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The Art Institute Online & Alienware challenges you to bring forth your single most striking, awe inspiring and breathtaking original game art. Bring us your best work… the piece you are most proud of… the one you want the world to see!

Posted by INtense! on Nov 9th, 2007
Competition

Update: Voting in the concept art competition is now closed. The winners have been decided and all entries are now showcased in the concept art competition gallery. Some truely awesome artwork on show... enjoy!

In return, we'll give that art "its day in court" and let the Mod DB, Addon DB community and our esteemed judging panel from The Art Institute Online determine if your work truly is professional grade. Now is your chance to bring your best game art forward for recognition, fame and a chance to WIN one of TWO Alienware Area-51® 7500 MSR valued at $3,099US EACH!

The Art Institute Online
Nuclear Dawn Concept Art

Schedule

It is a tight schedule which cannot budge, so if you want to be apart of the competition get drawing / voting!

  • NOW
    Artwork Submissions begins (Only 1 per Artist)
  • 20th Nov 2007
    Submission of artwork closes
  • 28th Nov 2007
    Showcase Unveiled and community voting begins
  • 7th Dec 2007
    Community voting closes. The submission with the most votes will be selected as the "People's Choice" but will not be announced until The Art Institute Online' winning selection has been made by the judging panel.
  • 10th Dec 2007
    Judging of Top 10 submissions by AiO panelists
  • 15th Dec 2007
    Results public - "People's Choice" and the "AiO Game Art Award"

Judging

Your submission will be judged on two levels:

  1. Your Peers – A showcase of the first 50 entries will include voting mechanisms for the Mod DB and Addon DB community to make their opinion of your work known by selecting or not selecting your work for a prize. The top choice of the community will be entitled to the "People's Choice Award".
  2. The Art Institute Online' Expert Judges – Once the Mod DB and Addon DB communities have cast their vote, the pool of entries will be narrowed down to the Top 10. Those 10 entries will be judged by the Art Institute Online' illustrious panel of judges. They will select only one entry to be crowned with the "Art Institute Online' Game Art Award" title, recognition and prize.

Mod DB staff reserve the right to disqualify any submission that they believe may be in violation of rules. Mod DB reserves the right to amend any of the above during the course of the contest with or without notice.

Prizes

There are two judging phases in this competition and there shall TWO prizes. The following two entrants will walk away with a prize:

Alienware
Alienware

Submission Process

Submit one and only one, finished rendering that is your original creation. When your crowning achievement is complete, submit your final entry to us here at Mod DB by following the instructions below:

  • Firstly, we encourage you to join in the competition discussion and share your work in progress shots in this forum thread so we can provide feedback and help you on your way to winning!
  • When your work is ready for submission, please zip it up and email it through to awards@moddb.com

Conclusion

Mod DB, The Art Institute Online and Alienware wish all participants the best of luck. May the best art win!

The Art Institute OnlineAlienware
Nuclear Dawn Concept Art
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arkythesharky
arkythesharky Oct 12 2007, 12:05am says:

No Space Nazi theme. :*(

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BuZZeR
BuZZeR Oct 12 2007, 3:53am says:

Great news! Good luck to all participants! :beer:

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ultimate
ultimate Oct 11 2007, 7:23pm says:

Aaaaw... really looking forward to it, but since i need to get a new tablet to have a chance (old tablet broken) in the competition, I'm not sure if another wacom wouldn't really be worth it I think.. guess I'll have to wait and see until the prizes are decided.

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ambershee
ambershee Oct 11 2007, 4:01pm says:

Holes in the rules, they need tightening, for example midnight, 31st of October, in which timezone.. ;)

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Lucífer
Lucífer Oct 11 2007, 1:16pm says:

How interesting...

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ninjadave
ninjadave Oct 11 2007, 5:22pm says:

I'm looking forward to this :)

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SASteinhebel
SASteinhebel Oct 12 2007, 11:16pm says:

I hope students of AI can enter...if not then I'm freakin' screwed

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[GE]Specialist
[GE]Specialist Oct 11 2007, 6:19pm says:

Looks like I'm gonna get a hell lot of wallpapers.

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INtense!
INtense! Oct 12 2007, 1:26pm says:

I'm hoping for a lot of sweet wallpapers too. game concept art generally rocks - and i'm sure we will get some awesome entries

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SASteinhebel
SASteinhebel Oct 13 2007, 4:50am says:

Definitely not...so rock on! WOOT

Thanks!

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INtense!
INtense! Oct 13 2007, 4:40am says:

Beefynerd the results are voted by site users and an AIO judging panel - so unless you are on the AIO judging panel you are eligible to enter.

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Jyffeh
Jyffeh Oct 13 2007, 3:17pm says:

Can you combine themes? Such as: The Noir Warlord ect.

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c&c_for_life!
c&c_for_life! Oct 13 2007, 5:34pm says:

thats awsome that's a nice pic dude :D

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juancaruso
juancaruso Oct 15 2007, 3:50am says:

I don't get something... is a 2D competicion, 3D or both?

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juancaruso
juancaruso Oct 15 2007, 3:58am says:

*competition

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starf1sh
starf1sh Oct 15 2007, 10:03am says:

^ Concept art is 2d based bro, therefore it is a 2d art competition, its purpose in the gaming industry is to provide a good reference for the modelers to work upon.

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BunnyJen
BunnyJen Oct 16 2007, 11:13am says:

i'd have thought you could do both, not all concept art is 2d in the industry, come conceptors build 3d concepts before teh final things mideled, plus you could always mix 2d and 3d? Thats the ipression i got from the rules anyway, but i might be wrong :)

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BunnyJen
BunnyJen Oct 16 2007, 11:14am says:

**some

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ambershee
ambershee Oct 18 2007, 4:52pm says:

Some rarer companies will actually sculpt concepts, rather than paint them too ;)

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INtense!
INtense! Oct 20 2007, 4:45am says:

Competition updated and prizes announced. We are now giving away two Alienware Area-51® 7500 MSR

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ultimate
ultimate Oct 20 2007, 7:17am says:

The aliens heard my calling. Not even laziness can stop me now!

Concerning the last submission date.. In submissions, it sais "20th Nov 2007 Submission of artwork closes" but in the rules it sais "Submission window will close midnight 31st October 2007 GMT".

Im guessing it's the 20th Nov, because it sais so in more than one place, but I just thought you should know :)

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Wilhelm_III
Wilhelm_III Oct 20 2007, 12:49pm says:

They probably forgot to update it.

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invalidone
invalidone Oct 20 2007, 2:09pm says:

dammit...now i wish i could draw, i need a new computer badly... :(

Very nice prizes

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Plinkotink
Plinkotink Oct 20 2007, 11:12pm says:

There was a question that wasnt answered by an officail. Does the entry have to be 2D? can it be a 3D scene? and can it mix both? It doesnt say in the rules? Please let me know!!

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lovoboy17
lovoboy17 Oct 21 2007, 4:03am says:

am i aloud to enter, I live in australia & most of these comps are american only, i didint see any info in the terms so yeah.

Cheers,

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INtense!
INtense! Oct 21 2007, 10:19am says:

It is a concept art competition. A 3D render is done purely using tools and therefore not something we consider to be concept art. And lovoboy17 you are allowed to enter. Prize delivery has been an issue in the past so should a non-american individual win, we will do our best to arrange that with you.

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operation_sleepwalk
operation_sleepwalk Oct 21 2007, 11:41pm says:

ULTIMATE i also lost my wacom pen...but im still competing just make do with a mouse its not that much of a change if i was to accept excuses like well i cant because my tablets broken then i would never be good at what i do

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ultimate
ultimate Oct 22 2007, 2:31pm says:

True, a mouse is not to be underestimated, but a pen tablet is by far more comfortable, and easier to draw with. Anyways, lucky me, I bought a Wacom Intuos3 A5 just today, and it's definately something to recommend. :D

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MKingery
MKingery Oct 22 2007, 11:04pm says:

first the date has been extended by 20 days... and now it no longer has to be originally created for this contest and can be anything as long as it adheres to one of the seven topics?...

woot for cramming in to create something that didn't need to be created for the contest \o/

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migb
migb Oct 23 2007, 2:10am says:
Quote:By entering the sweepstakes, entrants and prize winners grant Sponsors permission to use his or her name, address, email address, photograph and likeness, voice and entry for advertising, publicity or other purposes without additional consent or compensation except where prohibited by law.

What? No protection of privacy?

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migb
migb Oct 23 2007, 2:12am says:

By entering the sweepstakes, entrants and prize winners grant Sponsors permission to use his or her name, address, email address, photograph and likeness, voice and entry for advertising, publicity or other purposes without additional consent or compensation except where prohibited by law.

What? No protection of privacy?
I can understand the name, photograph and entry parts, but the other parts seems like a bit much.

(sorry for double post, no edit button here.)

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B@EL
B@EL Oct 23 2007, 7:53am says:

Sound like fun, i'm in!!:) I was about to ask the same question as loveboy17, cause i live in South Africa, but it was answered and YAY i can enter!!

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BunnyJen
BunnyJen Oct 23 2007, 11:58am says:

Am i being stupid and missing a rule? LOLi couldn't find anything saying if you can enter from the UK? Am i allowed to enter ? Thanks :)

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ultimate
ultimate Oct 23 2007, 2:52pm says:

Bunnyjen, read INtense!'s last post: "Prize delivery has been an issue in the past so should a non-american individual win, we will do our best to arrange that with you."

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BunnyJen
BunnyJen Oct 24 2007, 2:34pm says:

ahh yeah there it is lol thanks a lot :)

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luckyhat4
luckyhat4 Oct 28 2007, 10:02pm says:

geez... all these guys outclass me in skill, not to mention the fact I have no scanner, a graphire tablet, and a ****** laptop.

I'll enjoy voting, however. No matter how unskilled I feel doing so...

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BunnyJen
BunnyJen Nov 6 2007, 11:32am says:

concept art isn't just about how well drawn it is, its about the idea you should have a go :)

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tkane
tkane Nov 12 2007, 5:32pm says:

hi. pardon my ignorance... what exactly does "Noir" mean in this case?

female killers? detectives?

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ultimate
ultimate Nov 13 2007, 6:08pm replied:

I think all themes are open for interpretation. Also, I think "noir" means "night" or "dark".

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tkane
tkane Nov 14 2007, 9:17pm replied:

thanks!

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TwistedDemon
TwistedDemon Nov 15 2007, 9:13am says:

Everyones work is looking awesome, I'm really tempted to enter...but iono.. time : work ratio is not looking good, regret ratio is not looking good either lol. Arghhhh!

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LizEdwards
LizEdwards Nov 17 2007, 4:58pm says:

There are some awesome pieces being made here. I sent mine a couple of days ago - I hope they got it..

Good luck to everyone involved :)

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tkane
tkane Nov 19 2007, 2:33pm says:

just wondering... is the due date 00:00 Nov. 20th or is it 24:00 Nov. 20th? thanks.

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DamathaStudios
DamathaStudios Nov 21 2007, 5:39pm says:

wasn't 21th today?

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WiseGuys
WiseGuys Nov 21 2007, 6:36pm replied:

Thats what I thought... Just waiting to see whats happenin now :p

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WiseGuys
WiseGuys Nov 22 2007, 11:30am says:

where do we begin voting??

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Toblerone
Toblerone Nov 23 2007, 6:43am says:

So.. its the 23rd. I still dont see any Showcase of the submissions. Is the whole thing delayed?

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WiseGuys
WiseGuys Nov 24 2007, 4:06pm says:

it would be nice to get an update on this...

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--Theo--
--Theo-- Dec 8 2007, 6:42pm replied:

I would also like to know by who some of these are made, like the chemical man series, and the Warlord series, or at least i think those are series, either way, having like a name or something to just maybe see would be nice.

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--Theo--
--Theo-- Dec 8 2007, 6:43pm replied:

Urgh, sorry dude, accidental reply to your post.

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