The Winners of Our 'Carnival of Evil' Halloween Contest!

October 31, 2008 9:59 am

Tags: 3D, 3D models, carnival of evil, contest, halloween, halloween design contest, scary, spooky

Carnival of Evil

The votes have been tabulated, and now it is time to announce the winners! Below you'll find the winners for each category.

3D/Animation Category winners

2D/ Photography Category winners

Writing Category winners

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sparrownightmare ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 15 September 2008

I wish they would do away with that image resolution limit. I mean it only makes about a 20K size difference and I don't know of anyone who actually has their screen resolution that low anymore... at 800x800 it is impossible to show any decent amount of detail without getting the fuzzies. To make matters worse, you have to use .jpg which is lossy to begin width.And as further annoyance, the 72dpi rule is just silly. Who thinks this stuff up? Eegads, it's almost not worth bothering. You can spend weeks doing a few really nice detailed models and these arbitrary file size rules make the image look like a 5th. grader did them.

mikeerson ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 15 September 2008

I have entered in the past two contests, WAKE THE DEAD DINNER WITH THE DEAD I look forward to the Halloween contest every year to view the contest entries and place an entry I hope that is worthy of a prize. I would love to see in the future, if not this year, a pie graph stating which enties are getting the most votes... I think as artists it is important to know where we stand with the compitition. It also would add to the excitement and help the ones with the better art get greater recognition. I look forward to seeing all the great pieces of art that the top artists on the site take the time to submit. CARNIVAL OF EVIL will be a scream - I'm sure! - hopefully a scream of sure happiness for creating a piece worthy to be in your winning entries. Thank you Renderosity for keeping the Annual Halloween Contest tradition alive!

calum5 ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 15 September 2008

The biggest contest in history!WOW!!Goodluck everyone,Im off to my basement for a few weeks he he he hahahaha burptrump*ooops!

calum5 ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 15 September 2008

ps: Im very proud to see my image being used advertising this contest:)Thanks renderosity:)

Digital_Mischief ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 15 September 2008

Oh, yummy, I love this contests. Brings all the creeps out. LOL

spm91g ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 15 September 2008

Going to have to bring my A+++++ GAME with Calcum5 in the basement for a few weeks!! Good luck to all!!!

mikeerson ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 16 September 2008

calum5 isn't in the basement yet, He took some time and commented on a few of my pictures, so if you hurry, you might make it to the basement before he does and hide his computer he he he hahahaha burptrump* ooops! I hope this isn't contageous - lol ... but really, thanks Cal for stopping over at my gallery today, it means a lot and you did deserve last year.

Whimsical ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 16 September 2008

Ohhh goodie, goodie, goodie said whilst dancing around clapping hands with a creepy grin Even if I don't get a chance to enter I still look forward to this every year and seeing everyone's submissions!!

mixart ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 16 September 2008

Awesome ! I love Halloween. October 15th happens to be my birthday, LOL. Good Luck To All ! ! ! !

ag_tn ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 16 September 2008

I can't wait to see what everyone come up with I Love Hallween!!!! Gook Luck everyone!!! :)

P3D-Art ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 16 September 2008

Wow ... Cal deserves and is one of the greatest artist I have seen!! Can I compete to that? Is my mind twisted enough? We will see!! Good luck everyone and happy creating!!

vaia ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 16 September 2008

Excellent contest!! Can't wait to see the entries this year!

zai ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 17 September 2008

So....3D & Animation..that's flat images that are rendered AND animation? And 2D is NOT rendered, but fully handpainted plus photography? I'm not getting why these were combined since they are so different from each other?

RedPhantom ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 17 September 2008

I'm looking forward to this one. I love doing the contests here even though I've never won. It's good practise. I'm wondering how many will rent "Something Wicked This Way Comes" to get ideas. I'd consider it if I didn't have an idea already.

BluEcho ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 17 September 2008

I may enter. Not going for the grand prize, don't think I'd beat out Calum on that. :) But for Vue 6, I'd accept honorable mention.

jandunne ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 17 September 2008

I'd love to see a Halloween where mundane, even benign, things or animals run amok!

rikomortis ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 17 September 2008

Kinda like a kid waiting on christmas.

Porthos ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 18 September 2008

Calum's entry last year raised the bar a few notches, I'll keep trying though! :)

danial0321 ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 19 September 2008

is this limited to just computer renders because i paint

grylin ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 19 September 2008

oh im entering tooo. and is postwork allowed for the 3d contest????

sissywoods ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 21 September 2008

Now I've got that ELP song, Karn Evil 9 stuck in my head.. lol.

enigmaticredfrog ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 21 September 2008

I'm not going to be able to enter this year, I've just got too much going on. I'm hoping in future contests animation and 3D aren't combined. I think it puts your animation entries at a disadvantage. One it's like comparing apples and oranges. Plus, ppl with dial up aren't going to look at all the animations and will only vote on stills, not to mention ppl who are just to busy to look at everything. Just my personal opinion.

drewt333 ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 22 September 2008

sissywoods: "Greatest Show on Heaven, Hell or Earth!" Heh, heh. Me too. enigmaticredfrog: I agree, without tighter categories the individual work doesn't get seen for what it is.

Davader ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 22 September 2008

Need to fix submit image input form for Carnival of Evil! image input it says 1024 x 1024 and the max size of the contest rules is 800 x 800 an bit misleading. Thanks for having this wonderful contest.

fastburn ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 22 September 2008

I thought about entering the contest, but i know a regular joe like myself has no chance of ever winning. With the pros around here it seems to me just a waste of time. So i'll just say "congrats" the winners now!...i'm sure it will be the same group that always wins anyways!

warewullf ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 23 September 2008

Very true, Fastburn. Maybe there should be a Pro and non-pro section with seperate prizes?

electroglyph ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 23 September 2008

I think a word should be said about commercial content. Last year I got booted for using Cylons and other free content based on TV shows. There isn't a word about it this year.

calum5 ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 23 September 2008

As last years winner~I'd like to disagree with the comments by fastburn and warewullf. Im an regular Joe and won last year.Ive no training in any software ,just taught myself in the last 6 years.I plug away at my images and try to make people and myself like what I do through hours and hours of trials and errors.ANYONE 'CAN' WIN.Just put your best effort in like I do:)Spend time with your work.Ive never won a contest before so Im not in the 'same group that always win'? I had to add my pennys worth.Dont feel put off as its not a waste of time.Geniunly goodluck to everyone:)))))cal

XxDarkMessiahxX ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 24 September 2008

Well spoken Calum. An artist of your caliber is not always someone who goes to some high priced art school. I recall picking up ZBrush around the same time as you, and seeing you learn as you went along. In your case, you picked up on the program fast. Probably only because you spent a rediculous amount of time using it. Enough to make some of us wonder if you have a life outside of ZBrush, hehe. I believe your work & the winnings from last years contest were well deserved. Anyone willing to put the time and effort that you put into your work is in my opinion more deserving of a win than someone who preloads a texture into a posed model and simply clicks render. Those are my two cents. And with that being said, I've been working on a little something myself and intend on giving you a little competition this year. I dont know if I can hold a candle to your entry from last year, but Im going to give it a go. And another thing... the theme is Carnival of Evil right? How come there are only about 2 entries that kind of have a little to do with a carnival?

ravenous ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 27 September 2008

The actual contest confuses me a bit. It says "The spookiest of submissions will win...". Is it all about who makes the scariest scene, rather than render quality, art, detail or whatever we otherwise would judge a picture by? I mean, take a look at last years 1st place picture (by StealthWorks). That is one kickass render, and the shaders are awesome. But it's not very scary. Actually most submissions seem to be more beautiful in favor of "spookiness". I think I might have an idea of a scary nightmare scenario for my submission. But that scene would be very dark and lack details. Maybe I should go with the flow instead and go for a neat artistic render.