"Sculptober" is a month-long prompt-based 3D modeling challenge that takes place every October. In 2022, I made 31 Blender renders in response to prompts. Some days I had hours, other days I had minutes.
Here are the results*:
*Compressed for bandwidth friendliness.
Day 1: Boss
Had to go Super Mario 64 on this one.
Day 2: Lunar
Day 3: Rest
Day 4: Illusion
Day 5: Porthole
Something something wooden spaceship. A rushed day.
Day 6: Lost
Fun with shiny reflecty things.
Day 7: Chunky
It was a butternut squash soup kind of day, Day 7.
Day 8: Spy
Okay, I can't find the *actual* sculpt I did on Day 8, but here's a thematic other render.
Day 9: Blend
Brave Little Toaster, anyone?
Day 10: Ethereal
Went a little Nodevember on this one.
Day 11: Dance
This might be the greatest thing I've ever modeled.
Day 12: Glow
It's not *really* cheating, I *did* make it glow.
Day 13: Shy
Miyazaki meets the Mushroom Kingdom.
Day 14: Grave
Neglected the tumbleweed. Would'er made all the diff'rence.
Day 15: Cosmos
Used the Hubble Deep Field image for the interior projection.
Day 16: Grip
The initial thought was "bats grip stuff", and the resultant creation was "porcelain figurine of Batty from Fern Gully".
The muse works in mysterious ways.
Day 17: Charm
Going for a charm bracelet thing, but didn't really have much time.
Day 18: Cozy
Is it even Sculptober if you don't bake a donut?
Day 19: Haunt
Day 20: Discovery
"We sailed away on a winter's day / with fates as malleable as clay"
- Joanna Newsom, "Bridges and Balloons"
Day 21: Soft
Playing around with soft jello caustics.
Day 22: Gate
A little more Nodevembery.
Day 23: Drink
Listen, water physics are... yeah.
Day 24: Mask
Day 25: Creep
Featuring Pennywise the Persian cat.
Day 26: Spirit
Of the libation variety.
Day 27: Magic
Day 28: Leap
*tugs shirt collar* Looks, I didn't have a lot of time on Day 28.
Day 29: Hero
I might've been running out of steam by this point.
Day 30: Pretend
Day 31: Harvest
Kind of phoned it in on Day 31 😅
Phew. 31 done!
Not ever day was a stellar result — it's tough spending a straight month making Blender renders after work! But I'm really glad I did it, forced me to work on some foundations and explore different techniques.
Definitely leveled up my skills over that month. Recently made this Funko Pop figurine of the lead singer of one my favorite contemporary bands:
The fabulous Ela Melo of Rainbow Kitten Surprise.
What should I make next?