Making of Willpower by John Strieder - Part 1

“A girl, threatened - and then something unexpected happens ..."

I' always found the thought of someone faint and helpless, being suddenly able to fight against the worst of dangers very appealing. This is point where everything changes, where the lost decide to elude their fate. In my image is a brave young girl who is in a situation she would never believe she’d come into, and then something happens that nobody would ever expect!


I started with modeling the gun. As I have no clue about guns, I started a search over the Web to find a gun that has a form and shape that I like and fit my intended look.

Finally, I found the Beretta Target, which is a cool-looking gun and in a forum for Beretta enthusiasts I found some good photo-references for my work. The gun is modeled poly-by-poly without weights, intersections or booleans.

<--Iso-View of the Beretta-Model


To unify the gun with the hand and to separate them more from the girl, I decided to put the hand into a glove.
I used the mesh for the hand, made some changes and did everything else in ZBrush using the brushes and the Projection Master. ZBrush can sculpt and paint at the same time so I was able to make masks for materials blending and sculpt at the same time (the stitches for example).

Finally, I painted a dirty texture with help of Cavity Mask and Blur Mask.

Bad Mesh for the glove...(left) ...finished Sculpting (right)

Next The Head / Melting / Clothes

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