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Challenge 1: Winners

The May / August 2016 Stills Challenge: "The Metal Monster, by Abraham Merritt (1882-1943)" has the following winners:

1 Ivanhoe Sheperd
2 kernit Colonisation
3 rmcgregor Titan

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all who participated and/or voted in this round. The complete definitive final scores can be found at the TC_RTC Forums.

Challenge 1: Info



The new Stills Challenge for September 1st / December 31st 2016 is:

"Dome of Many-Coloured Glass, by Amy Lowell (1874-1925)"

This time, we give you the opportunity to show us your skills with glass in all its forms, colours and textures.


Challenge 2: Winners

The July / August 2016 Stills Challenge: "The Professor at the Breakfast Table" has the following winners :

1 DrNo Literature Wind
2 lequenne historical breakfast
3 (none) (none)

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all who participated and/or voted in this round. The complete and definitive final scores can be found at the TC_RTC Forums.

Challenge 2: Info


The upload period for the September - October 2016 Challenge "Confessions of a Beachcomber" has ended. All members are kindly requested to cast their votes for the best images of the Challenge. The voting period closes the 31st of the current month. Please remember that you have to vote for ALL the images if you want your votes to be taken into account. Please note that this is the fourth and last instalment of the series. Read the voting directives below.


Announcement of a new kind of Challenge

The April / May 2016 topic "Pastry, Cakes and Sweetmeats", the June / July 2016 topic "The Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters", and the July / August 2016 topic "The Professor at the Breakfast Table", are the first three instalments of a new - experimental - series of challenges to be run under the Challenge 2 heading. This new series will consist of four successive instalments in total. The first three, disclosed one at a time, will be considered independent from each other. However, members will be encouraged to use elements from the preceding instalment(s) as the Challenges progress. Somehow, the three first instalments will have to be part of a whole which will be disclosed with the fourth instalment.

The fourth instalment "Confessions of a Beachcomber" of September / October 2016 is supposed to include and combine elements/reminders/hints from all previous instalments into one, encompassing, work within the given topic for the instalment. Failing to do so will cost voting points for the fourth instalment.

There is no obligation for the members to participate in all the instalments of a series but even so they have to follow the rules above.

A special case concerns the participation of the administrators themselves. They can freely participate and be judged by other members, however they are excluded from the final ranking of the instalments as they already know the four topics from the start.

As far as the rating is concerned, voting for 'Artistic' and 'Topic' will be similar to what you are used to. The third category 'Technical' will have a different meaning: it will rate the manner in which the artist has been able to meld successfully the elements from different instalments as the series progresses. The term 'Technical' is under scrutiny at this moment and will be replaced by something more appropriate. Suggestions are welcome of course.

The new Challenge for November 1st / December 31st, 2016 has as theme:

"Light in Darkness / Darkness in Light"

Light and darkness are appropriate themes for the last two months of the year. You can choose between the two, Darkness in Light being possibly more challenging to visualise than Light in Darkness. For you to judge.


Member Count (May 2016): 185 Cheppers ( Become a Chepper! )

Hopefully, you have arrived here because you are interested in 3D Computer graphics and possibly interested in rendering 3D images and animations. You are all welcome to join in and enjoy the Challenge! If you are not a member, simply register with us by clicking the 'Register' link above.
Current Challenge 1 Challenge
September, 2016
From 01-Sep-2016 to 31-Dec-2016
Topic : "Dome of Many-Coloured Glass (Amy Lowell, 1874-1925)"
There are 51 days left until upload finishes
There are 65 days until voting finishes
Current Challenge 2 Challenge
September, 2016
From 01-Sep-2016 to 31-Oct-2016
Topic : "Confessions of a Beachcomber"
There are 4 days until voting finishes
The Metal Monster, by Abraham Merritt (1882-1943)
(May, 2016)
From 01-May-2016 to 31-Aug-2016

Shepherd by Ive


The Professor at the Breakfast Table
(July, 2016)
From 15-Jul-2016 to 31-Aug-2016

Literature Wind by Normand Brière

Literature Wind

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See this example of what can be achieved by Mark Slone!

'Innocent Shadow' by Mark Slone
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"Innocent Shadow" by Mark Slone


See this example of what can be achieved by Gilles Tran!

'Glasses' by Gilles Tran
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"Glasses" by Gilles Tran


For even more inspiration, visit the PoV-Ray Hall of Fame: http://hof.povray.org/index-lb.html

We want to see the best 3D stills  and animations artwork that you can develop using the rendering program and tools of your choice for the given subject. Over the 'Internet' and home-computing years, there have been many advancements in computer chip technology, which has enabled us budding 3D artists to actually do what we want to do. One usage that has catapulted in popularity on home computers is the ability to make/develop a still image or animation using various 3D rendering and raytracing programs used along with associated 3D modelling and texture software.

So get yourself some free programs (see above) and give it a try!

Last but not least, this TC-RTC website is here for everyone to have fun and to enjoy the experience of creating an image or animation in 3D given the present challenge.

We all look forward to seeing yours.

Above all else, enjoy the Challenge!


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