Weekly CG Challenge #117: "Mysterious Portal"

Background artwork by Patrick Piranha

Weekly CG Challenge #117 “Mysterious Portal” has ended!

We received 45 accepted submissions. Congrats to the three winners Patrick Piranha, Rainer Weston and Hebron Gusti. See the winners and all entries below.

Please note: Concerning the prizes, we will contact you in the next two weeks.

Topic Description
Mysterious Portal – Let’s start the new year with a fantasy / Sci-Fi classic: the mysterious portal! Unparalleled as a means of magical transport in fantasy worlds or the gateway to other galaxies or even times in Science-Fiction stories, it roams the fantastic literature and popculture throughout the decades. What may lie behind it? Wonders unfathomable? The answers to the most important questions of mankind? Your own future or past? Or a nameless dread lurking for millions of years for the fool who dares to open the doors between dimensions?

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 6 prizes of the list below.

The 2nd winner can choose 5 of the prizes the 1st winner does not choose, from the list below.

The 3rd winner can choose 5 of the remaining prizes, from the list below.


Prizes for this challenge:


1st place by Patrick Piranha

Making an animated trailer-style work like this in two weeks is quite impressive. The mood, composition and effects are done very good and we are certainly hyped for half-life 3 now!

2nd place by Rainer Weston

The design and storytelling are awesome, the subjects draw in the eye and the artwork is entertaining to look at. Only critique is layering in the painted stuff over the renders isn’t as smooth as we wanted. Well done!

3rd place by Hebron Gusti

The mood and world building in this artwork are phenomenal. Details are put in in all the right places and left out where it doesn’t bother the viewer. Where it pulls you in is just the scale and how it is represented. be careful of unreadable parts though and define where necessary.

Honorable Mentions

Honorable Mention by Jakub Brzuchański

Honorable Mention by Vladimír Stáňa

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