The triumphant return of the Salvation Army Lass series! A quick recap since it has been a while since I wrote about (or worked on) this project. The concept is simple, a Salvation Army girl from the World War I era who is fighting for our souls by battling nefarious demon-esque creatures!Here was my strange yet oddly appealing concept painting based on an initial pose, the genesis of which can be seen in greater detail in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series:
|Too much Starship Troopers, too much...|
Originally the creature was thrown in as a joke, but I liked it so much I decided to sculpt a creature for the piece! However, the X-men Beast with a Lord of the Rings-esque dwarf helmet got the axe (pun intended?) in lieu of a smaller less-armored demon. Next, came some pose tweaking, outlined in Part 3, which yielded something exactly like this:
|That nude bald chick just totally murdered that demon!|
Now onto new stuff! With my desired pose in place, I crafted the clothing base geometry using a combo of Maya and ZBrush. I did this first on a non-posed version of the model which made it easier to build up this geometry using symmetry:
|Technicolor version is the clothing polygroups, typically I split groups at seams to make posing & UVing easier|
An interesting note on the Salvation Army clothing. I modeled the buttons to contain a Salvation Army logo I found via the internet as shown below, but check out the old motto, "Blood and Fire". Maybe I wasn't so far off with the whole Salvation Army fighting demons thing after all?
|"Blood and Fire" sounds a lot like demon slaying to me... just saying...|
Ok, after the clothing was roughed in I began moving the geometry around my posed model. This is the same pose as the nude version above just spun at a different angle and with a slightly less pissed off face. Also, the gun and knife are replaced with more detailed versions outlined in Part 4 of this series. Cigarette added in for early 20th century goodness.
|Wait, why wouldn't the knife be dripping demon blood?|
My "Wings?" comment got me to thinking about her demon prey a bit more, so I sketched a few demons to get a better feel for how that guy would look.
|Some kinda toad bat demon with Shrek ears, the worst kind...|
And as I was all demon inspired I went ahead and sculpted a better companion, or at least better prey, for the Salvation Army lass:
|The toad bat demon would like to make an appointment to swallow your soul|
That's about all I have time for now, the actual lass sculpture should be complete for my next post and hopefully I'll have a render with the two figures together! Stay on target...