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Robot Challenge

Your mission: create the cutest robot character ever. Demonstrate your wizardry 3D skills. Bonus points will be given to entrants that use Adobe Substance 3D apps: Painter, Designer, Sampler, Stager or Modeler.

Robot Challenge
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On behalf of the sponsors and judges, The Rookies would like to congratulate the following category winners.


Olivia Grönlund - Sheeba - The Shy Robot

Sheeba - The Shy Robot

My 3D interpretation of the concept "Sheeba" by Logan Preshaw.

Link to original concept:

Runner Up

Rishabh shah - PLANT-i


PLANT-i is a small sized 45cm x45 cm cross section robot. It has the ability to create a link between plants and human beings via audio visual mode of communication. The robot will have some tools to grow more plants and make a green tomorrow.

Highly Commended

Rodrigo Algaba Abad - Tender


Cute robot

Highly Commended

Eva Sánchez - Chef-Bot


My idea for this challenge is to make a cute Chef Robot whose mission is to make sushi for people in a futuristic japanese food stand.
So everyone meet Chef-Bot!

Highly Commended

Hugo Dreux - Your Sounding Companion !

Your Sounding Companion !

You are in a hike, or in front of a fireplace with your family, or at a party ? And you want to bring music with you ? Say nothing ! We have what you are looking for ! The SoundB0t ! A unique and adorable device, equiped with the new stereo sound system, and the fastest cassette reader on the market ! Very talkative !

Highly Commended

George Kee - Eternal Solitude

Eternal Solitude

This is No. 047, a small robot destined to explore the face of the earth in search of human life. On his travels he finds evidence of the impact humans have left behind, however, he continues in solitude.

The robot is all my work, the environment is mostly megascans to help build a narrative, bar a few custom props.

People's Choice

Eva Sánchez - Chef-Bot


My idea for this challenge is to make a cute Chef Robot whose mission is to make sushi for people in a futuristic japanese food stand.
So everyone meet Chef-Bot!

Honorable Mentions

The following winners made a lasting impression on the judging panel and secured highly sought after badges.

RSkinner (Finalist) View Entry
Cykodd (Finalist) View Entry
Felipe3D (Finalist) View Entry
ChrisjamesCG (Finalist) View Entry
daepoly (Finalist) View Entry
GiorgioNotaro (Finalist) View Entry
Wilsontcs (Finalist) View Entry
roberto1bmp (Finalist) View Entry
henrigatard (Finalist) View Entry
eliottcuraba (Finalist) View Entry
Marine3D (Finalist) View Entry
MrLowllipop (Finalist) View Entry
ankit16 (Finalist) View Entry
imachinarium (Finalist) View Entry
TeeDeeArt (Finalist) View Entry

Category Brief

Substance 3D has released a new offer on the Adobe platform which gives students free access to all Substance apps. We’re so excited about this announcement that we have teamed up with Adobe to create a Robot Challenge, where you’ll be challenged to showcase your best 3D skills by creating your very own lovable robot character.

Design Brief

Featuring in animated cartoons and traditional manga, robots like Optimus Prime, Voltron, and Astroganger are cemented in popular culture since the early 60’s. In time, they became cuter and more loveable — like Disney’s Wall-e and Baymax.

Taking inspiration from robotic characters young and old, we challenge you to create your own lovable and cartoony robot that will capture your audience’s affection.


  • You are required to demonstrate your 3D skills using at least ONE of the Adobe Substance 3D apps: Painter, Designer, Sampler, Stager, Modeler
  • Only submit 1 entry that is a new and original project
  • You can use additional tools eg:Maya, Blender, ZBrush
  • Only minimal post production work is allowed
  • No third-party models/assets can be used
  • You can reference another artist’s concept art, but make sure to ask permission and credit their work before starting
  • You can create a background environment or platform to help with the story telling.
  • Include the hashtag #Substance3DRobotChallenge if you share on your social media.

Prizes & Awards

We are giving away US$4,500 in cash, Adobe Creative Cloud Subscriptions, and Wacom Tablets to the entries that the judges love the most. You can check out the full prize list here. We have a bunch of highly sort after contest badges to award, plus a shiny new one-off design just for this contest.

Important Dates

  • Entries Open 6th October, 2022
  • Entries Close 25th November, 2022
  • Finalists announced 1st December, 2022
  • Winners announced 14h December, 2022

Dates mentioned are at 11:59 pm on the date in question. All dates are based on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).


  • You must be an aspiring student, self-taught artist, or hobbyist with a passion for creative media.
  • You must have less than 12 months professional experience in a 3D related field.
  • For further information please read the rules. Don’t worry, there isn’t too much lawyer talk in there.


  • Minimum 1 x render of your robot character. Ideal rendering resolution: 4096 x 2160 pixels. Minimum resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels.
  • Include the Rookies Logo somewhere on your final renders.

Training & Support

To help you get up to speed with Adobe Substance 3D, here is a link to a wealth of tutorials. In here, you’ll find guidance, from foundational skills through to advanced knowledge.

Watch this video for a contest overview and an example of what we are looking for in an entry.

For some creative inspiration, watch this short series by one of our judges, Pablo Gomez, on How to Create a Quirky Robot Character.

Make sure to join our Discord server to participate in live review sessions, watch special guest webinars, chat with other entrants, and to have all of your questions answered.

Get Started

  • Download the Substance apps.
  • Click Submit Contest Entry button below to start building your entry page using link below.
  • Upload images, videos and supporting media using our page builder.
  • Add details including a cover image, title, description, tags, and software used.
  • Add Regular Progress Updates</a> to your entry page to show your progress working from idea through to final deliverables.
  • Upload final renders to your entry page.
Robot Challenge
Robot Challenge