We are happy to announce the winners of Animation Magazine‘s Face-2-Face Contest, a 3D modeling competition sponsored by Dell and Image Metrics. Nearly $10,000 in prizes is being awarded to talented 3D artists for creating outstanding facial models in two main categories: Film and Games. The contest has also provided all entrants with great exposure to the entertainment industry, including our esteemed panel of judges. We’re also opening voting to our readers. Got to www.animationmagazine.net/face2face_vote.html to pick your favorites from our field of finalists.
(Please note: This is not part of the official contest as the winners have already been selected by the judges.)
WINNERS FOR FILM
Artist: Tony Reynolds
Model: ‘Casey McManus’
Artist: Taehee Lee
Artist: Max Edwin Wahyudi
WINNERS FOR GAMES
Artist: Sanket B. Khedekar
Model: ‘Rajasthani Old Woman (Dadi)’
Artist: James Jean Pierre
Model: ‘Barack Obama’
Artist: Christian Van Meurs
First place winners in each category receive Dell’s m6400 workstation, second place finishers get a Wacom Cintiq 20WSX tablet and third place qualifiers can subsidize their creative efforts with $500 cash.
Judges included WETA co-founder Richard Taylor (King Kong, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Chronicles of Narnia), Industrial Light & Magic/Lucasfilm Animation veteran Rob Colman (animation director on Star Wars: Episode I ‘ The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Episode II ‘ Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode III ‘ Revenge of the Sith), freelance character designer Cesar Dacol Jr. (Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D, 300, Barnyard, Fantastic Four) and Paul Debevec, a research associate professor at the University of Southern California and the associate director of graphics research at USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies.