The Top Blender Renders of 2016
It's the end of what some are calling like the worst year in forever man. Which IMO is pretty dumb. But besides heated news topics, 2016 also gave us something nice. More gorgeous blender renders!
In previous years, I just picked my favourites and posted them here. But this year I did something different.
I found 35 of the best images from BlenderArtists and ArtStation, and then asked the community to vote on them, giving each image a rating out of 1-5.
A total of 1,377 people voted, and the results are below!
#20 Giant Samurai by Jesse Gayanilo
A quiet but brilliant scene. It may not be as memorable as other images, but it's really hard to fault technically. Everything from the modelling, to the materials, to the colors are wonderful.
#18 Energy Mix by Manuel Peter
A very unique subject, and illustrated nicely. I like the different colors and shapes of the filaments.
#17 Living Room Simple by Higashigashi
Just a stunning interior render! While the fabric and colors look fantastic, the lighting is what stands out to me. You normally don't see this kind of crisp, high exposure style imagery rendered with cycles.
#16 The Journey by Zacharias Reinhardt
Love the lighting and atmosphere in this image. The wear and tear on the church makes the building feel embedded in the scene. Great attention to detail.
#13 Desert by Guilherme Henrique
Rob is the production manager of Blender Guru, and was asked by 3D Artist Magazine to create this new environment as a tutorial for them. Rob is a huge fan of The Lord of the Rings, so it makes sense this was his concept :P Trees, rocks, mountains and a character. Very ambitious!
#11 High Tide by Lukas Walzer
Very unique subject choice! I still don't quite know what's going on, but you can't deny that this image grabs your attention.
#10 Tina by Nazar Noschenko
Absolutely stunning! Characters are like a foreign language to me. They're incredibly complex, and hard to pull off well, but Nazar does this consistently. Everything from the clothing, to the lighting, to the hair are magnificent. Look forward to seeing more great characters from him in 2017!
#9 The Crow's Cave by Mason Menzies
This blew me away they first time I saw it. Mason did some contract work for Blender Guru, and so on a whim I asked if he could make a promo for The Rock Essentials. Without any guidance whatsoever he came back with this. Truly gorgeous image. Feels like a scene from Shutter Island or Uncharted.
#8 The Inventors Barn by JohnnieWooker
A super ambitious subject! CG humans are notorious for looking bad or creepy. So having the character up close to the camera, focused on the face and well lit is just asking for trouble! But you pulled it off. The beard looks especially great. Really well done.
#6 Sci-fi Armor Concept by Andy Goralczyk
Created by the great Andy Goralczyk (one of my idols when I was learning blender) as a promo for the HDRI library on the Blender Cloud. The modelling alone is worth applauding, but the texturing really knocks it out of the park. This could easily pass as a still from a scifi blockbuster.
#5 Sunset by Kless Gyzen
Absolutely gorgeous! I like that he went with this early morning frost look. It makes the whole scene feel surreal. Great storytelling.
#4 Barrel Riders by Guilherme Henrique
Such a cool idea! Gleb photoscanned some boots and then tweaked the materials to create a unique story. Lovely lighting, materials and texturing (although I suppose you get that for free :P). Wonderful image.
#2 Alchemy by Gleb Alexandrov
Another killer image by Gleb! Made as a promo for Poliigon with no instructions. The lighting, atmosphere and texturing are superb. Just enough coloring to not feel boring, but not much to feel distracting. I love the subtle amounts of dirt and fingerprints everywhere. Very polished scene.
#1 The Courtyard by Guilherme Henrique
The #1 image of the year, as voted by 1,377 Blender users! The lighting, texturing, sculpting and composition are almost intimidating. Every pixel seems to contain just an insane amount of detail. And this is verified when you look at the behind the scenes renders. An absolutely mind numbing scene, and well deserving of the top spot!
A huge thank you to everyone who voted, and of course a huge thanks and congrats to the artists that feature here. When you consider the number of renders that were posted online this year, making it into the top 20 is a huge feat.
Here's to another great year of blender renders!