Modelers looking to show off their skills, and win some prizes as well, competed in various modeling challenges held at the AMD Experience Zone at SIGGRAPH. CGW chief editor Karen Moltenbrey co-judged two of these competitions, in which several competitors could choose from a variety of software packages loaded on each of the workstations (running AMD graphic cards, of course). The trick was to beat the clock, as each contestant had approximately 40 minutes to complete their design.
In the first of the CGW-judged competitions, held Tuesday, Shawn Bruner, a creature designer, was chosen as the winner in the monster-themed contest.
On Wednesday, the first-place prize, in a car-themed competition, was awarded to Reinaldo Figueroa, a freelance character generalist who enjoys creating characters.
The Experience Zone section of AMD’s SIGGRAPH 2011 booth featured a “classroom” environment where experts from AMD, Autodesk, Luxology, and others delivered various hands-on training sessions; it was also the site of several FirePro FireDrill speed-modeling contests, including the two co-judged by CGW.