Challenge #749 Voting CLOSED

This week’s theme:


After 2 days of voting, a winner is declared: The voting will close on Wednesday.
The winner picks the theme for next week.

[ If the winner doesn’t supply a theme before Thursday 22:30 GMT, the organizer will select the theme. In this case, the winner’s theme will be used the next time we are lacking a theme on Thursday 22:30 GMT. :slight_smile: ]

Having selected the theme, the winner will not be eligible to enter that week. They may however still submit an image, but it won’t be included in the voting.

Pure Entries

  • HIST0R
    [post=3251267]Spooky Hollow[/post]

  • DM9

  • beau11

  • bazevedo
    [post=3251667]The Shalegrove Witch[/post]

  • Arethyu
    [post=3251772]Night Spirit[/post]

  • fcharr
    [post=3251783]Once a Pawn[/post]

  • Lux

  • skadoosh
    [post=3252199]When the lights go down…[/post]

  • fdo
    [post=3252229]Fear of the dark[/post]

  • Qq0

  • RayVelcoro
    [post=3252258]Exam Suzanne[/post]

  • franck
    [post=3252274]derniere défit 59 avec compositing[/post]

  • DoriNori
    [post=3252343]Feline Watched[/post]

  • PyBlend
    [post=3252428]It’s All Coming Back to Me![/post]

  • didierv
    [post=3252435]If I sleep, they’ll see me…[/post]

  • Millani
    [post=3252509]Freedom is Slavery[/post]

  • Photox
    [post=3252532]Talk Softly[/post]


  • FlyingBanana
    [post=3252048]Death And Friends[/post]

  • caz747
    [post=3252571]Let’s all go to the fire dances.[/post]

  • mirek_snd
    [post=3252601]Buried alive[/post]

  • robproctor83
    [post=3252643]The Witch Doctor[/post]

Open Entries

  • str11
    [post=3252637]Haunted classroom[/post]
    (open entry(i’m used png image the monster))

Non-competing Entries

  • purbosky
    [post=3251919]Premonition of Invasion[/post]

  • OLG

  • Helge
    [post=3252377]Little Bringer of Nightmares[/post]

  • RobertT

Dori Nori has my vote! Love the render! Keep it up!

Photox that is great :smiley: you get my vote

Hey guys, I spent some more time working on my entry. I really thought the idea was cool so I wanted to play with it some more. Also DM9 gave me a great idea with the moon, so that helped a lot. I wish I could have gotten this one into the vote, but this will still go in my portfolio. I might do some more work on it still, thinking about adding some more clothing and accessories. There is still a problem with the ground, it’s obvious that it’s just a bunch of similar grass objects stuck to the ground. Anyways, just thought i would share the update with everyone.

Thanks! :cool:

I love the look of The Shalegrove Witch, it has such an old school feel to it. Nicely done, bazevedo.

@Rob, that looks way better, the moon is just what it needed. I would have voted for this eventually.

My vote also went to Photox “Muppet”. It´s funny to see, that the most voted image is actually the least scary of them all. ^^

He shows the fear instead of trying to show the nightmare itself. It’s closer to the theme, imho, and that’s what I wanted to do too, but I was much less creative.

Honestly I had suspected Histor to win, his was really professional I thought, he also made it in like 2 hours which baffled me… but yea, I didn’t really care much for Photoxs entry at first (no offense), but after seeing it get a lot of support and taking another look at it, I can see why it’s popular. Props to you!

@Helge another excellent original character idea, very cool. I love pretty much all the characters I have seen from you. I wish you had a gallery with all your images I could look at. To be fair though, I don’t know if your really on theme with that one, but who cares. Also nightmare is a subjective thing, one mans nightmare is another mans dream… or something.

@DorNori I think visually that was my favorite, it also has a unique style to it. While I think it’s great, there are two small critiques I’d like to mention. 1 is that the flashlight bulb area where the light is extruding from looks odd, I feel like it should have a convex lens rather than concave. and 2) I feel like having the light shine on the bare tree is a bit of a let down, the climax is the light on the tree, yet it’s just light on a tree…

Some comments. I’ll have to be quick this time.

HISTOR: Nice atmosphere, really good building.

DM9: I liked the expression and the overall chaos of the image. The wave/blur effect on the liquid is also nice.

beau11: That was one of my favourite animations when I was a child. Love the contrast here, but there could be some more detail.

bazevedo: Loved the old photograph look. Feels like material for an urban legend. Reminds me a bit of the pictures of Slender Man.

Arethyu: I liked the alien look of the face, and the bright eyes call a lot of attention.

fcharr: Funny take on the theme.The horses look good, but their “foot” should be larger (and round like the pawn’s foot). I also found it funny how you changed it to remove something I liked :wink:

Lux: I liked those teeth. The helicopters give a sense of scale, yet they could be a bit more visible.

skadoosh: It’s a bit creepy, but she looks just like a normal person in the end. But if I recall correctly, you did not finish your entry.

fdo: When in doubt, add boobs :wink: The glass was an interesting idea, since it adds a bit of mystery. But the scene is too blurry, and those sparks look a bit random.

Qq0: I’m not completely sure what this is. I guess there is a nightmare… within? The blue material is cool, and so is the background. could use some more contrast though.

RayVelcoro: Poor monkey! Not only they chopped off its head, they also broke its skull. I liked the SSS effect and also the eyes.

franck: Nice details and models. You could’ve used some back light to make the silhouettes visible without making the scene too bright. Also, I liked the GIF you made.

DoriNori: Really loved the colours and lighting here. I liked how you made it feel very dark, without being visually dark. The bark looks cool, and those creatures are spooky. I think you could’ve added something to the tree though (a note maybe?) to make it more interesting.

PyBlend: Funny interpretation. The scene looks quite chaotic, but I guess that was the idea: How the brain confuses our memories.

didierv: I liked the room. The idea is also interesting: The imagination of a child. It took me a while to realize that those eyes were not lamps but monsters.

Photox: Really cute! I loved the contrast between non-serious (toy bat, head lamp, sitting in his bed) and serious (his facial expression). That guy ain’t joking around with monsters!

NATIVO: I liked those monsters and their colours. The shadows they cast on the walls are also cool.

FlyingBanana: Ahh, spiders! I liked the walls and the lamps. Regarding the spiders, I think their bodies should be closer to the floor. Their legs should also be taller than the body (that’s the creepiest thing about spiders in my opinion). The web was a nice touch too.

caz747: I liked that scarecrow and the hat. The ghosts are also cool.

mirek_snd: The idea of being buried alive is quite disturbing. Liked how the scene does not need anything supernatural to work.

robproctor83: Nice character! Albeit unrealistic, I think the lighting worked nice here: The blue sky makes the scene feel more magical. I did not see the bunny at first, but now it reminds me of Donnie Darko.

str11: Really like the room and the chaos. The place really feels abandoned (well, a part from the creepy monster in the ceiling).

purbosky: I liked those monsters, but there is barely any contrast in the image, so it is hard to concentrate on anything.

OLG: Really liked those tentacles and the cracks on the walls.

Helge: He looks so friendly, he can’t possibly bring nightmares! I understand the spider and the heart, but what’s that thing used to clean toilets for (the dictionary called it a “sucker”, but I find that kinda rude…)?

RobertT: Really nice idea. Sometimes the scariest things are buried in history. It’s a strong piece. I also loved the style, it looks so hand-drawn!

nice artworks! this time i had a lot of fun
can’t wait next challenge

Thanks Rob! Glad you like the character. I must admit, I was a little indecisive this time. And things didn’t work as well as planned. In the end I just thought: “Hey, its a nightmare - it doesn’t have to make that much sense!” :wink:

You never know. Like fdo was spookily whispering:

“Have you ever been alone at night
Thought you heard footsteps behind
And turned around and no one’s there?”

Well, he is still small, probably practicing. But you wouldn’t want to have his parents pay you a visit tonight. :wink:
Regarding the things he is carrying: spiders, heart, clock and straps are the ingredients he chose for tonight’s nightmares. And he will use climbing gear, plunger and tentacles to grab onto you. First rule from the nightmare bringers handbook: Once you got them, don’t let them go!

Great entries everyone!

And… the winner of Weekend Challenge 749 with 26% of the votes is… Photox!
Here’s to all the great participators…

HIST0R : 2 : 4%
DM9 : 1 : 2%
beau11 : 0 : 0%
bazevedo : 10 : 20%
Arethyu : 2 : 4%
fcharr : 0 : 0%
Lux : 1 : 2%
skadoosh : 1 : 2%
fdo : 0 : 0%
Qq0 : 0 : 0%
RayVelcoro : 1 : 2%
franck : 2 : 4%
DoriNori : 8 : 16%
PyBlend : 1 : 2%
didierv : 0 : 0%
Millani : 0 : 0%
Photox : 13 : 26%
NATIVO : 2 : 4%
FlyingBanana : 0 : 0%
caz747 : 1 : 2%
mirek_snd : 0 : 0%
robproctor83 : 2 : 4%
str11 : 3 : 6%
Talk Softly

Congrats Photox awesome job as usual.

Thanks FlyingBanana!

Congrats on the win Photox, and thanks for the comments Millani.