Wonderful work, everyone!
There’s so much to be admired here.
Just some observations I had while viewing each of these works:
Fulip: I admire the clean work of the lines, the colors, reflections, and the glow achieved here. There’s a bit of atmospheric smoke as well, which does well to support the glowing of the light.
purbosky: Great design, something right out of an epic fantasy game or movie. The glowing symbols and edges make this even more interesting and mystical to behold.
Devil_Dog: Just the thought of “neon jam” is interesting and probably not entirely removed from scientific possibility. I imagine we could be eating some bioluminescent-like jam-like food in the future =)
Evilos: Excellent idea, and something quite future-mythical about this concept. The random colors in the background make this even more visually compelling to me.
fcharr: The juxtaposition of the jar and the piano without legs makes this “stand out” (pun intended) in a thought-provoking way. At first I thought “Classical Gas” (a song). I thoguth the procedural texture in the background was interesting as well.
MDO2010: This captures a classic sight and sense of neon, and it’s a nice incorporation of Suzanne.
Photox: Awesome render and mood. I voted for this.
Anthony JK: Very interesting scene, one that suggests a story (the “last tree”), the tree fenced off as it is, a touch of mist.
david.speer: There’s a mystery about this image, most centrally involving the silhouette inside the room, and further supported by the vacancy surrounding this location. Nice use of Blender’s toon lines as well!
3dnotguru: The details there are really well done, and, most importantly, with respect to the location, there is a clear sense this is an underwater scene. I also like how the bolder colors of the fish help to differentiate them from the background.
texasfunk101: This is a classic and fairly real depiction of a neon sign. I like the colors you selected. With just a little imagination, one could easily hear some piano jazz and maybe the opening lyrics of a singer “off camera.”
benla: I admire the experimental visual approach to this image, the realistic flow of the waves, which contribute to a strong sense of motion here, along with the high-contrast / neon colorations.
Gordi: I enjoyed the visual pun (a “neon Neon”) as well as the overall likeness you achieved in such short time with a real Neon vehicle.
shawn.kearney: Another classic portrayal of a real-life object exhibiting neon colors. The refraction here really helps this to be a convincing depiction of a “lava lamp.”
Sentinelle: Great idea and anthropomorphic character development here! I like the little touch of the “bright eyes” in the background watching on as the two lightbulbs confront each other. To me, it could be either “incandescent vs. CFL” (old vs. new) or “LED vs. CFL” (new vs. old).
appie.123: The transition (top to bottom) from dark to light, and the luminosity you achieved with the mushrooms is nice. The color choices here also visually aid the piece and draw the viewer’s eyes to the primary subject shown here.
caz747: This is one of those images where an entire story can unfold in the viewer’s mind, and that is owed to the thought you put into this. The signs literally help the viewer to be “drawn into” this piece, and the circus tent, along with the title, give rise to all sorts of interesting thoughts.
RayVelcoro: This looks fairly photorealistic, as if you were standing outside the Blender Developer headquarters and taking a photo of their announcement of the next release version. Very nice!
Arethyu: There’s an immense amount of appreciable detail in this piece, and, everything - from the textures to the lighting (within and from the flourescent fixture above) to the placement of the tools - makes this rather real.
fdo: Often a literal and direct depiction of the Weekend Challenge topic can be difficult to pull off, but you did it very well here within a constrained but very effective palette. The brick texture is nicely varied as well.
str11: Wonderful attention to detail here, especially with the varied regular and neon signage. The sunset sky helps to support this as a likely location to be sought out at this time. I also admire the little extras, such as the plants along the side of the building and the textural variations in the pavement.
Roken: A very thought-provoking literal interpretation of “The Sound of Silence” lyrics. If that’s a procedural sky, it’s very well done. That field must have taken a while to render!
Helge: As always, there is charm and wit and imagination in your work. An excellent “Helge version” of the Nixie Tube.
danchristie25: A very effective use of minimalism here. The eventual boldness of the red building up to that glowing motto is really attention-getting. The more subtle aspects of the textural variations and asymmetrical interruption of the lower-right horiztonal object help reinforce the idea powering the motto.
Thanks to all our participants for another great Weekend Challenge!