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TBC Challenge 18

3DAllusions The Butterfly Cabin Challenge 18! We supply the scene, you supply the Eye Candy! 3DAllusions is proud to present their rendering challenge 18. With awesome prizes and a fantastic panel of judges - Jeff Mottle, Ronen Berkerman and Alex Hogrefe. A big thanks to Mike Brestel for allowing us to use his Butterfly Cabin Scene.


You have traveled the world, seen wondrous sights, and still, when you approach this habitat isolated and secluded in a breathtaking picturesque setting, you have to stop and gaze! Never before have you seen such a structure harmoniously coexisting at peace with its surroundings. This residence instills a sense of awe and you find yourself suddenly envious of its owners. You are inspired to live as one with the land, surrounded by nature and all it’s beauty. Mentally your "creative drive" vows to design something equally “rustic” and integrated within the environment! You set off to find the perfect site for the "The Butterfly Cabin" dwelling you envision and to integrate it within the site.

Contest Process:
This Contest will be a WIP (Work in Progress) Contest. Participating parties are required to submit WIP, several milestones are required, from the initial concept model, lighting study, texturing in progress all the way to the final Entry. This is so that everyone can learn from one another and shall take place in 3DAllusions Contest forum thread. The WIP portion shall take place in the 3Dallusions forum within the topic titled “The Butterfly Cabin Challenge 18”. Contestants are to start a thread titled as such “Artist Name – Scene Title”, for example: “John Smith – Glade of Light”. The ‘Deliverables’ as outlined below shall be posted within this thread along with other member’s comments on the project. A medium sized version of the final image shall also be submitted to the 3Dallusions gallery for viewing of the public and ranking by the members. The final Gallery entry and the large format TIF/PNG image submission to follow the same naming conventions as the forum thread.

    The process is as follows:

    • Enter the Contest, registered members only, registration is free.
    • Submit your work in progress images in the appropriate forum, on a regular basis.
    • Participate in the community by critiquing other Contestant’s works in the respective forum.
    • Submit your final medium sized entry in the Contest Gallery, and the full sized image via FTP by the contest deadline.

Note: You are required to submit work in progress images, obtain feedback and give feedback to other Contestant’s in the WIP challenge. This is a requirement of the Contest and failure to do so may result in penalties during final judging. Community interaction is essential!

The contest will last approximately two and a half months, starting March 1, 2017 and ending  May 31, 2017 at midnight GMT. All entrants must Enter by April 30, 2017 by posting their first milestone concept in the forum as outlined by the Contest Rules and Deliverables. Judging to commence immediately afterwards, and will complete in as reasonable amount of time as scheduling allows to give each finalist due consideration.

Each challenger is required to submit images (120kb 800x600 max or as per the upload restrictions of the forums) for the following milestones:

    • Modeling - JPG (online)
    • Lighting- JPG (online)
    • Texturing - JPG (online)
    • Rendering - JPG (online)
    • Post Effects and Compositing, JPG (online)
    • Final Images - JPG (online album/gallery) AND TIF/PNG (FTP)
Multiple requirements/milestones may be displayed in a single image and items like 'Post Effects' may not apply to your entry. In any event the artist must show their progress from start to finish. Any Contestant that does not demonstrate the above process by the contest deadline will not be considered for final judging.

Submissions will be online at forums "TBC Challenge 18”: Contest Forum. All submissions will be in JPG format (120kb 800x600 max or as per the upload restrictions of the forums), the final images, which will be JPG format (120kb 800x600 max or as per the upload restrictions of the Contest Gallery), to be submitted here: Contest Gallery

In addition, provide print-resolution PNG/TIF (2133x1600 or as large as your software package allows at 300dpi, no up-sampling of images for increased resolution), no exceptions taken.
Large resolution PNG/TIF images to be submitted at: 3Dallusions FTPftp://

USER NAME: contest.thrdallu PASSWORD: contest (Ignore error pop up box if it appears)

If Problems arise another form of submission will be made available.

Contestants may choose to provide additional images with their final Main Images/Money shots, but the main images must meet contest requirement size (no logos or graphics may be imposed over main images) and final overall composition size to be main image size requirement PLUS any additional images, borders and titles Contestant chooses to add.

There will be no exceptions for late entries outside of hardware or software failure on our end. All deadlines are based on GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) and will conclude at midnight/11:59+1PM (GMT without location modifiers) of the dates given. If contestant post one of the requirements by the deadline but and post remainder consecutively after the deadline but matching the image posted on time, we will show some latitude within reason.

Thepanel of judges will determine the winners.


Grand Prize:

RebusFarm - 750 RenderPoints
aXYZ-Design – an(i)ma and two (2) asset collections
CGschool - Masterclass Bundle (57 hours)
Lumion3d - Lumion 7
Corona Renderer - 1 year license
iCube R&D Group - MultiScatter
Exlevel - 'GrowFX'
Cebas - Choose between : PSD-Manager or moskitoRender or finalToon
WTools3D - LWCAD LightWave license with included LITE version for 3dsMax and Cineama4D
VIShopper - 250 Credits

Runner Up:

RebusFarm - 500 RenderPoints
aXYZ-Design – an(i)ma and two (2) asset collections    
CGschool - 3ds Max Bundle (56 hours)
Corona Renderer - 6 month license
iCube R&D Group - MultiScatter
Cebas - Choose between : PSD-ManageR  or finalToon  
VIShopper - 150 Credits

Honorable Mention:

RebusFarm - 250 RenderPoints
aXYZ-Design – an(i)ma and two (2) asset collections
CGschool - V-Ray Beginner to Intermediate (18 Hours)
Cebas - PSD-Manager  
PixPlant   - One License of PixPlant
VIShopper - 75 Credits

Merit Award:

aXYZ-Design – an(i)ma and two (2) asset collections  
CGschool - Photoshop Advanced (18 Hours)
RebusFarm - 50 RenderPoints

Merit Award:

aXYZ-Design – an(i)ma and two (2) asset collections  
CGschool - Photoshop Advanced (18 Hours)
RebusFarm - 50 RenderPoints


Please Review all contest pages for specifics and requirements.

Contest Pages:

Challenge Forum
Challenge Models


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