Contests News Finalists Announced - Forbidden Lands, Fallen Empires and Ancient Guardians by Andrew McDonald 8 months ago 5 min read Syn Studio Art School Montreal has just announced finalists for their concept art and illustration contest “Forbidden Lands, Fallen Empires and Ancient Guardians". The event is sponsored by Syn Studio Gathering of Masters event, Wacom and ArtStation and asked entrants to show their perspective and vision on the topic in a single, epic illustration that is both fantastic yet believable, original yet relate-able and which demonstrates high levels of artistic skill and storytelling ability.Members definitely stepped up the the plate with this one and impressive the judging panel. It was a tough call with a cluster of entries just missing out on becoming a finalist. FinalistsThe judges felt the following entries hit the brief and impressed them the most with their creative and technical skills. Congratulations to everyone listed below. Temple of Cronus Rooted in Ancient Greek Mythology, my goal is to create an environment depicting Hades' territory, the Underworld. A place no one escapes, which makes our protagonist's quest to rescue his wife all the more difficult. The environment designed was the Temple of Cronus, a stop on our protagonists epic quest. View Entry Ancient Temple An ancient temple built by an unknow civilization is discovered by a little group of explorer! View Entry Mysterious Temple in Jungle Adventurer and his apprentice finally arrived at mysterious temple in jungle where monks practice asceticism. View Entry Agartha- the hidden kingdom of wisdom. A mythical kingdom located under the earth's mantle. It is said "those who following the teachings of Christianity will be granted the wealth, knowledge and wisdom which lay deep within the kingdom of Agartha." View Entry Secrets Of The Fallen A temple guarded by a giant that continue to protect the mysteries the location holds even after their civilization is beyond gone. View Entry The Mysterious Nix A nix who sings entrancing songs to lure passerby and drown them as a punishment for trespassing her hidden home. View Entry Lost Civilization I love watching documentaries about archeology and past civilizations, it makes me feel like I am an adventurer traveling back in time! I had the luck to learn about Angkor at university, so I wanted to illustrate the Khmer's amazing architecture and give it a fantasy twist. View Entry The new dynasty The descendants venerate the ancient gods and feel protected among them. This is why they continue to pay homage to these divine lands without degrading the sacred places from which they inherited. Giant warriors are enthroned alongside artificial intelligence in order to continue to conserve these ancient lands. View Entry Exploring the Lands An expedition set to explore unreachable high lands, discovers long ago lost and forgotten city. I'm curious, are there living people or just remnants of unknown culture? View Entry On his way to Agartha establishing mood, lighting , refining ideas View Entry 東海龍王宮 East Dragon King Palace Humans have explored more of the surface of the moon than the ocean. Underwater cities, palaces, kingdoms have been mentioned in various myths and literature across the globe. I will be reimagining the East Dragon King Palace, which is the most prominent underwater palace in the East. View Entry Gatekeeper A concept on a divine gatekeeper. View Entry The Temple of Cipactli Hello there! I am presenting you my workflow and my idea for this theme. Hope you like it. Cheers! View Entry The Sewers My entry for the "Forbidden Lands, Fallen Empires and Ancient Guardians" contest. View Entry The Rebirth of a Civilization A matte- painting of a forgotten secret city hidden deep in the jungle lost for all mankind, until it's unlikely discovery by an endangered tribe. View Entry The Skeleton Lake In a cursed village in glacier of India. Every year as the ice melts in a glacial lake located in that town, hundreds of human skeletons are seen floating. Rediscovered by a forest ranger. View Entry Last Road to Shangri-La A travelling scholar finally reaches the myth he has been searching for. No other person in living memory has seen the secrets - and possibly dangers - that it holds. View Entry PrizesOne (1) Winner will be eligible to select a Prize Package of their choice (Package A or Package B). One (1) Runner Up will win the remaining Prize Package, not chosen by the winner.Winners Voting StartsThe judges are now tasked with selecting their favourite entries. The winners will be announced 18th May 2020.Vote for People's ChoiceAs a member of The Rookies we want your opinion to count. Located top right of each entry page is a Vote for People's Choice button which run through Facebook. Every share counts towards a single vote. The entry with the most votes will be the official People's Choice winner. Thanks again to our amazing sponsors that have not only helped judge this contest, but for the amazing prizes that have been offered. Head over to the main contest page to check out all the entries. Share your thoughts on this post Read more posts by this author Andrew McDonald Andrew is the co-founder of The Rookies has been working in the visual effects industry since 2002. Most recently he was a CG Supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic. The link has been copied!