30.000€ concept art 


International contest





Background art by educator Florent Lebrun


As the first year of our new Concept Art program wraps up, and recruitment is still ongoing for the fall, we wanted to do something special to celebrate. We came up with this challenge to give the opportunity to one talented student to win a full two-year scholarship to our Concept Art Program!

The contest is currently open to contestants and will close on the 5th of July. The winner, selected on merit by our panel of judges, will be able to attend our Concept Art two-year program from September 2020 to July 2022 at no cost

To the runner-up, our friends at Artstation will give a 1 year Pro membership and an

Artstation Marketplace $50 gift card! 

To be eligible to win the first prize, you must be at least 16, be eligible for a student visa in France and able to join us by September in Paris!

The Judging Panel




Entries will be reviewed to define the first and second place by:


















The JULES VERNE challenge

- Journey to the Center of the Earth -


To enter this contest, your must submit an original environment and a character based on the Journey to the Center of the Earth universe by Jules Verne. 

You are not required to read the entire book; rather, get inspired by the world, mood and timeline of the book. Explore, have fun and create compelling images around the theme of industrial revolution period fantasy and 19th Century lore. 

You will find some material to start below, a link to the book and the details of the assignment. 

- JULES VERNE - Jules Gabriel Verne (8 February 1828 – 24 March 1905) was a French novelist, poet, and playwright. His collaboration with the publisher Pierre-Jules Hetzel led to the creation of the Voyages extraordinaires, a series of bestselling adventure novels including Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864).

The pop science context in which Verne wrote Journey to the Center of the Earth included notions of a hollow earth consisting of inner spheres nested within each other and open at the poles, ideas proposed by Edmund Halley originally (1692).

Here is an online version of the book: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/18857/18857-h/18857-h.htm

the brief


-Environment / Keyframe art:

You will create one establishing shot describing the environment of the center of the earth, showing important landmarks described by Jules Verne like Geysers, Mountains, Lakes, Giant trees and many more... The goal here is to give as much information as possible about the world you are trying to create while still showcasing true composition, color and lighting skills. Don't hesitate to put your characters in there for scale, and try to compose your image in a cinematographic way - as if it were an important shot of a movie or a game. 

Art by educator Jad SABER

-Character art:

You will create a character sheet showcasing one of the main characters from the book, Professor Hardwigg. What we expect for the character are full-body in pose view, with detailed clothing, personality and facial features.

Professor Hardwigg: Mineralogy Professor Otto Hardwigg is a slightly insane, impatient scholar that teaches at Johanneum in Hamburg, Germany. Although incredibly bright, he has problem with public speaking. While lecturing to a class, sometimes he would stumble over a word, and it would finally slip out in a most undignified way. Whenever this happened, he would sink into a powerful rage. Although he possesses this weakness, he is an incredibly bright scholar. When presented with a specimen, he can determine what kind of substance it is by assessing the way it split, its hardness, the smell, the taste, or the sound. Other scholars and colleges talked about him with great respect, and called upon him for help for some of the most difficult chemistry problems. Also, he is the curator of a mineralogy museum. He is a tall, lean man with an iron will and the impatience to match. His fair complexion, matched with large, roaming eyes behind thick spectacles perched on a long, slender nose, makes him look younger than he actually is. His hands are always clenched when he walks, a sign of his incredible temper.

Art by educator Florent LEBRUN



-What we expect from your entries:

- Bold and iconic composition that truly describe your take on Jules Verne's "Journey to the center of the Earth" universe.

- Interesting and believable designs engaging your audience into curiosity about the story.

- Again, the brief is an invitation to explore Jules Verne's book universe. Therefore, do not obsess over being exact to the page - rather than a precise moment from the book, capture the overall mood and setting.


- 1920px width minimum for landscape; 1920px height minimum for character

- Include your research and a few images of your process

- Send your work in a single PDF of 20Mo maximum by e-mail to concept-art@new3dge.fr

- Your e-mail must be titled "Contest Entry", must include your full name, nationality, and a link to your online portfolio (like Artstation for exemple).

- Submit your work before the Sunday 5th of July 2020 23h59.

- Plagiarized work will be immediately disqualified

We will publish the best artworks and announce the winner in jULY 2020.

Good luck and have fun!

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