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3D Grand Prize Winner: JenniferRehnay

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So, Renderosity's Holiday contest was a success! We had so many amazing entries and thank you for your participation. There were only 4 winners in each category, but if we could, we would have given you all prizes, but unfortunately it doesn't work like that.

Anywho, please congratulate 3D Grand Prize Winner: JenniferRehnay for her creation and read more about how she created it!

So, tell me about your image.

I can't wait to tell you about my image but first I want to thank everyone who voted for it! THANK YOU, ALL YOU ROCKSTARS. HIGH FIVES ALL AROUND. I'm so excited to have won! The Renderosity 2015 Holiday theme was "Under the Mistletoe" and I didn't want to do two people kissing because, let's be honest, unicorns are better. Sixus has this awesome deer creature (the kirin) I had been dying to play with and inspiration struck almost immediately.

How long did it take?

Inspiration struck immediately but so did a ridiculous truckload of terrible luck, so this picture took two weeks (and also probably two weeks off the end of my life). I mean it was like the frigging Nightmare Before Christmas. First, I attempted to fill the scene with so many trees and pillars that when I tried to render it, my computer just repeatedly shut itself off. After two days of slowly removing (and sometimes adding) objects (I am a slow learner), I came to the conclusion that my computer is not one of the Transformers and resigned myself to painting and stock-photoing the trees. The day after I decided that, my husband and I had to drive 12 hours to Tennessee to visit my family for Thanksgiving. I knew the render was still going to take a while, so I brought my entire rig with me. I hugged my mother, kissed my father, and downed a glass of champagne then hooked everything up in the guest room. I left the scene to render overnight but, in the morning, my computer had turned itself off again. I turned it back on, tried to render it again, and in less than an hour it shut itself off once more. After some investigation, my husband found out two of my sticks of RAM were dead. I had some more champagne. I originally had 32gb of RAM so losing a few sticks wasn't the end of the world. We removed the dead stuff and set the scene to render again. I kid you not, my 4 year-old, 2560x1440 IPS 27" monitor caught on fire. It made the guest room smell like the Joker's own hospital. My mother graciously allowed me to use her old, spare 15" monitor if I wanted to beat my head against the rendering wall one more time. I took her up on it and somehow that time everything worked. No shutdowns, no fire, I don't know why or how. I didn't question it and got hammered with my grandpa. We drove home two days later and I was finally able to proceed with my post-production. Post-production is my favorite part so I savored the off and on time I was able to dedicate to it.

What inspired you to do it?

I had always wanted to do something with Sixus' kirin model but I really didn't have any fun ideas until I found out the theme for Renderosity's 2015 Holiday Contest. Unicorns are the best so they're always on my mind which meant that basically as soon as I read "Under the Mistletoe" I knew exactly what I wanted to do. The tremendous amount of bad luck I encountered while trying to make this thing strengthened my resolve.

How long have you been a member and have you participated before?

I have been a Renderosity member since November 13th, 2013 but I had never participated in any contests until this year's Halloween contest. I didn't place or anything (I struggle with horror themes...like, where do the unicorns fit into that and I won't do a zombie unicorn because that is anarchy) but I had a great time so I was eager to give the next contest a shot. Vyktohria suggested I pay attention and give the winter contest a try whenever it was announced. Thanks, V!

How long have you been an artist?

Since my mother sat me down with a Cinderella picture book and I refused to read the words on the page because the story I was inventing in my head was better. And honey, that dress. No. Let this four year-old whip you up something more majestic.

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