Realtime Scene 'The Awareness' (The Beast Challenge)

Beauty and the Beast Redesign

I participated in "The Beast - A Character Art Contest", presented by Allegorithmic and hosted by Polycount.

The Briefing:

'In any adaptation of this universal theme, between the Beauty and the Beast, the Beast has always been the most fascinating character. He is a freak of nature, a monster, an anomaly who doesn’t belong in the world he lives in. But as strong and scary as he may look on the outside, the Beast’s repulsing appearance hides a fatal weakness. Because the Beast loves Beauty, and his love will invariably cause his undoing.'

My goal:

I decided to create something close to the original fairytale. But it is something like a prequel scene. I wanted to show the prince who had previously been cursed by an evil witch. He is looking into the mirror, becoming aware of his new monstrous appearance.

Process: Traditional Sculpting / Pencil Sketches / Digital Sculpting

Dirk wachsmuth thebeast screen

The Awareness (Polycount Beast Challenge)

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Clay Maquette / Pose Development

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With my pose I want to show the pain he feels, while he discoveres his new visage in the mirror. He has to be literally crushed by the 'weight' of this awareness. So I sculpted an analogue prototype with clay to define a pose of this kind.

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Dirk wachsmuth beast cloth concept

Final Character Concept

The character will throw away his cloths to survey his body modifications in my scenary. So the character has to be developed in a full dressed version too. This will be my base for the t-posed character sculpture inside ZBrush.

Dirk wachsmuth beast habitus concept
Dirk wachsmuth beast hex concepts
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Dirk wachsmuth beast 13 shirt
Dirk wachsmuth beast 15 posed with shirt