Rising Stars 2012 winners, sponsored by Corel

ImagineFX Rising Stars 2012 10 winners

Here are the results of our biggest ever Rising Stars competition, sponsored by Corel – the 10 winners, as chosen by the ImagineFX team and our panel of pros.

This year saw the biggest ImagineFX Rising Stars competition to date - and the hardest to judge!

With five categories - Illustration, Environment, Comic Art, Video Games, Corel Painter - no age limit and no restrictions on medium, we received a record number of entrants, and the quality was amazing.

Luckily we had the help of a panel of art directors and experts. On the following pages are the final 10 winners, and what our all-star panel thought of their art.

To see more of the Rising Stars 2012 winners art, get your copy of ImagineFX 91. And don't forget, right now you can save 45% of the cover price in the US/Canada, and 35% in the UK when you subscribe to ImagineFX.


Michael C Hayes

Location: US WEB: Age: 30

Michael turned to the traditional mediums as an outlet for his creative strengths: "determination and persistence."

Michael C Hayes  Rising Stars 2012 ImgineFX
"Some aspiring artists sell themselves short. I often see a lack of love and effort put into work."

These are compellling visions, forcing me to do more than just observe - Lou Anders, art director

Michael C Hayes  Rising Stars 2012 ImgineFX
“I paint everything on cotton paper mounted to masonite and sealed with acrylic medium. I use a combination of small white nylon brushes for details and taklon flats and royal sable filberts for general painting."

Elisabeth Alba

Location: US WEB: Age: 28

The dreamy, perfectly composed paintings by this freelancer took one of the two highly sought-after Illustration category spots

Elizabeth Alba Rising Stars 2012 ImgineFX
"I recently completed an eight-month mentorship with Rebecca Guay, and The Girl in Cairn Woods came from that."

Elizabeth's work reminds me of classical illustrators such as Arthur Rackham. Yet is original too - Kevin Jenkins

Elizabeth Alba Rising Stars 2012 ImgineFX
"I'm really into Vikings and I decided to illustrate Rán, the sea goddess known for drowning sailors."

Turn to the next page to see the winning art of the environment category...

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