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07 July 2007, 01:15 PM
HCR MINI-Challenge #10: Animals in Motion
Choose a dynamic scene from the current animal kingdom and present it into a 3d model and or diorama.

The animal kingdom is know for vast in its diversity and beauty.
It is filled with beauty beyond belief, and incredible danger.

Now show it to us.

THE CHALLENGE:___________________________

Sculpt, in a period of 1 month and two weeks, one or more 3D representations of an animal or group of animals in a dynamic pose.

The idea of this "mini-challenge" is to simulate an impossible deadline for a project. The artists will have at their discretion how detailed the models they will be working on, what program they will be using, the amount of models, and if the models will be shaded/ rigged. But the model will have to be original interpretation of a dynamic animal scene done from scratch.

A big part of the challenge is that the modeler will have to scavenge all the reference for the animals he or she wishes to model. But at the end of the challenge the final model will have to look like a scene that we might see in a National Geographic nature show.

Some of the types of entries I would like to see allTHREE categories are: Predator & Prey, Humorous, Animal Combat, Encounters a and Animal & Habitat.

There are Three ways to participate:

Category I: Single Character : You may sculpt an animal in motion animal with NO environment.
Some examples:

A Cheetah running after an unseen prey
An Eagle mid flight
A Nurse Shark swimming

Category II: Single character Diorama: You may sculpt the creature inside the appropriate environment.
Some diorama examples:

A Puma high stalking an unseen prey high on a tree
An Emperor Penguin looking at a cliff
A Mustang Horse Running on the Plains
A Bengal Tiger on top of a the ruins of a temple

Category III: Multiple character Diorama: You may do multiple animals inside the appropriate environment

Some diorama examples: (Thanks Bobby Clayton)

A Female Bear and her cubs
A Crocodile vs. a Wildebeest
A White Shark breaching the surface to eat a seal
A predator chasing its prey
Rams head-butting for dominance
Smaller birds fighting off an eagle from their nest
An elephant charging a lion, etc...

THE CHALLENGE:___________________________

So lets recap....
Sculpt an original 3d scene scenes based on the Current Animal Kingdom.

The idea of this "mini-challenge" is to simulate an impossible deadline for a project. The artists will have at their discretion how detailed the models they will be working on, and the amount of models, and if the models will be shaded and or rigged.

The key is to sculpt good dynamic representations animals.

A big part of the challenge is that the modeler will have to scavenge all the reference for the film models. But at the end of the challenge the character has to look like the one shown on a Nature show.



The idea of these HARDCORE MINI CHALLENGES is to push the modeling skills participants while learning from the past. To get past preconceptions of the limits of digital art. To push digital artists into the world of sculptors & artisans. But we will have variety on these mini challenges. Sometimes we will sculpt a model based on a masterpiece, but on other times we might do Jet fighter or a landmark....

The only thing that will be consistent is the SHORT DEADLINES.

At the end of the challenge, the participant should have a finished collection of entries. Keep in mind contest of high difficulty you will have ONE MONTH and TWO WEEKS to do the challenge, but the rewards, even if you don't win, will be your improved skills in speed and accuracy.

EVALUATION CRITERIA:______________________

Detailed RESEARCH, and attention to detail are key for ALL entries. Please before doing an entry do your homework.

The best model will be selected by an open vote
for these categories:

Best Interaction Between Animals NEW!
Best Environment NEW!
Best WIP thread NEW!
Most Accurate Likeness
Most Expressive Model
and the big one of course:

Best Overall Entry
I will also spotlight the users who have done the Highest Number of FINISHED models

The winner will get bragging rights and a small banner
designed by me.

DEADLINE! Friday , September 14th 12:00 PM

YOU HAVE ONE MONTH & TWO WEEKS do the challenge.


No work taken DIRECTLY from an existing tutorial. You may use an existing tutorial only for reference.
You may NOT use a pre exiting models. All models must be done from scratch.
An artist may change from a Single, Multiple whenever he or she wishes.
You must start the model from scratch. No parametric models entries will be allowed(Poser). Also pre-made base meshes ARE NOT acceptable. The entries have to be done from scratch.
WIP images are NOT only encouraged, but they are required.
So if you start modeling with the box modeling method, we want to see the different stages of the construction of the model, from the base box to the finished model.
NEW RULE!: At least 10 WIP entries are REQUIRED for each model. If desired and animated sequence , done with Camtasia or a gif animation program should be enough to cover this rule.
WIP thread should be posted on the Hardcore Modeling Challenge ( forum and should follow the following naming convention: HARDCORE MODELING!: ANIMALS IN MOTION: <<TYPE OF ENTRY >>
The artist also has to post total length of time it took to do and program used.
Future topics for hardcore Challenges will be picked at random from the list on
this >>thread (http://the%20david%20signup%20list:20/teams) << (The author will be given credit). So guys keep them coming.
Post on this thread your link to your WIP thread and your FINAL piece.
Only participants who follow the rules and submit a final entry will be eligible for the voting process.
Any piece caught breaking the rules will be taken off the thread.

Animal can only be part of the CURRENT Animal Kingdom (Animals that have existed in the past 100 years)
Only realistic entries are accepted, this means no anthropomorphically challenged animals, and no fantasy entries (no Bengal tigers with saddles, No penguins with surfboards etc).
This sort of entry is for another FUTURE challenge. For the current challenge Imagine you have been given a commission for a National Geographic magazine article.
Humans should NOT be the focus of your entry, but they are accepted in a supporting role (Some examples: The Running of the Bulls in Spain, An Eskimo and a Orca Whale etc)
Realistic animal motion must be captured. The core of the challenge is to capture the animal doing realistic motion
You may do any animal form the following animal groups:
fish (, amphibians (, reptiles (, birds (, and mammals ( I apologize in advance for the fans of Viruses & Amebas. (I am on the fence about insects). Exceptions can be made on a case by case basis.
Animal hair & manes may be done using hair shaders or you may sculpt it
ALL MODELS will be done from scratch. Parametric entries will not be allowed.
Participants may do multiple entries.
Modelers may do tributes to classic animal photographs, BUT they need to give credit to the original source material.
You can sculpt your character in a neutral pose, rig it, and pose it OR you can sculpt your character in the desired pose. Your call.
High res sculpting and texturing is allowed

Orthographic renderings ARE REQUIRED for EACH TYPE of entry and should be rendered at 800 x 600 OR 600x800.

The Orthographic renderings should be rendered from TOP, SIDE, BOTTOM

A 3/4 wireframe renderings is REQUIRED for your entry of entry and should be rendered at 800 x 600 OR 600x800.

I recommend to aid the voters a turntable rendering of the model. It would have to be done in QuickTime or Windows Media at a resolution of 600 x 400 OR 300 x 200. The render might be done as a Quickshade or Beauty Render.


For each image you should post:

Title of Model Completed[Model Images]
And should be posted on both the individual WIP thread on this master thread.

Final RENDERS should be rendered at 1600 X 1200 OR 1200 x 1600 in JPG format.(Post only as link) A smaller 800x 600 OR 600 x 800 image should be posted on the threads.Please add a brief text description about your piece.


Here are some clips I found online...

Orca going for a seal (clip) (
A White Shark breaching to go for a seal (clip) (
North American Mountain Lion, vs. a Grizzly Bear (clip (
Buck deer fighting (clip (

07 July 2007, 02:58 PM
Well we are live.

The plug goes up on monday.

07 July 2007, 09:44 PM
So is this an animation? Or is it suppose to be a freeze frame that suggests motion?

07 July 2007, 11:26 PM
So is this an animation? Or is it suppose to be a freeze frame that suggests motion?
No animation, t is a freeze frame of an animal performing an action.

07 July 2007, 02:39 PM
Is Z-brush cheating? I always thought of it as cheating... Nevermind. I missed that at the end... IDIOT! GOSH!

07 July 2007, 02:46 PM
that's just a testament to how good the tool is

07 July 2007, 03:04 PM
awsome. ill try something in my freetime.. ;)

07 July 2007, 03:04 PM
that's just a testament to how good the tool is
Yeah, I love it. It IS cheating though!:D

07 July 2007, 03:09 PM
Yeah, I love it. It IS cheating though!:D
You may use any 3D tool to perform the job.
In past challenges we had amazing polygon entries, and amazing Zbrush/mudbox entries.

And we already had a LONG thread about this topic, and frankly it has been settled
Zbrush/Mudbox entries are ok.
Besides, we are doing this sort of mini challenge to improve our skills.


07 July 2007, 06:30 PM

^^ Some great shots there for you guys to get the ball (inspiration) rolling :)

07 July 2007, 08:54 PM
im gonna have to get in on this one...

07 July 2007, 10:44 PM
this sounds like a lot of fun. If I finish up my work I will try and enter this next week. But who knows :)

07 July 2007, 01:47 PM
This looks really fun, im going to have to give it a shot. :bounce:

07 July 2007, 04:01 PM
and no fantasy entries (no Bengal tigers with saddles, No penguins with surfboards etc).

So im guessing this is out of the question.

07 July 2007, 04:09 PM
So im guessing this is out of the question.
LOL...For this one, the Zebra will have to run without assistance.



07 July 2007, 04:47 PM
Its my first time here..I think it will be nice to participate in such challenge.
Goodluck everyone :thumbsup:

07 July 2007, 08:00 PM
so does that mean only realistic looking animals are allowed?

07 July 2007, 09:39 PM
Yes, only realistic animals!

08 August 2007, 12:52 AM
Yup Only realistic cause we end with a bunch of cartoons around (like a contest between a drama and comedy)

Maybe I entry whith some simple.

By the way maybe would be a separate category from only polys and toolbox like z-brush and mudbox.

see you soon

08 August 2007, 06:55 AM
This is too neat a challenge to pass by! I'm in as well. Hope I'll be able to make the deadline. :)

08 August 2007, 07:57 PM
I hope I have time, sounds cool.
And Robert it's a breaching Great White not beaching. Never saw a Great white beach to get a seal. Seen Killer Whales do it. Got all excited there for a second. ;)

08 August 2007, 11:07 PM
I'm in ! The pure and simple CG challenge is good way for busy artists to working for, should be interesting to see everyone's works:buttrock:

08 August 2007, 07:04 PM
I'm in. Time to bust out Muybridge

08 August 2007, 06:29 AM
sounds awesome! really fun stuff. Im totally in on this one.

08 August 2007, 02:32 AM
Hey guys,
I am back from San Diego...

First hi to all the ool people I meet during the SIGGRAPH conference.
Also I have posted the thread to disuss the topic for the next challenge:
Lets talk about the next challenge... (

As always I would love to hear your opinions.

09 September 2007, 07:31 AM
Quick question before the deadline is here!

What clock exactely are we on?
I mean, by what timezone is the deadline determined?

I am still trying to get as far as I can and a couple of hours can help get some major improvements. ;)

09 September 2007, 11:53 AM
very good web

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