Interview with Henrik Lein: The Winner of CGTrader Space Competition
CGTrader Space Competition
As one of the sponsors of CGTrader's Space competition, Fox Renderfarm is so honored to have the opportunity to interview the winner of high-poly category in this competition, here are the questions and answers as below:
Fox Rendrefarm: Hi Henrik, would you please give a short self-introduction?
Henrik Lein: I am Henrik and my passion was - ever since I can remember - the creative craft. Whether as a child with self-built and coloured wooden cars or in the present with modern 3D technique on PC. Fantasy or creative development has always been my reatest pleasure.
Fox Rendrefarm: You must be a born artist : ) So how did you step into the CG industry?
Henrik Lein: At the end of the 90s my best friend -who did an apprenticeship as a 3D graphic designer – demonstrated to me the tremendous possibilities of Maxon's Cinema 4D offered to him to realize his ideas. I was immediately hooked regarding the seemingly endless opportunities.
Fox Rendrefarm: Haha, that's an interesting story. While what's your favorite 3d software and renderer? Why?
Henrik Lein: Cinema 4D has stayed my favourite software ever since. The user friendly user interface and its convincing operating principle is of great surplus value to me.
Fox Rendrefarm: OK, did you participated in any other CG competition besides the CGTrader Space competition? If yes, got any prize?
Henrik Lein: I attended some smaller contests just for fun and for the sake of the competition itself in a playful sense. My chief concern is to obtain the opportunity to showcase my work. I always hope that my projects will be to some people liking and that they get inspired by it, just like it gives pleasure to me to learn from other creatives.
Fox Rendrefarm: Sounds reasonable, the most important is to enjoy the process. Would you please share your thoughts for winning the 1st prize in the high-poly category?
Henrik Lein: The positive feedback on my futuristic MFP 3D Disc Driver spurs me to implement further creative ideas which will also be located in the sci-fi area.
Fox Rendrefarm: Good for you : ) What problems you met and what you learnt from this work?
Henrik Lein: Problems occur seldom during my free projects as I am not bound to rigid concepts. If it happens, solutions often come up along the way nearly automagically.
Fox Rendrefarm: Good point! Is this your own most favorite work? If not, which one is?
Henrik Lein: My favourite work is always the next work coming. Currently, I collect my thoughts on a flying vehicle. My inspiration will run in the direction of M.A.S.K, an 80s cartoon series, which I enjoyed to watch as a child.
Fox Rendrefarm: Sounds great, we are quite expecting your next artwork. How do you think about the other entries? Any work that you thought is awesome?
Henrik Lein: I'd like to be non-committal here, there were so many submissions that deserve appreciation. The bottom line is that everybody can improve and learn something new. That applies to the beginner as well as to the professional. I appreciate that more and more people realize their ideas and concepts with a 3D software, everybody at their current level. That makes me happy.
Fox Rendrefarm: Anything you would like to share in the last?
Henrik Lein: Yes, the movie industry - as generally known – can't imagined without 3D technique anymore. And the images look better year after year. Of course this puts the studios to higher expenses to allow the audience to view this imagery. However I see for myself the reverse of the medal. The studio's high expenses for CGI paralized creative freedom when it comes to profound screenplays, due to the fear the movie couldn't cash in enough. To my mind, this is why investors bet on mainstream, right now it's no great time for visionary minds.
Fox Renderfarm: Thanks so much for your time, hope we can have some cooperations in the near future.
Winners of 3D Challenge: SPACE by CGTrader | Sponsored by Fox Renderfarm
Another challenge has come to an end. This time, the 3D Challenge with the theme of Space organized by CGTrader ran from the 9th October 2017 till 10th December 2017 and has attracted artists from all over the world to submit original space-themed designs in low (models up to 50,000 polygons) and high (models with more than 50,000 polygons) poly categories. The end of the challenge means the start of the extremely difficult models’ evaluation process due to huge participation from the artists. A total of 240 high-quality models were submitted ranging from planets, asteroids, aliens, rockets, satellites to space stations have been evaluated and dozens of discussion were made! Most models in this challenge are ready for Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), games and other real-time apps.
Judging panels from Fox Renderfarm, CGTrader, 3D-Coat, Cebas Visual Technology, Quixel, and Exlevel worked together to decide the Challenge winners. The judging criteria for both categories were quality of the model (the most IMPORTANT criteria), as well as uniqueness, innovation, and general achievement in design of the model.
Well, there are only just six places for the winners. So, fasten your seatbelts and let’s look at the winner's list!
Low Poly Category
Winner: “4 Spaceship Set” by triplebrick
Description: A set of 4 highly detailed spaceships for interstellar fleet with PBR metal/smoothness workflow, 4k textures, small ships have one material, large ships two materials and details can be removed on the larger ships.
Prize: $250 rendering credits by Fox Renderfarm
1st Runner Up: “Scout Space-ship RS-1” by Antonio112661
Description: High quality Scout space-ship RS-1 model which could be used in any game. This asset is optimized and hand tweaked. The textures tuned for Physically-Based Rendering. 16688 polygon count.
Prize: $150 rendering credits by Fox Renderfarm
2nd Runner Up: “Lambro Robot” by furqaan
Description: The model is based on transformers look due to the robot is made of lamborghini parts and engine.
Prize: $100 rendering credits by Fox Renderfarm
High Poly Category
Winner: “Space Pursuit MFP Disc Driver” 3D model by eccemania
Description: The artist’s own vision from a spaceship pursuit with one back tyre and hover engine. Works without driver, the MFP Disc Driver has a programmable memory. Drive with rechargeable power cell and hover system, VROOOM!!!
Prize: $250 rendering credits by Fox Renderfarm
1st Runner Up: “PBR Detailed Robot” by jackfurneri1984
Description: The model has been created with Autodesk Maya (version 2016) - Textured and polypainted in Substance Painter 2 and rendered with different render engines (Arnold by Solid Angle and Marmoset Toolbag 3 package). There are 20557 faces, 21467 vertices, all pieces can be separated from each other (legs, gears, hands, etc..) with unwrapped UVs with no overlapping.
Prize: $150 rendering credits by Fox Renderfarm
2nd Runner Up: “Icarus Orbital – Space Station” 3D model by shaun Description: The Icarus space station model is a huge and detailed orbital station which is packed full of details and character. This space station is Intricately designed by Shaun T. Williams BA for practical usage and design within its role as an orbital space station for habitat and re-supply. The station boasts a variety of details such as antennas and radio equipment, docking bays, airlocks and many other features which make it perfect for detailed close-up shots with well-optimized model and is 2,255,400 Tris / 1,112,114 Polys.
Prize: $100 render credits by Fox Renderfarm
Fox Renderfarm is proud to be the official render farm sponsor for this 3D Challenge: SPACE. The challenge is co-jointly sponsored by Fox Renderfarm, 3D-Coat, Quixel, Exlevel and Cebas Visual Technology.
p/s: Shhh! Fox Renderfarm will be launching Fox’s Got Talent in the near future with lots of attractive prizes waiting for everyone to grab! So, stay tuned!
Are You Ready for New CG Game Character Challenge?
As the pioneer of the world's premier self service cloud render farm , Rayvision has made a significant impact on the CG industry. Rayvision not only provides cloud rendering service for rendering in various industries, but also sponsors many international CG challenges and events. The CG challenges launched by CGTrader are the most successful of our sponsored challenges, such as 3D CG Sci-Fi Challenge, 3D CG Flora and Fauna Challenge.
There is an exciting news that CGTrader launched their third challenge, CG Game Character Challenge. There's a visible trend in CG industry - it seems that CG enthusiasts are crazy about game-ready model challenges. That's why CGTrader decided to cheer them up before the beginning of autumn by launching CG Game Character challenge.
It is a fantastic challenge that can not be missed by CG enthusiasts! The partcipants will have a chance to win amazing prizes from the sponsors:
Render fee Rayvision, Substance Live, Substance Painter or Substance Designer licenses by Allegorithmic, Memberships by CG Cookie, Single licenses by Topogun, store credits by Daz3D, Weekly rentals of a GPU server by Ultrarender and additional prizes by CGTrader.
Use your imagination to design your favourite game character model. Generate your original ideas and put them into the 3D model and render, add as much quality as possible. Hope you can win the marvelous prizes!
For more information:
3D CG Flora and Fauna Challenge Winners Announced!
Inspired by summer, CGTrader launched Flora and Fauna challenge. It was their second challenge about 3D model and render. Now, the result of the much-anticipated challenge finally came out! Surprisingly, not only the challenge theme became a tradition, but also the 1st place winner! That only shows us how loyal, dedicated and concentrated on the specific topics the designers are! CG Flora and Fauna challenge run from May 29th, 2015, to July 29th, 2015. In these 8 week, CGTrader got 141 entries to the challenge. Designers combined their imagination and creativity with their professional skills of CG. They shows us the amazing work! Designers’ motivation is incredible prizes sponsored by Rayvision, Happy Digital, Laubwerk, Greyscalegorilla, CG Cookie and Exlevel! Isn't it? Let’s see the attractive prizes: $1000 render fee by Rayvision Autograss licenses by Happy Digital
Plants Kits by Laubwerk
Transform tools by Greyscalegorilla
Memberships by CG Cookie
GrowFX licenses from Exlevel
Let's move to the most interesting part and find out who are the best ones!
Best Model Category
Winning model: Brown Bear
1st Runner-up: Dennish2010
Winning model: Wolf
2nd Runner-up: jhanziwest
Winning model: Flora assets bundle trees and rocks
最佳组合奖 Best Portfolio
Winning Portfolio: Dinosaur
1st Runner-up: Modern-mynk
Winning model: Portfolio
For more information:
CGTrader CG Wildlife Challenge’s Blockbuster Launch
As the pioneer of world’s cloud render farm, Fox Renderfarm sponsors so many world-class CG challenges.
After 3D SciFi Challenge, CG Flora Fauna Challenge, CG Game Characters Challenge and First Model Challenge, Fox Renderfarm sponsors the Fifth CGTrader CG challenge - CG Wildlife Challenge.
Nature is our home that all the things can’t live without. We are familiar with nature. Inspired by nature, CGTrader launched a new CG challenge themed “wildlife”. You can find the inspiration from animals, plants and environment. Choose the one that fits you best, put your ideas to the 3D, render them and create a memorable and worthy winner!
There will be 3 winner categories for CG Wildlife Challenge: Best Animal Category, Best Plant Category, Best Nature Environment Category. Awards will be given for the best 3D CG Model or the visualization uploaded during the challenge period. CGTrader are teaming up with Fox Renderfarm (Rendering fees), Exlevel (GrowFX Licenses), 3DCoat (Professional Licenses), Video Copilot (3D Shader Bundles), Dosch Design (Tree Libraries) and CGCookie (Memberships) to bring you the prizes worth fighting for!
For more information: https://www.cgtrader.com/challenges/cg-wildlife-challenge
CGTrader 2016 First Model Challenge Exclusively Sponsored by RAYVISION
How is year 2015 for you? Did you drift with the current, or work hard? Did you idle away your time, or make every minute count? Whatever, the bell of the New year 2016 started to ring. Fox Renderfarm took the chance to sponsor the CGTrader’s first challenge “First Model Challenge” exclusively.
Everyone remenbers their unforgettable “first”... It's just like the first kiss, first ride on your bike, or when you first started walking ... Well, CGTrader launched a new challenge so that you can call back your sweet memory of “first”. Upload your first model on CGTrader and have a chance to win 500 Hours of Free Rendering fromFox Renderfarm!
There will be 1 individual winner for the CG First Model Challenge. Award will be given for the best 3D CG model or visualization uploaded during the challenge period. It is 500 hours of rendering (worth $666 render fee) by Fox Renderfarm.
The challenge will run for the full January and the deadline is Feb 1st. Let’s take up the challenge!
For more information: https://www.cgtrader.com/challenges/first-model-challenge
RAYVISION Sponsors 3D CG Sci-Fi Challenge for Aspiring Graphic Designers
Shenzhen, China– When it comes to cloud rendering services, Rayvision has made a marked impact in the IT industry. In addition to being a pioneer of self-service cloud rendering, Fox Renderfarm became one of the pivotal sponsors, in the exciting 3D CG Sci-Fi Challenge for talented graphic designers.
At a recent conference, a spokesperson for Fox Renderfarm said, “We believe that the best way to grow and develop is to help instill fresh new talent and ideas in a positive direction. We have always been adamant supporters of promoting new talent. As sponsors for the 3D CG Sci-Fi Challenge this year, we are proud to help talented graphic designers exhibit their futuristic visions and dreams on a greater and more realistic scale.”
The best, visionary proposals of the competition will receive some notable prizes. These include a $250 render fee for the first place winners, $150 for the first runner up and finally, a render fee of $100 for the second runner up. Along with sponsors DreamWorks, American Industrial Light and Magic, SKG and various other animation companies from all over the world, Fox Renderfarm provides talented individuals the chance to explore and grow in CG.
The 3D Sci-Fi Challenge focuses on honing and testing the skills of talented individuals who have the capabilities to envision an “alternative” universe with respect to a dystopian or utopian future. This challenge will run from February 20th to April 17th, 2015 and is open to everyone, including teams, and talented graphic designers from all over the world. Each participant has the freedom to upload more than one entry model and stand a chance of qualifying for the portfolio category if they upload more than eight models.
“We suggest that everyone try their skills by participating in this grand event!” added the spokesperson. The CGTrader Staff, will judge each entry on quality, innovation and presentation.
About the Company
Shenzhen Rayvision Inc. is an internet technology company that specializes in research into cluster rendering and parallel computing technology, providing computing services for cloud rendering. It is the pioneer of ‘self service could rendering’. Renderbus, its brand, was the first company in China to offer a cloud-rendering platform.
For the purpose of providing consistent service for CG studios in the world, Rayvision launched a family brand, “Fox Renderfarm”, globally, based on Renderbus(its domestic brand) and Fox RenderFarm (its overseas brand), in 2014. Rayvision promises to provide global users with more excellent, stable and consistent cloud rendering service.
3D Sci-Fi Challenge
Tell us what you see when you lift the veil and peek into the dystopian or utopian future worlds. What is your idea of alternative universe and highly altered state of existence? Are there beings out there? What do they look like? What do they do and how do they live? When you step into those parallel planets, does your heart stop due to their colorful beauty or overwhelming fear? Can we take a space lift to travel there? Let the current of questions take you to unimagined places and thrill you with implausible adventures and stories. Ignite the future with a spark of untamed imagination.
We have run a similar challenge last year and have been taken aback by the creativity and effort that went into modeling spaceships, characters, buildings, vehicles, guns and all kinds of concept 3D models that intensified the experience of visiting future worlds. In fact, it's rather addictive, so here we are again, asking you to pull the big guns and show us some back to the future stuff that would make this challenge a roaring adventure.
The best visionary proposals will receive awesome prizes: Substance Indie Packs and Substance Painter / Substance Designer licenses by Allegorithmic, interviews in the magazine by 3D Artist Online, $1000 render fee by Fox Renderfarm , 1 Year Professional level Clara.io accounts by Clara.io, store credits by Daz3D, Maxwell Render Suite Node Lock and Learning Edition licenses by Nextlimit, credits and promotional features by CGTrader.
Awards & Prizes
There are two categories of awards in this challenge. Each of them will have one winner and two runner-ups.
Best 3D CG Sci-Fi Challenge Model and Best Portfolio
For the 1st place winners
Substance Indie Pack by Allegorithmic Maxwell Render Suite Node Lock license by Next Limit interview in the magazine by 3D Artist Online 1 Year Professional level Clara.io accounts by Clara.io $250 render fee by Fox Renderfarm $100 store credits by Daz3D 150 credits by CGTrader Promotional features by CGTrader
For the 1st runner-ups
Substance Painter or Substance Designer license by Allegorithmic Learning Edition license by Next Limit
1 Year Professional level Clara.io accounts by Clara.io $150 render fee by Fox Renderfarm $50 store credits by Daz3D 100 credits by CGTrader Promotional features by CGTrader
For the 2nd runner-ups
Substance Painter or Substance Designer license by Allegorithmic 1 Year Professional level Clara.io accounts by Clara.io $100 render fee by Fox Renderfarm $25 store credits by Daz3D 50 credits by CGTrader Promotional features by CGTrader
Terms & Conditions Things you must know
3D CG Sci-Fi Challenge will run from the 20th of February, 2015, to the 17th of April, 2015. When uploading your entry be sure to check "sci-fi-challenge" to get your model tagged and counted to the challenge. Cool renderings are optional but we will definitely consider this when judging.
Things you should know
Designs uploaded to the gallery are not treated as valid entries. Upon joining this challenge, you agree that your rendering scene might be used by sponsors for marketing (non-commercial!) purposes. You can have as much entry models as you want. By uploading more than 8 entry models you are eligible to enter the Portfolio category too. The challenge is open to everyone, including teams, legal entities and people from all over the world. Participating in the challenge and uploading 3D models to CGTrader platform is free of charge. All the entries must be original and not derivable. Employees and relatives of CGTrader and sponsor teams are not allowed to participate in this challenge. Any existing taxes or duties must be paid by the winner. CGTrader is not responsible for any illegal actions taken by the prize winners. We are independent sheriffs of this challenge, so stick to the rules and don't do anything stupid. Got some questions? Have suggestions? Check for FAQ or drop us a line at email@example.com.
Judging The judging of the challenge will be performed by CGTrader staff. Winners will be chosen following the requirements below:
Best 3D CG Sci-Fi Challenge Model
Quality of the 3D CG Sci-Fi model Uniqueness, innovation, and general achievement in design of the 3D Sci-Fi model Clear and attractive presentation on CGTrader.com
Best 3D CG Sci-Fi Challenge Portfolio
Quality of the 3D Sci-Fi portfolio Uniqueness, innovation, and general achievement in design of the 3D Sci-Fi portfolio Clear and attractive presentation on CGTrader.com
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to upload files or only images of my 3D design? You need to upload files and images of your 3D design in order to participate in the challenge.
I don't want to put my entry model for sale. Do you have any suggestions? Does earning money from your digital files sounds like a bad idea? Just try to put higher price on it, let's say 300 USD.
I don't want to loose copyrights on my model after it is sold. There are General, Editorial and Custom licenses for you to choose under which you want to operate. Individuals or companies which bought your model can't use it for commercial purposes if it hasn't been changed. So no worries - you won't loose the copyright.
How can I participate in the challenge? Design awesome 3D model for 3D CG Sci-Fi Challenge and upload it to CGTrader.
What if I put the required tag on my already published 3D model on CGTrader - do you treat it as a valid entry? No. Only 3D models uploaded in the period from the 20th of February to the 17th of April 2015 will be treated as valid entries.
Do free 3D models participate in the challenge? Yes, absolutely. Sharing artwork is always appreciated in the community.
Can I enter with 3D models which participated in other challenges elsewhere? Yes. There are no restrictions on publishing and selling your models elsewhere.
Do price tags play any importance when entries are being judged? No. But do not forget that the prices are always judged by the customers.
I want to participate in the challenge so I am going to delete my already uploaded models and upload them again to meet the "publishing period" requirement. Can I do that? No. We are tracking every deleted and uploaded model, so it is useless to drive-through our requirements of the challenge.
More information on CGTrader：http://www.cgtrader.com/challenges/3d-sci-fi-challenge
CG Game Characters Challenge Winners Announced!
2nd place: Priest man by Raymso3rd place: ROGA the Drunken Writer by Monsalvedgar23 Best Portfolio1st place: portfolio by Atila 2nd place: portfolio by Semsa 3rd place: portfolio by Cartoomotion
Winners from CGtrader 3D Sci-Fi Challenge Sponsored by Fox Renderfarm
Limited challenge period with unlimited creativities makes the big winners form CGtrader 3D Sci-Fi Challenge Sponsored by Fox Renderfarm.One more challenge has come to an end. The end of the challenge means the start of the extremely difficult models’ evaluation process. Lots of high quality designs, dozens of discussion and just six places for the winners.We’ve selected the best ones, because it is what we have to do, but huge applause goes to all the participants! Looking through the models uploaded for the challenge it is no-brainer to see that our community of designers is improving and growing so fast. Keep up the pace!Best 3D Sci-Fi models:Spaceship by IterateCGIWhat the winner gets: Substance Indie Pack by Allegorithmic, Maxwell Render Suite Node Lock license by Next Limit, interview in the magazine by 3D Artist Online, 1 Year Professional level Clara.io accounts by Clara.io, $250 render fee by Fox Renderfarm, $100 store credits by Daz3D, 150 credits byCGTrader, Promotional features by CGTrader. 1st runner-upWolfobot by CGmobileWhat the winner gets: Substance Painter or Substance Designer license by Allegorithmic, Learning Edition license by Next Limit, 1 Year Professional level Clara.io accounts by Clara.io, $150 render fee by Fox Renderfarm, $50 store credits by Daz3D, 100 credits by CGTrader, Promotional features by CGTrader. 2nd runner-upVenator Mechanical Battle Robot by CastiglionemarcoWhat the winner gets: Substance Painter or Substance Designer license by Allegorithmic, 1 Year Professional level Clara.io accounts by Clara.io, $100 render fee by Fox Renderfarm, $25 store credits byDaz3D, 50 credits by CGTrader, Promotional features by CGTrader. Best Sci-Fi portfolioPortfolio by HarlykBeastmasterWhat the winner gets: Substance Indie Pack by Allegorithmic, Maxwell Render Suite Node Lock license by Next Limit, interview in the magazine by 3D Artist Online, 1 Year Professional level Clara.io accounts by Clara.io, $250 render fee by Fox Renderfarm, $100 store credits by Daz3D, 150 credits byCGTrader, Promotional features by CGTrader.Scifi-Trooper1st runner-upPortfolio by LordlightThe EyeWhat the winner gets: Substance Painter or Substance Designer license by Allegorithmic, Learning Edition license by Next Limit, 1 Year Professional level Clara.io accounts by Clara.io, $150 render fee by Fox Renderfarm, $50 store credits by Daz3D, 100 credits by CGTrader, Promotional features by CGTrader.Strider2nd runner-upPortfolio by 3dmasterSci-Fi RobotsWhat the winner gets: Substance Painter or Substance Designer license by Allegorithmic, 1 Year Professional level Clara.io accounts by Clara.io, $100 render fee by Fox Renderfarm, $25 store credits byDaz3D, 50 credits by CGTrader, Promotional features by CGTrader.Cyber DogA huge Thank You goes to our sponsors: Allegorithmic, 3D Artist Online, Fox Renderfarm, Clara.io, Daz3Dand Nextlimit!Regarding the prizes winners will be contacted by CGTrader’s staff.
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