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LIVE on Thursday, October 29, 5 pm GMT
Hall of Fame
Winners and finalists of the Monster Challenge 2020
ARTISTS CATEGORY
Winners
1st Prize: Night of the living pumpkins! by Joel Moran
2nd Prize: Uriel's Sword by Hamid Shah
STARTERS CATEGORY
Winners
1st Prize: Do not disturb the troll by Giordano Prando
2nd Prize: The Enchanted Pumpkin by Bryan Carpio
Marmoset Choice: Trick of Treating Triplets by Thiago Abreu
Popular Prize: Insect by Marc Morado
Artist Choices
Stu Bayley Choice - Pinocchio by Pit Bibiloni
Marlon Nunez Choice - The Pumpkin bug by Joel Moran
Maarten Verhoeven Choice - Har-khem by Dominick Fredrick
Darrell Abney, Daniele Danko Angelozzi and Soren Zaragoza Choice - Night of the living pumpkins! by Joel Moran
Finalists
Top 10% of the Challenge Participants
Ash Mount by Quinten Van Epperzeel
Ash Mount by Quinten Van Epperzeel
Avec Maman by Daniel Esteban
Avec Maman by Daniel Esteban
Hunt Time by Emilio Marchan
Hunt Time by Emilio Marchan
Mermaids by Artem Borisov
Mermaids by Artem Borisov
Bernardo Mercurio
Bernardo Mercurio
Jester len by Anya Shmeleva
Jester len by Anya Shmeleva
The Bat bug by Arnaud Lonys
The Bat bug by Arnaud Lonys
Come on! We are getting late by A Serrano
Come on! We are getting late by A Serrano
Izgok by Bruno Antelo
Izgok by Bruno Antelo
Carlo Di Primio
Carlo Di Primio
Carlos Arturo Llanos Macana
Carlos Arturo Llanos Macana
Inspired by the Black Death period by Endika Garcia Colomo
Inspired by the Black Death period by Endika Garcia Colomo
Scavenger Demon by FURKAN KARAYEL
Scavenger Demon by FURKAN KARAYEL
The Ancient Wonderer by Gabriel Mattos
The Ancient Wonderer by Gabriel Mattos
Gonzalo Vilca
Gonzalo Vilca
Saint mother of the deep by Ivan Seredenko
Saint mother of the deep by Ivan Seredenko
Scavenger by Jainil Chakraborty
Scavenger by Jainil Chakraborty
Rabbitgorgon	by Alberto Guerrero Cano
Rabbitgorgon by Alberto Guerrero Cano
Baba Jaga by Jakub Janicki
Baba Jaga by Jakub Janicki
Baba Yaga by Javier Torralba
Baba Yaga by Javier Torralba
Joanna Grudzińska
Joanna Grudzińska
Trick or treat scene in monster land by Juan Pitluk
Trick or treat scene in monster land by Juan Pitluk
Pumpkin forest monster	by Jules Ch
Pumpkin forest monster by Jules Ch
the Parasite by Manuel Jordán
the Parasite by Manuel Jordán
Two brothers united by a single destiny by Mirko Squillaci
Two brothers united by a single destiny by Mirko Squillaci
 subject B-03	by Nícolas Sánchez
subject B-03 by Nícolas Sánchez
Pauline Gregoire
Pauline Gregoire
Wandering Eye of the Sea by Skyler Greencorn
Wandering Eye of the Sea by Skyler Greencorn
'Djinn' or 'جِنْ' by Wassim Bassil
'Djinn' or 'جِنْ' by Wassim Bassil
Mangtae grandpa	by 남 희승
Mangtae grandpa by 남 희승
Challenge Prizes
1st Prize
Valued in 1700$
2nd Prize
Valued in 1000$
Popular Prize
Valued in 700$
Marmoset Choice Award
  • $50 Marmoset Shop Gift Card
*Exclusive prizes for Professional category
Register for the Challenge
Anyone can participate and it's free to join
Embark on an amazing learning journey, create something epic and show it to the world.
Register for the challenge early so that you can get access to all the bonus content that will be released during the course of the week.
We'll send you notification before daily live workshops, too.
Participation categories
You will be able to choose one of them when submitting your piece.
Attend live sessions
You're the Artist, but we're at your side
During the challenge week, we're with you!

To help you move along and get the steps right, we will deliver daily live workshops and tutorials to help you create an epic monster

Our goal is to help you improve while you're working on this Challenge.
But...what are the rules?!
— ZBrush is the main software of creation. You can use any additional tools (Keyshot, Marmoset, Photoshop etc).
— Be original! What's your Monster abilities? What makes it unique?
Make sure it's your own concept
— Only one entry and one image per participant
— You can render or display the character in any software of your choice
— Your final submission can be in clay, but we encourage you to submit a fully textured and posed character to get better chances to win.
— You can paint over or manipulate your work in 2D, but make sure it's not more than 10% of the image.
— The artwork should be in 3D. 2D is only allowed in elements of expression of the image.
— Final artwork dimensions: 1920x1080 (portrait OR landscape) or 1080x1080

Got questions? Read more in FAQ section before texting us, please :)
Meet the judges
Character Sculptor at Laika Studios
Sculptor @ Warner, Disney, Blur and Marvel
ArtHeroes Co-Founder and Art Director
Lead Sculptor at Infinite Statue & Wacom Ambassador Italy
Art Director/Director @REALTIME
Freelance ZBrush artist / digital concept sculptor
Challenge Timeline
Anytime until October, 25
Anytime until October, 25
Enroll in the challenge
Confirm you're in
We recommend enrolling early so that you don't miss any challenge announcements, updates and any learning opportunities.
19 - 25 October
19 - 25 October
Get daily guidance from our Team of artists
Free tutorials, live sessions and workshops
Your daily videos to help you build your work and guide you through the process step-by-step, spiced up with ZBrush tips and tricks.
October, 25
23:59 GMT+0
October, 25
23:59 GMT+0
Last chance to submit your work
Equal opportunities for everyone, so no submissions are allowed past the deadline.
26 - 27 October
26 - 27 October
Jury Elaboration & Public Voting
Our team of jury makes their choices. Meanwhile, your friends and fans can support you, too, by casting their voice.
Your job is to wait for results to be announced!
October, 29
17:00 GMT+0
October, 29
17:00 GMT+0
Winners Announced
Follow the news on social media and Official Challenge Page
#ArtHeroesChallenge2020
FAQs
What are the categories of participation?
Starter: if you've never created a full character, if you've never done 3D, if it's your 1st project in Zbrush. Take this as your learning opportunity, even if you're completely new to the industry!
Artist: you know how ZBrush works, you might already work in the industry, freelance or still study.
Can I use other software other than ZBrush?
The main software of creation is ZBrush. If you still dont have it, you can download the free 30 days trial in the Pixologic website.

You can use Marmoset, Substance Painter, Photoshop etc, but the core of your project should be done in Zbrush.
Can I create a happy stylized monster?
Yeah why not! Just make sure is your own idea ;)
Can I submit only the sculpt?
Yes, you can, it's your own choice
We encourage you to fully present your hero. That means textured and posed. This will give more chances to get your entry selected among the finalists ;)
If you don't know how to texture, you'll have access to a short video to help you get started. Give it a try!
Can I do a fan-art from an existing monster?
No, the monster should be fully original. Make it yours!
What is the art style?
You can use the style of your choice. Realistic, stylized, figurative....doesnt matter, just make it original!
Can I participate with a 2D entry?
The main purpose of the challenge is develop your 3D skills.
You can be a complete ZBrush beginner to participate!
What is this GMT+0 time zone of the challenge?
GMT+0 is London time
Can use Zbrush Core or a free trial version?
Yes, any version of Zbrush works.
Can I work with Blender?
Only as an additional software. The core of your model should be done in Zbrush.
How do I submit my work?
Submissions will be open on this page from Friday, May 29 to Sunday, May 31 (23:59:59 GMT+0)
How and where can my fans vote for my work?
As soon as you submit your artwork, you will get a shareable link so that your friends can support you.
One vote per person per day is allowed. You can vote for multiple characters - whoever you like.
Previous Art Heroes Challenge
1470 participants

Of the challenge
360 submissions

Final projects submitted
6 experts

Judges taking joint decisions
25 000 voters

Public vote participants