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CGTrader Digital Art Competition: Top Picks March

April 3rd, 2018


CGTrader Digital Art Competition: Top Picks March

It’s been a month since we’ve launched the CGTrader Digital Art Competition – an open art competition with a prize pool of over $60,000 – where both 2D and 3D artworks can participate and win awesome prizes, including hardware, software licences and services.

Wonderful works of art from every corner of the world have already entered the competition in six categories. With so many varying styles and approaches, the competition gallery is something everyone needs to check out!

In the meantime, we want to share with you our top picks of the best artworks in the Character Illustration, Environment Illustration, and Object Design categories. If you are a digital artist, do not miss the chance to submit your best works to the competition!

Character Illustration

Animals by Alexander Zienko

CGTrader Digital Art Competition: Top Picks March  1

Alexander says people are also animals in this wonderfully drawn piece about our relationship with animals, technology. Oddly enough, it is also a great study of hands.

Jason Statham Cartoon by Florian Malchow

CGTrader Digital Art Competition: Top Picks March  2

A perfect wide-eyed 3D cartoon of Jason Statham!

Sunset ritual by Manuel Bustamante

CGTrader Digital Art Competition: Top Picks March  3

This serene and gentle artwork is a wonderful interpretation of nature, tradition and symbolism.

Forest Walkers by Jesse Keisala

CGTrader Digital Art Competition: Top Picks March  4

Forest Walkers are a visually stunning take on a living, moving forest at midnight. The kind of characters that make you go Nope nope nope nope

Phone face family by Joren van Suijlekom

CGTrader Digital Art Competition: Top Picks March  5

We’ve all seen them. Most of us have been them. Inspired by people on the bus, these characters are a funny, yet sobering caricatures of the ‘intimate relationship between human and phone.’

Jewel Body by Bernard Bittler

CGTrader Digital Art Competition: Top Picks March  6

Fractals have a hypnotic quality in and of themselves, but Bernard Bittler has taken them to the next level with this grayscale piece!

Environment Illustration

Drunken Rock Saloon by Olanda Fong-Surdenas

CGTrader Digital Art Competition: Top Picks March  7

The Drunken Rock Saloon is serene and fascinating, but I don’t know, why: maybe it’s the sands and canyons, maybe it’s the color palette and brush strokes, or the saloon itself, balancing on a huge rock, supported by huge chains, begging you to go there on your mechanical horse.

Bar Nautica by Samuel Chon

CGTrader Digital Art Competition: Top Picks March  8

"The Scriptures of Mars." A space opera sung by the Diva Viola in Bar Nautica, echoing the tale of the first cosmonauts of Jupiter.

French Street by Pragya Bindal

CGTrader Digital Art Competition: Top Picks March  9

The French Street greets us with a 3D rendering of colorful synergy between nature and manmade objects.

The Old City by Sylvain Aublin

CGTrader Digital Art Competition: Top Picks March  10

This birdsview of an intricate medieval city beckons you to land on its streets and explore the vanishing horizon.

An Abyss by Adam Narozanski

CGTrader Digital Art Competition: Top Picks March  11

This mysterious tunnel constructed in an abandoned facility might seem static at first, but the wonderful light gives it movement and depth beyond the first impression.

Green River by Jongmin Ahn

CGTrader Digital Art Competition: Top Picks March  12

Jongmin’s piece takes you to the bank of the Green river, flowing through a fantasy forest, where giant spruces grow taller than dragons and the nature is untouched, save for a lone dragon hunter...

Object Design

La crème by Nicolas Gonzalez

CGTrader Digital Art Competition: Top Picks March  13

Painting of a crêpe with cream. Designed as a nod to the movie, "Inglorious Bastards" by Quentin Tarantino. Even though it’s painted on an iPad, the piece looks so lifelike that it’d make your mouth water, if not for the cigarette bud.

Ravi Chandwani by Ravi Chandwani

CGTrader Digital Art Competition: Top Picks March  14

Ravi produced a very subtle and uplifting work by merging a hand drawn illustration style with high fashion frames.

The Flying Dutchman by Adam Narozanski

CGTrader Digital Art Competition: Top Picks March  15

Adam’s interpretation of the legendary ghost ship is a chilling sight.

Giorgos Chronopoulos by Giorgos Chronopoulos

CGTrader Digital Art Competition: Top Picks March  16

This is a weapon model from Giorgos’ Cyberpunk webcomic, The Talos Project. The texturing work and detail of this 3D model is awesome!

The Game by Nicole Soch

CGTrader Digital Art Competition: Top Picks March  17

Nicole’s black and white work ‘the Game’ brings out contrasting emotions by centering on two chess pieces together in an otherwise bleak, worn and weary world.

Balloon text by Ronnie Aerts

CGTrader Digital Art Competition: Top Picks March  18

Ronnie is ‘just a proud parent with some spare time’, and what better way to spend it than by creating digital art!

If you’ve enjoyed our top picks, be sure to visit the Digital Art Competition page to see numerous other fascinating works. Every entry has the chance to also win the Public Award, so do not forget to vote for your favorite artworks by liking them in the competition gallery! And if you have any questions - just drop us a line at awards@cgtrader.com.

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