Weekly CG Challenge #137: "Pirates"

Background artwork by Kiel Whitaker

Welcome to Weekly CG Challenge #137 with the topic “Pirates”!


Deadline: October 22nd, 2018 18:00 CET

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Topic Description
Pirates Arrrrr! Ah, a pirate’s life for me! Freedom, shiny treasures, lotsa fun and adventure! Not to mention scrubbing the deck all day long, being involved in terrible battles and meeting gruesome sea monsters and other perils of the Seven Seas. Show us a stout pirate, a whole ship or just a tiny piratey accessoire. Everything goes, as long as it’s fun to make! Ahoy!

General Rules

  • Use the provided topic
  • Create a new work
  • Submit only one entry per challenge
  • The entry must be created from only one person (no team work)
  • Mind the deadline
  • Use any software of your choice (3d or 2d tools)
  • Image entries should be at least 1000 pixels wide
  • Work only digitally
  • Don’t submit illegal or offending content
  • Use the hashtag #weeklyCGC for social media

For the Facebook group

  • Use the hashtag #wip for work in progress images
  • Use the hashtag #final for your final submission
  • Use the hastag #critique if you need feedback


  • Create renderings or animations, digital paintings or Sketchfab models (if not explicitly mentioned differently)
  • Plug-ins and external assets are allowed, but don’t overdo it (you have to give credit)
  • Post WIP’s and your finished work to the Facebook group or in the comments of this post
  • It is allowed to use a concept by another artist, however, you need the permission to use it and give proper credit. Nevertheless, we recommend creating your own concept, this will raise your chance to win (please note the disclosure below)

Disclosure: We can’t accept copyrighted or patented content for legal reasons. Designers of fashion, games, movies and other media do protect their brand and people who breach these rules will be disqualified. Hommages or recognisable styles fall outside these rules but do linger in a grey area. Keep this in mind when designing your entry. Good luck and Have fun!


We pick three winners for each challenge. The winners will be announced a few hours after the challenge has ended. The prizes will be distributed like this:

The 1st winner can choose 7 prizes of the list below. The 2nd winner can choose 6 of the prizes the 1st winner does not choose, from the list below. The 3rd winner can choose 6 of the remaining prizes, from the list below.


Prizes for this challenge:

You can see the jury and team of Weekly CG Challenge here.
Judging criteria

To pick the three winners, we follow these criteria:

  • Does it fit the topic?
  • Creativity and Idea
  • Storytelling
  • Composition
  • Technical quality (modeling, shading, lighting etc.)
How to submit?
To submit your entry, follow these steps:



  1. Read and mind the rules above
  2. Create a digital artwork related to the topic
  3. Submit your entry via Facebook or this submit form
  4. Subscribe to the mailing list to get notified about the results (you won’t receive spam)
  5. Done! If you have won, we will contact you via Email or Facebook.

Please note: If you submit an animation, we will upload the video to the Weekly CG Challenge YouTube channel

Where to ask a question?
Ask your questions in the comment section below.


These sponsors are providing great prizes for the winners.

You have no idea what to create?

Here are some examples gathered from artstation.com:

Wouter Gort

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Kiel Whitaker

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Mariia Poshina

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Arianna Mao

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