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Sisyphus by vmulligan Sisyphus by vmulligan
This was my entry for the CGSociety's Steampunk Myths and Legends contest. Entrants were supposed to illustrate a classic myth or legend in a "steampunk" style.

Sisyphus was a king renowned for his shrewdness and trickery. On several occasions, he managed to outsmart and to humiliate the gods. When he finally died, he was sent to Tartarus and given a mindless, repetitive task that would keep him busy for all of eternity, so that he wouldn't be able to think up any more tricks.

In the classic version of the myth, Sisyphus was forced to roll a boulder up a hill. Whenever he neared the top, the boulder would slip from his hands and he would have to start over. In this version, Sisyphus is placed inside a large clockwork apparatus and is forced to unwind a giant mainspring. Whenever he almost finishes unwinding it, it springs back, advancing the clockwork mechanism. The mechanism is designed to count off his failures, humiliating him further.

I used Wings 3D 0.99.01 for initial modelling, ZBrush 3.1 for sculpting, refinement, and texturing, Maya 7.0.1 for scene setup, lighting, and some render passes, mental ray for most of the rendering, and Adobe Photoshop CS3 for compositing and retouching. Textures were created using Darktree Textures 2.51. I had planned to do the hair with Maya's paint effects, but ended up using Photoshop instead.

The work-in-progress thread may be viewed here: [link]
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:iconvenusbluejeans:
venusbluejeans Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
v beautiful
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:iconvmulligan:
vmulligan Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Doodletigress Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Student Artist
This looks amazing, and the idea works really well. I especially like the extra touch of having the mechanism count his failures. Awesome!
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:iconvmulligan:
vmulligan Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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ilTassista Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
an intriguing modern interpretation of the myth: bravo!
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:iconvmulligan:
vmulligan Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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IchorData Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Pretty. :)
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:iconvmulligan:
vmulligan Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconichordata:
IchorData Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome.
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
Looks great.
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:iconvmulligan:
vmulligan Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconmightybobcnc:
MightyBOBcnc Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
Twisted.
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:iconvmulligan:
vmulligan Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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kevinroberts Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Professional Photographer
I am just so impressed with the thought and intricacy and detail... love, well everything but the texture of the gears and light streaming in make it superlative.
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:iconflamingmarsupial:
flamingmarsupial Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
Who hasn't at some time had a job that made them feel like this?
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:iconkevinroberts:
kevinroberts Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Professional Photographer
ahahaha yes even mine from time to time, luckily we are not doomed to eternity, which is why IT PAYS NOT TO PISS OFF THE GODS!
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:iconflamingmarsupial:
flamingmarsupial Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
Indeed. I try hard not to piss off the gods. Or law enforcement, or the I.R.S., or the landlord. They can make your life feel like eternity. :)
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:iconvmulligan:
vmulligan Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ha! Indeed.
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SpaceCowboy5000 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful take on a classic. The lighting is dramatic.
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:iconvmulligan:
vmulligan Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconvanguard3000:
Vanguard3000 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic idea. I love your updated version of the old myth.
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:iconvmulligan:
vmulligan Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.
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:iconvanguard3000:
Vanguard3000 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome.
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niko1986 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
Love the idea!
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:iconvmulligan:
vmulligan Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Raelsatu Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011   Digital Artist
Oh man, this needs more recognition. Beautiful idea, render, and composition. Awesome piece my friend. :>
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:iconvmulligan:
vmulligan Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
High praise! Thank you very much!
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:iconmeredyth:
Meredyth Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome.
I like your work on the details, and the lighting is wonderful.
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:iconvmulligan:
vmulligan Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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garr0t Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
The lighting is beautiful
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:iconvmulligan:
vmulligan Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Myronavitch Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011
Your link added so much more respect for your professional approach this fine image.
Having works with gears in the past, I can appreciate your theoretical approach to the
overall convincing design concepts. And thanks for all the references.
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:iconvmulligan:
vmulligan Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconmyronavitch:
Myronavitch Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
You're very welcome.
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Yukizumi Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
magnificent piece!
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:iconvmulligan:
vmulligan Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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choudryarif Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
very nice, ... and too much text :P
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:iconvmulligan:
vmulligan Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. Yeah, I included a bit of a verbose description. Oh well -- people can always skip it if they don't want to read it.
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Giorgio0057 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
what program do you use for to do that?
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:iconvmulligan:
vmulligan Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A combination of programs. Mostly Maya and Photoshop, but I also did some modelling with ZBrush and Wings, plus some texture work with Darktree Textures.
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Giorgio0057 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
good man! thanks
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skysfall Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009
really nice work, major props
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:iconvmulligan:
vmulligan Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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