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Weekend Contest: Close Encounter


captain proton

(Image: Captain Proton, by Luis Arizaga)

Michael won last weekend's contest with his entry 'Murder On The Kitchen Table!'. His pick for this weekend is going to bring us aliens! Cool :)

Michael writes:

Since sunday I'm on holiday on a farm and for this I just have my Iphone and a very poor connection. Barely enough to see that the votes were on my side! Very exciting thing to choose the next topic!

So here we go:

As a child I attached two strings at our open kitchen window and balanced a plate on them to make my very own picture of a flying saucer. The resulting photo was a little blurry so the strings weren't visible;-) This time the same idea but another tool. The topic of this weekend contest is:

Close Encounter.

Looking forward to meet new galactic friends or to see giant spaceships over your hometown!

And thank you Bart for hosting these enjoyable contests.

Bye for now,

Another brilliant topic, thanks Michael!

Post your work below (attach an image), and vote for your winner. The winner will get a post on monday, and will get to pick next weekend’s contest theme. Have fun!

About the Author

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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


    • Very good sculpting! This guy would scare me off if I met him on the streets. :) I think it's very well-done for a weekend! It is not easy to get done in such short time. After all we do have to get live between the Blendering sessions to. :) I waited until the last minute and still feel I could tweak and fix a lot on my image. But again, the time limit is half of the challenge with these contests. :)

      • Thanks for the comment. I never expected anyone to actually comment on my sculpt. As more people started posting their images, I got more and more embarrassed about my submission and wished I could take it down. But getting even a couple of positive comments has inspired this 'non-artist'/3d-hobbyist to try harder and stick with it.

        • Well, you have no reason to be embarrassed by this lovely sculpted alien head. I'm glad our comments motivates you. I also do think that those who creates art, like your sculpt for instance, have the right to call themselves an artist :), even though it's a hobby. For me the Blender activities is mostly a hobby too, but I have learned that my (limited)skills can be fascinating enough to get paid commissions. I never would have got those opportunities if I didn't stick with it :).

  1. "Object in the rear-view mirror"

    So for this one I went to the local art store and got me some cardboard, christmas lights and - oh, what? You're not buying it? Ah well, Blender 2.69 then, cycles renderer.

  2. Jukka Niittymaa on

    I found this old picture of shipwrecked alien girl from my attic... Looks like she is hitchhiking?

    (Something I started last Friday and tweaked 'bit so it kinda fits well to this comp. All Blender ofc.:))

  3. Juan Carlos Meza on

    Hello, I've been working on this character model for a while and I think it is a good chance to place a render. His name is Robby it is a character that apears in a Mexican Comic called Karmatron by Oscar Gonzalez Loyo a Mexican cartoonist.
    This weekend I worked a simple rig to pose the character, Blender + Cycles & some post processing on GIMP.
    By the way Robby is not from this universe hope you like it n_n

  4. So here is my first entry to a competition! The story came from a simple thought: Why should mankind be the target of an extraterrestrial assault or contact? It is human ignorance that makes us think that. So, here is kind of an alternative scenario to that :) Rendered at 256 samples on GPU, no textures used except blender procedurals.

    "where can I find the leader of this planet?"

  5. This is my entry for this weekend. For me, this encounter inspired me ... Not very elaborate, because I have not had much time ... Made entirely in Blender. Hope you like!!

  6. This topic gave me a lot of idea's. In fact i struggled to pick one. I landed on this one. (Actually this was an idea from my fiancee). Made in Blender, Cycles. Textures in Inkscape & gimp. Minor post-pro in Gimp also. Hope you like it! :)

  7. "UFO Sighting Causes Panic among Cyclopz!"

    Well, I imagine something like this could happen when alien life encounters a space shuttle from earth :)

  8. AspiringAnimator on

    "From Another Point of View." What could have possibly scared off the moon men? Perhaps... Space Invaders? From Earth?

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