Sketchfab Hand Painting Challenge: Rocky Places

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Hello and welcome to another Sketchfab Challenge. This time we’re entering the world of hand painted texturing and… rocks! Yes, the topic is rocks – from sand stone giants, to granite tombs – we want to see your best rock creations given life in a hand painted style.

The challenge is simple – make a hand painted model, or small diorama, where rocks are a fundamental part of your scene. Besides this you can go as wild as you want with your designs.

Update: This contest is over. Check out the winner and the honourable mentions here.


  • You can use any modeling and painting application that you want for this.
  • Once you’ve created your scene, upload it to Sketchfab and tag it with #HandPaintedRocks.
  • Share what you’re planning to paint on the challenge thread in the forum and post some ‘Work in Progress’ pictures or embed if you like.
  • Submit new work only.
  • Submission deadline is Monday, March 13 (23:59 New York time – EST).


Pilgway is generously providing a 3D-Coat Professional license (value of $379) for the winner of this challenge! The winner will also receive 3 months of Sketchfab PRO (value of $45).


The judges will take the following factors into consideration:

  • Texture quality
  • Presentation
  • Optimization (no 2 million polygon rocks)
  • Design

Terms and Conditions

  • No purchase necessary.
  • By entering this competition, entrants will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to the conditions.
  • This is a contest for individuals, no teams.
  • No alternative prizes available. The prize draw is not open to Sketchfab employees or their families.
  • No ripping of models from anywhere on the Internet, all entries must be original works of art.
  • Using work that is not your own will immediately disqualify you.
  • The judges’ decision are final – in case of dispute, no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Winning entries will be documented and may be used for promotional purposes.
  • Contestants models must be uploaded to Sketchfab and tagged #HandPaintedRocks to be considered.
  • Winners retain all Intellectual Property as per Sketchfab standard Terms and Conditions.
  • Winners and winning entries may be required to take part in any publicity resulting from this competition.
  • Submission deadline is Monday, March 13 (23:59 New York time – EST).
  • The winners will be contacted by Friday, March 17th.
  • Promoter: Sketchfab Inc, 1123 Broadway, Suite 501, New York, NY 10010, USA.

About the author


Bart Veldhuizen

Head of Community at Sketchfab. 3D Scanning enthusiast and Blenderhead. Running BlenderNation in my spare time.

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