"Sphere: [sfeer, noun] a space or solid enclosed by a surface, all points of which are equidistant from the center." - The Penguin Concise English Dictionary
The sphere is arguably one of the most basic and fundamental primitives in computer graphics. Its uniformly curved structure allows for wide field of view coverage, as well as full diffuse tonal range shading. When reflective, its convex shape can reveal more of it's surrounding environment than any other primitive, and when refractive it can bend surrounding light into a single concentrated caustic point. The sphere is an inherent form chaotically evident in nature and continually apparent in man-made designs. From the smallest atomic structures to the largest planetary globes, the sphere continues to be perhaps the most common geometric form in existence.
The Sphere Project is a website dedicated to the evolution of technical and creative 3D sphere design. The purpose is simple; to create the most captivating and visually appealing sphere from our provided scene using your 3D program and renderer of choice. We encourage everyone to submit his or her renders regardless of their skill level so long as they adhere to the rules. However, those with the best renders will receive the highest ratings and possibly make the front page. Your goal is to rise to the top, through the use of clever ideas, thoughtful execution, technical expertise, and dazzling presentation.
Submitted spheres may focus on modeling, texturing, lighting, rendering and compositing modifications, or a combination of any of these aspects. The options are endless, although we kindly ask that you follow our few guidelines outlined in the rules page so that we can maintain a degree of consistency. Try to be clever with your submission and present the viewers with something they've never seen before! Above all, have fun creating your submission!