Winter is an etching, Spring a watercolor, Summer an oil painting and Autumn a mosaic of them all." – Stanley Horowitz
"The creator of this image really manages to capture the autumn vibes perfectly. Even though the image does not look fully photo realistic, there's is a great presence and storytelling going on. We really feel like this could be the local coffee shop around the corner from where we live. There's a lot of details in the image that's almost hard to notice but they are there, just how we'd love to see them. The characteristic well modeled ground, the ivy on the wall and the interior details.
Personally we don't usually like having 3D people in images since they tend to drag the overall quality of the image well, but in this case they work quite well with the overall scene. If we were to point out something that could improve, the first thing coming to our mind would be the sometimes flat shader work, and the fact that there is quite heavy motion blur on one person, while the others are 100% sharp." - Illusive Images
"This project has successfully integrated 2 complex factors, time and people, achieving an integral result very rich in substance and with a perfect autumn mood." - Juan Garcia
"The picture captured that pleasant Autumn atmosphere that airs in the beautiful streets. Makes you really want to have a cup of warm coffee. Also, it has to offer some pretty details. Beside slight critics such as the motion blur and some materials that would benefit of more depth, the image denotes both technical and choreographic skills." - Massimo Gnocchi
"Starting with the overall image, it feels very much like autumn: warm tones but still tells a story of cold winds. The general idea to the image is good and compositionally it works very well, framing the cute house with the trees. The only downsides are that the wonderful details of the house isn't really visible in the final image. and maybe that the top of the image becomes a little too cluttered, but the overall image weighs up for all of that.
Technically, it is obvious that the creator has spent a great amount of time creating the house model. The art direction is very creative and cute, the house really has it's own personality. It's not a house, it's a character. Definitely a character we'd love to see in a Disney movie." - Illusive Images
"The overall work expresses personality, which is an aspect I truly appreciated. In my opinion, the right color variations here could have told a lot more. Still, great work." - Massimo Gnocchi
"There's a lot of technical skill here, though the final image is somewhat less than the sum of its parts. The color is too uniform and the image is very busy and hard to read at first sight." - Bertrand Benoit
"I like the composition and dynamism of the image, as well as the execution. It's an image that convinces as a whole and stands up in the quality of its details." - Bertrand Benoit
"A tribute to nature with good handling of scale, and with minimal human intervention make this piece very special, it is cheerful and positive." - Juan Garcia
"It denotes the autumn spirit is technically exquisite, its handling of color is impeccable, it is serious and conceptually it is very interesting, geometry of the fifth dimension inferred in an architectural project and photographic approach make it perfect." - Juan Garcia
"It's a good piece with great details, but it also hides a strong meaning. Personally I think the meaning of the image loses to the image complexity, which in my opinion are two elements that cannot always live together." - Massimo Gnocchi
"Serene, balanced, coherent. Good mixture of technical competence and artistic feel." - Bertrand Benoit
"It's an energic picture. If I had to tell my personal critics, something does not feel right about the distribution and the scale, yet the overall image catches your eyes for those red tones." - Massimo Gnocchi
"This image is so simplistic, which might be why we liked it so much. It pretty much only contains two elements, the house and the trees, but is still telling story with the dog and the person, seemingly coming home from an adventure.
The image catches an autumn feeling very well with the warm leaves on the ground, yet keeps a overall cold feeling to the air. The color palette with the warm bottom third of the image together with the blue/white top and the black house on one side works so well together, it feels very intentional. The color grading on top of that, with the crushed blacks and toned down highlights really adds to the autumn feel. Compositionally it's great, we know the image is about the house and the adventure, still the house is a little disguised behind the trees, also following the rule of thirds in a good way. Maybe we would want to see some more detail work and variation. Different kinds of trees , and more details on the ground as it feels a bit too uniform. Rocks, bushes and mushrooms could do the image good, but without disturbing the simplicity. However, the overall feel to the image weighs up for it." - Illusive Images
"Minimalism and photography are very well achieved elements in this piece, storytelling and color also play an interesting role." - Juan Garcia
"The colors of this picture catch your eyes, the conflict between the warm and colder tones, and the subtle cross-processing effect. I think more work could have been done on some details such as the ground, but other than that, it's a balanced and pleasant image." - Massimo Gnocchi
We really think this image deserves some attention. It succeeds with the most important thing in our industry: Create a feeling.
When we look at this image, we feel. We want to be there, experience that. The color palette is just amazing and this image could definitely be a competition winner, if it wasn’t for the fact that it does not really relate to the topic (autumn), and there is absolutely no information of how the image was made, or if the clouds are even 3D. - Illusive Images
"This image also deserves some attention in our opinion. Maybe it is simply because we are Swedish and the mood in this image pretty much sums up what our autumn’s look like, with slightly depressing grey skies and never ending rain. Maybe it’s because it’s focused on modern architecture, which lies close to our hearts. Or maybe it’s just because the nice details, like the great wet asphalt texture, the rain, or dirty concrete. It is definitely partially because of the well written poetic text that was included in this contribution.
Technically, the trees on the left could definitely get some more love, and the street to the right could do good with some details. Regardless, the image is great and really catches our eyes with the cold outside and the warm and cozy inside. We really feel the need to run inside the house and take cover." - Illusive Images
The wind starts carrying everything away, and September brings a weird happiness. Yes, for some of us, the end of summer marks the begin of something. As we get back to our duties, we feel refreshed, and we start making plans.
So, why not starting with a good challenge?
Nature, Architecture, Still Life. It's up to you to unleash your imagination in this Autumn-themed modeling & rendering competition.
Photography by Roland Halbe
Photography by Ustina Green
Architect, Lighting TD Artist
3D Artist \ ArchViz
Like his mother, an acclaimed French painter, Bertrand Benoit has always felt a powerful urge to draw. But it wasn't until the mid-2000s that he turned to CG as his main medium.
In the past decade, he has been recognized with several awards, including the 2010 CGArchitect Award. His work has appeared in such publications as the New York Times, Exclusive, CLOG, and Sharp Magazine.
Once briefly active as a commercial Archviz artist, Bertrand is now focused on pursuing personal CG projects and building his commercial 3D asset collection. His tools of choice include 3ds Max, Chaosgroup’s V-Ray and Corona, Octane and FStorm.
Architect and 3D Artist
It is the subject that most can unite art, science and reality: it is not just about form, or function. It is, first of all, about people.
Architecture is the main discipline for Massimo, along with 12 years of experience as 3D Artist to express his design ideas.
Launches CGMood near the beginning of 2018, with the goal of defining new standards for 3D model sharing, and create a high-profile community of 3D artists.