Your creative journey starts here.

Founded in 2010, The Rookies is a community for non-professional digital artists. A place for artists with a passion for film, games, animation, immersive media, archviz, motion graphics, product design and other creative industries.

It doesn't matter whether you are a hobbyist, student, self-taught or even wanting to change careers. All that matters is you want to become a better artist, learn new skills and be surrounded by people on the same journey as you.

Share your work

Showcase your portfolio

The Rookies provides you with a slick way to showcase your work to the world. It's more than a generic page that other sites offer, it's a way to share your creative journey, archievements and how you've improved. The custom built tools allow you to upload everything you need: images, videos, galleries, ProcessView ™, Sketchfab viewer, formatted text and even GitHub repositories for your code.

See examples
The Rookies - Portfolio Example

Only we have Process View™

Digital media projects are complicated to show the true process behind the finished renders. This is why we created ProcessView™ which is designed to allow users to "scrub" between up-to 5 different images. Check out an example here. (Look for the yellow slider bar)

Follow along with Play by Play

We know everyone loves a good forum to share their work and allow people to follow along with updates. This is why you have two choices when creating a project: Standard or Play by Play. Choose Play by Play and keep adding updates to your projects as they become ready.

Achievements and Badges

Everyone needs a little encouragement, and who doesn't love a good badge or certificate. We have these fully integrated into our platform and award these to our members regularly. Members can then use these to show of their profile page and social media channels.

Lighting speed and mobile ready

It's no good having a great portfolio if no one can see it! This is why our team has optimised the delivery of member portfolios using a cloud based content delivery network that has been configured for both desktop and mobile viewing.

Challenge yourself

Grow as an artist

Everyone needs a little challenge to push their skills. Come and join one of our contests and collect badges to share on your free portfolio page. We have huge annual contests and even small monthly jams - and prizes, lots of prizes.

View All Contests

Track your Journey

From the moment an artist realises they have a passion for creative media, up until the moment they secure their first big job, we’ve are here to help. Our community is full of creators on the same journey and we are setup and motivated to help push members to achieve your goals.

  • 01


    This is the beginning of your journey. You are eager to learn everything you can. You are starting to dabble with software and tools. You don't have much work to share just yet, but it's coming soon.

  • 02


    This is the learning stage of your journey. You are developing new skills and building your confidence. You are spending your time training online or at an educational facility.

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    You have a portfolio that is ready to share with recruiters. You are creating industry level personal projects, developing your soft-skills, starting to network and applying for jobs. Your goal is to land that first big job offer.

    Start first year of employment

  • 04


    You have reached the ultimate level. Just like in professional sports, you are officially a Rookie for your first year of employment. You still have plenty to learn, but you can see an exciting career ahead of you.

    Complete first year of employment


People are talking about us…

… and they’re saying a lot of great things about us! It's super humbling for us to here these opinions, but our team truly enjoys helping everyone as we have all been on this same journey before.

Morten Jaeger

I personally think The Rookies is better than other sites, because it exposes you to the level of artists that you're competing against.

Pavani Boddapati
Weta Digital

Weta Digital is proud to partner with The Rookies, who are doing a fantastic job of supporting and promoting new talent.

Alexis Khouri

The Rookies the place for up-and-coming artists to show off their skills. I would encourage all amateur artists to join.

Lisa Schachner

The Rookies is an amazing opportunity to be seen by people in the industry and to get feedback.

Ben Macauley

The Rookies journey has been amazing so far. I can't wait to see where I can go from here.

Jake Burstein

I can't thank The Rookies enough for creating a platform for amateur artists all over the world to showcase their work.

Start your journey today

Simple steps to get started

Create profile

It only takes a few minutes to signup and create a profile. From your private dashboard you can upload work, get targeted news, find people to follow and track your creative journey.

Enter Contest

Challenge yourself to submit an entry to a contest. It doesn't matter about winning, we have prizes and incentives all the way through, no matter what skill level. We have small contests and massive contests, pick the one for you.

Chat on Discord

Our Discord Channel is full of people just like you. People pushing themselves to become better artists and sharing their progress. There are no stupid questions in here because everyone understands we are all learning.

Start Learning

Everyone learns at a different pace. We also know everyone is interested in different creative fields. This is why we've setup Discover - a place to learn new skills, read interviews, find schools, look for jobs and even grab a special members deal.