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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

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


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"


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.


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


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


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
Post comment Comments  (50 - 77 of 77)
Uribaani Nov 25 2007 says:

It is 25rd. Wonder when the voting will begin...

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BlazeHedgehog Nov 26 2007 says:

26th... you guys are kind of late on this one. It's going on a week since the deadline!

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swampyman Nov 26 2007 says:

I dont think waiting is a problem..there is a lot of work needed t get it right and im sure the voting period will be extended. I think saying only the first 50 entries will be accepted was a bit unfair, as they let more than 50 through. I can understand why cos it was only 7 extra, but someone should have said they wer gonna be leniant as oposed to 'ONLY 50'...I knew a few people that entered and some rushed to get tehir entries in..turned out they cuda finished the pics. I think voting wil begin soon tho! Fingers crossed.

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Godwin Nov 27 2007 says:

What is "cheating" in this context anyway?

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rabi Nov 27 2007 says:

Hi, not to be picky or anything but I see only 56 entries and I don't see my entry. ?_? Mine is I know it is nothing fantastic but I still want to share it. :(

Thanks for the help!

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SwissKnight Nov 27 2007 says:

It also seems a lot of entries are really pixelated?

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TwistedDemon Nov 28 2007 says:

Just wanted to wish everyone good luck! some amazing efforts have been shown

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Uribaani Nov 28 2007 says:

The images look really crappy unfortunetly. There´s a bunch of details that cant be seen at all.

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DamathaStudios Nov 28 2007 says:

I think that the problem is that the images are "autosized" by the flash stuff and it make them look pixelated and... distorted. Kinda when dreamweaver resizes an image.

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BunnyJen Nov 28 2007 says:

You can zoom into them which helps with viewing the details :)

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BlazeHedgehog Nov 29 2007 says:

Aw, I meant to name my file "Boxers or Briefs?" instead of just the generic "Aliens" (well, the file name spelled it "Alienz", but I appreciate Moddb for not going with that).

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INtense! Nov 30 2007 says:

Most of the issues with pixelation can be fixed. Unfortunately we made the mistake of coding the voting platform in Flash which is not really designed to natively support images. Full size view uses the browser now which gets around this issue.

Best of luck to all, some fantastic artwork was submitted!

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migb Nov 30 2007 says:

Generally really high visual standard.
Some of the entries are really good too, but way to many of the type "Imma tuf warrior, so Imma Warlordz"

C'mon, you can't have a warlord without an army. Not one I would vote for, anyway.

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Crispy Nov 30 2007 says:

For me, video games concept art has to give artists something to work with. Concept art is like a snapshot of a story, which can set the mood, describe the environment, put details to previously unknown or unconsidered quantities (whether abstract like 'the emotional state of a character' or tangible like 'the dimensions of a mecha suit'). It should fill in a lot of the blanks for the artists, not create more blanks. It needs to give ideas in terms of colour palette, dimensions, materials, lighting, function and character. Of course originality in terms of architectural, character or equipment/vehicular design scores a lot of points because it will help give a game it's own sense of uniqueness. Lack of originality should be penalised harshly imo.

Only after it has achieved that purpose would I then start judging it on artistic merit. Of course there is room for less functional concept art to be used for menu screens, promotional pieces, box art and so on, which really makes it hard to define what CA is.

With this in mind, these are my favourite pieces to go into an impossible shortlist:
- Warlord, Dan Clarke
- Harbor Raid, Godwin Koay
- Warlord, E.D.
- Assassination of Madame Butterfly, Jessica Bradley
- Art of War, Jun Huang
- A Grand Space Opera, Alexandr 'Zenarion' Molcanov
- Space Opera, artist unknown
- The Gasman, Arctic (sp?)
- War on the Water, artist unknown
- Warlord (, artist unknown
- War on the Water, ?.B.
- Who's Next?, artist unknown
- Chaos, artist unknown
- Chemical Man, JIC

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Crispy Nov 30 2007 replied:

My first vote goes to Gasman because this picture alone gives so many artists something to work from. The level designer could begin work on the architecture, the 2D and 3D artists have info to work on the quadruped model and even the animator can tell from the way the legs look how to begin rigging it. The programmer would also have some initial ideas of what sort of pathfinding issues might come into play for this enemy and the NPCs (negotiating the wrecked cars). The you've got lots of ideas for sound: screaming, gas hiss, mechanical stomp, billowing smoke and fires in the distance, a grenade, a baton hit. The image is just so rich in concepts for me.

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jacksonj04 Nov 30 2007 says:

A huge congrats to all the entries - there is some absolutely amazing work in there which many professional companies would be jealous of.

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naveh3 Nov 30 2007 says:

my choice: No Limits.

personally i chose the one with the most "feel" to it... most of the others are on fighting and stuff, although there are other artwork with more "work" put into them (in terms of drawing), this one's my choice, good luck to everyone.

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Purple44 Nov 30 2007 says:

So has voting open up yet? If so, where a link to checkout the art and vote? I'm unable to find one yet in this post.

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Purple44 Nov 30 2007 replied:

Figure it out, had to change to IE to see flash window. My netscape 7.2 doesn't install Flash 9.0 correctly, so it doesn't work.

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Crispy Nov 30 2007 says:

There's a bit of an issue with vote recognition and confirmation. I didn't get any indication that it had worked.

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ExecutorTassadar Dec 1 2007 says:

Stayed at the "loading images" screen so I clicked on it...then it said "your vote has been cast". vote for what? I didn't even get to see an artwork.

Guess I'll have to come back tomorrow...

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WhiteGuardian Dec 1 2007 says:

Hi, N1f1ty. I got same problem when 1st time i wait "loading images" and i click it. But on the next day i know the rule. When it's coming "loading images", u should right click and it should come out a shorcut menu of flash, then u click "play" then the entries will come out. And now you can see all the entries and time to vote. Hope this can help you and others.

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WiseGuys Dec 3 2007 says:

I base my vote first on Quality of product. Quality doesnt necesarrily suggest that someone is a professional but rather that they put in the most effort.

The next is that it should describe to me the topic without my knowing the topic. I should be able to look at the image and see a warlord. Not just see a warrior. You should see that he looks powerful, more powerful than anyone in the scene. He should look bigger and better than everyone in the scene.

I am unsure how the public will vote. But I hope at least the Judges take those elements into account when considering the winner.

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BlazeHedgehog Dec 3 2007 says:

I spent over week (closer to two weeks) on my entry and it slaughtered my index finger. I've never spent so long coloring/painting any one picture in my entire life. Even now, a week after the deadline, my index finger still aches. I think it may be carpal tunnel.

And I probably won't win because there's tons of mistakes in my picture. :D

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koshime Dec 10 2007 says:

Ah. forgot to enter. Oh well, better luck next time...

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DamathaStudios Dec 17 2007 says:

moddb is late again x(

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IamTABRIS Dec 23 2007 says:

You wouldn't be able to say what mods the art is for, would you?

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