Rising Stars 2013

Enter now and become one of our 10 outstanding artists of 2013 – there’s no age limit or restriction on software or tools

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

IFX is committed to championing new talent. Our annual Rising Stars campaign was setup to help emerging artists gain exposure and break into the creative industries.

This year marks 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 Highly Acclaimed 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 also on tablets in a standalone special digital magazine.

SKYCITIES: Tuomas Korpi won a 2012 Rising Star award with the help of this sci-fi painting – inspired by a water tower and oriental patterns.

We’ve put together a team of professional judges, each looking for different things from entrants portfolios. “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 When an artist loves his or her work, it comes through 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.”

ALONE ON THE ROAD: Bastien Grivet’s environment concept made him a 2012 prize winner. Not bad for someone kicked out of art school.

Returning judge and seasoned art director Christian Alzmann says, “I would like to see someone with a clear voice and who’s a storyteller, and, hopefully, someone who sees things differently. 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 and Blizzard art director Sam Didier. Prizes include Coral Painter, ArtRage 4, GoSmart Stylus, DrawPlus X6, Course with Bobby Chiu's Imaginism Studio and more. 

How to enter: submit five pieces of portfolio work and a short biography. You cans send digital or traditional art, or a mixture of both. Each image needs to be 2MB or under. 

Enter online:

By post: Rising Stars 2013, ImagineFX, 30 Monmouth Street, Bath, BA1 2BW, UK

Please read our full list of rules before entering. 

Closing date: midnight GTM, 14 October 2013. 

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