Dasa is a word that applies to the ancient Vedic kings of India if their behavior toward the people of their kingdom took a turn for the worse. This is a concept for a Vedic king that has turned away from Vishnu, and began practicing the dark magic of Kali. His kingdom suffered greatly from the widespread plague, famine and lawlessness that followed. He was in turn punished by Vishnu and was reborn as this king of suffering, complete with a cleft crown.
For this design I was influenced by the colors of the Mantis shrimp, and Steve wang's Drake vampire from blade 3. As well as Hindu and Sinhalese artwork that I found in old NatGeo magazines. I wanted to see how baroque I could make this design without losing the visceral edge. I will most likely be reworking this entire sculpt as this was just a learning experience, and a fun one at that.
Sculpted and polypainted in ZBrush 4R5. Composited and finished in CS5, with a dash of Painter 12 on top.