22 - 29 October 2021
Monster Challenge 2021
3D Character Art challenge:
learn, showcase and be discovered!
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Artwork by Josh Wallace

Who is this Challenge for?
(For me too?..)
Beginner 3D Artists
Learn something new every day of the challenge and get your art seen by our wide community
Professional 3D Artists
Let's do something fun and showcase what you can do, after all these years in the indsustry!
3D Hobbyists
No matter what's your relationship with 3D art like currently, it can always level up.
Traditional and 2D artists
Explore what 3D Art can do for you and create your first project in ZBrush
Challenge Prizes
1st Prize
Valued in 1000$
2nd Prize
Valued in 500$
Popular Prize
  • 50% Scholarship to any Art Heroes program
  • ZBrush Lizard alpha pack
  • Art Heroes champrion T-Shirt
Valued in 300$
Understanding Monster Challenge Dynamics
How it works
Get Free Challenge Tools
Available starting from October, 22
When you register for the Challenge, you'll be able to access our custom IMM brushes
Use them to make or improve your monster.
Challenge yourself to make something new or finish the project you've been working on forever (but could never publish - does this sound familiar?)
Use 3+ tools to make your Monster
We prepared 15+ evil brushes - mix and match
During the Challenge week:
Get Daily Tips + Motivation
To make sure you stay on track, we'll help you up with workflow tips, tutorials from our collection and motivation boosters.

Improve your workflow
Even if it's your first character in 3D, we want to you to finish it better than you expected.

Our tips & tutorials are there to make sure you learn as you work on this piece.
Create a Monster in 7 Days
While following the rules
— ZBrush is the main software of creation
— Any additional tools allowed (Keyshot, Marmoset, Photoshop etc).
—Use at least THREE of the tools provided by our team
Make sure it's your own concept
— Only one entry and one image per participant
— Your final submission can be in clay (but we recommend textured)
— The artwork should be in 3D
— 2D is only allowed in elements of expression of the image (10% max)
— Final artwork: 1080x1080, JPEG or PNG

Got questions? Read more in FAQ section before texting us, please :)
Submit your Monster

Submissions are now closed!

    The final submission should be made on or before Friday, October 29th (midnight PST)
  • Wait for Judge's decision
    Our trusted team of juries will select finalists and winners
    Winners will be announced live at Art Heroes Awards ceremony. More on this later - stay tuned!
  • Vote for your favs
    Popular prize will be awarded to the winner of community voting - wait for additional announcement
Watch Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, 3 pm PST/6 pm EST

Set yourself a reminder on YouTube so that you don't miss it!
Meet the Judges
  • Gio Nakpil
    Creative Director at Adobe
  • ArtHeroes Co-Founder and Art Director
  • Lead Sculptor at Infinite Statue & Wacom Ambassador Italy
  • Carlos Ortega
    Sculpter at Netflix Anim.
  • Alina Ivanchenko
    3D/2D Character Artist at MoonStudios Ubisoft Nvidia
  • Roger An
    Animator and Filmmaker
  • Alfredo Vaglieco
    NFT Artist and 3D Character Artist
  • Joel Morán
    3D Character Artist | Winner of Monster Challenge 2020
How do we pick best Monsters?
Here's the criteria - as transparent as a spider web
  • 1
    Make sure it's yours
  • 2
    Tech skills

    Even if you're new to 3D, give us your best!

  • 3

    Show an awesome illustration, not just an epic sculpt

  • 4
    Spooky mood

    It's Halloween, right? ;)

  • 5

    One picture is worth a million words, they say

  • 6
    That's it
    6 items look good here, but we only have 5 criteria XD
Challenge Timeline
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22 - 29 October
22 - 29 October
Get daily motivation from our Team
You're not alone in this!
October, 29
23:59 PST
October, 29
23:59 PST
Last chance to submit your work
Equal opportunities for everyone, so no submissions are allowed past the deadline.
1 -2 November
1 -2 November
Jury Elaboration & Public Voting
Our team of jury makes their choices.
Meanwhile, your friends and fans can support you, too, by casting their votes!
Your job is to wait for results to be announced.
November, 3 3:00 pm PST
November, 3 3:00 pm PST
Winners Announced at Awards Ceremony
Follow the news on social media and Official Challenge Page
Check out winners and finalists of past editions!
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