Think big, win big!
Cosmic concepts Syn Studio’s director Anthony Walsh is giving illustrators the chance to become visual futurists with an out-of-this-world competition
Syn Studio’s latest competition encourages artists to look beyond our world and visualise alien landscapes. Enter to win tablets, training sessions and more!
Since being set up eight years ago, Syn Studio has grown into Canada’s leading concept art school. Director Anthony Walsh believes that its competitions are a crucial part of artistic development.
Inspired by recent discoveries from the Keppler space telescope, Syn Studio’s Distant Worlds contest is the school’s third competition with an otherworldly theme. “I’m a big science fiction geek!” says Anthony. “I also love space, and I’m excited to see some well-illustrated concepts about what could be going on where we have yet to really look!” The competition will be judged by a panel of concept artists who have worked on bigname titles including Star Wars, TRON Legacy and Mass Effect, and will give aspiring 2D illustrators an invaluable chance to see how their work measures up.
“The learning is priceless,” says Anthony. “You understand more clearly not only where you stand relative to other illustrators and what you need to work on, but also all the creative paths you didn’t take.”
Prizes include tickets to the three-day Gathering of Masters concept art festival, as well as Wacom tablets, signed artwork and an eight-week online masterclass of your choice. Anthony and the judges are looking for well-rendered, fantastic yet convincing illustrations. “We learn by doing,” says Anthony. “And if you do really well, not only do you learn a lot but you also gain recognition as an artist – and win great prizes while you’re at it!”
Think you’ve got what it takes to make the judges sit up and take notice of your art? Then enter at
Winning entries will demonstrate
artistic skill and storytelling abilities. Eugene Shushliamin’s 2015 entry set the quality bar high. Darius Kalinauskas’ art won Syn Studio’s Lost Civilizations 2015 contest.