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Captivating 3-D Scenes Drawn In Just 10 Minutes

Creating a striking piece of 3-D art doesn’t need to take all day, as the must-follow Tumblr Render Sketch Game shows.

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Open the 3-D software of your choice. Start with a cube, pane, light source, and camera. Set the timer for 10 minutes. Go. There’s just one goal: Make something beautiful.

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This is the premise behind Render Sketch Game, a Tumblr-based creative group for any artist who’d like to try their hand at a quick, 3-D sketch. And even though there are just a few dozen entries so far, the results are gorgeously varied, ranging from geometric abstractions worthy of a 1980s science book cover, to living shapes that bounce like Pixar cartoons, to ethereal scenes housed by humanoids. It really is remarkable to see what can happen to a dumb old cube in 10 minutes (and, in fact, one of my favorite pieces on the list was what I’d least have expected to see: a simple, Rorschach-style silhouette of two faces in 2-D).

For those who prefer the motivation of real-time peer pressure, the Render Sketch Game meets in a Google Hangout every day at 1:30 p.m. mountain time. I assume they wrap things up by about 1:40.

Learn more here.

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About the author

Mark Wilson is a senior writer at Fast Company who has written about design, technology, and culture for almost 15 years. His work has appeared at Gizmodo, Kotaku, PopMech, PopSci, Esquire, American Photo and Lucky Peach

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