love the likeness of your friend, the first though good and sort of toony could creep out relatives, if he was not dead it would have made a good facebook avatar for example.
really like the second one, only the shadow on the water looks a bit odd, water reflective, should not cast shadows, if it is the sand subsurface it should be very blurry and distorted, otherwise brilliant.
the third image has a nice logo look to it, would make a great page illustration with a blog on your friend.
Thanks Wendy Yes it was approaching the “too real” but not very real appearance…. that kind of could be mocking though it is not meant to be, dependingon the viewer…. That’s good advice about the shadow. Normally I would have done soft shadows except the image took a whole day to render as it was. Third day in a row arghhh. I’ll attack that in post.
Thanks again for your kind input!
PS for your blood on the bodies you could just do a render sans blood and add it as a layer to the first image and erase judiciously to expose the first lot in different places?