We (Len West), Jonathan Williamson (www.montagestudio.org) and Derek Marsh (BgDM at Blenderartists.org) have just launched a really exciting contest at Blenderartists.org. It's all about creating realistic and lifelike human portraits by using our favorite application, Blender 3d.Â Let me tell you, Blender is more than capable of pulling this off, especially with the fairly recent development in SSS, and the new hair particle system.
We also have some awesome prizes.Â 3d.sk is sponsoring a ONE YEAR PREMIUM membership valued at 1290 EUR! as the 1st prize.Â They also supplied us with seven sets (three pics per set) of high quality portrait reference/textures pics for entrants to use!Â Artists will then also stand a good chance of having their art published under the "User Works"Â section of 3d.sk, giving them even more exposure.Â Peter from 3d.sk has also joined us as a judge.Â His expertise is a great addition to the team.
"Jonathan Willamson from Montage Studio who is sponsoring a whole bunch of his brilliant training dvd's.Â I can speak from personal experience that these are ACE quality.Â Montage Studio is also sponsoring a "Total Textures Humans and Creatures texture" dvd from 3DTotal".
I really hope to see A LOT of entries!Â But let me say this, in case these awesome prizes aren't enough to inspire artists to enter, know this ... a "little birdy" has told me that Project Durian will be watching this contest closely ..."
Link to contest details: http://blenderartists.org/forum/showthread.php?t=137000
All the best
Durian is the "code name" for Ton Roosendaal's ( whom loves fruit names) next open movie project. As I recall from my conversation with Ton at SIGGRAPH about it, it is essentially a loud, special FX, shoot em up,[edit 10-07-08]with lots of action, movie. An oppisite of the "warm and fuzzy" Peach project.