Ancient Civilizations: Award Winners and Honourable Mentions

ArtStation’s second Community Challenge, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found, launched over three months ago with new industry-based challenge hosts and the very popular option for production category entrants to base their submissions on viz dev categories. Like our first community challenge, The Journey, the submission process was entirely open, and registrations, submission views and likes were 20-40% higher for our second community challenge. 3,855 artists took up the challenge with some artists putting in hundreds of hours into their submissions, and showing great community spirit with their feedback and encouragement.

A dedicated all-star judging panel took on the difficult task to sort through the very strong entries in all categories. After many hours of judging, some judges also shared their thoughts on their favorite entries (below). Huge thanks to Sparth (Art Director Halo, 343 Industries), Raphael Lacoste (Franchise Art Director, Assassin’s Creed), Renaud Galand (Lead Character Artist Overwatch, Blizzard Entertainment), Devon Fay (Senior Environment Artist, Riot Games), Andrew Maximov (Lead Technical Artist, Naughty Dog) and Efflam Mercier (Concept Artist, Riot Games). The winners each receive a complete virtual ArtStation Challenge trophy, designed with meticulous attention to detail by industrial designer Ivan Šantić (check out the process of designing the Awards).

We’d also like to recognise the challenge hosts for their dedication to helping entrants every day of the challenge with feedback and encouragement. Thank you to: Adam J Middleton (Weta Workshop), Donovan Valdes, Randall Mackey, Satoshi Arakawa (Daybreak Games), Mathew O’Halloran (Ubisoft Massive), Victoria Passariello Fontiveros, and Tiberius Viris (Sony Pictures Imageworks).

We’re very pleased to present to you the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each of the categories along with the Honourable Mentions.

Viz Dev categories

Ancient Civilizations – Keyframe Concept Art

1st place Keyframe Concept Art: Joakim Ericsson

Devon Fay: “The sense of exploration is present for sure. Well executed images.”

1st Place, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Keyframe Concept Art

 

2nd place Keyframe Concept Art: Rebecca Oborn

Randall Mackey: “What a bold choice to come in with a super colorful animated style! Rebecca absolutely nailed the storytelling, the execution and clarity. When is this getting made into a feature length production!?”

Devon Fay: “Beautiful colors and compositions. Every aspect of these images gives you a piece of a bigger story. Left me wanting to know the whole story of this world!”

2nd Place, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Keyframe Concept Art

 

3rd place Keyframe Concept Art: Pablo Dominguez

Sparth: “A tad conventional, but SO effective.”

Devon Fay: “The decision to give us the unique tower design as a touchstone was a fantastic choice. The mood and sense of scale are impressive and well done. Fun to get lost in this story.”

3rd Place, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Keyframe Concept Art

 

Honourable Mention Keyframe Concept Art: Ryan Richmond

Sparth: “My favorite pieces. Especially the first image. Great vibe and dynamic.”

Honourable Mention, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Keyframe Concept Art

 

Honourable Mention Keyframe Concept Art: DOFRESH .

Randall Mackey: “Wow! What a great storytelling set of frames. The style and execution is one point, and the color for each frame is absolutely ace! The orange frame when they are meeting the queen is a particular favorite of mine.”

Honourable Mention, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Keyframe Concept Art

 

Honourable Mention Keyframe Concept Art: Sergey Avtushenko

Honourable Mention, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Keyframe Concept Art

 

Honourable Mention Keyframe Concept Art: Michael Oberschneider

Honourable Mention, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Keyframe Concept Art

 

Honourable Mention Keyframe Concept Art: Artur Sadlos

Randall Mackey: “I can only imagine what is happening in these frames (or inside Artur’s imagination) with these, but that’s something I seem to want to do endlessly! What kind of creature is in the gooey sack behind the explorers in frame #3?!”

Honourable Mention, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Keyframe Concept Art

 

Ancient Civilizations – Character Design

1st place Character Design: Carlyn Lim

Devon Fay: “Builds a unique world just based off these characters. So many great choices to get lost in.”

1st Place, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Character Design

 

2nd place Character Design: Anastasia Nikulina

Devon Fay: “Great job at mixing some known ideas but putting an interesting twist on them. Enjoyed the mood achieved with the same color scheme overall.”

2nd Place, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Character Design

 

3rd place Character Design: Nadezhda Tikhomirova

Randall Mackey: “What an amazingly fun and colorful line-up of characters. Big shapes, loud colors, clear personality. A ton of fun!”

Devon Fay: “Great job on carving out your unique take on a civilization. Stands out among the crowd, while building a believable interesting world.”

3rd Place, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Character Design

 

Honourable Mention Character Design: Christophe Young

Honourable Mention, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Character Design

 

Honourable Mention Character Design: Casper Konefal

Honourable Mention, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Character Design

 

Honourable Mention Character Design: Didier Nguyen

Randall Mackey: “I could say so much about these designs. Really bold choices in the characters and execution. I would have a hard time selecting which one to be in a game. But if I was forced, I would have to go with the Child King riding a Hyena!”

Honourable Mention, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Character Design

 

Honourable Mention Character Design: Kenny Jeong

Sparth: “A favorite of mine!”

Honourable Mention, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Character Design

 

Honourable Mention Character Design: Oscar Römer

Honourable Mention, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Character Design

 

Ancient Civilizations – Environment Design

1st place Environment Design: Leon Tukker

Devon Fay: “Insane sense of scale. Great macro take on the whole look. Clearly hit a nerve with may other artists, inspiring others on their projects.”

1st Place, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Environment Design

2nd place Environment Design: Ryan Moeck

Devon Fay: “Beautiful colors and depth.”

2nd Place, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Environment Design

 

3rd place Environment Design: Jan Sarbort

Devon Fay: “Love the amount of research done and shown for this submission. The attention to detail comes out in the final images.”

3rd Place, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Environment Design

 

Honourable Mention Environment Design: Marc-Alexandre Robbe

Tiberius Viris: “I think Marc’s entry does a fantastic job at capturing the challenge theme with some very good design and presentation.”

Honourable Mention, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Environment Design

 

Honourable Mention Environment Design: Robin lhebrard

Randall Mackey: “The color and mood of this submission is truly transformative. I am waiting for a game that looks like this that I can get lost in for hours!”

Honourable Mention, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Environment Design

 

Honourable Mention Environment Design: Gabriel Tan

Randall Mackey: “Aside from the wonderful rendered scenes, the design callouts in Gabriel’s submission were exceptionally well executed and informative.”

Honourable Mention, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Environment Design

 

Honourable Mention Environment Design: Andrew Collins

Randall Mackey: “This whole submission is strong, but I am particularly a fan of how Andrew designed an interior space and did it so clearly. Environment art is just as much about going inside of buildings and exploring as it is about the beautiful big exterior set pieces.”

Honourable Mention, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Environment Design

 

Honourable Mention Environment Design: Alexey Shugurov

Honourable Mention, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Environment Design

 

Ancient Civilizations – Game Character Art (real-time)

1st place Game Character Art (real-time): Rodrigo Gonçalves (Original concept: Tatiana Vetrova)

Satoshi Arakawa: “Rodrigo’s piece is the most polished entry in the game-art character challenge.  He did an excellent job translating the concept to 3D form while also adding his own unique touches.  Sculpting, modeling, and texturing are all done to an incredibly high standard!”

Devon Fay: “Captures the attitude of the character perfectly.”

1st Place, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Game Character Art (real-time)

 

2nd place Character Art (real-time): Georgian Avasilcutei

Satoshi Arakawa: “Georgian’s piece shows incredible attention to detail.  The execution of historical, ornate, Egyptian accessories is phenomenal!  The material work is also flawless.”

Devon Fay: “Extremely well executed. The attention to detail on every aspect of the character is inspiring. Superb topology, uvs, textures and everything. Love it.”

2nd Place, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Game Character Art (real-time)

 

3rd place Character Art (real-time): Valerio – Korax – Carbone (Original concept: Tony Sart)

Satoshi Arakawa: “Stylized concepts are always incredibly difficult to translate to 3d and Valerio did an amazing job accomplishing just that. The colors and presentation are also fantastically well done.”

Devon Fay: “Beautifully executed model. Technically well done in every way. Did a fantastic job keeping the tone and personality of the design when bringing it to 3D.

3rd Place, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Game Character Art (real-time)

 

Honourable Mention Character Art (real-time): Subi Prakash (Original concept: Silviu Sadoschi)

Satoshi Arakawa: “I think what stands out to me about Subi’s piece is the immaculate folds work. The draping and cloth work for this character is the best of the challenge. Of course, it would not stand out if the rest wasn’t equally beautiful as well.”

Honourable Mention, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Game Character Art (real-time)

 

Honourable Mention Character Art (real-time): Marat Latypov

Satoshi Arakawa: “Beautiful stylized piece that conveys the most emotion of the finalists. The technical execution is well done but what really sells this character is the raw emotion conveyed in the pose and expression. Just fantastic!”

Renaud Galand: “By far the most expressive entry of this category! Great facial expression and dynamic composition. I also really like how the folds are clean and determined enough to not counter the final pose. The shading and and believability of the materials (even in a stylized universe) could have used some improvement. Awesome entry.”

Honourable Mention, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Game Character Art (real-time)

 

Honourable Mention Character Art (real-time): Tommy Gunardi Teguh (Original concept: Carlyn Lim)

Satoshi Arakawa: “I’m happy to see that a lot of Carlyn’s concepts were perfected in 3D form and Tommy’s was fantastic.  There is a lot going on in these concepts so having that read well in 3D was an incredible challenge and Tommy pulled it off nicely.”

Renaud Galand: “Beautiful execution and very good ratio between stylized shapes, clean shading with some interesting second read details. I would have loved to see more colored gradients on the diffuse and a stronger ambient occlusion to help the read between all the elements. Excellent entry nonetheless.”

Honourable Mention, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Game Character Art (real-time)

 

Honourable Mention Character Art (real-time): Mercurial Forge (Original concept: Jason Allen)

Satoshi Arakawa: “My favorite piece of this challenge. Oliver did a phenomenal job with shapes, colors, and details. He was also very receptive to feedback and his piece improved every step he made. Incredible presentation as well!”

Honourable Mention, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Game Character Art (real-time)

 

Honourable Mention Character Art (real-time): Stian Sundby (Original concept: Carlyn Lim)

Satoshi Arakawa: “Stian took Carlyn‘s concept and took it to another level. I really enjoy seeing people put their own twist on a concept to make it unique to their own style and Stian’s is the epitome of that.”

Honourable Mention, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Game Character Art (real-time)

 

Ancient Civilizations – Film/VFX Character Art (rendered)

1st place Film/VFX Character Art (rendered): Remy Dupont (Original concept: Ivan Dedov)

Devon Fay: “Beautifully sculpted character. Lots of challenging aspects all rolled into one design and Remy executed on all of them expertly.”

1st Place, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Film/VFX Character Art (rendered)

 

2nd place Film/VFX Character Art (rendered): Mahabir Singh (Original concept: Silviu Sadoschi)

Devon Fay: “Interesting take on some classic ideas. Very well done model, render and materials.”

2nd Place, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Film/VFX Character Art (rendered)

 

3rd place Film/VFX Character Art (rendered): Alexia Rubod

Devon Fay: “The mix of soft forms with the crystals is inspired. Absolutely love the idea, execution, and tone. Love it.”

3rd Place, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Film/VFX Character Art (rendered)

 

Honourable Mention Film/VFX Character Art (rendered): Ellie Dupont (Original concept: Florian Coudray)

Honourable Mention, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Film/VFX Character Art (rendered)

 

Honourable Mention Film/VFX Character Art (rendered): Hugo Leygnac

Honourable Mention, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Film/VFX Character Art (rendered)

 

Honourable Mention Film/VFX Character Art (rendered): Daniele Viagi (Original concept: Juraj Bezak)

Honourable Mention, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Film/VFX Character Art (rendered)

 

Honourable Mention Film/VFX Character Art (rendered): Sandeep VS (Original concept: Anastasia Nikulina)

Honourable Mention, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Film/VFX Character Art (rendered)

 

Honourable Mention Film/VFX Character Art (rendered): Thuan Nguyen Minh Duong

Honourable Mention, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Film/VFX Character Art (rendered)

 

Ancient Civilizations – Film/VFX Matte Painting

1st place Film/VFX Matte Painting: Uriel Leonardo Prado Soria (Original concept: Aaron Chow)

Tiberius Viris: “Uriel’s entry is a good example of how to follow a pre-production concept and turn it into a final environment.”

Devon Fay: “Crazy amount of detail achieved in these images. Approached in a really smart way that led to a very successful final submission.”

1st Place, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Film/VFX Matte Painting

 

2nd place Film/VFX Matte Painting: Maciej Biniek

Tiberius Viris: “I think Maciej’s entry captures the theme very well, while at the same time builds a consistent environment that allows for multiple camera views.”

Devon Fay: “The sense of scale and awe you have achieved is amazing. The execution makes this feel like an amazing place that could really exist.”

2nd Place, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Film/VFX Matte Painting

 

3rd place Film/VFX Matte Painting: Bahadir Özbek

Devon Fay: “Very smart approach to create a sense of scale and wonder. Especially love the twilight render.”

3rd Place, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Film/VFX Matte Painting

 

Honourable Mention Film/VFX Matte Painting: Jamir Blanco (Original concept: Marc Alexandre Robbe)

Honourable Mention, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Film/VFX Matte Painting

 

Honourable Mention Film/VFX Matte Painting: Paul Siedler

Honourable Mention, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Film/VFX Matte Painting

 

Honourable Mention Film/VFX Matte Painting: Ʌev Syn

Honourable Mention, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Film/VFX Matte Painting

 

Honourable Mention Film/VFX Matte Painting: Paul Mercer

Honourable Mention, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Film/VFX Matte Painting

 

Honourable Mention Film/VFX Matte Painting: Julien B

Honourable Mention, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Film/VFX Matte Painting

 

Ancient Civilizations – Game Environment/Level Art

1st place Game Environment/Level Art: Floyd Billingy (Original concept: Andrew Collins)

Devon Fay: “Fantastic holistic take on the environment. Large read is great, all the way down to the beautiful materials.”

Tiberius Viris: “Floyd’s entry accurately captures the original concept art, while adding details and personal touches that further improve it. Good job from both a technical and artistic point of view!”1st Place, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Game Environment/Level Art

 

2nd place Game Environment/Level Art: Alexandra Peer

Randall Mackey: “I don’t know what kind of game this would be, and I don’t know if I should feel afraid and uneasy, or cheerful and full of hope! I do know that this submission is absolutely magical, and I can stop taking it in! Absolutely amazing!”

Devon Fay: “The lighting, materials/textures, surreal subject matter and execution all lead to this submission easily standing out. Very unique and easy to get lost in.”

Tiberius Viris: “Beautiful art and quite an original level design makes this one of my favorite entries. I would actually want to see and play this in a game!”

2nd Place, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Game Environment/Level Art

 

3rd place Game Environment/Level Art: Desmond Man (Original concept: Leon Tukker)

Devon Fay: “Amazing amount of detail added to this scene. The sense of scale is very impressive. Really smart workflow to cover LARGE areas with interesting details.”

Tiberius Viris: “Desmond’s entry is easily one of the most detailed and hard-worked entries, and the result speaks for itself.”

3rd Place, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Game Environment/Level Art

 

Honourable Mention Game Environment/Level Art: Karen Stanley (Original concept: Alex Feliksovich)

Honourable Mention, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Game Environment/Level Art

 

Honourable Mention Game Environment/Level Art: Jon Arellano

Randall Mackey: “This scene feel like the place where a character leaves a part of themselves behind, but exchanges it for a new better part, and they become empowered to face the challenges ahead! Really awesome lighting and mood!”

Honourable Mention, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Game Environment/Level Art

 

Honourable Mention Game Environment/Level Art: Anthony Trujillo (Original concept: Лена Доронина)

Honourable Mention, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Game Environment/Level Art

 

Honourable Mention Game Environment/Level Art: Timothy Dries (Original concept: Victoriya Anda)

Tiberius Viris: “Very good design and a consistent, stylized look. Make sure to check his fly-through video!”

Honourable Mention, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Game Environment/Level Art

 

Honourable Mention Game Environment/Level Art: Yeghor Gallagher (Original concept: Jan Sarbort)

Honourable Mention, Ancient Civilizations: Lost & Found: Game Environment/Level Art

 

You can see all of the entries for the Ancient Civilization Challenge here:


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