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Daniel Bayona, (chilombiano) 'Love is in the air'
Daniel Bayona grew up between Colombia and the Soviet Union and always had books about the Russian space program and sci-fi around him. Jacques Cousteau and 50-60's comics like Tintin and the Trip to the Moon helped to get the tones. “Another thing that made me keep this piece simple was my damn useless laptop,” says Bayona. “I had to find some time to paint somewhere else to get this done, and I almost didn't.”
“There was so much support and feedback in the CGChallenge,” says Daniel. “The comments from the guys are what makes you finish the task. I never wrote back to many people. Sorry for that guys; I’m very thankful.”
Daniel Bayona works as a Digital Matte painter for ILM from the division in Singapore called DAG. Before that, he did everything from motion graphics, 3D, video games, etc. “From September 2007,” he says, “I've worked on ‘Transformers,’ ‘Spiderwick Chronicles,’ ‘Iron Man,’ ‘Indiana Jones 4’ and other cool projects coming to the beautiful Singapore.”
Daniel Bayona wins SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6.5 Essentials, a Wacom Cintiq 12WX, an annual subscription to ImagineFX Magazine, Balistic Publishing's d'artiste - Digital Painting and a CGSociety Membership.
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Mathieu Didier (Jaba153) 'Trippin trankilo’
Since the beginning, Mathieu was looking to do an a-temporal situation, showing Aliens with the same habits and vices as humans.
“So those guys are just hanging out the whole night before taking their place on the Transgalactic Express,” describes Mathieu Didier. For inspiration, Didier used to spend his life traveling as a graffiti artist since 1991 and traveling to paint was part of the job.
"Work on this image was great fun, because it was the first time I’ve found time to apply all the skills that I've been learning since joining Lucasfilm Animation as Digital Matte and Concept Artist. Also, like for all previous challenges, it’s great to share knowledge and receive good crits and comments. Every challenge makes people improve in their work, so thanks again!"
Mathieu Didier wins SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6.5 Essentials, Corel Painter X, Vue 6 Infinite, an annual subscription to ImagineFX Magazine, Ballistic Publishing d'artiste Matte Painting and a CGSociety membership.
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Anthony Wolff, (jOuey) ‘The Six Million Dollar Cow’
Anthony Wolff is a concept artist working Kylotonn Studio in Paris. With influences from Ryan Church, Craig Mullins, Sparth, Paperblue works, his work is often inspired by nature, our world, movies, books, but mainly finds inspiration in the remaining of old civilizations, earth mysteries and astronomy.
“This is my first participation at the CGChallenge, and when I began to see the quality of the whole entries, I just couldn't imagine for one second I’d win a prize,” says Anthony.
Anthony Wolff wins SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6.5 Essentials, Stitcher Unlimited, an annual subscription to ImagineFX Magazine, Ballistic Publishing’s d'artiste Series Bundle, Ballistic Publishing Elemental 3 and a CGSociety membership.
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Miguel Angelo CBT, (Malanjo) ‘Finito!’
Miguel Angelo CBT is a digital artist from Portugal (Tras-os-montes e Alto Douro). From a beginning in traditional art Miguel moved into digital with his passion intact. "I love Pop Art style, and a lot of Renaissance pieces too," says Miguel. "I think mixing these two styles is fantastic to achieve a good visual storytelling. I worked in digital media doing Graphic Design, TV advertise, Print, 3D, Motion Design, Digital Art and art in general. In the last few months my bet is on Character development and Composite."
"Working on this piece was fantastic! I learnerd a lot with this exercise," he continues. "I developed modeling (organic and a little bit of mechanical, texturing, sculpting, light and composite. Watching the other users threads was really great, and to see how many great artists we had in the competition was even more impressive!! I learned a lot with them. And the guys from the video section! Autch! Really talented people out there!!"
Miguel Angelo CBT wins SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6.5 Essentials, Luxology modo, Autodesk Mudbox, an annual subscription to ImagineFX Magazine, Ballistic Publishing’s d'artiste Character Modeling 1 & 2, and a CGSociety Membership.
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Jan Harcarik, (turbinea) ‘The Eclipse’
Originally from Slovakia, now living in Spain, Jan Harcarik has been working in game industry about seven years now as a level designer.
”My experience of being in this competition was great and challenging,” he says. “Never before have I been able to put together more than
a still artwork, and this was my first attempt to create something for an animated short. Had to sacrifice a lot of
sleep but I learned a lot, and that's what this challenge is about.”
Jan Harcarik wins SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6.5 Essentials, a Wacom Cintiq 12WX, an annual subscription to ImagineFX Magazine, Ballistic Publishing’s d'artiste - Character Modeling and an annual CGSociety membership or extension.
The Eclipse VIDEO
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Andrzej Sykut, (azazel) ‘Trip to the souk’
“When I was a kid, I've spent few years living in Tobruk, Libya,” explains Andrzej Sykut. “Every time I saw local souk, it was full of life, full of colors, full of sunlight, smells and flies. At the beginning of a challenge, I was looking for a way of expressing relations between various races.”
“First thing in my mind was war, some ultra-violent carnage 'Starship Troopers' style; but that was not something I wanted to do this time. Second idea was trade. Then I thought of Tobruk, and I was hooked. Next thing I did was look at tons of photos of souks, medinas and markets in Middle East. It was quite a while since I've seen such place with my own eyes, so some 'refreshing' was necessary. First thing I noticed on those photos, was the light, and the atmosphere. Lets say I was hooked even more by then.Another source of inspiration was my fondness of panoramic photography, and work of M.C. Escher; hence the very wide-angle camera, with curved perspective.”
Andrzej Sykut wins SOFTIMAGE|XSI 6.5 Essentials, Luxology modo, a free annual subscription to ImagineFX Magazine, Ballistic Publishing Essence - The Face: Book & DVD, Ballistic Publishing Ultimate: Klara DVD and an annual CGS Membership.
Bob Eggleton:AMAZING colors and design!! Looked at this many times.
Meng-Han Ho:awesome lighting, love it.