We were instructed to divide the project into two steps. The first step was to build the environment and props, and the second was to build the character that was going to reside in the environment.
I decided to model a martial arts scene. The character will be a Shaolin. My idea is to have the Shaolin surrounded by the ruins of an ancient Buddhist temple.
I modeled the environment, props and character in Maya, then all the pieces were taken into ZBrush for further sculpting.