After seeing Mike Pan's awesome Default Cube Challenge project, I had a chat with him and we decided to turn it in to this weekend's contest for all of you!
Let's get back to the basics! How much can you do with just a cube? This week, the contest will be an exercise in being creative with the tools that Blender offers: Start with the default cube, make something out of it without additional manual modelling.
Because this is not a thematic prompt, the rules are slightly different than the usual weekend contest:
- Basically, any modeling of the cube is not allowed. This includes sculpting and any manipulation of the base mesh. Keep those 8 vertices exactly where they are!
- Curves, Surfaces, Metaball and Text are not allowed when used as on-screen geometry. You can use curves as guides.
- Any number of Empty, Lattice, Light, Camera, Group, Material, Texture and Nodes. Modifier stack, particles and simulation are allowed and encouraged.
- Weight painting is the exception to the ‘No editing of base mesh’ rule and is allowed. Go nuts with Vertex Groups if it helps.
- Small Python snippets, provided it's written for this contest. Massive add-ons that dump a whole city with one click is not cool.
- Curves when they are not being used directly as geometry.
- Post-processing using Blender or other apps. As long as the post-processing does not introduce any significantly new visual element.
- To encourage clever (ab)use of the library system, multiple Blend file is allowed. But each file needs to adhere to all the rules above.
- Please limit the rendering engine to BI or Cycles, so others can easily reproduce your render.
The submission must also accompany the Blend file. Because half the fun is seeing how others use the cube.
For some ideas, check out my own on-going experiment on DefaultCubism. Have fun!
This weekend's contest will have TWO winners: the first one is the regular community vote, determined by voting on the entries below. The second one is picked by Mike himself, as he is the current cube master ;-)
Update: As this is a 'special' weekend contest, I'm afraid that I can't let the winner pick next week's topic - it has already been chosen by Aliasguru! Of course the winner does get a full post to honor his/her work!