Alias has announced a 3D animation, texturing and character competition for developers using Maya Personal Learning Edition (PLE). With prizes from HP and Gnomon 3D, the contest is to anyone, from February 9 to April 28, 2004.

Alias has announced a 3D animation, texturing and character competition for developers using Maya Personal Learning Edition (PLE). With prizes from HP and Gnomon 3D, the contest is to anyone, from February 9 to April 28, 2004.

To enter the contest, entrants need to join the Alias community, get hold of a copy of Maya PLE, and download the contest's free rigged character - then let their imaginations direct their creativity in three areas: animation, texturing and character pose. The prizes are a professional HP xw4100 workstation (loaded with 3.2GHz/800fsb/512MB ram with a Nvidia Quadro 980XGL), two Maya Complete licenses and a Gnomon 3D DVD learning pack.

In the animation component there will be three options to choose from - climbing a rope, shuffling against the wall and low-crawl. For the texturing component entrants will make any texture they can dream up and apply it to their character. The last element of the entry is in the character pose where entrants design their best character pose, as if it would be used on a movie poster or magazine cover. The pose can be dramatic, comic, conservative or whatever unique pose entrants can come up with.

A team of 3D industry experts will judge the contest. The online community will also have a chance to voice their opinion and vote for their favourite entry at www.cgchannel.com/contest/alias.

The entries will be judged on defined criteria that include originality and creativity, technique, quality of texturing, quality of animation, innovation of the image and community rating.