Rookie Awards 2019 | Rookie of the Year

Concept Art & Illustration

Concept Art & Illustrations are created for feature film, computer games, story narrative, theme parks, advertising and fan-art purposes.

Submissions closed on 31 May 2019
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Hyun Lee


United States | Academy of Art University

Since I was in high school, I was interested in game industry especially, concept art.

Runner Up

Giuseppe Di Stasio


Canada | Syn Studio

I remember playing Mass Effect and loving it. When I checked out the art book it came with I realized that there's was a whole lot of art going into game development. Back then I had a very vague idea of what concept art was and it would have been years before I found the path that was right for me, but I think that was the first time I started thinking I wanted a career making art for games

Highly Commended

Roanna Peroz


Singapore | 3dsense Media School

Growing up, my art was mainly influenced by anime, cartoons, videogames and comics. Illustration is something I've always enjoyed, and over the years I realised creating content for games, comics or any entertainment related industry is what I wanted to do for the rest of my career. A lot of artists in the industry inspire me as well, and the passion and dedication to their craft is something that keeps motivating me to constantly improve and work towards my goals.

Highly Commended

Pierre Lazarevic


France | New3Edge

2 years ago I decided to quit my job to join New3dge school. Right now I'm working on my own to achieve my portfolio to find a job.

People's Choice

Philip Sue


New Zealand

Around the age of 19 was when I found out about this industry and knew it was the place I want to be in. Five years have passed since then and I am still constantly learning to up-skill and aiming to land that first role.

Category Brief

From character and environment design to matte painting and digital paint overs, the judges will be looking for all examples of digital illustrations and concept art. This category is very wide and will often accept the widest range of work.

What the judges are looking for with this category are artists to showcase their process. They want entrants to show polished final artworks with amazing lighting, composition and techniques. However, the best way to really impress a judge in this category is to share your process. Share the brief you worked with and help the judge understand the challenges you overcame from a creative and technical point of view.


  • Combine all your best work into one single entry. Multiple entries with individual projects will not be reviewed.
  • You are allowed to submit work that uses 3D and 2D elements. However, the key factor judges are looking for is the ability to deliver concept art and illustrations that meet a brief.
  • Don’t just upload a finished image. This will not be enough for the judges to truly understand your full potential as a concept artists. Share less polished sketches too, share ideas and projects you completed with a fast turn-around.
  • Judges are looking for the best illustrator to work in their chosen field. This means that all illustrators can submit work regardless of whether they want to work in film, games, theme park design, urban design or story narrative.
  • Do not just submit Zbrush models. Although this is often a large part of a concept artists skillset, make sure to include how you used the model and why you created a 3D asset instead of a 2D element.
  • If using photo-reference, fan-art or other elements, please credit owner.
Concept Art & Illustration
Concept Art & Illustration
Concept Art & Illustration
Blackmagic Design
Epic Games
Chaos Group
CG Cookie
Axis Studios
Weta Digital
Ninja Theory
NetherRealm Studios
Monolith Productions
Polygon Pictures
Rodeo FX
Electric Theatre Collective
Double Negative
Animal Logic
3D Artist
3D World
Media temple
CG Record
Image Engine