New User's Contest - December 2012

SzarkSzark Posts: 10,606

New User's Contest - December 2012
Sponsored by DAZ 3D and ARTCollaborations

Are you new to the 3D World? Are you at the beginning stages of learning 3D rendering? Have you been around for a little bit but feel you could benefit from some feedback or instruction? Have you been around awhile and would like to help other members start their creative journey? Well then come and join the fun as we host our newest contest...

"The Festive Holiday Season"

This month’s contest is about how you celebrate this time of year, whether it’s the Christian Festival of Christmas, the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, the Islamic Eid marking the end of Ramadan, the Scandinavian Yule (Winter Solstice) and for Atheists, a time to gather and be with friends and family etc.

Intent: To make Festive Card showing what this time of year means to you.

I am not expert but in the spirit of learning we will be looking at Composition, the do and don’t of how to get the best from your images.

For a list of the current contest rules, please see this thread:


When working on your submissions, if you would like to get feedback as you work or before posting your final image, please post your image to the WIP THREAD. People will be popping in to the WIP THREAD to give you some critique and advice on your entry and help along the way. Please keep all comments on entries etc to the WIP THREAD as well because comments or requests for help/feedback/advice will be removed from the contest thread and merged into the WIP THREAD. This thread is only for posting final contest submissions.

For those veterans of the forums that would like to help, because this contest is designed for the beginner to learn from, we will be randomly selecting posts offering helpful tips and/or critiques to receive a special voucher as well so whether you are a seasoned artist or an aspiring one, there is fun for everyone!

"We would like to thank ARTCollaborations who has graciously decided to sponsor this month’s contest" They will be awarding a special prize to the winners of this month’s "The Festive Holiday Season" contest. To view some of ARTCollaborations items please see their store front here ARTCollaborations Store

Closing Date: December 31th 2012

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  • Herald of FireHerald of Fire Posts: 3,489
    edited December 1969

    Final contest submission. It's been a lot of fun, and this is probably the render I've spent the most time on this year. There were a lot of variations with the lighting and choice of render engine, but in the end 3Delight won out and I learned the beauty of 7-point lighting thanks to some nifty tutorials (Thanks Dreamlight!).

    There was a lot of fresh things to learn over the course of making this image, and I can put those new skills to work on future renders. Win or lose, it's been a lot of fun working on this image so I hope you enjoy it. Merry Christmas everyone!

    800 x 800 - 406K
  • kittenwyldekittenwylde Posts: 151
    edited December 1969

    To me, Christmas is always filled with music, whether or not I actually break out any instruments and play them.

    Image title: Pearl Street Christmas
    Software used: DAZ Studio, Photoshop

    600 x 800 - 345K
  • Security16Security16 Posts: 79
    edited December 1969

    Title: Christmas cuddles
    Software : Daz studio 4.5

    703 x 800 - 379K
  • Scott LivingstonScott Livingston Posts: 4,298
    edited December 1969

    Title: Merry Christmas from the Hominid Family
    Software Used: Daz Studio 4.5, GIMP

    800 x 800 - 383K
  • GrazeGraze Posts: 417
    edited December 1969

    Title: The Sounds of Christmas
    Software: Daz Studio, Photo Explosion

    680 x 798 - 352K
  • IlenaIlena Posts: 220
    edited December 1969

    Title: Their first Christmas eve
    Done with: daz 3 and CS5

    800 x 591 - 380K
  • Scott LivingstonScott Livingston Posts: 4,298
    edited December 1969

    my second entry

    Title: Season's Greetings
    Software used: DAZ Studio 4.5, Bryce 7.1, GIMP 2.6

    600 x 800 - 374K
  • edited December 1969

    Title: Daleks Enjoying New Years Eve

    Rendered in DS4.5 - Postwork to add some glow to the scene (thanks Szark)

    800 x 566 - 119K
  • ChoholeChohole Posts: 32,675
    edited December 1969

    Contest Closed

  • frank0314frank0314 Posts: 10,821
    edited December 1969

    The Winners are:

    1st - Merry Christmas by HeraldOfFire
    2nd - Season's Greetings by Scott-Livingston
    3rd - The Sounds of Christmas by Mr Loeng

    Congratulation to the winners and all who took part in this months contest.

    The three winners will need to contact me by PM and give me your DAZ account email and a link to the product of ARTCollaborations you would like.

  • Scott LivingstonScott Livingston Posts: 4,298
    edited December 1969

    Congratulations to HeraldofFire and Mr Leong, and to everyone for making some beautiful holiday images!

    Thank you, Szark, for facilitating the contest (and sorry to hear about your computer!), and Frank and Ann for sponsoring. :)

  • SzarkSzark Posts: 10,606
    edited January 2013

    Thx Frank and Ann for sponsering this month and congratulations to you all.

    My Pleasure Scott anf thx for comments about my poor lamented computer may she rest in peices. :)

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  • SasjeSasje Posts: 830
    edited December 1969

    Congratulation to the winners and not forget the other people in the contest :-)
    Great work everyone.

  • edited December 1969

    Congratz to HeraldofFire, Scott-Livingston and Mr Leong

  • Herald of FireHerald of Fire Posts: 3,489
    edited December 1969

    Thank you everyone. This has been a lot of fun to work on, and there have been some great entries last month. I'm by no means an expert yet, so it's been a good opportunity to hone my skills. I shall be returning to my desk, and therefore my rendering work, as of this weekend and intend to help out this months competition in an advisory capacity.

    Congrats to Scott and Leong for their wins, and I look forward to seeing this months entrants in the WIP thread.

  • GrazeGraze Posts: 417
    edited December 1969

    Hey congrats HeraldOfFire and Scott-Livingston

  • Security16Security16 Posts: 79
    edited December 1969

    Congrats everyone who entered and more for those who won! Better luck next comp!

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