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Winter Stories - A Lighting & Rendering Challenge

It's time to turn your winter blues into positive creative energy and channel it into some beautifully crafted 3D imagery.

Winter Stories  - A Lighting & Rendering Challenge


AXYZ design

As a leader in our industry, we strive to ensure that you get the most out of our products. Our vast storehouse of digital 3d people, human models and animation software can help you be more productive, more creative and more efficient.


The most powerful and easiest to use 3D people animation and crowd generation software. With a short learning curve, you can populate your Archviz 3d projects with hundreds of animated characters in seconds!


Chaos is a world leader in computer graphics technology, empowering artists and designers to create photorealistic imagery and animation across all creative industries. Chaos develops 3D rendering and simulation software that is used daily by top design studios, architectural firms, advertising agencies, and visual effects companies around the globe. In 2017, the firm’s physically based renderer, V-Ray, was honored with an Academy Award for its role in the widespread adoption of ray-traced rendering for motion pictures. Today, the company’s advancements in ray tracing, cloud rendering, and real-time visualization are shaping the future of design communication and storytelling. Founded in 1997, Chaos is privately owned with offices in Sofia, Prague, Seoul, Tokyo, and Los Angeles. For more information visit

Creative Lighting

We offer architectural visualisation courses designed by the most experienced artists and leaders in the arch-viz industry.

Creative Lighting fomented at Cityscape Digital’s Shoreditch studio, the brainchild of Nikos, then CGI Director and Creative Director Damian. They fought long and hard in the heat of the engine room (it was pretty small and crowded back then) over how to create visuals that were beautiful and exceptional. Turning to cinema for inspiration, the stunning world of cinematography started to present them with new possibilities. After a lot of research into the work of Roger Deakins, Pinterest boards, sketches and 3D tests, an in-house workshop was born: Creative Lighting vs. Mundane Realism. From there the philosophy took on a life of its own.

Design Connected

Design Connected was started back in 2006 by two architects who wanted to bring more realism in the world of interior design 3d visualization. Directly collaborating with many furniture brands, Design Connected provides the most photorealistic and accurate virtual representations of premium interior products, helping interior design professionals create high-end visualization of their projects.

Figment Caustics

FIGMENT CAUSTICS - VOLUME 1 is an animated texture collection that includes five unique styles of animated caustics, with 3 depth levels each, resulting in 15 separate textures, that can be used for lighting in 3D animation, stop-motion, virtual production and live-action.

Surface Imperfections

Premium textures for photorealism.



Adobe gives everyone, from emerging artists to global brands, everything they need to design and deliver exceptional digital experiences.

Creative Cloud delivers the world’s leading creative desktop tools, mobile apps and services, enabling users to work effortlessly across devices for connected creative workflows.


SideFX is a world leader in the development of 3D animation and visual effects software for use in film, commercials and video games. SideFX’s Academy Award-winning Houdini software utilizes a node-based procedural approach which provides digital artists with an unprecedented level of power, flexibility and control.

Houdini’s comprehensive feature set includes modelling, rigging, animation, particle effects, dynamics, compositing, integrated rendering, and more. Houdini is available for the Mac OS X, Linux and Windows operating systems.

Sini Software

Our mission is simple, we are developing world-class plugin products and tools that benefit you, the 3D artist. We are the only 3D software company resolving complex architectural visualisation workflow issues adding multi-threading functions to dramatically increase computational power to handle working on massive BIM models. Our aim is to expand our product range, supporting a wider range of 3D, BIM and Real-time softwares and deliver these products as cost-effectively as possible, offering you financial flexibility and helping you work faster and make more profit.


Inspired by natural human abilities to create, our patented pen and touch input technology allows freedom of expression, inspired creativity, and drastic improvements in productivity, control and comfort. From product development and graphic design to the media and entertainment sectors, Wacom facilitates the work of individuals and workgroups with truly natural ways to work with digital content.

At Wacom, we believe that technology should be easy to use and simple to understand. With products that rely on human intuition and natural movement, we strive to bring people and technology closer together.


The Rookies

Founded in 2010, The Rookies is a community for non-professional digital artists. A place for artists with a passion for film, games, animation, immersive media, archviz, motion graphics, product design and other creative industries.

It doesn't matter whether you are a hobbyist, student, self-taught or even wanting to change careers. All that matters is you want to become a better artist, learn new skills and be surrounded by people on the same journey as you.