We are very happy to announce the winners of the CG Boost “Baby Robot” Challenge!
We have seen so many cute and adorable little robots for our 9th challenge and you guys smashed the record with 170 submissions! Thanks everyone for participating!
Our jury, consisting out of 15 people, had a good time checking all the accepted submissions. Each judge voted for their own top 5 artworks. All in all, 24 submissions received votes, which you can see below.
We also picked three random winners for the challenge raffle, see who has won below.
Congrats to the winners and honorable mentions, but also to everyone who was taking part! Remember, the best prize you can get from this challenge is improving your skills.
Regrading the prizes, we will contact the winners during the next few days.
A big THANK YOU goes to all of our great sponsors (see below) which provided prizes worth ~$4,220!
Now scroll down to see the winners and don’t miss out the next CG Boost Challenge!
~Zach and the CG Boost team
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We’re congratulating Ken Liang for winning the first place!
Ken about his entry:
“Dad, look! My robot is acting weird. Again.”
Oh no, not Mr.Rex! What have you done this time, McMuffin? Well, I guess it’s true when they say babies don’t know how to play nice, after all. Has McMuffin gone berserk again in an attempt to rid Lil Timmy’s room of monsters? Or was it all an elaborate setup by Lil Timmy to trick his dad into thinking his toys came to life? (and that he hates plush dolls.)
Ladies and gents, I present to you, ‘Pacifier Rim’.
Hi guys, I’m back again with another entry for this time’s challenge, Baby Robot. I couldn’t start right away after the announcement of the theme as I was occupied with a mini vacation and work during the first 2 weeks. So I used the time off to think of an idea and what I was going to do for the challenge. Eventually, I decided to depict a scene of a ‘baby jaeger’ who can’t wait to become a great hero one day. I only had 9 days left on the countdown timer when I started production so this was a huge challenge for me to finish on time. I’ve done a lot of planning and visualized the steps I had to take in my head during pre-pro so it was only executing them once I finally had the time to start. I had a lot of fun working on the robot and dino plush, adding in the little details were a blast. I hope I’ve managed to capture the story in the final render and hope you like it!
Done in Blender 2.81, rendered with Cycles, and composited in Fusion.
Created using Blender and Fusion.
What our jury says:
Lukas Walzer: First of all a very charming toy robot design, as well as all the other toys, like the dinosaur! But then the integration into the scene is also fantastic and delivers a top notch silhouette, while there is a even a small hint of stylization that makes this image stand out!
Julien Kaspar: The framing & lighting is really good in this one with a well done blend between detailed and stylised.
Gregory Smith: Another really energetic piece by Ken Liang – great storytelling with perfect technical execution.
Marius Iatan: A clean-looking scene with a well-realized, clearly highlighted, central character.
Chris Plush: Amazing on so many levels. Perfectly cinematic composition and story, and very well made in all aspects. Fantastic robot design too, especially with the extra themed elements like the pacifier and bottle shaped rocket boosters.
Amina Khan: Toy Story-esque, but better! All toys modeled wonderfully. The shadows in the doorway just add to the depth. Absolutely love the use of depth and foreground.
Wybren van Keulen: Just wow! The softness of the materials and lighting are very attractive and stylish. The story is well executed and the composition helps tell it. Nothing to fault, all in all this is a masterpiece. The off-switch is a nice touch!
Chipp Walters: Another strong storyline submission, this entry shows a marvelously designed toy robot having his way with the other toys. The low perspective, combined with the parent and son shadows presents a clear message the toy robot is not behaving. Great DOF helps isolate the middle ground where all the action is taking place. Nice composition and color tone helps make it look as professional as it obviously is. Super!
Darko Vucenik: This baby robot is very cranky, he does not play well with other toys. I love how well the depth of field is used to bring the focus on the baby while still keeping the story clear with unfocused silhouettes of other characters. Lighting is great and vibrant colors look so well on the toys.
Reynante Martinez: This one is my top pick for simply being so humorous on so many levels. I can just imagine the horror by the older human sibling from seeing this uneventful situation. On a technical standpoint, the believability on this scene is also on the top of its class—great composition, color harmony, photorealism, lighting, and simplicity all contained into one masterpiece!
Joseph Nickson: Sublimely done, from design to composition, rendering and storytelling this is a greatly resolved piece in very aspect
We’re congratulating Eugenio Garcia for winning the second place!
Eugenio about his entry:
“This is my first 3D contest in a while. I really like the theme of the contest. Luckily for me, I had some spare time and I created this image in seven days.
The story is quite simple…about a Father and his Baby Robot son. They were walking in the alley when suddenly they encountered a toy store for robots which made them really happy. Thanks to this process I was able to learn about texturing in Quixel and Substance.”
Created using Lightwave3D, Quixel Mixer, Octane Render, Marvelous Designer, Substance Painter and Photoshop.
What our jury says:
Lukas Walzer: An amazingly detailed scene with juicy neon lighting and excellent composition. Basically everything was done the right way here. Congrats!t
Julien Kaspar: Great composition and lighting with enough details to keep looking for more.
Gregory Smith: Fabulous, particularly in the texturing, along with great lighting and narrative. The thing that really made this one stand out to me was the amazing attention to detail, right down to the subtle green drips from the pipe on the left. It all adds up to being a very believable environment.
Marius Iatan: A well constructed scene, with both the characters and the environment telling a story. Nice feel and good level of detail.
Aidy Burrows: Enjoyed the lighting and the general look and detail of the environment. Nice use of color too!
Chris Plush: This scene is loaded with lots of details to appreciate. The texturing and fx are especially grungy and awesome, and I love the tie died robot. Plus you have to appreciate a trip to the toy store.
Wybren van Keulen: Pops of color and culture in this beautifully captured after-the-rain atmosphere. The kid’s fashionable spray-paint gives it personality!
Chipp Walters: A bright color palette and tilted horizon line help sell this render. While perhaps not as strong as some on storyline, this submission makes up in pure execution, with a raking wall perspective angle, smoke effects and wet environment, not to mention the enticing “Toys for Robots” store entrance. Perfectly lit and exquisitely rendered!
Joseph Nickson: Fantastic technical achievement, with beautiful attention to detail, in which the characters & theme of the topic might be getting a little overshadowed.
We’re congratulating Karel Schmidt for winning the thrid place!
Karel about his entry:
“I wanted to create a hyper futuristic robot, from an era where technology is grown organically. This robot is the project of a human working in his garage clean room, grown using an AI generative system.“
Created using Blender.
What our jury says:
Lukas Walzer: Very different from most of the other entries, I love this image for its simplicity and suggestive quality. It merges the cold realism of the surrounding with the strange looking artificial embryo, creating fantastic tension while remaining calm in composition!
Gregory Smith: Incredibly eye-catching, this is simple but very strong in every aspect. I want to see this in ultra high resolution so I can take a long look at those details in the egg.
Aidy Burrows: Brilliant, excellent presentation, great idea, super appealing. Strangely I had an urge to get one! These would make a great weird gift! 😀
Christoph Werner: The image catched me directly. I love messages presented in clean design, and this is definitely a great example.
Joseph Nickson: Very original take on the subject matter, tastefully done by keeping things minimalistic, paired with a lovely soft handling
We’re congratulating Julia Kotze for receiving an honorable mention!
Julia about her entry:
“My idea behind this scene was to show the more “human” side of robots and their creators.
My render shows an engineer/programmer lovingly reading a story to his new baby robot. A storybook created specifically to be more relatable to a baby robot.
I was inspired by the scene in Edward Scissorhands, where the inventor reads Edward a book. This was my first time creating a scene in Blender. It was a great experience, and I was able to explore almost all aspects of the 3D pipeline.
I’ve been working on this scene since the challenge was announced, whenever I could find time in the evenings and on weekends.”
Created using Blender, Photoshop and Illustrator.
What our jury says:
Gregory Smith: I really like the narrative here; it’s a funny scene with a lot to enjoy.
Amina Khan: So many styles in one piece, really enjoying the story-telling emotional ride. Intricate detail really making this a favorite!
Chipp Walters: This winning entry is very strong on story. The robot design, with the sleepy eyes, is simple and effective– especially while holding his bunny. The Rasberry Pie punch line in the nighttime tale is quite funny and even without it, the image with the story holds up just fine. Also a great job with composition– where you read this picture from left to right.
Darko Vucenik: I love the super cute design of the robot and bedtime story about raspberry pie. I wish there was a warm hazy glow coming from a lamp on the side to give the image even more of a bedtime story atmosphere. Great image.
Reynante Martinez: As a parent, I can totally relate to this scene. A simple scene yet it tells so much, with aid from a wonderful lighting and material use.
We’re congratulating Andrey Agafonov for receiving an honorable mention!
Andrey about his entry:
“Here Comes The Drone!”
The idea started with the cereal box (Nutty Nuts) design that I came up with while brainstorming. I wanted to create a cinematic shot and use the props (such as the food or the newspaper) to provide context about the world of the scene. I modeled the tiniest details like brow mechanisms because I wanted robots to really “work”. I also added the “food module” to dad’s head because I realized that if he wanted to graze on a couple of nuts he would have nowhere to put them. It is such details that really fascinate me and make it fun to design these things. The plant bot design is inspired by the actual robo-pot that reacts to sunlight. As for the actual baby robot, I wanted to make it more modern and plasticky to show the difference between generations, but at the same time connect them through traditions and habits. His dad probably had the same cereal when he was a young, er, whatever young robots are.
It was my first attempt at hard surface. An additional challenge was to do it on a laptop with no graphics card (which is my current setup).
I had lots of fun and learned a ton. I would appreciate any feedback as it will help me to grow and develop. Thank you in advance!
Created using Blender and Krita.
What our jury says:
Marius Iatan: A very good interpretation of the classic ‘breakfast with a kid’ scene into the robot world. Very good attention to details and a touch of humor too.
Amina Khan: The detail on this piece is exquisite. The newspaper, breakfast options. Creatively top-notch, technique-wise top notch. The robots have certainly evoked emotion!
Christoph Werner: Andreys kitchen scene filled my heart with warmth. Nice use textures and DOF.