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Q: How early do I have to start submitting milestones?
A: As early as possible. Although there is no due date earlier than the final closing date, part of the final judging vote puts emphasis on Community Interaction, which means that people who ‘hold back’ their work in progress till the last minute can be penalized.
Q: Can we work in teams? What about pairs?
A: Yes, teams can submit to the video (trailer) category. See also the Looking For Group thread.
Q: I’m using a new email but the challenge keeps sending stuff to my old one. How do I fix that?
A: You go into CGTalk’s UserCP (User Control Panel) and change your email address there. If you still have problems, email me.
Q: What if I am a winner and I want a different prize? E.g. What if I win the Grand Prize but I want the Runner Up prize instead?
A: You can contact the other winner with the prize that you want, and ask if they want to do an exchange. What you guys do with your prizes is up to you, and we’re not going to be involved in it.
Q: How do I actually enter the competition?
A: Go to the challenge site and click on “Enter The Challenge”. Upload your pictures through the challenge site submission (“Submit Your Entry”) or the CGChallenge Uploader.
Q: Do I tag every concept sketch uploaded as a milestone, or just THE final concept sketch.
A: Everything is a milestone until you do the final image.
Q: How I can get out of this challenge?
A: Just stop submitting.
Q: Can I have multiple entries?
A: Not in a single category. As stated in the guidelines, no multiple entries although it’s possible to enter multiple categories as long as your submissions are vastly different in concept.
Q: Can I upload my WIP images to my own server? Is that counted?
A: No. Please use the Challenge site facility to upload your Work-In-Progress. The purpose of the image hosting on the Challenge site is to give everyone the equal opportunity to post their work-in-progress, and have it hosted. At the conclusion of the Challenge, you will undoubtedly remove any Work-In-Progress images from your personal website and generate broken links all over CGTalk - so please use the Challenge upload facility.
Q: What’s the difference between ‘Illustration’ and ‘3D Scene’?
A: Illustrations are all we previously had in the challenges. 2D / 3D work, post-processing, go and make some final artwork. For the 3D Scene, we’re after a really well-done model (of an environment or an object), which you’ll show us with a short animation (eg. a turntable or flythrough).
Q: Are random or parametric terrain and foliage/plant generation software (Bryce/Vue/Terragen) allowed?
Q: Can I use Poser, Daz 3D or pre-fabricated models?
A: No. The purpose of the “Challenge” is to challenge artists in creating original concepts and characters. Where’s the challenge in using pre-fabricated characters as main subjects?
Q: Can I use Poser to make background characters?
A: No, if your characters are tiny it won’t take you much effort to model some lowpoly humans anyway.
Q: Can I use a trial version of a software?
A: Yes. We don’t care. The final image must not have watermarks on it.
Q: The guidelines in the instructions says that the resolution for the final image should be at least 2657 pixels wide and/or 3636 high, 300 DPI (portrait). Why do you need such a high resolution for?
A: We want to train people to create artwork for print. Therefore, things such as detailed textures and meshes become important in the creation of your artwork. The final image needs to be prepared for print, and we want everyone to work towards producing work that is print quality by habit.
Q: What resolution do you want the final image to be exactly? What about if we make the image a different aspect ratio and orientation?
A: Your final image aspect ratio and orientation will dictate your final resolution. We want images that will print at 300dpi on a 22 x 30cm page (whatever orientation). Please do your research and work this out yourselves. Your final image will need to be rendered at enough resolution to print and hold up detail.
Q: Because of hardware limitations, is it ok to render a part and use it as a background, or render in “layers” and composite it all togueder later?
A: All post trickery is allowed and encouraged in the Illustration and Trailer categories.
Q: Any problems if I do it with a student license of Maya?
A: If it is watermarked then yes. Otherwise, no.
Q: Is it ok to use vray, RenderMan or 3rd party renderers for rendering?
A: Why wouldn’t it be? (yes)
Q: While I know its ok to use 2D textures in this 3D project…is it going to be ok to use a 2D element as a back drop? Like a background…like a matte painting?
A: Yes. Allowing and encouraging a mixture of 2D and 3D techniques is why we’ve combined the two categories.
Q: Are we allowed to use web downloaded textures?
A: Yes, but they will have to be modified to suit your image. If stock textures are recognised there may be a penalty by the community and the judges, consciously or unconsciously.