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3D Generalist to Master of Likeness in 12 weeks

How to stay on track when you're juggling work, home life, two jobs and upgrading your sculpting skill.
Learn how Ludovico crushed the Likeness program, met every deadline and got featured in Games Artist but spent just a few hours a week on the project.
Meet Ludovico Totire
Tell us about yourself
My name is Ludovico, I'm a 3D Generalist, animator and technical artist at Studio Evil, a games studio here in Italy. I've been in the industry for the last 8 years and am really passionate about any kind of 3D topic.
How it started
What's the name of your Project? Where did the idea come from? Why did you choose it?
I chose Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury to be presented in Unreal Engine because he is iconic, has got strong distinctive facial features and has little to no make up.

I already have two jobs and a family so choosing to sculpt Nick Fury wasn't a matter of loving the character but more to ensure I completed the process in the 12 week period.
Sculpting a bald character meant I wouldn't have to spend so much time grooming but I did get a chance to explore all the different grooming tools available.

He was the perfect choice for a project where I could spend just a few hours a week, meet the deadline, stay positive and on top of things.
Character Development
What were the main milestones for you?
It would be difficult to highlight specific milestones during the creative process becuase it really was a continuous learning path.

Before starting the course, I didn't expect to rely so heavily on observation and eye-balling. In the past when trying to reproduce something in 3D I have relied on a box modelling approach.

But in this case starting from a sphere and focusing on my judgement has really helped me to gain more self-confidence.
"Sometimes you just break your Likeness but you get more confidence to get back on track by staying really cool even while you feel you are destroying everything."

Ludovico Totire
Art Heroes Student
Challenges
What challenges did you face on the program and how did you deal with them?
Aside from the challenge of anatomy, I really tried at all times not to experience frustration from challenges. I wanted this program to be a pleasure and not an extra stress. I just focused on what I could learn. Sometimes you just break your likeness and I needed my mind to be ok with that.
What parts of the program did you find most useful?
The student community were great, many problems were solved by talking with other students and instructors, mainly tips and tricks about how to properly use tools in Zbrush.

All the tricks about porosity and detail transfer were gold, the deep dive into facial anatomy was so rewarding. The biggest learning for me was that as far as you call your likeness done, you feel the need to start a brand new one to better understand all this detail with a brand new mindset and a fresh outlook.
What's Next?
What's your biggest achievement from the program and where are you taking your skills next?
I've built a real nice new portfolio piece but I have also gained a much deeper knowledge of Zbrush tools which really has an impact, aside from the Likeness topic, on my daily job.

Many of these essential practical tips came from the meetings with other students in my study group. Especially, tackling the breaking of symmetry in a non-destructive way has always been a big challenge in my character creation pipeline.
Final Project
Artwork: Ludovico Totire
Reference: Samual L. Jackson as Nick Fury
Useful Links
Connect with Hugo on Artstation: ludovicototire
Text author: Hannah Barmes Healy
Artwork by: Ludovico Totire