Sketchfab Star Wars Fan-Art Contest

Sketchfab has launched a new fan-art challenge to model famous Star Wars scenes. The grand prize is an Oculus Rift!

To level the playing field, they have selected two scenes from each episode (plus a bonus scene), and your job is to tell that story in a 3D scene, using annotations or animation. The scenes to choose from are:

  • Episode I – The Phantom Menace: Pod Race & Journey through the planet core.
  • Episode II – Attack of the Clones: Yoda vs Dooku & Bounty hunter chase on Coruscant.
  • Episode III – Revenge of the Sith: The Order 66 & LightSaber fights: Duel on Mustafar, Duels of Fate, Windu-Emperor.
  • Episode IV – A New Hope: Death Star Trench Run & 3D princess Leia, the first hologram!
  • Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back: “I am you father” NOooooooooo & Han Solo being carbo-cryo-whatever-ated.
  • Episode VI – Return of the Jedi: “It’s a Trap” & Death Star Millennium Falcon Core Dump Run
  • Bonus: check out the Sketchfab Star Wars fan-art contest page.

BB-8 by JCulley3D on Sketchfab

Challenge categories

You can enter in two categories:

  1. Annotated scenes. Annotations are an excellent tool for taking your viewers on a guided tour through your scene. Check out the winners of the recent Halloween Contest for some inspiration. All participants in this contest will receive a free month of Sketchfab PRO to raise the number of annotations in their models from 5 to 20!
  2. Animations. Can you animate a scene? Then sign up for the Sketchfab animation beta and tell your story that way. Sketchfab will fast-track all contest participants to enter the beta program.

Starwars Pod Texture by carlito69 (charles coureau) on Sketchfab


Sketchfab will promote all winners on its site and social media and with partner sites such as ArtStation Magazine, IA Magazine, CGChannel and 3DTotal. They’ll also do a final big media push on the December 18th—the day that The Force Awakens will be released.

Of course, there’s a big prize pot:

  • Grand prize: an Oculus Rift, a Sketchfab Hoodie and 12 Months of Sketchfab PRO ($120 value).

For both the Annotation and Animation categories:

  • Sphero BB-8 remote-controled droid, a Sketchfab T-shirt and 6 Months of Sketchfab PRO ($90 value).
  • 2x $100 Amazon voucher*, a Sketchfab Cardboard VR Viewer and 3 Months of Sketchfab PRO ($45 value).

* or equivalent for your country

How Sketchfab will select the winners

Sketchfab has invited a stellar delegation of judges from the CG industry:

  • Leonard Teo – Founder and CEO of  ArtStation.
  • Sébastien Deguy, Founder and CEO of Allegorithmic.
  • Adam Bromell, Co-founder of Polycount, and Assistant Art Director for Ubisoft.
  • Chris Taylor – Deputy Editor at Mashable
  • Germain Lussier – Entertainment Reporter at io9.
  • Jim Thacker – Editor for CG Channel
  • Patrice Laymarie – Founder of IAMAG.CO.
  • Simon Martin – Managing Editor of SolidSmack.
  • Andrew Price – Founder of Blender Guru.

How to enter

  • Select your favorite scene from the list above.
  • Start your own topic in the dedicated Star Wars Contest 2015 forum where you document your work in progress (WIP). Post regular updates (with images and Sketchfab embeds), and be sure to mark which entry is your final submission.
  • All participants will receive one month of Sketchfab PRO.
  • Publish your final entry to your account, and tag it with #starwars-2015-still or #starwars-2015-animation
  • You can submit as many entries as you like. Only submit new work that you created for this contest though!
  • Entries close Thursday December 10th.

Star Wars – Lando Calrissian by mjthehunter on Sketchfab


For Terms and Conditions, check out the Sketchfab Star Wars fan-art contest page.

About the author

Daniel is the Industry Manager for ArtStation.