IMPORTANT EDIT: THIS IS AN OLD CHALLENGE. Please enjoy reading through this thread as an archive, but it is closed to new posts. If you scroll down to the Challenge #1 section of the download page, you can still download the 3D files, and also can view a gallery of top entries.
There are two versions, an OBJ and MB. As stated before, no textures with this model, so some work will involved in the shading. Although shading is obviously important, the main study of this exercise is the lighting. This is a very open challenge, so any app and lighting technique such as GI etc, is fine to use. If there are enough entries, then maybe we could split into GI and non GI entries, but for now we will keep everything together. Also, there will be no set time deadline to start with, we will give it a couple of weeks and see what sort of response we get. For future challenges we may have locked off views, but for this one, any composition is fine.
There is no set submission requirement yet, but I think for now, a final image, a shot of your lighting rig setup, and maybe a brief description of your methods and the result/mood you were trying to achieve would be good.
Happy illuminating! Dan W.