New Competition: Video Games

Created by Olivier Couston

As requested by fans of the Blender Guru Facebook group… the theme for this blender competition is: Video Games.

Your image could be a homage to Mario, a remix of how you think Half Life should have ended or just an action moment from Call of Duty. The possibilities are limitless!


The winner will receive:

  • $500 for a charity of your choice
  • Any item from the Blender e-Shop
  • A permanent spot in the Winner’s Hall of Fame


  • It must be created with Blender
  • It must be rendered with either Cycles or the Internal Renderer
  • It must be a still image
  • Minor post processing in Gimp or Photoshop is allowed
  • Minimum image size is 1280 x 720, but the bigger the better (any aspect ratio is fine)
  • Your image must be a new creation, not an existing project
  • It must be your own work. No bought/borrowed or third party models allowed
  • All plugins are allowed except MakeHuman
  • Photographic elements are allowed, but must not make up a significant part of the image (sky backgrounds are okay)
  • Keep it family friendly. No overtly sexual or gory images allowed.
  • Your image must in some way relate to video games
  • The winner will be asked to submit a .blend file to prove it’s creation


What you do with this competition is up to you, but if you’re drawing blanks, here’s some inspiration…

Created by Olivier Couston

Created by Olivier Couston

Created by Daniel Kvasznicza

Created by Daniel Kvasznicza

Created by Jason Martin

Created by Jason Martin

Created by Daniel Kvasznicza

Created by Daniel Kvasznicza

Created by Sheng Yuan

Created by Sheng Yuan

Robert Vari

Created by Robert Vari

Criteria for Judging

Entries will be judged by me on the following criteria:

  • Aesthetics
  • Storytelling
  • Impact

To increase your chances of winning, aim for all three.

“The best art has meaning beyond just an image; perhaps it will bring you to tears, make you laugh, or remind you of something you’d almost forgotten. It stands out in a crowd, and dares to be different.” - Source

6 Reasons to Enter:

  1. Competitions push you to better your work by exploring new themes
  2. It teaches you the importance of deadlines
  3. It can help you to think creatively by working around the constraints of a set theme
  4. Competing alongside other artists is a great way to stay motivated
  5. Your entry will be seen by thousands of daily visitors, increasing your online exposure
  6. You’re helping the world! This is a rare opportunity to use your artistic talent to donate money to a charity of your choosing.


The deadline is the 4th of March at 11:59PM GMT. The winner will be announced two days later on the 6th.

Submit Your Entry

May the best artist win! :D


About Andrew Price

User of Blender for 9+ years. I've written tutorials for 3d World Magazine and spoken at three Blender conferences. My goal is to help artists get employed in the industry by making training accessible and easy to understand. I'm an Aussie and I live in South Korea ;)
  • PastyPict

    I know the competition is long over, but I ask the following question for further understanding:

    When this competition says it must in some way relate to video games (obviously), does this mean we make a scene based off an existing game, or would we be required to create a scene that looks like it could be in a video game?

  • Rahul Raina

    hey i wanna learn how to make such creatures…………just snd me the tutorial link at or

  • abdul

    i think next competition should be arthropods!!

  • Nathan Ferguson

    If you have the time please critique my entry :D

  • BlenderCrasher

    Man, I just found this contest! Bummer. Hope you do more and soon! This would had been a perfect contest for me to test my skills at. Good luck to those that got their submissions in… Thanks Andrew for all your tutorials.

  • André

    @ghansham:disqus You must submit the image on the blender artist forum. The link is
    but you must have an account there which is fairly easy to set up. Post your image in a comment on the thread and you have entered.

    @WillTellR:disqus As long as your image is a new creation which has been started after the competition started and it is your own creation you may enter it into the competition no matter how far you are with the project.

  • Philip Maiwald

    Will the moderation queue of the blenderartits forum will shorten my deadline, or do you consider the posting date? (I don’t know how long they’ll need to publish my post)

  • Nosrema

    Can you post multiple entries?

  • tufting

    Hmm. Videogames.mario. Bullet bills. Cycles. Epic. Concept complete! Now to actually make it!

  • Jim Morren

    are mmorpg game’s allowed?

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  • 0ctoDragon

    When is the deadline?

  • Jeannot Landry

    Are we allowed to use Sculptris? To then bring in blender to do re-topology, further sculpt details, model hard surface parts, UV, textures, etc…

  • Jeannot Landry

    Are we allowed to use Sculptris to sculpt to then re-topology in blender, as well as further sculpting details, etc… ???

    • Jeannot Landry

      oups, sorry, double post :S
      can we also slightly modify the design of the game character in question to fix more our own style a bit?

  • Gamer

    Good information:
    new games

  • Soul_dad

    You inspired me to build my new Pc, I think I went over board but who cares. I am new to blender and my old pc I built couldn’t handle the rendering. so go big or go home. By the way you have the best tutorials on the net, and i have seen hundreds of them!! Nice job! keep up the good work.

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    CPU: AMD FX-8350 Vishera 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Eight-Core Processor$189.99

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    • Soul_dad

      just realized I posted this in the tournament blog. Sorry about that, Hope to be as good as all of you some day, good luck everyone.

  • Terrainer

    What a shame. I can’t sign up for Blender Artists.

  • Dr_Creeptor

    I’d really love if you could do a competition about space.

  • Nathan Ferguson
  • Simpsonfreak00

    Is it okay to submit your image to for example deviantART before the results is public? if not, is it okay to post something like a no-material render there? :)

  • BlenderCyclesRender

    Is human modeling a must? Also if i decide to dedicate my work to say Resident Evil, or pretty much any HorSur genre game, how can i possibly avoid gore, could you list out what exactly cant be depicted in renders that are devoted to that genre . . .

  • Super Mario

    Are we allowed to use models that we had already created/ collaborate with friends?

    • Nathan Ferguson

      He says in the Guidelines “Your image must be a new creation, not an existing project”