Dragon’s Rise: The Forgotten Realms Community Challenge
Art by Maciej Drabik
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 tenth ArtStation Community Challenge is Dragon’s Rise: The Forgotten Realms. We’re challenging artists to imagine a forgotten realm of fantasy creatures, fantasy races and magic.
What we’re looking for is your ability to breathe life into fantasy characters and creatures and tell their stories in a world of magic. Characters and creatures can be based on familiar races like dragons, elves, dwarves, mages or they can be new races entirely.
The Challenge starts with five Concept Art categories (Keyframe Design, Character Design, Environment Design, Prop Design and VFX Design) running for four weeks. We will then open up five Production categories (Game Character Art, Game Environment/Level Art, Film/VFX Character Art, Prop Art and Game VFX Art) which will start on 16 August, 2022.
Enter Phase 1 (registrations are now closed)
You can now register for the Concept art categories and begin the challenge.
Learning from the best
ArtStation Learning is a free 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.
- ArtStation Learning: Keyframe Design
- ArtStation Learning: Character Design
- ArtStation Learning: Environment Design
- ArtStation Learning: Prop Design
- YouTube (VFX Apprentice): VFX Design
A new feedback system
An important part of ArtStation Challenges is posting WIPs so that the judges, hosts and recruiters can follow your process can give you feedback along the way. To streamline the process we’ve added a new Feedback Request feature to the challenge platform so that you can request feedback when you need it. Every artist will receive three (3) feedback requests per submission.
Each challenge category has its own set of requirements, so we’ve improved the way deliverables are managed to reduce the chance of incomplete entries which don’t get judged.
In order to help you push your submission to the next level, each category has hosts to give constructive feedback on your submissions and general tips along the way. As always, we have a talented team of working artists to share their knowledge:
- Bogna Gawrońska (CD PROJEKT RED): Keyframe Design
- Rembert Montald (Riot Games): Keyframe Design
- Suzanne Helmigh (Ghostfire Gaming): Character Design
- Thomas Chamberlain-Keen (Playground Games): Character Design
- Randall Mackey (Freelance): Environment Design
- Marina Ortega (Freelance): Prop Design
- Elodie Mondoloni (Freelance): Prop Design
- Jason Keyser (VFX Apprentice): VFX Design
- Kees Klop (VFX Apprentice): VFX Design
The judging panel for Dragon’s Rise: The Forgotten Realms is fantastic!
- Yekaterina Bourykina
- David Nakabayashi
- Grace Liu
- Virginie Bourdin
- Sandra Duchiewicz
- Devon Fay
- Finnian MacManus
- Conar Cross
- Tyler Smith
- Greg Rutkowski
- David Shovlin
- Sjors de Laat
Share your Progress
The official challenge hashtag is #DragonsRiseChallenge. 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 Thursday 21st July 2022 and close on Tuesday 16th August 2022. The production challenges will begin on Tuesday 16th August 2022 and the entry deadlines will be Monday 3rd October 2022. The deadline to register for the production challenges is Monday 26th September 2022.
We’re happy to finally welcome Quebec residents to ArtStation Community Challenges. A number of countries have competition/contest legislation that makes it impractical to run our contest in its current form (Italy, Brazil). We’ll continue to investigate solutions for future challenges, but right now it’s not possible to include these locations.
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