Weekly Drills 038 - #XmasDecoration (Win Prize)

Weekly Drills 038 - #XmasDecoration (Win Prize)

Over the next two weeks we want you to create an impressive christmas decoration for the holidays. Then simply tag it #RookiesWeeklyDrills and #XmasDecoration.

Over the next week next two weeks we want you to create an impressive christmas decoration for the holidays. Then simply tag it #RookiesWeeklyDrills and #XmasDecoration.

NOTE: This weekly drill will be a double-weekly drill to help give our team a little break over the festive season. This will also be a great opportunity to see how far you can push the quality of your final submission.

It's that time of year when the jolly fat man comes to visit. To make him welcome, we want you to create an impressive christmas decoration. The brief is pretty open to interpretation. You could go small and really push your texture skills with a fancy christmas tree bauble. Maybe you want to level-up your modeling skills and build a christmas wreath, gingerbread house or even an ornament with santa driving a train. For those keen to play with lights over the holidays, why not take a crack at lighting a christmas scene. There is even enough time for our resident FX artists to create a snow simulation. Last but not least, all of these ideas could be done in 2D, not only 3D. There really are no limits with this one. Have fun with it, stay safe and see you in the new year with all your fancy decorations.

To get some feedback on your work-in-progress project before you submit it, head over to Discord channel and chat with other artists having a crack. To see all the Weekly Drill projects just follow this link.


Being all Christmassy and all that, I figured we should throw in some merch from our shop to one lucky winner this week. Btw, Justin does not accept bribes, so no sucking up to him in Discord.


  • Use your favourite art supplies, software and workflow.
  • Only submit work created during this week.
  • Submit as many entries as you want.
  • You can use concept art, models, textures and other assets and include it in your project. However, make sure to credit the artist by linking to their work and explain exactly what you created.
  • You must tag your project with #RookiesWeeklyDrills and #XmasDecoration
  • Submission open Friday, December 18, 2020
  • Submission close Friday, January 1, 2021


Justin Mohlman will evaluate entries and select a winner based on quality, creativity, and adherence to the challenge theme.


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To enter this Weekly Drill, simple create a project for your portfolio and tag it. Remember, keep these drills loose and stress-free. This drill is about growing our digital skills, together, as a community.

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Christmas Carousel | The Rookies
Christmas has come and my friend Viviana De Giuseppe and I have decided to participate for fun in the #RookiesWeeklyDrills #XmasDecoration !Modeling/texturing: Camilla ScalaLighting/Shading/Compositing: Viviana De Giuseppehttps://www.artstation.com/vivin_c

Second Place

#WeeklyDrills 038 - Snow Globe | The Rookies
For the last drill of 2020, I decided to create a little snow globe. I used SpeedTree to model the trees and the pine branch, Maya to model and shade, Arnold to render, and Nuke to polish the raw images.

Third Place

Christmas Teddy | The Rookies
My entry for Weekly Drills 038 - #XmasDecoration :) ~~Teddy bear wants to be a Christmas tree too~~

Honourable Mention

Merry Christmas 2020 & Happy New year 2021 | The Rookies
House and tree assets were taken free from turbosquid and modified and made procedural textures and noise for organic look and feel originally planned on rendering on mantra but it was taking way too long per frame so had to redo some parts and prep
Star Wars - combat remote ornament | The Rookies
Weekly Drills 038 Happy holidays!!A fun rendition of a Jedi training tool passed down through the ages.4 days of work Pureref, 3ds Max, and Substance painterTexture 2048Polys: 42,201Tris: 89,198


How many entries can I submit?

As many as you want.

How do I tag my project?

During Step 2 of the project building process, you will see a tag input field in the right column under your project title and description input fields. Note: Do not include  "#" with your tag, the app already handles that for you. See below for example.