ScudzAlmighty - You're right, im using the normal plus the occlusion map for the "texture" to do a lot of the work. *I really am not sure how to texture this!*
also i threw in a maya cloth texture in the specular attribute, which you can see in the bust.
Oniram - you're right. i added a few cameras with better shots. i will wait to re-render after i get more needed crit.
Permafrost - Done, and easily, since i rendered out .tga's with transparency channels from maya, and added a lighter background in after effects.
Racer445 - AE output module settings are:
and then in format options:
Frame rate 30
Pixel aspect ratio 16:9
profile: Main *(dont understand this myself. must read manual.)
Basically most of those bitrate settings and the Level 5 i do not understand the meaning or function of, except if they are lower then the error window pops up upon rendering.
Bitrate encoding VBR, 1Pass *(dont understand either, but error window if to low.)
Target [Mbps]: 8.1...
Maximum Bitrate: 11.31
Here is the lighting. i was using maya default lighting. I now have a 3-point setup.