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  • Big News Brawl Contest: And the WINNERS are…

    June 14, 2011 by adam

    Wow. Here we are, announcing the Brawl Contest WINNERS. 1st Place! The very top of the top!

    I’m pretty excited right now. For us, doing our first ‘contest’ on our own was a big deal and, after writing these announcements for the past week, I can finally feel confident that it was a success. How do I know it was a success? From the TON of support you guys gave the contest and everyone who entered it.

    You guys really are the best 3D art community out there.

    As you may remember, the judges were sent the Top 5 FIGHTERS and Top 5 STAGES as voted on by the Polycount Community. From there, they rated the entries in 3 areas: Artistic Achievement, Technical Achievement, and Brief Criteria. The points were tallied and our winners were decided. In the event of a tie, we referenced the public vote and the Fighter or Stage with the most amount of votes was given the win.

     

    The 1st Place winners!

     

    1st Place FIGHTER: Bogdanbl4’s Cammy!

     

    The judges comments:

    Chris George:

    Technical Achievement
    This Cammy model is very skillfully constructed and textured. The mesh is clean, efficient, and appears to deform well. The UVs appear to be very efficient. I see very little wasted space in the UV set. All of the little accessories fit together seamlessly. I had to knock off a point for the solid chunk of hair. It doesn’t match the level of detail given to the rest of the model, and it doesn’t fall within the art style for this particular piece, in my opinion. I would’ve liked to have seen some strips and possibly some alpha in her ponytail to match the realism of the rest of the model.

    Artistic Achievement
    I absolutely love this redesign. There is so much life and realism in her face.  She almost seems British somehow, just from looking at her face. The many different materials were executed perfectly. Great color map, and appropriate specular.

    Brief Criteria
    What’s especially cool about her is that it looks exactly like Cammy and nothing like Cammy at the same time. The costume is very cohesive. I could see this character in a future Street Fighter game.

     

    Vitaliy Naymushin:

    Technical Achievement
    Technically this model is impeccable, There’s tons of really awesome details, everything is very clean and perfect looking. As far as technical stuff goes this model is up there with the best of them!

    Artistic Achievement
    It looks like a lot of work went into this character and a lot of the individual parts look really great, I’m really blown away by the craftsmanship of this entry, its top notch. That said I think the final asset could have been better as a whole. Its really lacking contrast, I’m not fond of the skin, and the lighting and the presentation of the character as a whole could have been much better. Its a great entry and one of the best but i think it could have been much better.

    Brief Criteria
    As far as fitting the brief I think it did a good job, its definitely Cammy but its also definitely different and a unique interpretation. I think overall its just not as remarkable as the original character.


    Hanno Hagedorn:

    Technical Achievement
    Good poly distribution, good textures and good use of shaders.

    Artistic Achievement
    Great Sculpt, great details, Good rhythm and appeal.

    Brief Criteria
    Not too risky but still very appealing.

     

    1st Place STAGE: JordanW’s Bathhouse!

     

    The judges comments:

    Ryan Monday:

    Technical Achievement
    The materials and lighting on this is simply amazing. You can just feel the steam and humidity in this environment, and the wetness on the floor is spot on making an otherwise simple floor an interesting space for the fighters to use as a stage.

    Artistic Achievement
    The artist(s) was able to take a very simple concept and idea and make it a stunning piece of art. The artist(s) also took it a step further and added life to the scene by adding characters. The scene overall is a bit over bloomed for my liking but it does help sell the steam in the room. Also the use of well done masks/gobos for the lights really sells the realism of this set.

    Brief Criteria
    You took one of the simplest concepts and really gave it a next gen feel. You stay true to the original stage and simply took it to the next level.

     

    Josh Cook:

    Technical Achievement
    Excellent realization, lighting and FX and great material quality.

    Artistic Achievement
    Excellent composition, atmosphere, style and attention to detail.

    Brief Criteria
    Excellent re-imagining, very different style from original while remaining true to inspiration.

     

    Bram Eulers

    Technical Achievement
    From a technical point of view this is my favorite entry. A fantastic job was done on getting everything looking wet and damp. A lot of cool shader tricks here. I think the polygon density on the ground is a bit overkill though, the tiles there could probably be done in a more optimal way, although the end result is looking good!

    As a fighter stage, there is a well defined arena area, with the background elements seperated nicely from the foreground. If this was in a real game, the fighters would stand out very well from the background.

    Artistic Achievement
    I’m probably not supposed to judge characters, but I love that they were added to the scene and feel like perfect background fighting stage background characters. I think the colors are a bit lacking, though it’s not bad, as it does set the mood well. Architecturally it’s pretty boring, very square, but there is enough attention to detail to make it look good.

    Brief Criteria
    As a re-imagination, it feels like a very nicely rendered version of the original. Something more daring could have been tried.

     

    Everyone has had their predictions about who would be placing 1st Place for this contest, and I am glad we can finally lay this question to rest! Be sure to check out Cammy and the Bathhouse before taking a nice big sigh of relief as we head in to the calm before our next storm contest.

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    41 Comments

    1. c0ldhands on June 14, 2011 at 6:03 am

      A pretty girl in a bathhouse full of sweaty fat men….nice.


    2. d1ver on June 14, 2011 at 6:04 am

      What a surprise! Badass job you guys!


    3. marat-ars on June 14, 2011 at 6:11 am

      Amazing stage and character! very deserved! Congratz!


    4. Hellstern on June 14, 2011 at 6:12 am

      Congratulations!


    5. wizo on June 14, 2011 at 6:13 am

      Beautiful work guys!


    6. ParoXum on June 14, 2011 at 6:25 am

      Grats to the winner and to Adam for this final news done right j/k!


    7. Ivory on June 14, 2011 at 6:28 am

      So predictable….congratulations to the artists


    8. disanski on June 14, 2011 at 6:33 am

      Yeaa I am shocked.. :) amazing work guys really amazing!!!!


    9. Straw on June 14, 2011 at 6:36 am

      Congratulations!


    10. Stradigos on June 14, 2011 at 7:14 am

      NICE!


    11. Gannon on June 14, 2011 at 7:34 am

      Congrats!


    12. dogzer on June 14, 2011 at 8:14 am

      I knew this one would win!! CONGRATS!!!!

      So delicious…. it makes me want to cry! :'D


    13. Snefer on June 14, 2011 at 8:31 am

      grats!


    14. Scizz on June 14, 2011 at 8:58 am

      YES!! Congratz to all the winners!! I did vote for the bath house tho. = )


    15. andersoncascardi on June 14, 2011 at 9:08 am

      Great! Well deserved for both the character and stage!! And what about everybody else? I'd like to see how far from the top 5 my character got…


    16. Bogdanbl4 on June 14, 2011 at 9:08 am

      Great!!! Thanks so much guys!
      Thanks for your votes and comments!


    17. ENODMI on June 14, 2011 at 9:26 am

      Awesome work !


    18. luke on June 14, 2011 at 10:04 am

      grats guys! excellent work


    19. r4ptur3 on June 14, 2011 at 10:57 am

      gorgeous, and congrats!


    20. foreverendering on June 14, 2011 at 1:11 pm

      Congratulations guys, fantastic work by both of you :)


    21. dudealan2001 on June 14, 2011 at 2:06 pm

      Fantasic work


    22. Fingus on June 14, 2011 at 2:40 pm

      Hmm… Not sure if I agree with Cammy taking first. It's a great model and a good design, but it doesn't seem finished. Especially in the face which lacks the same amount of polish and life as the rest of her. Not knocking the artist because he's done a great job, had it been 100% done it would have deserved to win but right now it feels more like 90%.


    23. JordanW on June 14, 2011 at 2:56 pm

      Thanks :D Great contest so many good entries :)


    24. Hazardous on June 14, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      Congrats dudes wicked job :D


    25. mrmagee1000 on June 14, 2011 at 4:20 pm

      I really would like to have seen the judges pick the winners out of ALL of the entries, not just the ones the public chose. Nonetheless, great job and congrats to the winners.


    26. duncan on June 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm

      BIG congrats guys, FREAKING awesome job.


    27. Hamish Bode on June 14, 2011 at 5:37 pm

      Congratulations guys – seriously awesome stuff! I'm going to predict that our "Greentooth Awards" become industry recognised given the quality of the entries. Can't wait for the next round of madness :)


    28. adam on June 14, 2011 at 5:37 pm

      Fingus: Disagree, she's 100% finished. Beautiful.


    29. Stinger88 on June 14, 2011 at 5:59 pm

      Yep. The 2 I voted for. Congrats guys. Well deserved.


    30. Chandler on June 14, 2011 at 8:07 pm

      Both JordanW and Bogdanbl4 totally deserved it. Stellar work, guys!


    31. Vidar on June 15, 2011 at 1:46 am

      Nice one :)


    32. asic on June 15, 2011 at 2:52 am

      Congratulations :)

      The Cammy character is really amazing well done but I think its the least inventive one, its just Cammy in another suit. Exciting in a craftsman way but design wise its not that great (maybe that's just me)

      Awesome work though on both pieces


    33. Tenchi on June 15, 2011 at 10:28 am

      Congrats to everyone who participated and to the winners! Also thanks and well done to Polycount for a very entertaining contest. Can't wait for the next one! ^^


    34. Joshua Stubbles on June 15, 2011 at 11:15 am

      fantastic work guys, congratulations to all of you.


    35. changiz on June 15, 2011 at 11:18 am

      Congratulations for the first place . good luck . :)


    36. Mr_Drayton on June 15, 2011 at 3:33 pm

      Congratulations to both of you, this has been a very tight match. :D


    37. rasmus on June 16, 2011 at 10:24 pm

      Congrats!


    38. AjdinBarucija on July 11, 2011 at 8:14 pm

      WELL done!!! I love the model. Not ashamed to say it is set as my wall paper ;p


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