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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)
  • Wacom Intuos4 Medium Tablet
  • 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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:iconhallowenmjstudios:
HallowenMJStudios Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
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Thank you. ~hallowenstudios :iconanothercontestgroup: :iconacg-pointsdonations:
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:iconcuytop:
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)

[link]
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:icontomahawk-dragon:
TOMAHAWK-DRAGON Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
[link]
but dont look at it
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:iconglass-image:
Glass-Image Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011   General Artist
[link]

this is my Death Colossus. :)
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:iconolimueller:
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... =)
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:iconverstovia:
Verstovia Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
[link]

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!
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:iconxerxan:
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
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:icontumhoy:
Tumhoy Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
Has anyone counted the sum of all entries?
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:iconneonila:
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 :)
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:iconmetal-rocker:
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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:iconmetal-rocker:
Metal-Rocker Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
If I win, all the planets and stars will align.
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:iconmetal-rocker:
Metal-Rocker Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
The heavens will be in perfect harmony.
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:iconmetal-rocker:
Metal-Rocker Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
We will have world peace
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:iconmetal-rocker:
Metal-Rocker Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
Children in 3rd world countries will no longer go hungry.
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:iconmetal-rocker:
Metal-Rocker Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
All politicians will become exemplary examples of honesty.
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:iconmetal-rocker:
Metal-Rocker Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
And . . . and . . .
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:iconmounthrize:
Mounthrize Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
If you win would you stop the spam? :P
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ShadowofmySorrows Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Good luck to anyone else who entered!
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:iconcrypticrose88:
Crypticrose88 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
yes, good luck to everyone! There is some amazing work submitted here.
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:icondjayriv:
djayriv Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Student General Artist
Just wanted to give everybody a big "GOOD LUCK!" Happy to have been a part of this one, and really enjoyed seeing all the wild creations.
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:iconnutkicker18:
nutkicker18 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
good luck to the anyone else who entered
although im not expecting to go the 25 semi but hey i tried plus everyone elses looks more likely to make it there than mine
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:iconfionacanajart:
FionaCanajART Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good Luck people!!!!;p
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:icon10jd:
10JD Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
Oh my god? The submissions.... like how can they possibly choose just 3?
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:iconkvlticon:
Kvlticon Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
Oh they can, easily. The question is whether or not the semifinalists will be a repeat of what happened in the EVE contest in late 2010.
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:iconneonila:
Neonila Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
I find it hard for them too choose, the entries were fabulous. Though I think some people made a mistake of making a colossus not a "rift colossus" I think that will be one of the criteria, whether it fits in the game and can be made. Some drawing seem really hard to put in.

PS. Whats a repeat of the EVE contest? I'm new to this :)
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:iconkvlticon:
Kvlticon Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
Well, you may be right - but that depends on the judges' expectations. But someone like a discriminating art director won't be interested in run-of-the-mill dragons, rock/fire golems, minotaurs, grim reapers, sea serpents, or anything that's already been done to hell and back in every other fantasy game out there. So you can knock out almost half of the things in the top 200 on that alone.

But of course the final 3 depend on the semifinalists, and that's where things really get critical (see EVE).

[link]
[link]

Look for the negative comments. Summary: a very high number of the semifinalists did not fit the art direction of EVE. One of the semifinalists (LABC) was so simple (read, bad) that people made a huge uproar until it got pulled and replaced with the Tornado (which won #1 by the way, which is funny - it wouldn't have won if LABC wasn't removed). One of the Semifinalists made a ship for a NONPLAYABLE RACE (Jovian). Even after they pulled the LABC, many still felt that there were superior entries to the ones that the judges chose.

And even today, NONE - NONE of the EVE winners have been built and introduced into the EVE game. Word is CCP is going to do their own contest independently of DA...

But yes, EVE players
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Dimmarth Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Student General Artist
i need a new tablet.mine is trash
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:iconrobertfiddler:
RobertFiddler Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
Good luck, your entries are really good :thumbup: (I never had a tablet)
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:icondimmarth:
Dimmarth Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Student General Artist
u2,thanks.
hmm,so you draw with a mouse? i mean genius and Manhattantablets are really cheap and will do for the job
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:iconrobertfiddler:
RobertFiddler Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
Thank you, but prize is not my problem ^^ I don't think I could draw with a tablet. It seems so complicated to draw on a monotone surface while I need to watch the monitor. And I got used to my mouse :D
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:icondimmarth:
Dimmarth Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Student General Artist
you'll get used to a tablet in 1-2 days,easily,after that it will play with your mind.
hehe.for me the prize means a lot ,id love a new dirt bikr xoxo,:)
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:iconillneo:
ILLNeo Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
YE sure! Good luck for everyone! :)
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:iconsathiriazis:
sathiriazis Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
Good luck everyone! :)
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:iconsenerity:
Senerity Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Good luck everyone!

Here's my entry if you'd like to check out the killer tortoise:
[link]
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:icondiablov:
DiabloV Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
good luck all
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:iconnightgrowler:
nightgrowler Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:icongizmoplz:Good luck to all! Let's win the best)):iconblushplz:
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:iconviolinmerchant:
violinmerchant Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
I'd like to win the money for no other reason than the opportunity to go back to college XD
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:iconvaejoun:
Vaejoun Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I am curious when and where the winners will be announced.
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:icontwpictures:
TWPictures Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
The official rules say:
"Potential winners will be selected on or about July 7, 2011 from all eligible entries."
The 25 semi-finalists will be selected before. You'll get a message. ;)
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:iconvaejoun:
Vaejoun Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I already took part in quite a number of contests. Some stay in the timeplan others dont. There were times when I waited a couple of months past the deadline. ^^ Hope this one stays in the Deadline. ^^
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FionaCanajART Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
>3< i just want that premium membership!!!!!Buh anyway i bet I wont even be considered for a semifinalist^^;...Not being one-________-' whatever!Wishing BEST LUCK EVERYONE!!!Each ENTRY WAS EPIC!!!!CONGRATS:D and keep it up palz!^w^
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:iconmetal-rocker:
Metal-Rocker Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
When I was working on my entries, I kept remembering a grade school teacher saying, "You kids like drawing monsters, huh? That'll never amount to anything." :blahblah:
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DrFaustVII Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011   Traditional Artist
You should tell the winner to hunt down such a teacher
(while carrying/wearing everything they won in this contest)
and tell her, "I drew a monster. SHAZAM!!!"
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:iconmetal-rocker:
Metal-Rocker Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
Ha-ha... YEEEAAAH !
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Acrylicdreams Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
I agree to Art-and-Soul, it was a great inspiration and all those images wouldn't exist if this contest hadn't been.
There are really lots of awesome paintings, so I don't hope to win or even make it to the chosen 25 (there are more than 30 entries that are better than mine for my taste), although I'm a professional artist/illustrator.
This is my entry: [link] (I would have changed a lot if I had more time)
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:iconcreevesabudd:
CReevesABudd Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
I know my "style" does not fit this contest but I had a blast trying anyway :D best of wishes to all who tried. I figure win or lose we all got wonderful new works that we may not have ever done if not for contest like this plus we all got to see amazing artist work the same theme.

[link] <- my favorite entry that I did
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:iconxerxan:
Xerxan Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
pretty cool design
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:iconcreevesabudd:
CReevesABudd Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
thanks :D
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Blizaga101 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Student General Artist
all i want is the grapics tablet tbh, so i can use it for my projects and stuff, the money, mehh, might save some up and give some to my parents for my driving lessons :D
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SOULSSHINE Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:iconsoulsshine::iconsoulsshine::iconsoulsshine::iconsoulsshine::iconsoulsshine:


ANYONE UP TO SEE THE ONLY ANIMATION DONE IN THIS CONTEST !!



Well here it is: [link]


Its so cool to be worldwide unique .. heheheh!

CONGRATULATIONS EVERYONE !!
Yu are all winners for making it into the final!

Good luck
Cheers!


Ruben Ismael
RPGSI STUDIO

:iconsoulsshine-online: admin
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