So the results are in.. http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?s=&threadid=773595&utm_medium=plugblock&utm_source=cgtalk
Thanks to everyone who supported and voted for me. Also to all those who finished the challenge congrats. I had a great time and learnt a hell of a lot.
I now get to display this and have bragging rights, apparently:D
I recently took part in the HMC over at cgtalk.
You can view the wip here http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=208&t=762325
I finished this in 3 weeks. But rendering took the extra week to sort out a look. That and pc problems krept in.
The Hair was done using shave and a haircut rendered as hair primitives in raytracing mode for mental ray. I also used 2 area lights and an ibl globe with an image for finalgather.
The model was done in maya and sculpted in zbrush as were all the expressions. I didn't have a chance to create displacement maps for each expression so I just rendered out a highres geo with normal map applied.
Thanks for looking and reading.