Zhora from Blade Runner - concept art by me

in #art4 years ago (edited)


I made this for the company portfolio, the company I work for (Streamline Studios), and I recently got permission to show it in public.

Perhaps you remember the replicant Zhora running away from Decker, getting shot in the back inside some kind of mall. I was inspired by that to make a "cyber punk" type image.

I started it in 3DS Max, by modeling her body, we call it the low-poly version. Then detailing it in ZBrush, that's the high-poly version, and baking the detail into a normal map that goes on the low-poly (a way to make the low-poly look detailed while still making it possible to animate in real time). Then I rigged it in Maya, posed it and rendered it using the Arnold renderer. My colleague Vladimir Uryadov helped me with the rain coat. Lastly I painted on top of it in Photoshop.

Here are some progress shots. First an earlier version of the pose and camera angle.


Here a separate render pass of only the rim lights. At this point I had her crashing through a plate glass display window, like in the movie:


A pass of the coat lights:



Great work, @stahlberg! So dark and psychedelic! 😃

Wow, this looks really nice. I'm happy I stumbled upon your post, I might need to check your other artwork if you have more.

As you're talking about Blade Runner, do you mean the new Blade Runner movie? I haven't seen it and all my BR experiences are limited to the original movie and the game from the past..

Thanks! Yes I mean the original, which was basically the origin of the visual aesthetic called 'cyberpunk', although of course Gibson is credited with inventing the literary genre.
In the near future, an enormous city, half empty but still claustrophobic, constant night and rain, neon lights, androids, Asian influences... Ridley's genius was to mix film noir with sci-fi. The original book wasn't like that, it didn't 'demand' that type of treatment. And then of course we have the genius of Vangelis... :) just like the first Star Wars movie, such a quantum leap of creativity may never be seen again. Funny how almost no one got it at the time.

Wow great work @Stahlberg looks so realistic!

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This is brilliant, gotta respect an artist who appreciates Blade Runner

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