Category Archives: Blender 3D

CGTrader Contest: Aliens in Space

Ok CG enthusiasts, you should all know the drill. You have about a month to create a masterpiece and compete for an awesome list of prizes.

All the rules and prizes can be found on CGTrader :

CGTrader: CG Furniture Challenge

This month’s challenge is furniture! And there is $3500 worth of prizes up for grabs.

from CGTrader

Can you imagine your life without a soft and comfortable bed to lay after an extremely intensive day? What place would you choose to eat at if there were no chairs, sofas and tables invented?

It’s a fortune – we are living in the ages, which bring us countless number of extraordinary and unique furniture designs. Thus, we decided to expand the supply even more and run CG Furniture challenge! We believe it’s the best time to give the opportunity for furniture designers to compete with each other for the recognition and marvelous prizes.

You are free to design any kind and any style of furniture. Medieval style chair or futuristic couch – everything works. Surprise us and surpass yourself! Don’t forget that one model could be only for one challenge and should be uploaded during the challenge period.

Our amazing sponsors are ready to give the best they can to motivate you even more! This time we have partnered up with Ranch Computing, SketchList and Landscape Architects Network.

Don’t lay in bed, design one instead giving your best shot!


You can find more information (concrete prizes, concept, rules) here:

CGTrader Flora and Fauna Challenge

CGTrader has just launched a new competition for CG lovers and designers – Flora and Fauna challenge. They are offering really amazing prize pool, which reaches more than $7,000 in prizes. Sponsors for this competition include Exlevel, Rayvision, Laubwerk, Greyscalegorilla, CG Cookie and Happy Digital on a board.

Of note to Blender users, CG Cookie is offering a free CG Cookie membership!!!

As usual, all the rules and requirements can be found at the CGTrader site:

CGTrader Awards

CGTrader asked it’s large community of members about their favorite CG resources and when the votes were all in CG Cookie as well as Blender itself scored highly in the voting.

If you want to see the voting results as well as all the categories voted upon, head on over to CGTader.

Book Review: Blender Cycles: Materials and Textures Cookbook – Third Edition

blender cycles coverBlender Cycles: Materials and Textures Cookbook – Third Edition, by Enrico Valenza is an updated version of Enrico’s first book of the same title. A book which I read with great enjoyment when it came out.

What can you expect in an updated edition that can’t be found in the first. Well at first glance, it all looks pretty much the same. Enrico walks you through over 40 material recipes created in the Cycles rendering engine. The same great teaching style and explanations are still there, the materials still look great and it is still filled with great tips and information.

Generally changes in an updated edition have to do with changes in the software, and that is the case here as well. Although it did seem to me as if the materials looked better and more polished. I didn’t check the recipes step by step with the first edition to be sure the settings were all the same. So it could be either minor tweaks to the materials by Enrico or improvements to the Cycles rendering engine itself. Either way the materials looked good and provide a valuable resource for material exploration.

The only major change I noticed is that the snake skin material from the first edition was replaced with a “disgusting organic material” and that is Enrico’s description of the material, not mine :P But I do agree, that particular material is pretty gross looking.

So, to sum it up. If you missed out on getting the first edition, I encourage you to grab this edition. It is filled with great materials, excellent explanations and is a valuable resource that will help you in your own material explorations.

Available at:

Packt Publishing

Blender Cycles: Materials and Textures Cookbook – Third Edition


Blender Cycles: Materials and Textures Cookbook – Third Edition


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