The goal for me is to do a "full process" character utilizing Z-Brush for the high poly normal map transfer and Photoshop for the primary textures. The model itself will be made in 3D Studio Max. I'm going to use this project as a chance to experiment with some plug-ins that I want to try, as well.
The theme for the class is Dungeons and Dragons characters, so I'll talk a little about my personal experiences with D&D. Right now I'm running a 4th Edition Campaign. It seems to be pretty well-recieved. We run the game typically once a month (in August it will run twice, due to missing a July session) through the Capital Area Roleplayers in Lansing. In the past I've played a little of every edition of D&D, though my first campaign started in D&D 2nd edition rather than first (I'm an old school gamer in some ways, but still a youngin in others). I determined that 4th ed would be right for my particular campaign, though I like all the editions and don't want to get in to an edition war in my blog. What I do like about 4th ed is the tactical play during the game. You sacrifice options during character generation but gain a lot of options during actual play. Something I don't always like is there's not much support for non-combat stuff in the game as written, and I find I sometimes have to suppliment things like "monster ecology" from earlier editions.
I decided that modeling a D&D character would be a good exercise for students because it's a popular subject and a lot of found art is available on the internet to check out. Some sources for D&D art I've found recently, with more as I locate them:
- D&D Flickr Pool - Searchable by race and class, full of artwork
- Character Development Forum - on Wizards' web site, where the former Flickr site is linked from. There's some equally interesting art on other forums like the Optimization Forum if you browse around.
- Deviant Art - Lots of D&D inspired art here if searched
- Elfwood - Searchable SciFi and Fantasy Art
The rest of this entry gets rambly and image-heavy, so I'm going to put a cutaway here for people who don't want to load all my images...