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06 June 2009, 09:18 AM
Iskander Cathal Mellakh is entered in the "Secret Agent" update: View Challenge Page (

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06 June 2009, 08:09 PM (

Quick sketch, I think i want to do something along this line. I definitely want it to be more of a portrait - I want to concentrate on the character and try to get some feeling and emotion into the piece.

06 June 2009, 04:19 PM (

This is a quick comp of what i am hoping to achieve but in 3D. I think i will do a warehouse style bg to the left of the character - not very obvious though as the main focus of this piece is the character. I am happy with the placement and pose of the scene i just need to design the bg. After that i will try to get the 3d as close to this image as possible.

06 June 2009, 06:23 PM (

I have been trying to figure out the best layout for the bg. I am thinking that this will work quite well. It will be in a car repair shop / garage. basic lighting and block modelling for bg.

06 June 2009, 08:20 PM (

Gun placement. Just the basic geometry for the gun. I wanted to add a bit of geometry close to the camera to make sure that i have got the perspective of the room / character setup properly. I think it looks ok. I am thinking that maybe just behind the grill there maybe a car or some headlights visible. Ill have to give it a try.

06 June 2009, 02:26 PM (

Ok, I the idea behind this story is he is a secret agent / detective gone a little sour. A bit like the idea behind Max Payne. He seeks revenge. I wanted to set it in today's gang/gun culture.
In this scene he is confronting one of the gang members (kind of seen from the gang members eyes)who caused him pain and anguish.

Start of face modelling.

06 June 2009, 06:43 PM (

Managed to get some of this done today - first version of the head. I have noticed now that when it is in the scene i will need to do some tweaking of the scene to get it all to the right scale.

06 June 2009, 02:11 PM (

working on the hoody. Once i have got this right as well as his hands i will start the process of correcting the shape and look of my model to better fit the photo.

06 June 2009, 11:28 AM (

Oh how i love to UV... Most of the uving is done - just the face left to do. I will then pose the character and then sculpt the additional detail in Zbrush. any criticism welcome.

06 June 2009, 05:15 PM (

I have been trying to pose the character to get him to the right position. I have slightly changed it. I am not sure if it looks better or worse? Slight change to the camera focal length too.

07 July 2009, 10:05 PM (

added the hands. Slowly starting to all come together. slight tweak of the face and hoody. need to start adding in the detail.

07 July 2009, 09:56 PM (

hand Wip - sculpting of the hand.

07 July 2009, 10:33 PM (

face texture WIP. still needs some work nut it is getting better.

07 July 2009, 03:11 PM (

Working on the textures for the bg and the the lighting. Not sure if it is a bit too dark. I think it is, will need to add a bit more lighting.

07 July 2009, 08:14 PM (

just some more work on the textures. changed the toolbox model - added more detail to it.

07 July 2009, 08:48 PM
Hi !

Pretty nice work on the background! The textures and the lighting are very dramatic .

I think you could tweak the overall shape of the character. The head looks pretty big . If we consider that the torso is facing the camera you should scale +X to fit your Ref.
Altough , I think you also should move up the thumb holding the gun grip. I mean considering you hold it firmly in your palm , I guess that is the side of the thumb contacting the grip.

Hope it helps , looking forward to your progress

cheers ,


07 July 2009, 09:34 PM
Hey Zapan,

Thank you for your comments, I have been looking at the model and i can see what you mean about the size of the head. I will try to get it all more in proportion.

The thumb I was aware was in the rong place and position - i have been meaning to fix that...

should hopefully have that done by my next post.


07 July 2009, 07:03 PM (

some more props added to the environment. I am now starting to question if the shelves look a bit out of place?

07 July 2009, 09:19 PM (

edit of the hand pose and started to do the textures for the hand. Scaled the head down slightly, and tweaked the lighting a bit.

07 July 2009, 10:19 PM (

edited a few things in the scene. added some smoke coming from the barrel of the gun in photoshop

08 August 2009, 11:16 AM (

I am trying to get the camera placement correct, which do people think? I think I am veering towards A now when all the previous were B. any comments?

08 August 2009, 06:24 PM (

added a rim light to the character as well as some more mood lighting. bettered the material for some geometry. I have also added some eyeballs. The head that is there is still the old head so it still needs updating and that is why the eyes bulge out!!

Need to finish off the characters textures and slight edit on the hand needed. I hope i can finish this.

08 August 2009, 01:42 PM (

The edit of the head is now done. I have added teeth and gums and the proportions are now a lot better. I will now place this in place of the other head and position it correctly to match up.

08 August 2009, 06:10 PM (

This is a render with the edited head. i am still working on the textures and i need to add a bit more of an expression - more of a stern face.

08 August 2009, 08:34 PM (

Getting better now. I need to add the beard, fix the hand pose and textures. I will also add some smoke from the gun - most probably in photoshop and maybe some mist coming in from outside. I think I also need to change the outdoor light colour slightly!

08 August 2009, 10:46 PM (

edited the thumb, and worked on the hand texture. still needs some work. Started to get the facial hair, need to map it properly.

08 August 2009, 06:09 PM (

close up section of the final render. Need to do some post work in photoshop now and should hopefully finish:)

08 August 2009, 10:04 PM (

Software: Maya,mental ray,Photoshop,ZBrush

I am a Secret Agent gone bad. I exist now only to seek revenge. Those evil savages destroyed my life and career, and I will do the same to them...

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