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Weekend Contest Winner: Balloon Ride at Sunrise


45 - Eric Varela - Balloon Ride at Sunrise

Eric Varela claims another winning with his entry 'Balloon Ride at Sunrise' - a wonderfully warm AND low-poly (who can resist a low-poly design? ;-) image. Eric's first winning entry was 'All abooooooooooooooard! Next stop: Funkytown!'.

Like the last weeks, the theme 'Above the Clouds' sparked a lot of creativity, and I'll be sharing the top entries below.

Eric - you know how it works,you get to pick next week's theme!

And thanks for all your wonderful work everyone!

Jukka Niittymaa - Cloud City

26 - Jukka Niittymaa - Cloud City

Prashant Kumar - Messerschmit Me 262 (above the clouds)

21 - Prashant Kumar - Messerschmit Me 262 (above the clouds)

Ryan - Alone

20 - Ryan - Alone


19 - nrk

Spyros Toufexis

18 - Spyros Toufexis

Brandon Farley - Clouds-Eye View.jpg

17 - Brandon Farley - Clouds-Eye View

Slobodan Rajkovic - I'll meet you on the other side

16 - Slobodan Rajkovic - I'll meet you on the other side

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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.


  1. Brian Lockett on

    Congrats, Eric! And congrats to everyone else who strove over the weekend and submitted anything. These weekend challenges are much easier said than done. ;)

  2. :) Thanks everyone, and great job to everyone who entered! I've been working on getting some process shots together in case you wanted to see the magic behind the scene. The Blender part is pretty straightforward, its the compositing where it gets a little crazy. I did the actual compositing in Photoshop, and tried to recreate it as best as I could in Blender, but I think the two handle their blending modes a little bit differently. Also missing from the compositing shot here are some layer masks, an isolated cutout of the Balloon to make it stand out a bit more, and a little of dodge and burn to really push the light beams, everything else is a pretty direct translation back into Blender compositor.

  3. Congrats to Eric and everyone else, some really good entries. Hey Eric, have you ever considered making some tutorials on how you make your stuff? I'd love to see how you make and composite them. Your works awesome :D

    • You know, I've never done a tutorial before, but the post earlier about the tutorial contest got me thinking I might try my hand at making one. Anything in particular you want to learn?

      • I'd love to see a tutorial on the new volumetrics and how it can be applied with different materials and lighting, and compositing to make volumetrics look better as well. I think you will make great tutorials. You were already showing in detail what you did with your hot air balloon :D

  4. congrats to the winner and all other nice work.....question about these weekend contests though.....I have only entered the cell shaded one because all object in that scene was done by me.......I am not the best modeller so I stick to the cartoony stuff when modelling, for detailed CG I buy models or use Blend swap and other resources for assets, all of that to ask what is the general rule on composition vs content, because one can produce somewhat "original" compositions with bought and "borrowed" content.

    forgive me these rules are already somewhere

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