CG Challenges

General / 22 February 2019

Here is a list of my favorite CG Challenges across the web, I think they can be very useful for learning and pushing yourself further.

"" Lighting and Shading Challenges:
This is a great website for people who are interested in the subject. There are 26 challenges which you can download the scenes and do your best and post the result for critiques on the CGSociety forums. For newer challenges you should visit this topic on the forum:

Some examples:

"Shaders.XYZ" Shading and Look Development:

Great website and community for people who looking for more challenging subject created by Zeno Pelgrims.
You can download the 8 scenes that are available and play around with them, learn how to solve the problem by learning from solution posted by other users.

"SHADERS.XYZ is a forum created in an effort to unite all look-development nerds from the various render engines out there. The focus is on doing monthly material challenges whilst being as transparent as possible about your process. It's all about learning from and sharing with like-minded people."

Their 8th and latest challenge is the "Sliced Bread" and the deadline is March 1st 2019, so hurry up!

"11 Second Club" Animating Challenges:
"The 11 Second Club is a monthly character animation competition. Animators from all over the world participate, animating a character speaking a line of dialogue provided by the club. Throughout the competition, participants can share their progress with each other and critique each other's work. At the end of the month, everyone votes for whose submission they consider the best for that month. The idea is to give animators a chance to practice their skills in a fun, challenging environment."

"Polycount" Hardsurface Modeling Challenges:

You can find great modeling challenges on the Polycount forums, here is the ink to the 1st Week Challenge:

I'll try to keep updating this post with more interesting stuff.



General / 16 February 2018

Here are links to some of my favorite HDRIs that you can download for free:

  1. HDR Vault

    A colection of free HDRI by Philip Modin.

    Link to website

    You can support him for his great job here:

  2. Maxime Roz's HDRIs

    A pack of 6 HDRI, you can find some paid ones on his website too.

    Link to website


    It really is the HDRI HAVEN, a website by Greg Zall which is running with support of his Patreons.

    Link to website

    Support him on Patreon:

  4. noemotion 

    A collection of free HDRIs.

    Link to website

  5. Manhattan Lights By NSCR
    For all of your Neon/Night scene needs!

    Link to Gumroad

    I'll Keep this post up to date, there is tons of free HDRIs online you just need to google "free hdri" .