What are your favorite winners from the past?
It’s been several months since the last Unity Art challenge and it seemed like we wouldn’t get a new one, but last Tuesday (January 19, 2016) Thomas Pasieka announced the challenges are returning, starting March 1st, 2016. This, of course, is a perfect moment to review the old challenges and pick your favorite winner from all the entries!
Unity Art Challenge: What is it?
You never heard of the Unity Art Challenge? Let me explain it for you! In the Unity Art challenge you’re challenged to make one piece or 3D art with a certain theme and display it in a diorama/turntable. Each challenge has its own restrictions, like the max amount of vertices to be used. You have one month to complete your entry which has to be made from scratch and you have to post some of your works in progress, amongst other challenging restrictions.
A challenge doesn’t go without rewards however, and in the past the art challenge has had several great sponsors with awesome products (of course all related to making art and games), like a year of Sketchfab pro, Texture Packs and much more!
Of course a challenge is nothing without a great theme, here are some of themes which have been used in earlier challenges:
- The Christmas Ornament (December 2014)
- Thor’s Hammer (Mjölnir) (January 2015)
- The Bridge (February 2015)
- Nature’s Shield (March 2015)
- Chest of Wonders (April 2015)
- The Shroom of Doom (May 2015)
All wonderful themes which inspired a lot of inspiration and with that interpretation in the participants! Let’s have a look at a few entries and think of what you would have made of it!
Let’s run through each of these to see what you’re competing against.
The Christmas Ornament – December 2014
The theme of the challenge had the following goal:
You are to create a Christmas Ornament that is “different”. It could be based on a Game or Game Character for instance, or be something completely out of the ordinary.
This of course gave a lot of entries. Check all winners from the challenge here: http://ow.ly/XsnZ9
My favorite entry was the Wooden Christmas Entry from Essimoon2:
This particular entry is my favorite of the winners because I can imagine myself hanging it in a tree. The other two not so much. This has the beautiful wooden look, which I personally love, and the fun gifts and many details which Essimoon2 has used in this particular piece make it really stand out for me.
Thor’s Hammer (Mjölnir) – January 2015
The theme for this challenge was Thor’s Hammer with the following goal:
We all have seen various depictions of Thor’s Hammer throughout comics and movies! Now is the time to let your creative juices flow and design a new look for “Mjolnir” (Thor’s Hammer).
You can check out all the winning entries here: http://ow.ly/Xso3a
I’ve got a real soft spot for anything that’s nature related, so my favorite winner for this challenge was the entry made by Mr-Brett (Brett Eveleigh):
The detail in this piece of art is incredible! Although at first glance you might not regard this as a strong hammer, but when I think about this being a God’s hammer, I can easily imagine the magic seeping through on the sides holding the hammer completely together and giving it its strength and impact. The moss on the small log is a perfect detail for a hammer which has been affected by the weather.
The Bridge – February 2015
The theme for this challenge was the Bridge with the goal being:
We have all walked across a bridge at some point. We have all seen them in various movies. There is a wide range of styles for bridges and additionally they have an important function. They cross the gap between two pieces of land which would otherwise be difficult to get to. We want to see a small Diorama of your Bridge! It can be fantasy themed, Sci-Fi or whatever you think would look cool.
You can check out all winning entries here: http://ow.ly/Xso5T
I have to be honest with this one, I couldn’t pick between two of the winners. One has a very inventive interpretation of The Bridge and the other is…. Nature! So….. I’ll let you pick:
This entry shows one of the many kind of interpretations an artist can take on a theme. The robots helping each other to safety is a very unique interpretation, very different from the many other entries I’ve seen in this challenge! NomadKing has used a lot of details, like the flowing lava, the cracks in the stones, the way the robot stands ready to use the bridge.
Nature’s Shield – March 2015
The theme for this challenge was Nature’s Shield with the goal being:
This could be literally a “Shield” made out of wood and leafs etc – Magically protecting its user. It could also be something completely different. There is a lot of room for interpretation here!
As the goal says, there’s a lot of room for interpretation, after all, what is Nature’s shield? Is it the hard shell of a turtle in which it retreats? Or is it the poisonous skin of frog? Are there more shields of which we can think of? Certainly! This theme gave several awesome entries, but of course only the best three of them can win. You can check them out here: http://ow.ly/XspsT
My favorite winning entry has been made by VertexFiend:
Although my favorite art is usually nature and fantasy this particular winning entry sparked my interest because of its originality. Vaccines are a natural shield in your body against viruses and often times vaccines are made of or based on nature’s ingredients and what better way to deliver the vaccines with an injector like this?
Chest of Wonders – April 2015
The theme for this challenge was a Chest of Wonders with the following goal:
This could literally be a Wooden Chest filled with wondrous items. Maybe it’s a Chest that leads to another dimension? Perhaps it’s a Pirate’s Chest filled with Gold? There is a lot of room for interpretation here!
Now, what are wonders? Is it a medical thing that saves your life? Is it the relic of an ancient saint who healed people? Or is it perhaps something entirely differently?
The participants in this challenge all made their own interpretation of this theme. Check out all the winning entries here: http://ow.ly/Xsscf
This time it was hard for me to pick my favorite winning entry. All three entries had something special. I liked the hidden treasures idea, which was really hidden! A chest filled to the brim with bottles of ale for the dwarves is of course perfect, but packing an entire other world in a chest, that’s a whole other thing. So…. Essimoon2’s entry was my favorite this time:
The Shroom of Doom – May 2015
The theme for this challenge was The Shroom of Doom with the following goal:
This could be your typical poisonous mushroom in a patch of grass or maybe it’s a basked full of Mushrooms that will lead to your doom? There is a lot of room for interpretation here!
Does this make you think of Mario? Or perhaps something else? The participants in this challenge had loads of ideas. Of course only three of them can be a winner. You can check them out here: http://ow.ly/Xst5A
I’ve seen lots of entries, many concepts, but one was a favorite of mine from the start and that was capodraven’s, so I was glad to see it won!
The way the Shroom comes out of the earth is a terrific find! And all the core magma pouring out of the earth. Imagine something hits the earth, maybe not a shroom, but something else and the earth would split open. I could totally imagine the magma flowing! Granted, it may not be real taken scientifically, but hey, that’s why this is GAME art, right?
What are your favorite winning entries? Share them in the comments! Would you like to participate in the new challenge? It will be posted on March 1st on the “Made with Unity” forum:
Be sure to check it out!