Please accept our apologies for taking our time with the final decision on this competition! Since you all put lots of effort into your entries, we wanted to make sure we properly analyze all the beautiful and very interesting finalists from the top 11 shortlist.
When judging this DMP challenge, we looked for strong composition, lighting, creativity within the given boundaries and photo-realistic execution in respect to the plate-based brief, while staying in the world of Kreola.
I was honored to be one of the judges for this contest and would like to thank CG Society for organizing this awesome event. Congratulations to all the artists who participated. We truly hope you’ll find our feedback helpful.
Keep up the good work everybody; and hope to see you on the forum.
AND please join me in congratulating the winners:
1st Place: Somnath Patra
Beautiful atmosphere in here, with use of the original plate clearly on the left hand side, repeating on the cliffs just like in the Kreola story. This has a nice photoreal quality to it and some nice light and shadow shapes for composition.
2nd Place: Bryan Sola
This one is a really fantastic interpretation of Kreola. Nice bright day light and very sharp canvases across the bridges with great design. Love the huge bustling buildings below with the river flowing. The parked ship on the far right has some great futuristic steam punk infusions in it.
3rd Place: Torsten Wolber
You can really feel the height in this one. The 200m drop below according to the Kreola story is realized quite well here. The saturated yellows and oranges really bring up the exotic and ethnic feel in this piece. I think the only thing to improve here is the shadow consistency in the river from the mountain cliffs to the left.
Sue demonstrates an extensive proficiency in creative problem solving by surpassing the perspective limitations of the plate with the help of new harsh angles throughout the composition. With her entry she actually achieved a real Matte Painting feel with proper textural quality throughout the image. Leaving one side in complete shadow was a good artistic decision while she obviously put enough thought into playing with the light hits on the opposite side. This Matte Painting also managed to retain the narrow composition from the plate, while successfully expanding the environment into the distance. Generally, the appearance of the image might have gone a tint too dark and dangerous though, rather portraying an industrial living space where one does not wish to stay, instead of the welcoming ambiance presented in the plate. Depending on the artists intention, this might have been exactly the goal, as the cold brick, metal piping and strong straight lines directly aim to create an unfriendly and unwelcoming space. It communicates very strong emotions and is mostly well executed.
Eddie has embraced the brief in its purest form and created an outstandingly strong vision of the plate-based environment. Definitely the strongest piece in respect to the steam-punk premiss, the image is merely 2 steps away from a photo-realistic Matte Painting. His visual continuity of the green copper with the eroded look very nicely ties the styleframe together. Technically, some of the perspective is unfortunately off and especially noticeable in the foreground. In order to aesthetically move forward, the artist will have to utilize more specific Matte Painting techniques to paint over the rendered 3D elements. In general however, a really successful entry that is almost there.
Akim has impressively pulled of the enormous scale he decided to establish from the beginning on. His 3D implementation with the 2D elements and the plate is well executed. One thing that requires additional attention is the lighting in the scene. It is important to take more cues from the given plate. Especially the amount of bounce light throughout the image, as well as the cast shadows of the additional objects. Overall the entire Matte Painting is very well balanced and the only thing in this image that absolutely needs more attention is that light pole on screen right. The artist shows a good understanding of depth perception, composition and colour balance. Very strong entry.
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