I had heard about the 3D Printer World Expo Character Art contest very last minute. There were about 4 or 5 days until the end date for submissions. So, I asked my good friend and talented artist, Yacu Malik, if he would like to create some concept art for the contest so that I could create a 3D model ready for 3D printing. He lives in Tampa Bay Florida and I live in San Francisco. So we had to work with a 3 hour time difference!
All in all, there was maybe 15-20 hours of 3D work put into this guy. Plus, I ran a test 3D print of him to make sure that he was printable and that he stood on his own. I think I went with 2 small quick revisions to get him balanced.
Given the time frame, I had to submit what I had completed. There's always something that I could fix but the deadline came and I had to submit! We were quite surprised to find that we had taken 5th place (which they added a few extra award places, which was beyond awesome!).
I had an amazing time at the 3D Printer World Expo. I enjoyed meeting all the cool people in the 3D printing industry that exhibited there and the people who were in attendance.
"The character/creature art category was one of the more challenging ones to score. There were dozens of professional designs submitted from all over the globe, and the quality and variety of the models made it very difficult to choose the winners."
And the winners of the 3DPW Expo Character Art Contest are...
"In reviewing the submissions, it became clear that the contest was essentially a tribute to what can be done with Pixologic’s ZBrush in the hands of a skilled practitioner. The software’s tools and ability to output extremely high polygon counts were used to great effect, impressing the judges and inspiring frequent use of the words “awesome” and “wow” in emails and during conference calls."