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Starship Congress 2013 Concept Art Contest - FarMaker: Interstellar Speed Sketches to be Judged by Stephan Martiniere and Specialist Jury


CONTEST HAS ENDED!  THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING! WINNERS WILL BE POSTED SOON!


UPDATE: Our Prize Pool has grown! New prizes for each category are:

Professional Bracket
$200 for 1st place / $150 for 2nd place / $75 for 3rd place

Enthusiast Bracket
$100 for 1st place / $50 for 2nd place / $25 for 3rd place

Childrens Bracket
$50 for 1st place / $30 for 2nd place / $20 for 3rd place

Deadline: Monday August 5, 2013.

Stay Tuned for Winning Entries!


Renowned illustrator and concept artist Stephan Martiniere will be a guest of honor and Keynote speaker at Icarus Interstellar’s 2013 Starship Congress in Dallas, Texas (August 15-18).

Starship Congress is a conference that brings together scientists, engineers, artists, thinkers, visionaries, and advocates for space exploration over time. Attendees will help lay the groundwork for an interstellar future, beginning with tangible steps we can take today.

One of those steps is inspiring a common vision of our future. At Starship Congress, Martiniere will present the juried selections of the first-ever FarMaker Interstellar Speed Sketch challenge.

http://farmaker2013.tumblr.com

Martiniere is representing a jury of artists, designers, and advisors with a wealth of expertise in envisioning an interstellar future. In addition to Stephan Martiniere (National Geographic EXPLORE issue, Total Recall, TRON Legacy) are concept artists and designers Mike Okuda (Star Trek) and Steve Burg (Prometheus); technical specialists Dr. Harold “Sonny” White (NASA) and Kelvin Long (JBIS, I4IS); and starship modeling specialists Adrian Mann and Mark Rademaker

If you are an artist or designer who loves space, or if you know one, send this challenge onwards!



FarMaker Mission Patch (Official)


Who can participate? Is this only for pro artists or only for enthusiast artists?

Artists DO NOT need to be present at Starship Congress to submit or to win. There are no limits on who can participate, but we’ve created three brackets to help us judge fairly. Professional concept artists are encouraged! Additionally, we have a bracket for Enthusiast artists, and for Children (12 and under) artists. Please name your bracket (Professional/Nonprofessional/Children) when you submit.

Please note that Children may spend as much time as they wish on their entries, as future artists in training!


What are the Themes?

Participation in the FarMaker Speed Sketch challenge is participation in Starship Congress, an event which helps lay the foundation for future interstellar aspirations. In honor of Martiniere’s featured cover artwork for January 2013’s exploration-dedicated issue of National Geographic, envisioning the Daedalus interstellar spacecraft, the theme for this year’s FarMaker Speed Sketch contest is “Project Daedalus”.  Starting from a basis in the Daedalus project, artists can expand that vision to express and advance the possibility of interstellar flight.  

For further inspiration and reference sources, see Gallery of Daedalus & Icarus and Daedalus is the First and only ‘Starship design’ in History. Also, be sure and check out Stephan Martiniere’s January 2013 “Explore” illustrations for National Geographic.

(Stephan Martiniere, National Geographic 2013)


Guidelines
- Imagine a future where Earth achieves its full potential.
- Imagine a craft that reaches across space to discover other worlds.
- Bring these visions to reality in a speed sketch, taking from 5 minutes to a maximum of 1.5 hours.

Submit your finished concept art to FarMaker Interstellar Speed Sketch 2013, and your work will be judged by the FarMaker jury for inclusion in an upcoming book on Project Daedalus. Attend Starship Congress to learn more on the latest developments in interstellar exploration and meet Stephan Martiniere as well as other members of the FarMaker jury.  

Entries may reflect any of these themes:

    Building: Interstellar technology helps a city thrive on Earth, its shipyards busy with the building of our first starcraft. What is it like?

    Journeying: The Daedalus spacecraft bridges the vastness between stars. How does it feel?

    Arriving: We reach our destination. What do we find?

    Freeform: A bracket for dynamic and realistic visions we can’t yet foresee. 



What are the Prizes?

All entries will be considered for publication in a premium format book on the art and science of humanity’s interstellar efforts. By serving as one of the records of Starship Congress 2013, this book will help open doors and make connections between published artists and interstellar advocates: scientists, engineers, creators, industry professionals, and more. The book will be designed and published during the year following the Starship Congress, and all artists will be kept informed on its progress.

In addition, placing entries in each bracket will receive the following.


Professional Bracket First Place will receive:  $200.  

Free registration if they can come to Starship Congress 2013 in Dallas TX (a $100 value)

A Founding Seat (1 year) along with the FarMaker team, helping to shape a bold design and visualization project.

A Limited Edition copy of Stephan Martiniere’s art book, Velocity — Including an original drawing by Stephan.

Publication and credit in the first FarMaker edition. 

A Special Edition Print of the FarMaker Mission Badge design.

$150 for 2nd place / $75 for 3rd place


Enthusiast Bracket First Place will receive:  $100. 

Free registration if they can come to Starship Congress 2013 in Dallas TX (a $100 value)

A Founding Seat (1 year) along with the FarMaker team, helping to shape a bold design and visualization project.

An original sketch by Stephan Martiniere.

Publication and credit in the first FarMaker edition. 

A Special Edition Print of the FarMaker Mission Badge design.

$50 for 2nd place / $25 for 3rd place


Children (12 and under) Bracket First Place will receive:  $50.

Free registration if they can come to Starship Congress 2013 in Dallas TX (a $100 value)

A Founding Seat (1 year) along with the FarMaker team, helping to shape a bold design and visualization project.

A 13x19 print of an artwork: “SPACE” by Stephan Martiniere.

Publication and credit in the first FarMaker edition. 

A Special Edition Print of the FarMaker Mission Badge design.

$30 for 2nd place / $20 for 3rd place


Top Five placing artists will all receive:

A Special Edition Print of the FarMaker Mission Badge design.

Stakeholder updates on the FarMaker project over the next year.



What is a Speed Sketch?

In the concept art and design industry, speed sketches and speed paints are graphical works meant to be executed in a short time. We wanted to do a speed sketch contest partly because they’re dynamic, but also to allow everyone to comfortably fit it in their schedule and choose their own time investment. Entries can be in color or black and white. Find your own speed: just spend a few minutes or up to 1.5 hours and  bring your spontaneous vision to life! You might open doors to whole new worlds…

For Reference: Some examples of speed sketches, at cghub.com:

dhiman


zakforeman


galanpang





What are the art permissions release rights / terms of submission?

The Terms of Submission are built into the submission form. The checkbox and Terms of Submission which tumblr has provided also work perfectly as a non-exclusive license for this contest. 

With a non-exclusive license, you retain the right to use your own submitted works in subsequent projects, while also granting FarMaker the right to publish and adapt the works submitted. For full Terms of Submission, see the link on the Submissions page, or scroll to the very bottom of this FAQ for a full copy.


What media formats are allowed?

You can work in any medium, including physical media, but in the end you must be able to upload a digital image into the submission form to participate. For this contest, you could work in 3D as well, so long as you take less than 1.5 hours.

To be eligible for final judging by Stephan Martiniere and the FarMaker jury, submissions here must also be emailed as publication-ready JPGs (no compression) or PNGs, 300dpi either CMYK or RGB, at approximately 5000x3000 pixels (exceptions are negotiable).

After submitting here, email high-res submissions to: heath.rezabek@gmail.com (Note: Please use this gmail address as it can handle large images.)


What is the Deadline?

Deadline for submissions is Monday August 5th. Limit of 4 submissions per artist. Please include Title of Work / Artist Name / Preferred contact (email address, twitter, etc.) Also feel free to include a brief description (150 words max). 


Who can participate? Is this only for pro artists or only for amateur artists?

Where and when will winners be announced?

Stephan Martiniere and other members of the FarMaker jury will announce the winners on location at Starship Congress in Dallas, TX, August 15-18, 2013. For details on attending, see: http://starshipcongress.com

Are your questions answered? If not, please email hrezabek@icarusinterstellar.org (or heath.rezabek@gmail.com if attaching large images.)

When you’re ready, feel free to Submithttp://farmaker2013.tumblr.com/submit

For more information, contact Heath Rezabek
Outreach & Collaborations Coordinator, Starship Congress
hrezabek@icarusinterstellar.org
@starshipcongrss
starshipcongress.com


(Stephan Martiniere, National Geographic 2013)



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