Commander Bill Norton, David Hunt (3D)

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Old 06 June 2009   #1
Commander Bill Norton, David Hunt (3D)

Title: Commander Bill Norton
Name: David Hunt
Country: United Kingdom
Software: Maya, mental ray, Photoshop, ZBrush


This is my most recent character study that I initially started as a zsketch but decided to develop into a more finished piece. Facially he isn’t based on anyone man, but I was inspired by aged leading actors that still have a physical presence and intensity (Eastwood, Patrick Stewart, late Paul Newman and a touch of Bruce Willis).

As the concept developed I was reminded of a series of books I read as a child- Rendezvous with Rama. Specifically I thought the role of commander Norton fitted the type of character I was trying to depict. Here’s a quick description of Billy Norton:

“Bill Norton is the 55-year-old commander of the spaceship Endeavour. He leads a mission whose task is to explore the alien spacecraft Rama. As a commander, he takes an active role in most of the missions. Just like a true captain, he is always the first one to go in and the last one to come out.

Norton has two wives, who live on different planets. He is traveling through space for most of the time, so he keeps in contact with his spouses by sending them near-carbon copies of his messages. His hero is Captain James Cook, a mythical explorer of the 18th century. He often relies on the imaginary advices of Captain Cook to make important decisions regarding his missions.”

Modelled in Maya and zbrush, rendered with mentalray. The background was made in post. Initially I was displacing the head but found it was killing render times, so I used a midlevel mesh with a 4k normalmap….an awful lot quicker. Rendered at 2800 x 2200, though the final image isn’t that aspect.

Much appreciate any comments or crits,


Old 06 June 2009   #2
Here's a closeup:

Oh and if anyone is interested there was a WIP thread here. Though it was quite quiet!

Thanks again,

Old 06 June 2009   #3
Just Awesome!!
Old 06 June 2009   #4
Thanks a lot Vlada Appreciate it.
Old 06 June 2009   #5
Great finished piece. Love the lived-in look.
Old 06 June 2009   #6
great work!! My only crit is that some of the stuff looks a bit to shiny, coz i get the impression that he's been using that suit a long time great colors also!
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Old 06 June 2009   #7
Jdujour- Hi, thanks for the comments! I recognise you from ifx

Milivoj- Thanks for having a look. I wanted to tread a fine line between veteran space marine and highlypaid\well funded commander. I figured his suit would probably be relatively new with dust/dirt on the fabric, rather than the metal...but in hindsight aesthetically it probably would have been more interesting to have it looking more lived in. Cheers again for the comments!
Old 06 June 2009   #8
Looks great!Especially love the
Old 06 June 2009   #9
I love this piece, the whole thing is very nice. I agree that the face is a little too shiny, but it doesn't bring the quality of the piece down. Very good work!
Old 06 June 2009   #10
Very Good Work Man 5 Stars From Me

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Old 06 June 2009   #11
Nice work, looks a bit like Patrick Stewart.
Old 06 June 2009   #12
Thanks for all your comments Mopey- yeah, he was one of the guys I used as inspiration for the head model so I'm glad a bit of him comes through.

Old 06 June 2009   #13

Love this piece. A C Clarke would be very happy with this I'm sure! Great textures on the suit especially, his gaze speaks to me of horrors unimaginable.
Old 06 June 2009   #14
Thanks Hollywood, glad you like it
Old 07 July 2009   #15
thanks cool Sifi! The spacesuite, especially the helmet fits perfekt in the SiFi storys around the 60's.
Your result for the eye are amazing - this eyes have seen a lot of strange things...

the skin is not that perfekt, but looks good to.
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