Blender artists' talent is scattered all over the internet for everyone to behold, with one amazing artwork after the other being posted on all sorts of forums and mediums. In this series of posts, we attempt to collect and showcase pieces that wowed us with their artistry and production value.
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Fiero Animals Studio Art Director and CG Artist Nikolay Kvartnikov starts up today's hand-picked artworks with his incredible piece "Smoking Pirate". This personal project celebrates the two-year anniversary of when he stopped smoking and does so with incredible style and technical skill. Marvelous Designer was used for all clothes and fabric elements, while Quixel and Sketchfab were used for the set dressing. Everything else was modeled in Blender, and the final artwork was rendered using Cycles. Check out his Blender Artists post for more renders of this scene!
Indian Environment Artist Shai Nefer is behind this great artwork, "Photorealistic Nature". The piece features great lighting, and the bokeh gives it a nice "straight out of camera" look. The subsurface scattering and translucency push the photorealism of the flower petals, giving them a very tangible and palpable feel.
Next up is Joanna Kobierska's "Guanlong Wucaii". Done as a commission for #Facts: Dinosaurs, this beautifully lit and composed photoreal piece features amazing details: The eyes and feathers are particularly impressive. Joanna is known within the Blender community for her incredible work with CG dinosaurs, especially after it was featured as the splash screen for Blender 2.92. Check out her Blender Artists post for more amazing renders of this creature!
"Curiosity never killed the cat" was posted on Reddit by artist Different_Olive4480. This artwork makes perfect use of readily available BlenderKit assets in order to tell a story via great composition and lighting.
"Taking It Slow" comes to us over from the Blender subreddit courtesy of artist mrsifter. This gorgeous "macro" shot has beautiful warm lighting that catches the rim of the snail perfectly. Mrsifter used Substance Painter to texture the snail, and provides a great breakdown into his process in the comments of his Reddit post!