very stunning! i'd say this is real and not digital... but i know it is not
only thing i have to do some critique on is the lightning. it is of course well looking, but the angle is not perfect. i think it would be much better if you'd move a source of light in a 45° angle to the front of the body. here the front of the body (which is the main part of the pic and automatically the focus point of the eye of the viewer) in shadows. optimal would be the 1/2 front of the body covered in shadows... regardless to this it still looks amazing!
This is so awesome. (Insert numerous superlatives) I can't do this. I want to be able to do this. Your work is beautiful and awe inspiring. I'm sitting here, mouth agape, shaking my head; thinking "I want to be able to do something like that." I'm like jumping out of my chair, filled with anxiety and desire to be able to start doing even the most basic starting level 3D. I don't even know about the software you're using, especially Cinema 4D & Zbrush.
This is so captivating to me. Did you also make the interior and exterior environment? Because I'm a photographer and am very sensitive to the control of "depth of field," which I'm thinking you carefully adjusted for effect in this awesome scene.
Thank you for posting this beauty, it fills me with appreciation, and humbles me at the same time. I am so inspired by your work. I gotta go, here I go, I'm gonna start right now.....
WOW! Thanks! I think this is the best comment I have ever gotten. Its great to think that I have inspired somebody, it really makes it all worthwhile. If it makes you feel any better I actually didn't have any idea of how to do this, it was made two years ago and I still had a lot to learn; But like you I was inspired by many amazing artist and wanted to do what they did even though I have never had any training for it. Anyway to answer you question, yes I did do the background as well and I just used the built in Lens Blur in Photoshop along with a depth map.
Thank you for your kind and timely response. I wrote exactly what I was thinking and feeling in response to viewing your work.
I could ask you for the answers to how you made your work "Sculpture," but I will learn more and learn better if I dig for the answers on my own. However if you wanted to give me a couple of general pointers of where I might start, that would be rather "Socratic," though not perfectly so, it would be faithful to the concept of the student learning with "eyes open." ([link]) Like being given a general compass direction, instead of a specific destination.
By the way, I used to teach Astronomy. Hubble was an awesome and very dedicated man. Though as I typed those words, I found myself sensitive to the thought that dedication, focus, and intensity of purpose may be a natural inclinations of some individuals. I guess part of the spectrum of personalities. The world and people are so interesting!