Looks great Joe! I hope you win over at CGchat! though Tasart's Medusa is damn sexy!
I think yours was the most creative though..most deffinitly.. I was looking at your time tables..they sound pretty good.. except on your texturing.. that definitly needs to get a little faster.. more along the lines of 25 hours or less..
I think for final renders lighting is good.. but if the model is just for a game.. lighting isnt that big of a deal.. the best thing to do is setup a "lighting file" where you have all your lights set and camera's set.. then you just import your models into that same file.. ajust a little and render.. that way you arent setting up lighting everytime..
ok Im rambling.. keep it up.
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