Postwork in Photoshop.
This scene was done for panel 1 of page 11 of The Androssian Prophecy, which will be cropped from this image. It is, so far, the most models I have put into a single scene. There are 50 people, 2 horses, 2 dogs, and 2 cats. It took about 50 hours of actual work to complete it, not including render times for 9 renders.
One more thing I didn't mention is that I built my computer for the specific purpose of rendering images as fast as possible to speed up production on the Prophecy comic.
I am running an 8-core FX processor over-clocked to 4.3 ghz, an ASUS sabertooth motherboard with the 990FX chipset, and 32g of corsair vengeance ddr3 ram, with Windows 7 professional.
The 8-core processor makes my render times extremely fast, but the ram determines how much geometry I can have in a scene. Once I get above 7 or so non-instanced figures, I start using more than 16g of ram.
So more ram = more figures in a render.
50 hours & 9 renders is mind boggling! I feel that the gulls particularly add a dynamic animation to this scene. Top marks.
Must have taken 100 years and a summer to render
Have I already said that? I think so.
Dude, this is Bad Ass!