You are all correct about me not getting it. I did in fact miss the point of the exercise. I apologize if anyone was offended by my comments. However, rejecting criticism won’t get you very far as far as your education is concerned. A mutual admiration society serves no purpose. If you have any intention of doing this sort of work professionaly, it might do you all some good to give and recieve constuctive criticism. I didn’t come out here to troll you. I did however ask what the intent of the exercise was and asked if you felt you were successful. My choice of words however could have been more neutral.
In my professional life, I see zbrush abuse on a daily basis and I fear that ultra-detailed work of this sort is being held up as an example of “quality”. That detail in and of itself is becoming the accepted hallmark of quality while things like design, form, posture and all the other design elements that make up a figure (or head) are given little attention or buried beneath absurd amounts of texture which do not support the underlying structure.
This thread has a life of it’s own outside of your workshop, it is being passed around as an example of quality work. It’s not your fault that it has escaped it’s context, but I felt the need to address the results from the context in which I encountered it. There is some very impressive technical skill on display here, but I still question the sophistication of this solution to depicting old age. There is a tidal-wave like trend at the moment to noodling the bejeezus out of every model that comes your way which results in either an overload of detail (if everything is important, nothing is important) or worse, a complete disregard for the underlying design.
That said, I would still challenge you all to take a step back and ask yourself if you are making careful design choices about depicting age or are you adding wrinkles and pores until there is simply no room left for another one? Are wrinkles, pores and sagging flesh the only way to portray age? How does thin skin wrinkle differently than plumper skin? What causes wrinkles, is it gravity? expression? Beyond the simple physical appearance of wrinkles et al, can you more effectively project your intent by emphasizing some areas while underplaying others?
For my part, the most successful works on display here were the ones that showed restraint and an tasteful hierarchy of detail. The works of Oliveira and Pavlov stand out in particular.
I apololgize to those who took offense at my well-intended, but perhaps impolitic criticism.