57th Bryce contest (Lonely islands)

Sorry for the delay getting this contest up. I recently caught up with and old friend I haven't seen for 7 years. It reminds me that I've been living life like a hermit. So many things have changed. Like can you believe they charge you to put air in your tire now? Ridiculous! 


                                                    Bryce Contest #57 

                                              Theme: Lonely Islands 




imagine being lost, or incomplete. feeling trapped in the mechanisms of a mundane life. Looking into the endless void of seamless oceans, dancing across your horizon.  Cold winter nights, longing for the feeling of home, or company to keep you sane. A place with no radio, no tv, no internet. Just player, with a cd of Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg, and Jorma Taccone on the cover. Oh the humanity!

This is what this contest is all about. Spark up your creativity, and create your own coconut friend. Build a boat to help you pass the time. Or if your too lazy to leave your room, even use VR! It's quite a lonely island, and your imagination is the only limit. 



  • All renders must be new renders.

  • You can enter up to 3 renders.

  • You must abide by the DAZ 3D forum TOS

  • Imported content is allowed, but the render must be obviously a Bryce render.

  • Post Work permitted, but please keep it to a minimum.

  • Please submit your works before the deadline


judging is done by a voting poll, which all members will be allowed to vote.


Challenge ends April 30th, 2023  (Extra time will be given if needed)


DAZ 3D Sponsorship, in the form of Store credit

Ist place $30     2nd place $20     3rd place $15

In addition DAZ 3D Store Credit will be given to the people whose renders are selected as the Honorable mentions,
$10 for each of 3 honorable mentions

We will also be offering a special prize for the render judged the best from a Bryce New User. DAZ 3D will add $10.

Judged by a poll which will be set up at closure of the challenge.

By entering this contest, you agree to allow DAZ3D to use any artwork you submit in any promotional materials they may choose

(Props to anyone who actually creates a coconut buddy. you will get my vote!)



  • mermaid010mermaid010 Posts: 4,413

    Another awesome theme, love the animation 

  • NGartplayNGartplay Posts: 2,482

    Oh, I love this one.  Ideas already popping into my head.

  • Yellow PenYellow Pen Posts: 862

    Lovely theme, yes, and a  funny animation smiley

  • adbcadbc Posts: 2,719

    Funny animation, great theme, no ideas yet.

  • HansmarHansmar Posts: 2,620

    Great subject. Will be very difficult to beat our landscape-wizards in this case (as in all cases).

  • NGartplayNGartplay Posts: 2,482
    edited March 16

    Wilson Island.  This is a play on the movie Castaway with Tom Hanks.  The Wilson soccer ball was his only friend.  He thought that Wilson was gone but he actually started a family.

    1200 x 800 - 88K
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  • HoroHoro Posts: 9,465

    NGartplay - funny idea and a very well done entry.

  • Yellow PenYellow Pen Posts: 862

    NGartplay..... your entry let me smile..... thanks for this.

  • adbcadbc Posts: 2,719

    NGartplay : fantastic funny idea, wonderful image, and yes... it made me smile as well.

  • mermaid010mermaid010 Posts: 4,413

    NGartplay - awesome idea, too cute, thanks for the smiles.

  • HoroHoro Posts: 9,465
    edited March 16

    My first entry.
    Title: Lost Dream Isle
    Used: Bryce 7.1 Pro and an unpublished HDRI.

    Lost Dream Isle

    1200 x 800 - 167K
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  • mermaid010mermaid010 Posts: 4,413
    edited March 16

    Horo wow awesome effect excellent render

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  • NGartplayNGartplay Posts: 2,482
    edited March 16

    Horo, that's a beautiful crystalline island.  I love deep orange and hunter green together.  Great job.

    thank you everyone for the warm comments.  You all made me smile too :)

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  • ApocApoc Posts: 387

    Wow you guys work fast

  • HoroHoro Posts: 9,465

    Thank you mermaid, NGartplay (not so funny as your entry) and Apoc.

  • adbcadbc Posts: 2,719

    Horo : awesome image, great colours, special atmosphere.

  • HoroHoro Posts: 9,465

    Thank you adbc.

  • NGartplayNGartplay Posts: 2,482
    edited May 2

    Noman Is An Island.  Noman has been by himself for so long that he has become an island.

    I couldn't help myself.  I thought of the adage 'no man is an island' and I just had to give it a try.  I used the Elemental and mountains from my signature image, adding a waterfall material to him.  Slight postwork in the water.

    I may rework this with a different sky.  The eyes look eerie with the island material reflecting in them.


    1200 x 800 - 599K
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  • mermaid010mermaid010 Posts: 4,413
    edited March 18

    Very nice idea, beautiful composition, NGartplay the atmosphere  suits the scene

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  • HoroHoro Posts: 9,465

    NGartplay - surprising idea and very well done entry.

  • adbcadbc Posts: 2,719

    NGartplay : original idea, wonderful render, well chosen materials and sky.

  • NGartplayNGartplay Posts: 2,482

    Thank you mermaid, Horo and adbc.

  • Yellow PenYellow Pen Posts: 862

    Horo and NGartplay..... both are beautiful, and these Ideas are very impressive. Very well done.

  • huberthubert Posts: 366

    - "Wilson Island": A cute little island. Wonderful concept and execution. Great water.
    - "Noman Island": Nice pun! :)  -- Another cool concept and great render. (Agreed about his eyes. I too find them somehow scary. At least much too dark.)

    Horo: A dreamlike island. Beautiful mat and coloring.

  • HoroHoro Posts: 9,465

    Thank you Yellow Pen and hubert.

  • NGartplayNGartplay Posts: 2,482

    Thank you Yellow Pen and hubert.  I think that his eyes will keep the Woodies at bay   :)

  • HansmarHansmar Posts: 2,620
    edited March 22

    NGartplay, fantastic two entries. Both are funny and very well made.

    Horo, great colours in this render.

    I made two versions of the same idea and find it very difficult to choose. I also made other renders with different skies, but these two should lead to one entry. Would be interested to hear your ideas about these two. Title would be 'shark island'.

    shark island3.jpg
    1370 x 659 - 755K
    shark island4.jpg
    1370 x 659 - 1M
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  • ed3Ded3D Posts: 1,718
    edited March 22

    And  Then +  perhaps -  Thanx

    BIG_ISLAND 1D.png
    1280 x 720 - 650K
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  • NGartplayNGartplay Posts: 2,482
    edited March 23

    That's tough Hansmar.  I think that I like the top down POV better (#2) but not keen on the white shoreline.  It looks like a string.  I would zoom in a little closer (just a tad.)  If any of the sharks disappear from view move them back into the scene,  I love all the sharks.  You met the challenge perfectly.  A lonely island for sure.  For grins you could try putting a skeleton next to the boat :) :)

    edit:  I'm sure that everyone will disagree with me.  Looking at the first one again the sharks look good there.

    ed3D, thank you for trying the challenge.  Love seeing what you've created.  It has that ancient, alien mystique about it with the pyramid in it and the space vessel.

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  • mermaid010mermaid010 Posts: 4,413

    Hansmar hard to chose I like both versions

    Ed3d very nice entry 

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