After some deliberation and input from classmates, I’ve decided upon the face in the mountains idea. Not like the presidents at Mt. Rushmore, but rather a natural formation playing upon the “pareidoliac apophenia” phenomenon.
(photograph source: city-data.com Lancaster, OH)
There is a mountain in my home town known as Mount Pleasant. It has a rocky cliff face that overlooks everything. This mountain and the way it sort of “watches over” Lancaster was an inspiration for my design.
I got started by blocking out a basic land formation in my favorite 3D tool, Blender. My next step is to port it over to Zbrush and begin sculpting the details.