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Rookie Awards 2019 | Education Scholarships

CG Master Academy Finalists

CG Master Academy, the leading online school for arts education, is offering a scholarship valued at $2,000. CGMA is a company founded by industry professionals that offer the most relevant information possible so artists can enter the industry equipped with the skills they need.




Since the first time I open the 3ds max, I hear a voice in my mind: "That's it! That's what I'm looking for!!" And I never stopped after that. I've been working on a 3D visualization studio for some years, and now I'm looking for a chance to do what I love most, characters.

Manan Bachkaniwala


United States | Gnomon School of Visual Effects

When I first the movie Transformers, it blew my mind away seeing them in a live action movie. I grew up watching Transformers Armada back in the days so the live action was the best thing that happened to me. After which I only focused on one goal which was to be good enough to work on a Transformers movie.

Dennis van Kessel


United Kingdom | Teesside University

When I was 16 I stumbled across online and realised that this passion I had for drawing could actually be turned into a potential career path. Ever since I have worked hard to make that dream a reality.

William Chu


United States | Savannah College of Art and Design

I've always knew that my dream career was in art. I had always worked in 2D, doing graphic design, drawing, and photography. Around 6 years ago I took the plunge into 3D game art and I've been pursuing a career as an environment artist ever since.

Javier Pedreño


Spain | Think Tank Online ( Think tank Training Centre - ONLINE )

Since I was very young I have loved to draw and create characters. When I discovered that I could work doing that, I knew that was what I wanted to do.

Arthur Tasquin


Belgium | Haute Ecole Albert Jacquard

I spend a lot of time on graphic design tutorials when I was young but I did'nt realise that I would do that later. When I first study CGI, I became obsessed by other people's work. I was always pushing myself to learn new skills and be able to reach that level of quality.

Jeff Talbot



I discovered this path by chance when I stumbled across CDW Studios and a poster by Jaime Jones for Halo Reach. Something clicked and I knew this was what I needed to do. 20 years old and already studying/working as a Web Developer and with 0 experience in Art, I started my first ever course and changed my entire life around. It took me a while but I finally discovered what I truly wanted to be. Been moving towards that ever since, 6 years on and I haven't looked back once.

Marleen Vijgen


United Kingdom | University of Hertfordshire

I was always interested in character design, drawing day in day out.I had a very technological upbringing where arts were just a "hobby". I just did not realize I could make a career out of this, until I started looking for universities. I visited an open day at an art academy and saw that making those characters actually is a job! The film and games industry is a perfect combination between technology and arts.

Junliang Zhang


United States | New York Film Academy

Honestly, I have been playing video games for over 15 years since I was a kid. Especially, I really like AAA games because the AAA games stand for high-quality graphics and gameplay, which gave me a lot of inspiration and ideas to create awesome environments on my own. Therefore, my true interest is game art.

Daniela-Florina Moldoveanu


Spain | Escuela Superior de Comunicación, Imagen y Sonido (CEV)

Well, since I was very little I loved playing videogames and I always admired the people behind it,because I didn't understand how they make such a realistic model or game.Then a few years ago I decided that I wanted to be in that world and after studying and seeing all the process of a videogame I finally decided to make 3D characters and art.

Teodora Petkova


Belgium | Howest University - Digital Arts and Entertainment

I started my artistic journey in high school, where I studied academic art and graphic design. I had always been a huge admirer of the creative process behind films and games. The idea that the concept artist career path could be possible for me was completely unfathomable, until in high school I realized I could utilize my love for art, design, storytelling, films and games and work towards being a concept artist, and in that way, tell the inspiring stories I've always loved through design.

Daniel Kupisinski


United Kingdom | Bournemouth University

I realized I want to work in the creative media and entertainment industry when I started watching VFX breakdowns of popular films and also making progress myself which was very motivating too.


Malaysia | Dasein Academy of Art

well. It is start from my secondary school. But before this, I quite like to draw, make hand-craft. What makes me really get in to this industry is when I was 13 years old, I watched a feature animated movie, which is "How to Train your Dragon". It was so amazing and I wish to become one of the part of the production team.



I have been in contact with arts since i can remember. Always loved to draw but was until i went to collage that I discovered digital arts and I instantly knew that I wanted to do that! Later discovered Zbrush and digital sculpting and never stopped since then!

Felipe Almeida De Abreu



Probably when I realised those magical videogames were actually made by humans haha! I grew up with videogames and always loved creating stuff and telling stories, so when I realised that I could combine the two, oh dear... I knew what I wanted to do.

Minnie Zhou


New Zealand | Feng Zhu School of Design (FZD)

I love world-building and storytelling.

Jérémy Fache


France | ESMA

My parents pushed me to veterinarian studies after my science degree at college while I was passionate about drawing and cinema. After a few years of studying veterinarian medicine, I realized that it was not for me and that I had to work in an area that really captivate me. So I decided to join a 3D animation school.

Angela Rico


United States | Gnomon School of Visual Effects

Two things happened that made me want to stop thinking about becoming a veterinarian. 1. I watched Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, and 2. I played God of War I.


Canada | Syn Studio

When I was about 19-18 years old, I realized my notebook had more drawings than notes.

Andy K Lee


United States | Brainstorm School

I first realized that I wanted to work in creative media when I was a kid. Movies and games have always been a big part of my life. There isn't a single day that goes by that my brain doesn't think about storytelling and visualizing different worlds and designs. Growing up, Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson were my filmmaking heroes. The movies they directed and produced were rich in emotion, excitement, and creativity. That encouraged me to try and capture that feeling in my own work.

Lee Beom soo


South Korea | SF Film school

When I was younger than now, I saw a VFXmovie about the Avengers, Transformer, Terminator etc. and every time I watch such a fantastic movie, I wanted to make the vfx movie and i loved them. so I looked up what I had to do to make those movies and I knew I had to learn vfx to make such a movie so i realised i wanted to work in the creative media and entertainment industry and I decided to learn cgi after long suffering and distress

Mehmet Tayfur Türkmenoğlu


Turkey | Yıldız Technical University

I' ve been always drawing ever since I could remember. After attending high school, I noticed that this is my passion and the job that I could make a difference.

Kristina Tsenova


United Kingdom | Glasgow Caledonian University

I am a visual storyteller and I have always been. Ever since I was a little kid I loved drawing, painting, reading, re-watching my favorite films 100 times and consequently creating my own stories. My life has grown around those passions of mine, I constantly explore different mediums and styles and I search for the best way to tell meaningful stories.

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CG Cookie
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3D World
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