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    Obsidian undead

    The concept was a humanoid caught in a magical cataclysm that transformed everything to a necromantically charged obsidian. The Zhen are intelligent undead who inhabit a city full of different undead creatures, physically they are generally gaunt creatures with obsidian like skin and red eyes.

    The finished piece doesn't need a background but I'll probably do one at some point. The initial sketch was pencil then the rest in painter.

    Obsidian undead

    Detail of the face

    Obsidian undead

    Any crits welcome!

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    The red/maroon reflections on the obsidian flesh don't look right in this white "limbo" background. With something as reflective as smooth dark stone, you almost have to have a background in order to make it look correct. Without some context to explain the reflected colors we see, it just looks wrong.
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    Inspector Lee was right about the background. Nice work though.
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    Thanks all for the comments and crits, I'm working on the background at the moment. I initially started with one just bordering the character, but regrettably dropped it when I accidentally merged layers after doing a ton of work on the body

    I found the obsidian to be one of the hardest materials I’ve ever tried to render, light works really weirdly varying between grey planes across shaped/curved areas/reflected light to multiple pin points. Even with a lot of searching through google it was hard to find anything appropriate to model the lighting.

    Best ref I could find…

    Obsidian undead

    I’ll check out the weight shift too.

    Thanks again for feedback, much appreciated.
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