Artstation + ILM Art Department/Star Wars Challenge

Added on by Robin Chyo.

About a month or so ago, I decided to enter Artstation's ILM Art Department Challenge. It's a challenge comprised of 3 phases and overseen by art directors and artists from ILM. It seemed like a great opportunity to get my work in front of perhaps the best visual effects team in the industry (along with some art heroes of mine), so I thought "why not?". The aesthetics that we were supposed to adapt and adhere to were those of Star Wars Episodes 4-6. And honestly, I wasn't as big of a nerd about Star Wars as most other artists are. But I owned the original trilogy and watched it a few times. I definitely gained a new appreciation for the films and it added to my admiration of Ralph McQuarrie's work (I had no idea that Joe Johnston, director of Captain America: First Avenger and The Rocketeer did some concept work, too!).

I got through the first and second phases and came away with 4 different paintings. I made it to the third round and knowing that we'd be moving to a new apartment and have a wedding to attend at the end of the month, I thought it'd still be possible to complete the challenge.  Once the brief was released, I realized I was wrong. I still wanted to give it my best and see if I could pull it off. Eventually, I noticed just how much trouble the move was actually going to be and along with the fact that I was struggling/rushing my I had to make the difficult decision of withdrawing the challenge. It was a real bummer, but I needed to make sure I actually helped clean-up/pack/supervise the movers/unpack/organize, etc.

But yeah, this was a really fun challenge. I really tried to get as much story-telling into these pieces as possible. I felt like I experienced some growth, so thanks for the push, ILM! :)

I'm really excited to see everyone's entries, though! And since I'm now officially out of the running, I'm hoping it's okay to share what I've been able to contribute!