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June 24th Challenge - The StrataCafe Intergalactic Zoo - Winners


First Place
John Hunter Barrie
Second Place
Duncan MacGruer
Third Place
Dale Schulz

Paul Otto
Waldo 3D
Waldo 3D
Luis Antonio Perez Cuevas

Mex Sara
Christophe Lach
Mike Smith
June 24th Challenge - The StrataCafe Intergalactic Zoo - Outline

It's been some time since we've had a StrataCafe challenge, so I thought I'd start it back up again with something fun.

It's the year 3007, and the StrataCafe (now an intergalactic gallery, coffee house, department of motor vehicles and pet trout licensing center) is looking to expand into an intergalactic zoo.

Your task is to roam the universe and bring back the most interesting creatures from across the universe, and take a quick snapshot of them. This should be a good opportunity to use your new-found SDS modeling skills and the new IK system in CX 5.1 (although you can use any version of Strata 3D to complete the challenge.

The creature should have a name plaque and short description. (You can build the description into the 3d image or lay it out nicely in Photoshop.)

This is a fun challenge, and the final submission date is a ways off. You can submit entries at any tme to me (michael@stratacafe.com) and I'll post them here on an ongoing basis, so we can all see how the Zoo is shaping up. Good luck!


Prizes

First Place Will receive all three of Strata's 3D[in] Photoshop CS3 Extended plugins: Strata Design 3D[in], Strata Live 3D[in], and Strata Foto 3D[in], and a choice of one of PhotoshopCafe's tutorial disks (excluding "Mastering Flash").

Second Place Will receive their choice of one(1) of Strata's 3D[in] Photoshop CS3 Extended plugins: Strata Design 3D[in], Strata Live 3D[in], and Strata Foto 3D[in] and a choice of one of PhotoshopCafe's tutorial disks (excluding "Mastering Flash").

Third Place Will receive their choice of one(1) of Strata's 3D[in] Photoshop CS3 Extended plugins: Strata Design 3D[in], Strata Live 3D[in], and Strata Foto 3D[in]

Rules and Conditions

The 3D rendering in this challenge must be completely entirely in Strata3D. Photoshop, Illustrator, or other image editors or page layout programs may be used for post-processing, texture creation or page layout.

Models may be imported from external modelers (eg. Wings, Amapi, Silo, etc.). Any amount of post work may be done in Photoshop or other image editors, but try to avoid excessively "hand painting" the image.

Models must be original, and created by you. No publicly available models may be used, nor can "3D in a box" solutions, like Poser or Bryce. All 3D rendering for this project must be performed by Strata3D.

Entries will be accepted until midnight on Sunday, June 24th. Judging will be done online by any member of the cafe with a gallery that's willing to vote =)

Submissions must be JPG, TIFF or PCT images no wider than 800 pixels. All images will be compressed as JPG's and reduced to 800 pixels wide. The image cannot contain your name or email address anywhere on it, although you are welcome to post works-in-progress to the Cafe gallery or Cafe forums.

These rules may be subject to change without notice before the close of the contest.

If you have any questions regarding challenge rules or theme guidelines, please email me at michael@stratacafe.com