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Allegorithmic’s “Materialize” Contest Challenges Artists To Flex Their Material Skills

Visual artists can win thousands of dollars worth of prizes from contest sponsors like Nvidia, X-Rite, HP and ArtStation.


Allegorithmic has told Architosh that the success of its earlier “Materialize” design competitions have been so high that the company is back at it again—and with great prizes for winning participants.

Competition Details

“Materialize: The Digital Material Contest” is a competition challenging artists to digitally reproduce photorealistic materials from real-world references. Artists work with the company’s popular Mattershots Instagram account and work with the 750 plus materials available and then recreate it in Substance Designer for a chance to win one of the several prizes.

Allegorithmic created the Mattershots social media account as a way to introduce a daily dose of material inspiration to the Substance community, offering new ways to think about colors, textures, and other design options. The Materialize contest is an opportunity for both artists with experience using Substance Designer, and those new to the tool, to show how closely they can recreate and creatively interpret materials that match their real-world counterparts. Submissions will be accepted from October 24 through November 24 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

01 – Great prizes await winning participants in the next Materialize Contest.

Once contestants have selected an image to model their design on, they’ll have the option to either start from scratch or select an existing texture from Allegorithmic’s Substance Source PBR library as a starting point. All entries must be designed in Substance Designer, and contestants must also specify which of the two categories they wish to be judged in, general or MDL.

Once the entry is complete, contestants should send in a copy of the newly created material alongside an image of the original source, one image of the created texture in Iray render mode on Plane HD and their SBS or MDL file to demonstrate the craft behind the design.

The Jury of Industry Experts

  • Don Arceta – Lead Artist, Playground Games
  • Marc Austin – Build Supervisor, Double Negative
  • Scott DeWoody – Firmwide Creative Media Manager, Gensler
  • Pierre Hulot – Digital Manager, French luxury industry
  • Nicolas Paulhac – CMF Designer, Substance Source Project Manager
  • Nicolas Wirrman – Substance Designer Product Manager, Allegorithmic

Winners will be announced on December 6, 2017. The winning entries will be based on following criteria: reference matching accuracy, material level of details (complexity and technical quality), material tweaks and exposed parameters.

The List of Prizes

  • 1st Place (General) – HP DreamColor Z23x Professional display monitor
  • 2nd Place (General) – NVIDIA M5000
  • 3rd Place (General) – X-Rite Photo Pro 2 ColorChecker
  • 1st Place (MDL) – NVIDIA P6000
  • 2nd Place (MDL) – NVIDIA P5000
  • 3rd Place (MDL) – NVIDIA M5000

All winners will also receive one year of Substance, and a one-year subscription to ArtStation TBC. For interested parties unfamiliar with Substance Designer, Allegorithmic is currently offering a 30-day free trial. A video tutorial designed especially for the contest is also available.

For a complete set of rules, including how to enter, please visit the Materialize contest page.


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