Untamed: When Animals Ruled the World Community Challenge

Art by Thomas Chamberlain-Keen

ArtStation Community Challenges help you to improve your skills, connect with and learn from other artists, create new material for your portfolio and show the ArtStation Community what you’re capable of. We hope you’re ready because an exciting new ArtStation Community Challenge begins now.

The theme of the ninth ArtStation Community Challenge is Untamed: When Animals Ruled the World. We’re challenging artists to imagine a world where animals/creatures have evolved to be the peak lifeforms on Earth.

Join the Challenge

What we’re looking for is your ability to breathe life into real or imagined creatures and their stories in a world without humans. Creatures can be evolved from familiar species or they can be new species entirely.

The Challenge starts with four Concept Art categories (Keyframe Design, Character Design, Environment Design and Prop Design) running for four weeks. We will then open up four Production categories (Game Character Art, Game Environment/Level Art, Film/VFX Character Art and Prop Art) which will start on 18 October, 2021.

Enter Phase 1

You can now register for the Concept art categories and begin the challenge.

Learning from the best

ArtStation Learning is a free (for now) learning resource with amazing videos from industry artists on many aspects of creativity and production. We’ve highlighted videos for each category of the challenge to get you started which you can find on ArtStation Learning.

Challenge Hosts

In order to help you push your submission to the next level, each category has hosts to give constructive feedback on your updates and general tips along the way. We’ve doubled the hosts for this challenge to improve artist feedback.

Challenge Judges

The judging panel for Untamed: When Animals Ruled the World is wild!

Share your Progress

An important part of ArtStation Challenges is posting WIPs so that the judges and viewers can see how you came to your end result and can give feedback along the way.

The official challenge hashtag is #UntamedChallenge. Share your progress with us and others using the hashtag when you post updates on your other social media.


The concept art challenges begin on Tuesday 21st September 2021 and closes on Monday 18th October 2021. The production challenges will begin on Monday 18th October 2021 and the entry deadlines will be Monday 6th December 2021. The deadline to register for the production challenges is Monday 29 November 2021.


A number of countries and provinces have competition/contest legislation that makes it impractical to run our contest in its current form (Italy, Brazil and Quebec). We’ll continue to investigate solutions for future challenges, but right now it’s not possible to include these locations.

Good luck!

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About the author

Daniel is the Industry Manager for ArtStation.