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Elven Rogue Merilin by witchingbones Elven Rogue Merilin by witchingbones
Whooooo, I'm done! I could've spent more time on a lot of things here and adjusted the rig a lot, but I have more things coming on my table so I needed to wrap everything up with her.

Merilin clocks out at 18582 triangles and consists of 2x2048 diffuse, specular, alpha and translucency maps for the head/hair and body. Rendered realtime in Marmoset Toolbag.

I sculpted her in Zbrush, retopoed, did bakes and texture, and her design is also mine. Dagger and sheath designs were contributed by the amazing :iconjukka-r:. I spent over a month working on her on evenings and weekends. I'll post construction shots and texture maps soon.

Big thanks to everyone who cheered me along this project and gave me super useful feedback and crits!

Hope you dig her!! You can also find my work on Tumblr at witchingbones.tumblr.com/

Edit: Thank you so much for the DD!!
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Given 2014-07-13
This artist has improved leaps and bounds in such a short time and this piece is a result of that! amazing detail in a low poly count and great texture work! Look forward to seeing more from this artist! Elven Rogue Merilin (final) by witchingbones ( Suggested by keyan3d and Featured by PolyMune )
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MyrvanaMiseria Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautifill. nive face
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Onisatsu18 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!
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Elven-Samurai Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
Wow, Awesome! :squee-love: - PLZ :squee-love: - PLZ 
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Minaya-Alvar Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
THIS is beautiful(it always was since I've seen all those WIP pictures) but wow... i hope that in not such a distant future i am able to create such fantastic characters! you are my inspiration
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witchingbones Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I still feel that same way about a lot of artists I look up to. Keep working and eventually you can do anything :)
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Minaya-Alvar Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
i will!! thanks for taking the time to answer! Dance! 
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venerlyn Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
Which program did you use?
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:iconwitchingbones:
witchingbones Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Says so in the description, but Zbrush, 3ds max and 3Dcoat mostly
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:iconvenerlyn:
venerlyn Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
thk
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Amaniwolf Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
Wow, this is beautiful. Love all the detail! Wow! 
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SoutheastVFX Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent model, and a fresh approach to elven appearance. Great stuff!
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OthmanIzagaren Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Top quality work!
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ArkhanjoLeo Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Best!
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Alexwind Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
wow i like the style! XD
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LemonicDemon Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Student General Artist
Clothes design is really good.
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MCR72 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
wowww, beautiful workkk!!! :thumbsup: :heart:
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MondoArt Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
the clothings designed is absolutely stunning! no wonder you got a DD!
splendid work!
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SonicSpeedX Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is just amazing... Great work!... wow... Um did you use polygons and strand for the hair or just polygons? Once again, amazing...
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witchingbones Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I used a mixed method of sculpting hair masses in Zbrush and baking them out on a lowpoly, as well as modeling polygonal hair strips in 3ds Max, taking them through Zbrush for surface detail sculpting and baking it back over the polygon strips again.
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SonicSpeedX Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow... Seems like a lot of work.
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:iconwitchingbones:
witchingbones Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
3D modeling is always a lot of work :) The hair was one of the easier parts though, gotta be honest here.
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SonicSpeedX Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
... hair = easy?.. Hehaaa! Do you think you could give me some tips on using 3ds max/ I'm used to blender so I'm kinda slow.
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JasperFrost Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This definitely shows how much time you put into the design. Congrats on the well deserved DD, and well done.
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Makkon Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I've told you this already, but this is really a stellar character! I have got to know how you did the hair, sorry that I keep bugging you about it. I don't mean sculpting it, but making the low poly FROM the sculpt. It looks like you baked the hair sculpt onto a series of planes and then adjusted the alpha to have more strands at the end? How on earth did you manage so many planes and subtools for baking? Was it just a massive mess in xnormal that you brute force your way through?

Sorry, I really love the hair, and I want to try making some like this myself.
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witchingbones Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It's cool! I first sculpted the main masses of the hair in Zbrush and retopoed them, then I created poly cards for all the little alpha pieces and strands, took the cards into Zbrush and then painstakingly sculpted and baked them out in little batches, grouped them up so they wouldn't overlap during bakes. It was a pain in the ass to manage but the result was pretty nice. In the end I also duplicated a few of the already finished cards to add a bit more volume.
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Cronossra Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Freaking Amazing. I really like her outfit also she looks very regal.I really like her lips. 
Over all a great job :) she would be cool to play in a game or even see in a mini movie :)
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butterscotts Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014   Digital Artist
Excellent work witchingbones. Beautiful amount of detail. :D
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
I’m very happy for you!!! :iconloveloveplz: :tighthug:
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Akaigee Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Welp, time to find a cosplay of this awesome design ;) Very lovely, keep up the great work! 
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Ms-Silver Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
That outfit! Aaaaaaaaa! Its amaziiinnnggggg!


Seriously, I would wear that! Great design!
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saltytowel Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is a truly astounding Zbrush work! I'm in awe and will spend some time studying this piece of work :)
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AcuraAquatosPhoenix Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Amazing work :) Great textures and a outfit that actually looks like it fit in a battle if one would start.
Great design :)
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MMKH Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome. :)
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Sehloet Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
This is something I've noticed on a lot of white-haired characters across many genres. If her hair is white, why are her eyebrows not?
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witchingbones Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
The colour of your eyebrows significantly changes how your face comes across. I tried them white at first, but her gaze and expression felt a lot more natural with dark brown brows. The brows frame the eyes and having really pale or white ones can look off.
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Sehloet Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Huh, interesting. Always seemed odd to me, guess there was purpose behind the inconsistency after all. Alright.
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Twilightcafe Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Inspiring stuff!
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Ratchet19Oo Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Wow, sweet.
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Moonlight-Pen Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent design. :D
That's how I like clothes for thief characters.
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RealTimeBrush Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Great model I love the style in particular the outfit, its excellent.
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Yrandiel Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my gosh shes so beautiful ^^
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FilipePVasconcelos Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
cool :D
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Dante8411 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
That outfit is awesome. I wish more actual female elves looked like this.
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xStarlightWishx Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Student General Artist
This is amaziiiing! :iconfangasmingplz:
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100-Rooms Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014   Filmographer
Nice Work!
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alienkilla Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Student General Artist
call me your unkle
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ArmamentDawg Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Excellent work. The costume has little sex appeal- unfortunate for heterosexual men- but it's certainly a practical one that provides good protection from the elements, and it's refreshing for a female character to NOT appear as if she slept her way to her current position.
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tenchibaka Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
ok, i am impressed, you made a gorgeous female char without having to dress her in a bikini, a thong, or something with strategic cuts to show off her girlie bits. da should promote more art like this<3
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