Enter Rising Stars 2013 today!

It's time to get your art seen by leading art directors and be published in ImagineFX!

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Elisabeth Alba’s traditional illustration of the Norse sea goddess helped win her a 2012 Rising Star award.

With a commitment to supporting and promoting new artists, the Rising Stars campaigns have helped artists get noticed and go on to successful careers in the art industries. This year is our fourth Rising Stars campaign. There’s no age limit or restriction on software or tools, be it digital or traditional. Rising Stars 2013 is free to enter and all ages are welcome.

As well as our 10 final winners, we’ll be promoting new artists in the newcomer category and selecting one noteworthy entrant for the Standout Newcomer Award.

New this year is a digital Rising Stars app to showcase winners and notable entrants. Not only will you be promoted through ImagineFX, but now also on tablets in a standalone special digital magazine.

We have a team of professional judges on hand to examine your portfolios, and they’ll all be looking for different things from entrants. “I look for passion,” says Bobby Chiu. “When an artist loves his or her work, it comes through. Do the portfolio pieces look like the artist loves what he or she does? Everyone likes working with passionate people, so that’s the first and foremost thing I look for.”

Jon Schindehette, from Wizards of the Coast, is looking for “folks who bring a new vision or voice to the arts. I’m looking for artists who have a unique point of view, who can deliver a vision that goes beyond the expected. 

Competitions are great opportunities. They enable you to compete with a higher level of participant, get seen by a larger audience and get judged by industry influencers.”

There are more words of wisdom from fellow returning judge Christian Alzmann, a seasoned art director in the film industry. “I would like to see someone with a clear voice and who’s a storyteller. And hopefully someone who sees things differently,” he says, adding: ”Be fearless. Show us your best and your boldest. You will not get noticed playing it safe. Use any honest trick in the book to make your artwork great.”

Other judges on the panel this year include comic legend Dave Gibbons, Blizzard art director Sam Didier and Lauren Panepinto creative director at Orbit books. 

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How to enter

Entrants are invited to submit five pieces of portfolio work and a short biography. You can submit digital or traditional art, or a mixture of both. Each image needs to be 2MB or under. We hope to see thousands of amazing artworks, so make sure you pick pieces that best reflect your skills. The deadline is midnight GMT, 14 October 2013



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