Staff pick contest January 2019

A real medley of character and environment concepts formed the staff picks gallery in January, and guest judge Maarten Verhoeven really had his work cut out to narrow it down to one winner.

This competition is now closed

Winning entry - Coraline inspired 3D Portrait

The winning image is Coraline, a 3D portrait of Reese Witherspoon, created by model supervisor at ILM, Marko Chulev. Inspired by Laika's exhibition in Portland, Marko wanted to create a realistic adult version of Coraline, and settled on Reese's likeness.

Marko Chulev


It is my honor to be selected for a Staff Pick winner for the month of January. What a surprise to be picked from such a great pull of talent and artwork. Thank you!

Maarten Verhoeven

Guest Judge

I've chosen Marko's piece, because it's a great, fresh image with it's own twist. It not just an excellent portrait of Reese Witherspoon but a portrait with a idea. Also the simple breakdown of the project gives us a good idea on the effort that went into his piece. Always welcome are some different angles and renders to give us an insight! Keep up the great work. Congrats!

Marko's prize box this month included: