My initial sketch, detailing what I was hoping to achieve in terms of the scene's emotional thread.
Starting with rough shapes based on the sketch.
Adding other details like clothing, the props, and terrain that I ended up scrapping later on.
A lot of detail and refining along the way. Both soldiers underwent anatomy changes including the facial structures, and hair placement.
Plans changed in the process of creation, as opportunities for greater tension and visual interest presented themselves. For example, the grasping of the coat felt like an appropriate addition.
Throwing things into Marmoset for the first time . Texturing and composition was at an early stage here.
Setting up proper lighting was essential in creating some sense of depth. Other details needed to be changed late in the game as well, such as the scale and positioning of the flag standard.
Largely inspired by Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archive series. Good chance to get some practice in sculpting and using Substance Painter.