Challenge #778 (18/05/18) Entries CLOSED

"Arthropoda’s Ark"

non-competing (pure) cycles (128 samples + denoising)


@Helge thanks for the nightmares lol looks great though.

P.S. I have a phobia of just about anything with more than 4 legs (and yes I don’t care for butterflies either)


@Helge I’ll have to agree with @FlyingBanana :wink:


@RobertT I just can’t say it enough. Your work is mesmerizing, I always find myself just staring and getting lost in all the little details and stuff in them. As I said before kind of brings me to my love of Salvador Dali just to see so much in one painting and for it to come together as a whole and not be overwhelming is pure awesomeness.

"Up In the Sky!"
Pure, Cycles, 380 Samples. Post-processing in Photoshop.


Castaway in Outer Space

Pure entry. There appears to be some ants on the dark side of the moon, but I’m not sure what is causing them. I think it is denoising. I would try to fix it, but having some monsters which only appear in the dark is kinda cool, so I’ll leave it there.


A Small, Isolated Community
Pure entry.

150 samples + compositor

@FlyingBanana butterflies are actually very terrifying if you look close enough.


The Little Things
Pure, Cycles, 256 samples + denoising.

I guess the biggest thing became small. Or someone finally had mustard seed faith :wink:


I am unable to edit my previous post so here is my final render.

The Great Caper Caper


These are some really amazing entries this week. - You guys are raising the bar for the challenge pretty high by now. :smiley: - Thumbs up.
I specially like that this time there are so many different creative interpretations of the theme. This will be tough to choose the ONE entry I can vote for. I might change my mind a couple of times. ^^

@DM9 I agree, some pretty awesome entries this week. Will really be interesting to see how the voting goes. Always tends to happen whenever I decide to do a competing entry that there is so many high quality renderings that show up.
Also where is your entry this time around? Hope it is rendering. :slight_smile:

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@FlyingBanana - Thanks so much for the very kind words! I try to do a lot of brainstorming before I begin a project, and, I usually try to go into and come out of it hoping to visualize and convey a variety of things. Sometimes I have to scale back or simplify. This project’s ingredients included Ptolemy, Copernicus, Galileo, among other things, and it was fun trying to fit that all in there somewhere. So glad you liked it!

@DM9 - Like FlyingBanana, I completely agree with you, especially with regards to the differing creative interpretations of the theme. This, for me, is one of the most entertaining and informative aspects of each challenge. It produces a variety, week after week, of aesthetics and ideas, and that is truly remarkable and something which differentiates this community, in such a powerful and positive way, from others online. In this way, everyone always “wins” in some form.

Here’s my entry for the contest… sadly didn’t have time to finish it off completely, it’s pure
Cycles, 200 samples with denoiser:

Home is Somewhere

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really nice lighting!

@Villitz glad to see you got it turned in and it looks great.

nice style, it looks like traditional drawing. How do you get this effect?

Thanks! I use a variety of plane-based lights in Cycles and try to approach materials from an intentionally non-photorealistic perspective in a project like this. Some materials include reflection and transparency for various blending effects.

Thanks and sorry about that. I can assure you that theses are very friendly ones. (After all, they need to get along on the very limited space they have.)
But from a Forida perspective I can understand your reservation. Insects and storms seem to grow bigger on your side of the world. Btw. has the hurricane season already started again?

Don’t worry. I’ll try to think of some kind of immunotherapy entries in the future. :slight_smile:

LOL No worries. :smile:

wooow great ,ill check this out
sorry i didnt replay sooner