This is the first time Pepper isn't in her red suit.
Done in Painter, freehand and photoshop, with photo reference for the pose and enviornment. Headgear modelled in Rhino and rendered in 3d max.
Appearing to be a nice photograph at first sight, Pepper Rock by *Artgerm turns out to be a stunningly realistic looking digital painting, depicting his adorable character Pepper from his 'different styles - unified subject' illustration project, wearing a sexy and elegant ensemble of a retro sci-fi designed swimsuit and matching skintight over-knee boots and headgear that simply speaks for itself.
Interesting, painters often attempt to simulate realistic appearance/life-like subject but I haven't seen too many hand-painting an image, even digitally, to give it the characteristics of a 3-D model. My only complaint is that the massive difference in contrast/definition between the 'model' and rock(s) to some degree takes away from the image, the sky however is blurred yet still seems to fit perfectly.
Thought this was a photo of a cosplayer (would've been the best cosplayer ever!!) at first, then realized it was a digital painting!! Just when I thought you couldn't surprise me more. You are an inspiration and a constant reminder to me to strive for my dreams and improve myself every day. Always looking forward to following your work. <3
Yes, I did check your working and this one was different - more realistic.
..but, maybe I just not fully understund what you mean by reference. It would be interesting to see your work flow on this work - step by step. Your are quite skilled, that I don't deny. I just wonder why this is so ..different style.