Sacrament which if all his goals are achieved will be the epicenter of the end of days. During a gigantic party know as the Final Sabbath he will unleash his plan to sink Maelstrom to hell and unleash rave demons upon the world. Inspirations include Devilman Crybaby, Durarara, Stranger Things, and Twin Peaks.
This is all pulled from a world I created for a role-playing game with some close friends called Monster of the Week. As I was working on this world I wanted to show my players the kinds of dangers they were up against and also wanted to create a complete art asset I could be proud of putting on my portfolio.