'The Old Man of the Sea'
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Here' the completed 'Old Man of the Sea' character I made.
I really enjoyed making this fella. I loved the idea of a tough-as-nails, elderly squid-man who lures victims into allowing him to ride on their back until they die!
"The Old Man of the Sea in the Sinbad tales was said to trick a traveller into letting him ride on his shoulders while the traveller transported him across a stream. However, the Old Man would then not release his grip, forcing his victim to transport him wherever he pleased and allowing his victim little rest. The Old Man's victims all eventually died of this miserable treatment, but Sinbad, after having got the Old Man drunk with wine, was able to shake him off and kill him."</i>
The old man is described as being capable of changing shape from one form to another at will. The only way to stop him is by capturing him ( sounds like a leprechaun!).
I figured that if he changes shape and he lives in the sea then he's likely to turn into an octopus/squid at some stage.
That's my logic anyways!
The tattoos were a lot of fun. I read a bit about maritime tattoos and included a couple of references in the image such as swallows and dragons and things like that. I mostly used swirly polynesian tribal tats because they looked cool.
-Art by Shapula
Sculpted in Zbrush, polypainted in Zbrush (using some stencils made using Alchemy, Blender and other software), rendered using Zbrush's BPR, composited renders in Gimp; final piece made up of effects made in After Effects and hand painted work.