Remember this stylistically realistic High Fidelity avatar modeled after her owner, High Fidelity's Jazmin Cano? Here's how she was created, as explained by Jazmin herself -- a combination of 3D scanning of her actual, physical self, then layered on top with some artistic flourishes:
"I got scanned at Doob3D and one of our artists did a 'pass' on it, which is a cleanup of the mesh using software that includes Autodesk Maya," Jazmin tells me. "Then we had another artist help sculpt around the eyes to help get it a bit more symmetrical."
Then came Jazmin's final flourishes which added personality to the model: