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Bosses are the biggest, baddest, and strongest enemies in any video game. They control hordes of monsters, rule the land, and they usually take a lot of skill to defeat. We're challenging you to create a new colossus
(a boss) for the new massively multiplayer online role-playing game, RIFT.

You're traveling through Telara as a bright light appears. A massive rift opens up and monsters start invading. Your team fights to protect their land. As they continuously battle the invading monsters, a massive, 10-story colossus appears.

deviantART is challenging artists to answer the question: What does this colossus look like in RIFT?

Choose one of the six planar themes: earth, air, fire, water, life, or death. Create concept art of a colossus using one of the themes. You can use your favorite image editing tool, a 3D program, or traditional media.

You must build a new colossus for the game RIFT.

Your colossus:
  • Must be based on only one of the six planar themes
  • Must be very large within the scale of the game environment
  • Must be original to you and all elements must originate from you. You cannot copy graphic material from the game.
  • Can be made in any medium as long as you submit it as a JPG or a PNG
  • Can be made using licensed brushes and textures, but you may not use third-party stock in your entry
Terrible to behold and teeming with elemental might, a colossus represents the ultimate destructive power of its plane, leading its fellow riftspawn to battle against scores of Ascended.

Choose one of the six planar themes. (Click examples below.)

Create concept art for a massive boss using your favorite image editing program, 3D graphics software, or traditional media.

Once you're done, submit it as a .JPG or .PNG file!

  • $1,500 Cash Prize (USD)
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  • 8,000 deviantART Points
  • dA PRO Digital Artist's Backpack
  • deviantWEAR Hoodie of the Winner's Choice*
  • 1 Year Premium Membership to deviantART
  • $800 Cash Prize (USD)
  • Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch Tablet
  • 5,000 deviantART Points
  • dA PRO Digital Artist's Backpack
  • deviantWEAR T-Shirt of the Winner's Choice*
  • 6-Month Premium Membership to deviantART
  • $400 Cash Prize (USD)
  • Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch Tablet
  • 3,000 deviantART Points
  • dA PRO Digital Artist's Backpack
  • deviantWEAR T-Shirt of the Winner's Choice*
  • 3-Month Premium Membership to deviantART
*Depending on availability

Entry must be received by 11:59:59PM (PT) on June 19, 2011 and be submitted through the contest gallery on deviantART.

  • Entrants must be at least 13 years old to participate. Residents of any country are eligible;
  • Entries can originate in any medium but must be in JPG or PNG file format when submitted. Online entries only, hard copies not accepted;
  • Entries must be themed to a single planar theme (earth, air, fire, water, life, or death);
  • You may submit more than one entry;
  • You must be a member of deviantART to enter. Membership is free;
  • Trion Worlds, Inc. is not a sponsor or administrator of this offer and assumes no responsibility for this offer; and
  • Other requirements and restrictions apply. Please read the Official Rules carefully.

25 Semi-Finalists will be selected by full-time deviantART Staff.

From the Semi-Finalists, the final three winners will be selected by a member(s) from Trion's creative team! All entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Originality
  • Creative Expression of the Contest Challenge
  • Overall Impact of the Work
  • Technical Skill



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HallowenMJStudios Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
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Cuytop Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
chek the ancient deity, colossus of death, the Grim Reaper real alien.
(disculpen no se ingles culaquier mal entendido jejeeje XD)

TOMAHAWK-DRAGON Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
but dont look at it
Glass-Image Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011   General Artist

this is my Death Colossus. :)
olimueller Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
this contest was fun and a cool experience!
Good luck to all who participated.

and now back to work... =)
Verstovia Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist

That's mine. I thought that maybe the head should be expressed more, looking at the other entries. The other entries were far beyond my ability D: Except..Some of them..I couldn't tell which end was the head..So..That was kind of my purpose here xD

The entries are magnificent and I wish everyone the absolute best of luck!
Xerxan Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
after browsing through a few pages of entries, i found myself muttering "Why did I even waste my time making an entry for this?" haha
soooooooooo many epic submissions
good luck to everyone
Tumhoy Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
Has anyone counted the sum of all entries?
Neonila Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
Although I didn't enter it was fun browsing the entries. Great work! Best of luck to the participants :)
Metal-Rocker Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
Since people are posting reasons why they need to win, I better too.
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