2003 Blender F1 Challenge
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The rules for the 2003 Blender F1 Challenge are the same as years past. The theme is to create what you feel to be the Formula One car of the future. It can be one day, one year, or one hundred years! If you look at the 2001 and 2002 favorites, you will see that these are no ordinary F1 cars. Some touch the ground and others do not. What you do is use your imagination. For your benefit, please let me share my feelings regarding previous years contests:

What I learned from the 2001 and 2002 F1 Challenges

If you take a closer look at the 2001 and 2002 entries (links above) that got the most voting points, what do they have in common? Attention to detail! Lighting, texturing, composition and precision modelling made these entries stand out from the rest. The time spent on these models really shows in their quality. As several Challengers submitted multiple entries, maybe their time would have been better used on one really good model rather than several "okay" models. Quality over quantity!

Textures! No doubt the best models had the best texturing. Texturing makes the model look real. It is amazing what a properly placed decal or detailed reflection map can do to make a model come alive.

Lighting! The best finishers also had lighting that showed the important features and added to the overall scene while maintaining a realistic feel. Several entries, in my opinion, were underlit. A model could be the most awesome creation ever but that will not matter if we cannot see it!

Composition! Composition is how the objects are placed in the scene. Take a close look at the top Challenge entries and you will see that the composition is very similar. Three-quarter angles from a slightly higher perspective. Also look in any car magazine and you will see similar composition. People are natually used to seeing certain types of objects from a particular point of view. Cars are one of them.

Listen to the Community! Many of the images submitted to the F1 Challenge were posted on the Community forums for critique before they were sent to me. Based on what was suggested by fellow Blender users, many of the entries were modified for the better (anyone remember how many versions we saw of S68's (Stefano Selleri) one-wheeled wonders?). The Community can be an awesome tool to help you make your images better if you listen to them.

One additional observation, if I may. Never underestimate the effect of having your image tell a story. Several of the entries had simple stories built into them and that can give them a human touch. Take some time to thumb through any magazine and look at the advertisments. The best ones always tell some sort of story however simple it may be.....

All images must be created and RENDERED in any Blender version that is publicly available for download. Plug-ins for Blender are allowed. No post-processing in any external application (i.e. Photoshop, GIMP...) is allowed. Entries must be rendered from Blender and submitted as a JPEG image no larger than 700 pixels wide. Either send an email attachment to me or email a web link to the files so I can download them (preferred method). Entries can be updated at any time before the contest ends so do not be afraid to make those last minute tweaks. The top 5 in contest-end voting will be asked to provide .BLEND files.

The contest ends May 31, 2003. This will give you plenty of time to create a masterpiece!


  • 1st place: The incredible Ka'Ra book of Blender art from (and signed by) Shigeto Maeda; the new Horus DVD created by Shigeto Maeda; full color 2'x 3'(60cm X 91cm) poster of your entry from SeeSystems Design
  • 2nd place: The official Blender 2.0 guide (thanks to Paradox and Hos!); full color 2'x 3'(60cm X 91cm) poster of your entry from SeeSystems Design
  • 3rd place: A full color 2'x 3'(60cm X 91cm) poster of your entry from SeeSystems Design
  • The important thing here is to have FUN! NOW, rev up your brain cells and start thinking to the future of Formula One!!

    Ciao for now!

    Curtis Smith (CurtisS)


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