Sketchfab 3D Modeling Challenge: Portrait from the Future

This month we’re once again teaming up with Looking Glass Factory to bring you an exciting challenge and some top-shelf prizes. We challenge you to draw upon your character creation skills to create a portrait from the future. Use your imagination and a splash of sci-fi to create a unique and interesting model.

To give or get feedback on entries, head over to the Sketchfab Forum or Discord. To see all the challenge entries, check out the tag gallery.

See below for complete prizes, rules, and terms and conditions.

About the Looking Glass

Looking Glass is the 3D holographic display of the future that we were promised in Sci-Fi movies. Now, it’s real. The winning model from this challenge will be used (with credit) as the example model for the Looking Glass 3D Model Importer, which is the 3D viewer that ports your models in the Looking Glass and shows them in true 3D, no headgear or glasses required.

Model features to try

Some of Sketchfab’s viewer features will look extra cool in the Looking Glass Portrait—we encourage you to incorporate them into your model if it makes sense to do so. 🙂

  • Refraction
  • Depth of field
  • Subtle animation

Rules

  • Entrants must be 13 years of age or older.
  • Entrants must submit their model(s) by uploading to Sketchfab and using the hashtag #PortraitFromTheFuture
  • Please note that entries must:
    • Be formatted as either .obj, .fbx, or .gltf
    • Contain 250k polys or fewer
    • Contain no more than 10 materials
    • Be downloadable under a CC-Attribution license
  • Submit only new work, but feel free to submit multiple scenes.
  • If you base your entry on existing concept art, be sure to ask permission from the concept artist, credit them, and link back to their work. We also encourage you to split your prize with them, if you win.
  • The submission deadline is Monday, April 26, 2021 (23:59 EDT).

Judges

Prizes

First Place

  • One Looking Glass Portrait display. Shipping limitations apply (see Terms and Conditions)
  • Promotion of the artist and winning entry by Looking Glass Factory
  • Prominent display as the example scene in the Looking Glass model importer
  • A framed print of the winning entry
  • $100 Amazon gift card (or equivalent)
  • 12 months of Sketchfab Plus

Second Place

  • One Looking Glass Portrait display. Shipping limitations apply (see Terms and Conditions)
  • Promotion of the artist and winning entry by Looking Glass Factory
  • $50 Amazon gift card (or equivalent)
  • 6 months of Sketchfab Plus

Third Place

  • One Looking Glass Portrait display. Shipping limitations apply (see Terms and Conditions)
  • Promotion of the artist and winning entry by Looking Glass Factory
  • $25 Amazon gift card (or equivalent)
  • 3 months of Sketchfab Plus

Terms and Conditions

  • No entry fee and no purchase necessary.
  • By entering this competition, entrants will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to the Terms and Conditions.
  • This is a contest for individuals, no teams.
  • The models submitted must be original works by the entrant.
  • No alternative prizes available. The prize draw is not open to Sketchfab and Looking Glass Factory employees or their families.
  • The judges’ decisions are final – in case of dispute, no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Contestants are not eligible to receive prizes if they are on the US Specifically Designated Nationals (SDN) list or if there are sanctions against the contestant’s country such that Looking Glass and Sketchfab are prohibited from paying them.
  • Winning entries will be documented and may be used for promotional purposes.
  • Contestants’ models must be uploaded to Sketchfab and tagged #PortraitFromTheFuture to be considered.
  • Winners retain all Intellectual Property as per Sketchfab standard Terms and Conditions.
  • Winner and winning entry may be required to take part in any publicity resulting from this competition.
  • The winning entry will be used in the Model Importer Application for up to or more than one month and in other promotional materials as Looking Glass Factory sees fit.
  • The winner will be contacted by Friday, April 30, 2021.
  • Looking Glass Factory reserves the right to cancel the competition if circumstances arise outside of its control.
  • Promoter: Sketchfab Inc, 1123 Broadway, Suite 501, New York, NY 10010, USA.
  • Sponsor: Looking Glass Factory Inc, located at 95 Commercial Street Brooklyn, NY