We’re looking for students who can create breathtaking environment art

Registrations are now open for 2019!

We’re on the lookout for amazing student Environment artists! We launched the art branch of Search for a Star a couple of years ago, and frankly, we’ve been blown away by what you guys can create.

We set up the Environment Art strand of the challenge because the industry is crying out for more talented artists like yourself. We want to highlight your skills to industry and help keep the UK at the forefront of innovation in games development. Search for a Star can take you to great places, like environment artist Hannah Smith, who went onto work at leading games studio, Playground Games.

As with all the challenge strands, Environment Art is split up into three components:

The Skills Assessment

We’ll ask you to submit one piece of work, created in the last 12 months, which you feel best showcases your skills and overall abilities. Alongside this, we’ll ask for a 250-word explanation of how the final piece came to be and how your idea evolved along the way.

Sumo Digital Rising Star Guy Boxall

Your work will then be sent to a number of industry professionals for review who will assess your submission on the following four criteria:

  1. Research & concept development
  2. Creativity & expression
  3. Technical skill & artistic technique
  4. Presentation

You’ll receive tailored feedback from professionals who have years’ of experience in the field. They’ll let you know what you did well and what you could maybe improve upon, and how you can do that!

The Dev Challenge

This is where things get really interesting. This year we’re happy to announce that everyone who registers will be able to take part in both the Skills and Dev Challenge! Our panel of expert environment artists will present you with a brief for you to work on which mimics the kind of tests you’d be asked to do when applying for a job in industry. Once again, you’ll receive tailored industry feedback to help you grow your craft.

The brief will contain a number of pieces of concept art donated by our studio partners for you to choose from. You’ll then use your creative flair and artistic abilities to create something to stun the judges from your chosen piece of art.

To give you an idea of what last year’s environment artists got up to, take a look below at some of our round two submissions, including Environment Art winner: Jake Missing. You can find all the round two 2017 submissions here.

The Interview

When the first two rounds close, our judges will begin weighing up all the scores. Three contestants from Search for a Star Environment Art and Sumo Digital Rising Star Environment Art will then be invited to an interview panel in front of environment art professionals from leading UK studios at our famous Finals Day Showcase event!

They’ll want to know all about your submissions, technical knowledge and motivations. What makes you tick as an environment artist – that kind of stuff. You’ll then be free to enjoy the rest of the day, attend the industry presentations and mingle with other contestants and UK studios who travel from all over the country to meet students like you!

A winner from each category will be picked and will receive a number of prizes donated from industry alongside the most coveted interview for a job (for Search for a Star winners) or internship (for Sumo Digital Rising Star winners).