More info if you're interseted!
By 3dcreativesolutions on Sunday, 18 November 2007 5:29 PM
I knew the contest would have political tones, but I had no idea it would be so saturated and thus redundant. Congratulations to those that thought outside the bush box. Without a doubt, yours have been the most creative and imaginative (unlike mine). Good luck to everyone!

By the way, here is a higher resolution version of the image above (1200x800). http://www.3dcreativesolutions.com/Crestock%20Contests/Round%201/banana.htm
By mi2x on Sunday, 18 November 2007 6:44 PM
hmm. i like it. it's interesting, simple and creative.:)
For those interested in the technical aspect
By 3dcreativesolutions on Monday, 19 November 2007 6:01 PM
5 main parts to get this looking realistic when working with the static photo:

1. I hade to create a matte banana shape as a stand-in for the puzzle pieces as well as block his feet/legs. 2. Once I had the banana shape, I had to align the 3D camera accordingly (although I had no idea what type or mm camera lens took this photo... so that didn't help). 3. A matte for the floor to pick up the the mannequin shadow. 4. Had to create the same "lightbox" environment for lighting. 5. DOF (depth of field) for real-world camera focusing/blurring... again without knowledge of the type of lens used, or how far the camera was from the subject.
By Foan on Tuesday, 20 November 2007 11:28 AM
Beautiful peace of work
I send you my vote :)
By Corangar on Tuesday, 20 November 2007 1:27 PM
Hmm, blending could have been done better. Maybe like a final touch with Photoshop. Anywys, what programs did you use ?
Software used
By 3dcreativesolutions on Tuesday, 20 November 2007 3:37 PM
Thanks for the compliments people. Very appreciated! I only used 3DS MAX 9. What blending were you referring too? If you mean the puzzle pieces, yes I could have done a few things with a trasparency map to fade the edges in with the photo. I'll remember that next time ;)
Well done
By JodyMitoma on Tuesday, 20 November 2007 4:01 PM
I see you used 3d studio max. I've used that program when it was only in version 5 or 6, hehe.. Very well done mate. I am very impressed with your seamless render. Keep it up! I'm interested in seeing any other work you may have done. Feel free to post up a link to your work here! :)
A good integration concept.
By sajjana on Tuesday, 20 November 2007 4:32 PM
The art represents modern concept of research and development. It is a good integration of man's creation and God's creation for better life tomorrow. Bravo!
Thanks again
By 3dcreativesolutions on Tuesday, 20 November 2007 4:33 PM
Thanks Jody. I'm happy with the result as this is actually my first concentrated attempt with a 3D / photography composite. Technically, I missed a few things, but I'm happy with the result overall. Thanks for the positive feedback.
By Daniel_Wiedemann on Tuesday, 20 November 2007 5:13 PM
Great job.. This is a clever image with lots of sales potential.. You should photograph a banana and do the same thing, then sell it as stock! :)
By 3dcreativesolutions on Tuesday, 20 November 2007 5:18 PM
I will have to think about that one. Definitley not a bad idea.
Well Done Grasshopper
By newvillagestudio on Tuesday, 20 November 2007 5:41 PM
Taught him everything he knows!
By Corangar on Tuesday, 20 November 2007 5:48 PM
In my previous comment i was reffering to blending of the puzzles yes. They could look more "realistic". I am 100% sure that few touches in Photoshop would make this blossom :D A bit of a texture mix, opacity playing etc. Btw. i can't figure out ... where does that round shadow on the 1st (left) puzzle come from ?
banana pieces
By 3dcreativesolutions on Tuesday, 20 November 2007 5:57 PM
Yeah I was running out of time as this was done around the final entry date (within a few hours). I thought about more effort on the puzzle pieces and could have upgraded them with more time. I studied a few banana photos and realized I could have got sidetracked a bit too much. The dark spot you're referring to was an oversight. It is a texture map that put a big spot on the peel... I totally missed it after submitting.
Piece title...
By icongraphics on Tuesday, 20 November 2007 6:38 PM
I think you should re-title it, designer food/banana or better yet engineered food which makes reference to dna engineered fruits and vegetables. The poster is good for such advertising.
why would it have to be good for a certain company?
By devdesign on Tuesday, 20 November 2007 6:39 PM
i don't think we have to have advertising in mind.
This is somewhat creative
By miketyson on Tuesday, 20 November 2007 7:25 PM
I like it

I mean, it is no huge banana floating in water (a symbol for how we can save the world) but it's good
By teng on Tuesday, 20 November 2007 10:32 PM
Makes me rethink fruit
Thanks everyone!
By 3dcreativesolutions on Wednesday, 21 November 2007 1:02 AM
Just chiming in to say thanks for your good words and votes....
By Jessi Juart on Wednesday, 21 November 2007 6:19 PM
Very escher-esk. I like it. I also appreciate that it isn't political. Maybe I'll get in on one of the upcoming rounds. Good luck!
Thanks again.
By 3dcreativesolutions on Wednesday, 21 November 2007 7:00 PM
My initial ideas were Escher-inspired.
who is new village...
By 3dcreativesolutions on Thursday, 22 November 2007 2:26 AM
and what have taught me...
By stugriffith on Thursday, 22 November 2007 9:34 PM
kudos on incorporating the drawing model, a nice play on every illustrator's early days learning to sketch. i hope this point is considered when the judges start to take a look....whether or not you intended for it to be an underlying point. great work. congrats.
By 3dcreativesolutions on Thursday, 22 November 2007 11:00 PM
You know to be honest, I don't have a reason for the mannequin for any other reason than I always thought they looked cool, especially as subjects. I don't examine my work much longer than it takes to complete it. And I don't know that I've ever intentionally designed something to protest or provoke thought (as a lot of people do in these contests). I have heard people in the past come up with extremely complex interpretations of some of my artwork. It's pretty neat that instead of hammering a certain point, I actually provoke viewer thought accidentally. Weird. Anyway, thanks for the comments all. This will continue to be fun!
By hienkts on Friday, 23 November 2007 8:59 AM
More impression if you can show something inside of this banana.
but anyway this entry very good. vote 4 u too
So sorry 3dcreativesolutions
By Art Director on Saturday, 24 November 2007 4:53 AM
3DS MAX 9. Hmmmmm? And to think I thought this was a Photoshop competition.
Sorry for what?
By 3dcreativesolutions on Saturday, 24 November 2007 2:49 PM
If there's a issue with submitting 3D or rendered iages, the rules need to state this. I use your site professionally for clients and just happened to see the contest and decided to enter. I know my entry is not by the book, but my entry 2 will show 3 uses of photoshop along with 3D... subtley, but there.
Good work as usual
By Jeff H on Monday, 26 November 2007 4:58 PM
For a short time period you did a great job with the puzzle inside the fruit.

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