This was the first show that I did as a digital character designer.
In retrospect, A Jim Cameron movie seems the wrong place
to try out your new untested free wheelin' thing,
but he got it.
I'm jumping ahead a few years, I did this Neytiri for Legacy Effects and Sideshow collectables.
I did the sculpt but the guys at the shop did all the finishing.
fun fact: Neytiri was 9 feet 6 inches tall, and Jake was 9 feet 7 3/4 inches tall
okay, not that fun but you didn't know it!
Here is the sculpt view in Z-Brush
I must have done a hundred of these didn't get credit but they still look cool!
So, 6 weeks before the release of Avatar we get a call from Jim saying that there was a bug on a tree that didn't look right, and we need a new design A.S.A.P.! Really? 6 weeks out and the biggest problem facing this movie is a bug? Well, long story short we designed a new bug, they put it in the movie, and, BAM!! biggest movie of all time!
I like to think it was the bug.....