I wanted to do a rendition of an old photograph of Ip Man, the late Grandmaster of Wing Chun Kung Fu. I am also a practitioner of the same lineage so it was an honor to remaster his black and white portrait. With the popularity of all the Ip Man movies out there and attention focused more on the actors, I would like to refocus that attention back to the original Grandmaster.




Here's my photo reference I used for the sculpt:



Almost everything is completely done in ZBrush. I began with the demo head, used polypainting for the diffuse texture, Fibermesh for the hair and eyebrows, and did some final compositing in Photoshop.

A combintion if a noise filter + smooth peaks/valleys were very useful in generating quick skin/pore details.