MARI: Texture Challenge 2012

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MARI: Texture Challenge 2012
20 September 2012 - 20 November 2012

The Foundry and CGSociety are looking for the world's best MARI artist!

The Foundry, makers of the 3D digital paint tool, MARI, has supplied us with "Witch Doctor" by the wonderful Jakob Kousholt (thanks Jakob!). The model, shown above, is for you to texture and bring to life. Download it here:
Witch_Doctor_v4.zip (10MB)

The artwork will be judged on the composition, attention to detail and general awesomeness. We want to see textures that tell a story.

We'll be looking for detailed, realistic textures in a lookdev-ready setup (a minimum of colour, bump and spec maps for each shader). Details which make the textures more evocative will get bonus points too. You will receive extra qudos for submitting animated textures, turntables, renderable scenes (Maya and 3ds Max etc.) and showcasing your work in progress on CGTalk.

The competition will be judged by Jack Greasley, MARI’s product manager, the multi-talented Scott Metzger, Image Engine’s Justin Holt and well known texture artist and CGTalk Chief moderator and host Leigh Van Der Byl.

You must have permission to distribute the textures you use.

Haven’t got MARI? Never used it before? The Foundry are offering a 60 day trial for the duration of the challenge, plenty of time to get to grips with this incredibly powerful tool. Download the 15 day trial www.thefoundry.co.uk/products/mari/, and to extend it to the end of the competition email your name, address, phone number, and sys ID for the license to mari-challenge@thefoundry.co.uk

If you want to brush up on your texture painting skills before presenting your final entry, CGWorkshops is offering an 8 week, fully mentored, online "Creature Texture Painting in Mari," CGWorkshop with Image Engine's Justin holt. The workshop begins on 15th October. Click here for more details. Remember that although you'll learn better techniques through Justin's videos, feedback and live webinar sessions, Justin cannot give you any advice or help on your competition entry.

Deliverables to be uploaded on your Challenge page:
Beauty render
At least 2 WIPS (Work In Progress), but the more the better.


Terms & Conditions

  1. Entrants must be 18 years or older.
  2. The winners grant Ballistic Media and The Foundry rights to use the entrants name, imprimatur and likeness in conjunction with the use of their entered works in any media.
  3. The winners grant Ballistic Media and The Foundry first right to publish their submitted work in any media.
  4. Entrants commit to notify Ballistic Media in writing at least one week prior to the publication of their work in any media.
  5. Other than the rights assigned in the preceding clauses entrants retain copyright of all entered materials and are free to use said materials for personal promotions.
  6. The entrant indemnifies Ballistic Media and The Foundry against any claims or indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages from any party that may arise from any use, including but not limited to, publication of entry materials submitted as a part of, or in association with the challenge.
  7. All artwork that is entered by the deadline is final; it cannot be removed or changed after this point. Ballistic Media will not return any material submitted or alter any entry.
  8. The judges have sole discretion in the interpretation and enforcement of rules, including but not limited to suspension of categories and entrants.
  9. It is the entrant's responsibility to ensure compliance with all rules. Disqualification of any entrant is not reflected in any public change of status or alteration of their entry.
  10. There is no agreement or contract between the artist and Ballistic Media. The artist assumes all responsibility and costs for delivering images and other required information to the Publisher for consideration in the competition.
  11. Ballistic Media reserves the right to suspend, shorten, modify or cancel the challenge at its sole discretion.
  12. There is no chance component in the selection of winning entries. Winning entries will be chosen solely on the skill exhibited by the entrants as determined by the judges.
  13. Ballistic Media will take reasonable measures to ensure the security of entries and information supplied to them. In no event shall Ballistic Media be liable to any party, for indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages arising out of the loss of images and data supplied, even if Ballistic Media has been advised of the possibility of such loss and damages.
  14. Employees and relatives of Ballistic Media staff or The Foundry cannot compete in the Challenge.
  15. Challenge judges cannot compete in the Challenge.
  16. The winners The Foundry Group unlimited, non-exclusive permission to use the winning artwork for promotional purposes in any media. In such circumstances The Foundry will notify the artist and will publish full and correct credit for the artist that will appear with any reproduction of the winning artwork
  17. The entrant grants Ballistic Media rights to use all entered works, in any media for marketing of CGSociety Challenges. In such circumstances Ballistic will notify the artist and will publish full and correct credit for the artist that will appear with any reproduction of the winning artwork.
  18. By entering the competition the entrant warrants that they are the sole copyright holder and indemnifies Ballistic Media and The Foundry from any subsequent claims that may arise regarding ownership, or any other claims that may impact upon the entered work.
  19. Individual entrants only.
  20. Multiple entries are permitted.
  21. Entrants are not permitted to enter works on behalf of any other individual or entity.
  22. All entries should be original and not a derivative of existing work, including works previously entered in this competition.
  23. All entries must use MARI.
  24. At least two stages of Work in Progress, which clearly must be uploaded to the challenge pages.
  25. All entrants must be registered with CGTalk or CGSociety and agree to abide by the Terms and Conditions as described here.
  26. Entries should remain unpublished outside of CGSociety prior to the close of the challenge.
  27. Images must conform to nominal decency guidelines. Any image deemed to contain content that depicts violence, racial, political, religious, sexual or any other inflammatory material in an inappropriate manner may be disqualified and removed. Interpretation of what is, and is not, appropriate material is the sole discretion of Ballistic Media and/or its appointed agents.
  28. Neither Ballistic Media nor The Foundry will be held responsible for late entries for any reason whatsoever. It is the sole responsibility of the entrants to make reasonable allowances for upload times and to plan accordingly
  29. Entries will be judged on artistic and technical merit within the scope of the competition theme. The interpretation of these rules, the theme, artistic or technical merit of the work and any other consideration made by the judges is at the sole discretion of the judges.
  30. Judges' decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  31. To be eligible for prizes, all winning entrants must provide accurate and reliable contact details. Ballistic Media will make all reasonable efforts to contact winners for a period of 7 calendar days after the completion of Judging. If a winner cannot be contacted within this period then they can be disqualified at the sole discretion of Ballistic Media.
  32. Any import taxes or duties on prizes must be paid by the prize winner. It is neither practically possible nor ethically reasonable for Ballistic Media or any of the sponsors to pay duties and taxes on behalf of a winner. Ballistic Media and sponsors will not make false valuation claims to assist winners from illegally evading any applicable duties and taxes.
  33. This list of terms and conditions constitutes the complete and exclusive statement of the terms and conditions and supersedes any prior terms and conditions, oral or written, and any other communications relating to these terms and conditions.

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