16 Jul 2018

12 imaginary places you’d love to experience

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It has been four months since the CGTrader Digital Art Competition began, and many 2D and 3D artists have already submitted their fascinating works of digital art. Fantasy landscapes and wonderful sights await anyone who wanders into the competition gallery. If you want to join the competition, submit your works to any of the six listed categories before September 30. Everyone can enter their greatest works – there’s no requirement to create a new piece just for the competition. Here are several works of art that the staff of CGTrader picked to highlight the mid-point of the competition.

The CGTrader Digital Art Competition is made possible dozens of partners, among them: Huion, Tonytextures, Pencilkings, Paintable, Marmoset, CELSYS, Boris FX, Nevercenter, Stash Magazine.

Come sail away with imaginary lands with these fascinating digital artists.

Hedron by Caelan Stokkermans

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This complex work of digital art brings the plane of Zendikar from Magic the Gathering to full bloom through a combination of 2D and 3D techniques. You can feel the mana in the air and the majestic size of the Hedrons from here.

Midnight Promenade by Robert Carter

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Okay, maybe the world where flying urban octopi are a thing is not a place everyone would want to visit, but you must admire the depth Robert expresses with a seemingly grayscale work. Lovely brushwork finishing.

Cityscape by Sam Denmark

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Sam shows us a future that is centered on movement – fascinating road networks, speed trains, ships and planes, all bathed in a yellow, smoggy light. Immense towers loom in the distance, with no end and no respite from civilization.

Under Volcano by Jakub Kuzma

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This piece transfers you to a spy world with fascinating colors, far-off characters and a 3rd person view of a protagonist that’s always on the run. The author said these illustrations were created for an unreleased video game. Simply looking at this frame lets you know how great the visual storytelling would have been!

Forgotten attic by Adrijana Cernic

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One cannot ignore the liberating freedom and warmth this hidden passage to an enchanted forest brings to this old and dark attic.

Alone but Free by Tiffanie Mang

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The simple but sublime energy of nature in Switzerland inspired Tiffanie to create this refined piece of art.

Tranquility by Qing Zheng

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The final minutes of the day pass you in stillness, as the moon and the stars appear in all their glory. Everything is so still, that you’d want to stay for a while longer.

"Via" shot 12 by Izzy Burton

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An excerpt of the author’s short film “Via” delights the eyes with soothing colours and shapes. The bluish night embraces the light of a fireplace and lanterns, whilst all seems calm and delicate. To grasp the full meaning of this illustrative work of art, you must see the short film. Luckily, it’s on Vimeo.

Approaching Ancient City by Igor Staritsin

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In Ancient times, empires collapsed as quickly as they sprang up. These riders are approaching a vast abandoned city. The mystery and awe of the place is a magnetic!

Sunbeam by Julien Dudit

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What better or more inspiring way to encounter nature than this? So serene, so wild. And the ever suttle ray of light leaves you staring in awe.

Emerald City by Anthony Spinaze

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The radiating beauty and colourful magic of the Land of Oz. Takes your breath away, doesn’t it? Follow the Yellow brick road!

The Lighthouse by Akif Top

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This serene 3D scene lets you feel the overwhelming stillness of the ocean, as it reaches out to the horizon and seamlessly becomes the sky. And the lighthouse calls those that seek it to the little island of peace and serenity.

If you also wish to compete for the $60,000 prize pool and get exposure in CGTrader’s 1.4+ million user base, you still have time, as the competition has only hit its mid-point – artists can submit works until September 30. Three out of six categories in the competition are dedicated to concept art: Character concept art, Environment concept art and Object/Product design. You can find out more on the competition page. If you have any questions - just drop us a line at awards@cgtrader.com.