THU 2018 Golden Ticket Challenge Student and Professional Winners

For the the sixth year in a row Trojan Horse was a Unicorn has held its Golden Ticket Challenge to welcome the last Tribe Member to attend the Trojan Horse was a Unicorn festival. This year’s theme was “Land of Wonder” to celebrate the Tribe’s migration to Malta for the 2018 event (September 24-29, Valetta, Malta). For the first time, the Golden Ticket was awarded in two categories—Professionals and Students. 838 artists took up the challenge to create a submission that captured the essence of THU’s new home. We’d like to thank all the artists who participated in the challenge, and congratulate them on their creative efforts.

André Luis, Co-founder and CEO of THU: “This year we were able to make a dream come true, something we’ve wanted to do for a long time. We gave young talents their own category and an opportunity to express themselves and come to THU. We’re happy to see that the number and quality of the submissions increased on both categories and talented artists from all over the world are making the Golden Ticket Challenge grow over the years.”

We’re very pleased to announce the winners and honourable mentions for the THU Golden Ticket Challenge: Professionals and the THU Golden Ticket Challenge: Students as judged by Jose Alves da Silva and the five winners of the previous challenges: Dor Shamir (2013), Max Kostenko (2014), Jakob Eirich (2015), Grace Liu (2016), Te Hu (2017).

José Alves da Silva, Golden Ticket Challenge Manager: “This year’s Challenge winners were the result of a very difficult and close decision. There were so many different approaches to the subject with such high quality. In the end, the real winner is Art. So many great new pieces as the result of the hard work of many artists. THU2018 Golden Ticket Challenge was a true privilege to judge.”

THU would like to thank the THU Golden Ticket Challenge sponsors Government of Malta, Lenovo, Wacom, The Rookies and ArtStation for their continued support, and amazing prizes.

We’re very pleased to present to you the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners along with the five Honourable Mentions for the Professional and Student categories.

THU 2018 Land of Wonder Golden Ticket Challenge Winners—Professional

1st place Golden Ticket Challenge: Professionals: Bjorn Hurri

1st Place, THU 2018: Golden Ticket Challenge: Professionals

Bjorn Hurri, Winner of the Golden Ticket Challenge (Professional): “I decided to join in because I am a big believer in community and wanted to share the process of creating this painting, live on Twitch, together with the community. I believe in challenging yourself in order to excel and this was a great opportunity. I even encouraged people to join in and to challenge themselves. The fact that my painting won has my face in a wide grin, and I can’t wait to experience THU for the first time in person!”

Bjorn will receive the following prizes for his first prize-winning submission:

2nd place Golden Ticket Challenge: Professionals: Tiago Sousa

2nd Place, THU 2018: Golden Ticket Challenge: Professionals

Tiago will receive the following prizes for his second prize-winning submission:

  • Free Access to THU TV (Vol I, Vol II, Vol III and Sketchbook Series)
  • 1 year subscription to ArtStation PRO

3rd place Golden Ticket Challenge: Professionals: Ruben Hiraga

3rd Place, THU 2018: Golden Ticket Challenge: Professionals

Ruben will receive the following prizes for his third prize-winning submission:

  • Free Access to THU TV (Vol I, Vol II, Vol III and Sketchbook Series)
  • 1 year subscription to ArtStation PRO

Honourable Mention Golden Ticket Challenge: Professionals: Sourav Dhar

Honorable Mention, THU 2018: Golden Ticket Challenge: Professionals

Honourable Mention Golden Ticket Challenge: Professionals: Lorenz Hideyoshi Ruwwe

Honorable Mention, THU 2018: Golden Ticket Challenge: Professionals

Honourable Mention Golden Ticket Challenge: Professionals: Pedro Krüger Garcia

Honorable Mention, THU 2018: Golden Ticket Challenge: Professionals

Honourable Mention Golden Ticket Challenge: Professionals: Douglas P. Lobo

Honorable Mention, THU 2018: Golden Ticket Challenge: Professionals

Honourable Mention Golden Ticket Challenge: Professionals: Aria Safarzadegan

Honorable Mention, THU 2018: Golden Ticket Challenge: Professionals

 

THU 2018 Land of Wonder Golden Ticket Challenge Winners—Students

1st place Golden Ticket Challenge: Students: Maximilian Georg Liebscher

1st Place, THU 2018: Golden Ticket Challenge: Students

Maximillian Georg Liebscher, Winner of the Golden Ticket Challenge (Student): “I’m overly excited to have won the THU Student Challenge. I never expected that! I participated in the challenge to advance my skills in storytelling and concept art. I’m hyped for this event and hope to see you guys in Malta!”

Maximillian will receive the following prizes for his first prize-winning submission:

2nd place Golden Ticket Challenge: Students: Joy Yang

2nd Place, THU 2018: Golden Ticket Challenge: Students

Joy will receive the following prizes for her second prize-winning submission:

  • One ticket for THU2018 (does not include flights, accommodation or meals)
  • 1 year subscription to ArtStation PRO

3rd place Golden Ticket Challenge: Students: Caio Sinem

3rd Place, THU 2018: Golden Ticket Challenge: Students

Caio will receive the following prizes for his third prize-winning submission:

  • One ticket for THU2018 (does not include flights, accommodation or meals)
  • 1 year subscription to ArtStation PRO

Honorable Mention Golden Ticket Challenge: Students: Ani Ruddha

Honorable Mention, THU 2018: Golden Ticket Challenge: Students

Honorable Mention Golden Ticket Challenge: Students: Sim Singh

Honorable Mention, THU 2018: Golden Ticket Challenge: Students

Honorable Mention Golden Ticket Challenge: Students: Ilka Hesche

Honorable Mention, THU 2018: Golden Ticket Challenge: Students

Honorable Mention Golden Ticket Challenge: Students: Marija Velykyte (gloomyuu)

Honorable Mention, THU 2018: Golden Ticket Challenge: Students

Honorable Mention Golden Ticket Challenge: Students: Nikita Jansons

Honorable Mention, THU 2018: Golden Ticket Challenge: Students

Thanks again to everyone who participated in the challenge and please check out all of the THU Golden Ticket submissions for the Professional and Student categories!


About the author

Daniel is the Industry Manager for ArtStation.