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Cos­mic con­cepts Syn Stu­dio’s di­rec­tor An­thony Walsh is giv­ing il­lus­tra­tors the chance to be­come vis­ual fu­tur­ists with an out-of-this-world com­pe­ti­tion

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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.

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