Mudbox Challenge - Armed and Dangerous

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Mudbox Challenge - Armed and Dangerous
19 January 2012 - 12 April 2012

You are challenged to flaunt your Autodesk® Mudbox® skills by sculpting and painting the ultimate armed and dangerous character.

Whether it be a cowboy with a six shooter, a pirate brandishing a cutlass, a damsel with dynamite, a giant killer bee with stinger missiles, or maybe your mom with a rolling pin. It does not have to be full of violence and gore, non-violent entries are encouraged (be different!), perhaps a clown with a cream pie, a lawyer with a writ, or the dreaded dentist with a drill. Get creative. Whoever, or whatever it is, the character must have some kind of threatening item, and posed in a way that suggests nobody should mess with them.

The character can be a man, woman, alien, elf, monster, an attorney, or anything you want. Also the style is up to you: comic, photorealistic, manga, etc. Most importantly, the character should be posed and painted. No T-posed nor flat-shaded models will be considered by the judges.

This is a Mudbox challenge, so you must use Mudbox to sculpt and detail your character's mesh, and use Mudbox's painting features to texture your character. You may use any software you like to create the base mesh, and any 2D software (ex: Adobe Photoshop) for finishing touches and backgrounds. Please disclose in your work-in-progress uploads what software you are using for each step!

If you don't have Mudbox, you can download a special FREE trial that will not expire until the end of the event! To activate the special FREE trial, use the serial numbers here. Never used Mudbox before? What better opportunity than an international competition with superstar judges and thousands of eyes on your work to master this masterpiece technology.

Final beauty render - fully posed and painted character
Model sheet - showing front, back, side and 3/4 view of your final modeled and painted character
At least 1 WIP of character being sculpted in Mudbox
At least 1 WIP of character being painted in Mudbox

Check out this Offload Studios article, and learn how to get your 3D model ready to be printed into a real life statue.

Terms & Conditions

  1. Entrants must be 18 years or older.
  2. The entrant grants Autodesk unlimited, non-exclusive permission to display, reproduce, and modify the entry and all Work in Progress images in any format. In such circumstances Autodesk will endeavour to notify the artist and give credit where possible.
  3. The entrant grants Ballistic Media and Autodesk rights to use the entrants name, imprimatur and likeness in conjunction with the use of their entered works in any media.
  4. The entrant grants Ballistic Media and Autodesk first right to publish their submitted work in any media.
  5. Entrants commit to notify Ballistic Media in writing at least one week prior to the publication of their work in any media.
  6. 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.
  7. The entrant indemnifies Ballistic Media and Autodesk 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 competition.
  8. 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.
  9. The judges have sole discretion in the interpretation and enforcement of rules, including but not limited to suspension of categories and entrants.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Ballistic Media does not require any payment for entry of images nor does Ballistic Media offer any form of payment, actual or implied, to any entrants.
  13. Disqualification for any reason does not automatically result in alteration of an entry.
  14. 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.
  15. Employees and relatives of Ballistic Media staff, sponsors and judges cannot compete in the competition.
  16. Ballistic Media does not require any payment for entry of images nor does Ballistic Media offer any form of payment, actual or implied, to any entrants.
  17. The entrant grants Ballistic Media rights to use all entered works, in any media for sales, marketing and merchandising, provided full and correct credit for the artist clearly appears with said materials.
  18. By entering the competition the entrant warrants that they are the sole copyright holder and indemnifies Ballistic Media and Autodesk 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. At least two stages of your Work in Progress, which clearly show Mudbox being used, must be uploaded to the challenge pages.
  23. All entries should be original and not a derivative of existing work, including works previously entered in this competition.
  24. You may start your work with a generic human base mesh providing you disclose the origin of the mesh and show it in its original form.
  25. All entries must exclusively use Mudbox Painting and Sculpting Software. You may use other programs to work on your base mesh. Additional painting and touch ups in Photoshop is permitted.
  26. All entrants must be registered with CGTalk or CGSociety and agree to abide by the Terms and Conditions as described here.
  27. Entries should remain unpublished outside of CGSociety prior to the close of the challenge.
  28. 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.
  29. Neither Ballistic Media nor Autodesk 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
  30. 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.
  31. Judges' decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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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