We are pleased to announce the third CGNZ challenge in conjunction with White Cloud Worlds Workshop. For the first time the Workshop is bringing the Digital Illustration Masterclass to Auckland, and we are giving you the chance to win a spot plus other great prizes.
Running alongside the Advanced Zbrush workshop, the intense 2-day illustration workshop gives students a rare chance to learn from two commercially trained production illustrators from Weta Workshop, exploring painterly and expressive illustration through digital means. Go and enrol early to ensure you don’t miss out. Then enter the illustration challenge for a chance to get refunded in full.
The Artifact will be running in conjunction with NZCGI who will be coordinating the 3D part of this competition. Your challenge is to illustrate a scene in 2D or model an object in 3D from the following piece of written text:
Our Explorer is deep within the heart of the wilderness. Surrounded by the lush density of the New Zealand native bush, the Explorer has followed a trail of rumours and intriguing whispers pertaining to this particular location. Amongst the forest surroundings, an atypical shape catches the explorer’s eye – the artifact is a sharp contrast to it’s mossy surroundings.
The explorer slowly reaches down and draws the artifact away from the earth. Holding it up, they cannot pull their gaze away from it. Adrenaline surges through their body as they realise what it means. Trembling with emotion, the artifact drops to the ground.
Sensing their fate laying ahead, the explorer hesitates to look up. Will this be everything they have hoped for… or everything they have dreaded?
One signed copy of White Cloud Worlds
One White Cloud Worlds Postcard Set
For your competition entry you can choose to create:
» a 2D illustration portraying the scene outlined in the piece of text above. Submit your entry here on CGNZ.
» a 3D model of the artifact mentioned in the text. Submit your entry on NZCGI
You may enter both if you wish.
Your challenge is to create an evocative illustration based upon the text. You may choose to illustrate a whole scene, or perhaps just focus on a character/s and the artifact. Entries will be judged on the illustration which best captures the mood and suspense of the unfolding story.
» Submit a single 2D Illustration as a high quality digital image.
» The final illustration must be created in a digital medium. Concept work may be done in any medium.
» You MUST create a WIP thread in the CGNZ competitions forum.
How to enter your Illustration
You must be registered as a member of CGNZ (or NZCGI for the 3D submission) and start a new WIP topic in the ‘CGNZ Competitions‘ forum. You MUST create a WIP thread in the competitions forum, documenting the steps you have taken to create your design.
» Title your WIP thread as: ” USERNAME : The Artifact”
Simply post your final entry, along with your rationale in the final submissions thread, located at the top of the forum. Don’t forget to include your username at the bottom of your final images, on the actual image files.
Head over to NZCGI to read the 3d Submission Criteria.
The final submission deadline is: 11:00pm NZT on Sunday 25 March, 2012
Paul is a senior concept designer at Weta Workshop. He has worked on films such as Andrew Adamson’s The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, Peter Jackson’s King Kong and James Cameron’s Avatar and most recently The Hobbit.
In 2010 he established a small company called Ignite Inc. dedicated to the celebration of individual creativity through collective projects, White Cloud Worlds published through Harper Collins NZ is their first book to be released.
Ben is a concept artist and illustrator based in Wellington. He spends his days drawing dragons, knights, wizards and rangers for RPG companies such as Wizards of the Coast, Blizzard’s World of War Craft and Paizo’s Pathfinder. Prior to his freelance career Ben was a senior concept designer at Weta Workshop, working on Sir Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy, King Kong and Andrew Adamson’s Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian.