Medieval: Back and Forth Community Challenge (Production Phase)
ArtStation Community Challenges help you to improve your skills, connect with and learn from fellow 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 eleventh ArtStation Community Challenge is Medieval: Back and Forth.
We’re challenging artists to not only imagine the middle ages, but to see it as a destination for modern travellers. A place where old meets the new. A collab with our ancestors. How would fashion, customs, architecture and transport look if we could visit our ancestors or they could visit us?
The Challenge started with five Concept Art categories (Keyframe Design, Character Design, Environment Design, Prop Design and VFX Design) running for four weeks. We’ve now opened up five Production categories (Game Character Art, Game Environment/Level Art, Film/VFX Character Art, Game Prop Art and Game VFX Art), with the deadline for entries on Monday, 29th May 2023.
Enter Phase 2 (Production)
You can now register for the Production art categories and begin the challenge.
- Game Character Art (real-time)
- Film/VFX Character Art (rendered)
- Game Environment/Level Art (real-time)
- Game Prop Art (real-time)
- VFX Art (real-time)
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: Game Character Art (real-time)
- ArtStation Learning: Film/VFX Character Art (rendered)
- ArtStation Learning: Game Environment/Level Art (real-time)
- ArtStation Learning: Game Prop Art (real-time)
- YouTube (VFX Apprentice): VFX Art (real-time)
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
- Jeanne Plounevez (Amplitude Studios): Character Design
- Randall Mackey (Freelance): Environment Design
- Marina Ortega (Freelance): Prop Design
- Elodie Mondoloni (Umeshu Lovers): Prop Design
- Dmitry Parkin (COLD SYMMETRY): Game Character Art
- Carrie Warwick (SplicedInc): Game Character Art
- Magdalena Dadela (Framestore): Film/VFX Character Art
- Karen Stanley (PlayStation Visual Arts): Game Environment/Level Art
- Javier Perez (PlayStation Visual Arts): Game Environment/Level Art
- Dorine Laplanche (Airborn Studios): Game Prop Art
- Jason Keyser (VFX Apprentice): VFX Design/VFX Art
- Kees Klop (VFX Apprentice): VFX Design/VFX Art
The judging panel for the Medieval: Back and Forth Challenge is fantastic!
- Yekaterina Bourykina
- Liz Kirby
- Donglu Yu
- Amy Sharpe
- Devon Fay
- Finnian MacManus
- Tyler Smith
- David Shovlin
- Sandra Duchiewicz
Share your Progress
The official challenge hashtag is #ArtStationMedievalChallenge. Share your progress with us and others using the hashtag when you post updates on your other social media.
The concept art challenges began on Monday 13th March 2023 and closed on Monday 10th April 2023. The production challenges will begin on Monday 10th April 2023 and the entry deadline is Monday 29th May 2023. The deadline to register for the production challenges is Monday 22nd May 2023.
We’re happy to 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.
Finally, huge thanks go to Pierre Deschamps for his inspirational Lancore and Chroma line series for the main challenge banner artwork.
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