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An environment art contest presented by

Core, in collaboration with game-designer American McGee, invites you to the 'Through The Looking Glass' Art Contest; an Alice in Wonderland themed environment art competition.

Theme

Alice in Wonderland

The fantastical nature of Lewis Carroll's world (and American McGee's reimagining of it) is ripe for exploration. We'd love to see your interpretation!

Dates

May 1 - May 31
(11:59 PM PDT deadline)

Submit a high-quality image of your work, built in Core, to our Discord channel. Also include a link to your published work. More details here

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What will you create in Wonderland?

What beauty or horrors await Alice in her adventures? This is the question you must answer as you create a game-ready environment to fit this theme. We have gathered concept art from Alice Asylum to inspire your work.

All entries must be created in Core, our new, free to use game and world creation platform, powered by Unreal, that gives you all the tools you need to turn your vision into reality. To learn more about Core, visit coregames.com or read “Art Directing the Multiverse” by Dan Fessler, Core’s art director.

Prizing

Details in the FAQ

First

  • $1000 Amazon gift card

  • American McGee signed concept art

  • Portfolio Review

  • Cheshire Kitten Plush

Second

  • $500 Amazon gift card

  • American McGee signed concept art

  • Portfolio Review

  • Cheshire Kitten Plush

Third

  • $250 Amazon gift card

  • Cheshire Kitten Plush

4th - 10th

  • $100 Amazon gift card

Participants

  • Exclusive Core Profile Image

People's Choice

  • 2 $500 Amazon gift card

Core uses thousands of free, kitbashable assets (ranging from simple primitives to complex materials and props) to empower creators of all levels to implement their artistic vision at a speed never seen before.

Concept Art

Courtesy of American McGee. All credit to the original authors.

FAQ / Details

Are there any submission specifications?

Create a scene inspired by the theme "Alice in Wonderland." To enter, 3-5 images of your scene must be posted in #🌟-submissions on Core's Discord, along with a link to your published piece.

Images should be 16:9 ratio and at least 1080p resolution. Only minor retouching allowed via image editing software.

Does it have to be a playable game?

No, the environment is all that matters. Bonus points if you add a way to explore the scene by walking/flying around in it, but you will ultimately only be judged by the aesthetic/creative merit of your scene and not by functionality.

Can I submit multiple entries?

Sure! You can only win one prize, but every entry you provide increases your chances of doing so.

Can I use photoshop for my finished image?

You can, but only for touch-ups, and slight effects enhancements (glows / depth of field / motion blur, etc.), levels adjustments, and simple color grading/ hue/ saturation tweaks. No extensive paintovers, 2D backplates, or effects (like bubbles or dust) should be created in Photoshop— these kinds of elements should be generated in 3D. Aside from the aforementioned tweaks, the scene must view as submitted.

Is Core kitbashing or making new assets?

Both! New assets are created within Core by combining a wide selection of complex and simple shapes, hindered only by your own imagination. Our art director's blog post describes the ideology behind it all, for those who are curious.

What are the details on the portfolio review?

One of the leading artists at Manticore will review your portfolio. Potential reviewers include the art director, our lead character artist, and our lead environment artist.

What is the "People's Choice" Award?

These prizes will be given to the participants who post a photo of their creation, who tag Core and include the hashtag #CreatedWithCore, on social media and generate the most likes. There will be two winners for this 'category', on the platforms Instagram (@CoreMultiverse) and Twitter (@CoreGames) respectively.

Core May Art Contest
“Through the Looking Glass”
OFFICIAL RULES
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

Core May Art Contest
“Through the Looking Glass”
OFFICIAL RULES
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

Core May Art Contest
“Through the Looking Glass”
OFFICIAL RULES
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN

Core May Art Contest
“Through the Looking Glass”
OFFICIAL RULES
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

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This contest is not affiliated with or endorsed by Electronic Arts (EA).
© Manticore Games 2020. All rights reserved.

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