2022 Collab: Week 44 "Frontiers and Exploration" - VOTE CLOSED

Time ran out, so here is my submission. Long time no blender, so it all went pretty frustrating and aimless. My plan was to take an old abandoned project, which just had completely blank landscape. Perfect to make somebody explore it. Wanted to rig the figure and put him in an interesting pose, sadly i forgot how to rig properly and messed it up. Doing the nebula and dust was fun, but something looks off with that, can´t really tell what exactly. I like the scene nonetheless, it´s easy to spin a story around it i guess.

Have a great weekend everybody :slightly_smiling_face:


I don’t know if the deadline is closed. But the time thing says 3:55 PM but I don’t know if that adjusts for timezones automatically. Anyways it’s 1:57 AM right now. I was planning on working more on this today. But hahaha I’m worried it’s too late.


Just add your entry(ies).
In about 24h I will create the vote. On that moment it’s really closed :wink:

it’s officially closed at 00:00 tonight, but then I probably sleep. So tomorrow I will gather the entries and form a vote. So if vote is created, then no more entries accepted.
You have still time …


Old abandoned animation project. Exploring Earth.



I got Thunderbirds and the new 3D-version vibes.

The ultimate Antarctic exploration vehicle:


I saw the subject for this colab tonight and thought about a portal for some reason. This lead thinking about a civilization that sacrifices people in an old portal in order for these “pioneers” to find new more prosperous worlds to live in. This portal has been there for as long as anyone can remember and nobody has ever came back. But they remain optimistic :+1:

I have two versions. A cleaner unaltered version:

And one with volumetric lighting and textures. I left the light graininess there on purpose. I think it looks better without the denoising in this case.

Which version do you like better?


I miss some shadows … just a little tweak … :wink:

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Remember I will use the last entry.

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Thanks, I like it a lot better with a little shadows.


Cool Idea! For me it is the First one. My eyes directly Focus on the Pioneer who falls. In the second one the lightest spot in top also Puts emphasis on the Person above. So my brain basically reads two different themes. First one “sacrifice”, second one “Display of Power”. Nice renders, but i’d never Interpret the Exploration aspect without given the Backstory. I really Like the Base Idea though. What would Work for me to visually read the Story would be to See, that another world, or maybe Something Like a corridor, ließ behind the Portal.


I also think the first one is more visually appeling. So I’ll make that as my final submission @FedPete. And I also agree with you @Kasimir, it doesn’t really fit the subject that well. But this is just what I ended up with tonight :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:


wanted to do a bit more but no more time today


You even made an animation. I missed that! Awesome :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

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It’s cool you kind of found your style. I always recognize one of your renders

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A great way to get back into Blender though! Many cool little effects there and you played around with a lot of tools. Next time it will be even better


We @BlenderCollab have a few days to vote. You can vote fast but also think slowly about design, colors, technique, difficulty, subject, realism, etc. Choose consciously and not on your own entry.
And the new subject week 45 “Tooling: geometric-nodes” has already started. The winner of this week’s “Frontiers and Exploration” challenge may select a subject for next week 46 and wins a badge.


I think I’d rather walk :rofl:

This reminds me a lot of Thunderbirds. Great job.

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@HenRMJ Congratulations on winning this Collab with your mysterious exploration scene. The viewer is drawn into a story of guessing what is happening here. A free interpretation of the action. The beach, waves, and water reflection give the feeling of openness, and exploration of the unknown. The composition is great, with horizontal and vertical lines crossing at the center of light and attention. Well done.

  • Joey_Cuevas - a very nice, recognizable exploration spaceship. A bit more details on the detail of the ground floor and mountains. At this level, details are important.
  • FedPete - It’s a still from a movie you’ve prepared. Therefore it is atmospheric but empty. Also, a bit guessing what is going on.
  • Willrun - To me, a very recognizable story on “Frontiers and Exploration”. The shape of the vessel is a bit primitive, too squared. While ships of those times are very curved.
  • Gordon - It is a dramatic scene. Open for a lot of interpretations. The render is very nice, but I think it’s hard to see the subject in this.
  • Kasimir - I like the composition of your scene. It represents the feeling of exploration and a new frontier. Think about the rule of thirds. Placing the subjects, person, car, and planet more into the center of the view. And details (textures, it’s easy to do …)
  • TheDespicableDM - I like your funny story. Nothing wrong with it. I would expect a more red, white-painted pole … bringing more color into the scene. A detail that I appreciate very much, is the shadow of the person taking the photo. You have an eye for detail.

Note: I don’t want to offend anyone for any reason. I try to write down positive ideas and visions that I have in my simple use of the English language. I am also sometimes more inspired by a particular subject or solution. I’m also learning from you!


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