The Art Institute Online & Alienware challenges you to bring forth your single most striking, awe inspiring and breathtaking original game art. We want you to blow our minds and show us why a picture is worth a thousand words in our Concept Art Competition.

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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!

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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

No Space Nazi theme. :*(

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BuZZeR
BuZZeR

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

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ultimate
ultimate

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

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

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Lucífer
Lucífer

How interesting...

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ninjadave
ninjadave

I'm looking forward to this :)

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SASteinhebel
SASteinhebel

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

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[GE]Specialist
[GE]Specialist

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

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INtense! Author
INtense!

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

Definitely not...so rock on! WOOT

Thanks!

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INtense! Author
INtense!

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

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

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c&c_for_life!
c&c_for_life!

thats awsome that's a nice pic dude :D

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juancaruso
juancaruso

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

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juancaruso
juancaruso

*competition

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starf1sh
starf1sh

^ 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

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

**some

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ambershee
ambershee

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

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INtense! Author
INtense!

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

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ultimate
ultimate

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

They probably forgot to update it.

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invalidone
invalidone

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

Very nice prizes

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Plinkotink
Plinkotink

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

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! Author
INtense!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ahh yeah there it is lol thanks a lot :)

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luckyhat4
luckyhat4

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

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

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

female killers? detectives?

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ultimate
ultimate

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

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tkane
tkane

thanks!

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TwistedDemon
TwistedDemon

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

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

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

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DamathaStudios
DamathaStudios

wasn't 21th today?

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WiseGuys
WiseGuys

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

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WiseGuys
WiseGuys

where do we begin voting??

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Toblerone
Toblerone

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

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WiseGuys
WiseGuys

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

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--Theo--
--Theo--

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--

Urgh, sorry dude, accidental reply to your post.

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