"With an explosion in console capabilities, environment artists now have the necessary tools to express their thoughts and ideas to their fullest. Therefore, from the maker of the Dominance War series comes a new annual challenge that is here to give environment artists everywhere a grand event to remember! Be it for - prize highlights, to make some great friends/contacts, inspire others, show your talents, get a job in the industry, or to have loads of fun while testing your skills to the max, you only need to bring yourself and your talents to fully appreciate this event. Good luck!"

Bram Eulaers

"I'm very happy that I could participate in this challenge, I learned a lot from it and I hope it will inspire more people to do environment art! Great work everyone that finished!"
Forum: Peris
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Email: bram.eulaers [at] grin.se
Website: www.brameulaers.com

Ryan Monday

"I love contests like the Unearthly Challenge! Contestants at all skill levels gain something from competing, also several art communities end up making inspiring art for everyone to enjoy."
Forum: MangledPoly
Location: Dallas, USA
Email: rymonday [at] hotmail.com
Website: www.mangledpoly.com

Artem Volchik

"This was a great competition! It was exciting to see all the great artists that came out to compete in the challenge!"
Forum: X-Convict
Location: Lewisville, USA
Email: artemv [at] gmail.com
Website: www.artemstudios.com

Ian Olsen

"Everyone did a kickass job, congrats! I had a blast watching these guys make my rough ideas and concepts into such slick 3D art."
Forum: sciance
Location: Dallas, USA
Email: sciance7 [at] hotmail.com
Website: www.sciance7.com

Serozh Sarkisyan

"Wait, we placed in the competition? Good job team, and everybody who joined in. There were some really great entries and it was a great learning experience for everyone."
Forum: Zero0
Location: Los Angeles, USA
Email: serozhs [at] yahoo.com

Toli AKC

"It was great to be able to look out across the boards to the flurry of updates. I can hardly wait for the next competition so I can see, and hopefully create, more amazing work."
Forum: Drachis
Location: Santa Monica, USA
Email: Drachhis [at] gmail.com

Phil Horowitz

"I'm overjoyed to see our work in the finals. Working on it was tough, hectic, and loads of fun! I'm looking forward to the next one!"
Forum: foxious
Location: Santa Monica, USA

Tris Baybayan

"Unearthly was great and I'm ready for the next one. So bring it on! I've been looking for an excuse to replace my mouse hand with a bionic one anyhow. Thanks to NaRee, Vincent, Lim, Eric, Mark, Mike, and everyone else who supported me, I couldn't have done it without you."
Forum: Bbox85
Location: Valencia, USA
Email: tbaybayan[at]hotmail.com
Website: www.tb3d.com

Tor Frick

"This was a great learning experience, I had a ton of fun in the process, and I'm really glad that we made it to the finals. Arrr!"
Forum: Snefer
Location: Malmö, Sweden
Email: torfrick [at] hotmail.com
website: www.torfrick.com

Robert Berg

"I am glad we were finally able to prove that Pirates > Ninjas, was a lot of fun! Hope to compete with and against you all again next year! Shiver me timbers! Arrr!"
Forum: Pixelgoat
Location: Malmö, Sweden
Email: robertbergh[at]pixelgoat.se
website: www.pixelgoat.se

Vincent Joyal

"Near the end of the challenge... my eyes were itchy, my hands ached, and my desk was covered with Redbull cans. If Given the opportunity, I'd do it again in a hearbeat! All my thanks to friends and Unearthly Staff."
Forum: Joyal
Location: L.A. & Montreal
Email: vincejoyal [at] hotmail.com

Viraj Andrew Bunnag

"It's been an honor to have participated in this challenge. The first seven weeks was tough because there was so much to be done. The Unearthly Challenge was a great event. A lot of fun. Many thanks to all the guys on the forum for their encouragements and advice. This has been an awesome experience"
Forum: Sputnik
Location: Thailand

Suttisak Apivatnan

"It has been a wonderful experience for me to have been able to be a part of the Unearthly challenge. All the teams produced some really amazing work. Bravo to all"
Forum: Alphaboy
Location: Thailand

Sakda Sithanuwat

"The experience was fantastic. A lot of effort went into the production of our entry. I am glad to have been a part of this. Looking forward to the next cg challenge."
Forum: Chino
Location: Thailand

Jeffrey M.de Guzman

"I never imagined I can do good artwork. To other artist and friends who inspired me and taught me so much, Thak you. And d most of all the Supreme Being who is always there showering his blessings! I thank you all!
Forum: Jeff MD
Location: Makati City, Philippines
Email: jeffmd4i [at] yahoo.com
Website: www.jeffmdart.com

Benjamin Salmi

"Wow! I'm very surprised and of course honored to be among the top entries. I learned a ton! Also want to thank for the feedback I received and for a great challenge! See you at the next one, better and stronger!"
Forum: kenjitsu
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Email: benjamin.salmi - gmail.com
Website: benjaminsalmi.blogspot.com

Dave Kang

"It simply is an honor to be here with such passionate and talented artists. I am very thankful to have been able to share my vision in Unearthly Challenge! I would like to dedicate this piece to my friend NetDevil."
Forum: DaveK
Location: Denver, U.S.A
Email: davekang - hotmail.com

Lorenz Hideyoshi Ruwwe

"Great! It's an honor to be standing among the final selection of this challenge! Thanks to the staff of GameArtisans for the setup and organization and also thanks for the support from the community!"
Forum: Hideyoshi
Location: Bielefeld, Germany
Email: lorenzruwwe[at]freenet.de
Website: www.hideyoshi-ruwwe.net

Bulygin Igor

"I'm glad to participate in Unearthly Challenge and I would like to thank all who organized this challenge...The Force Among Us:)"
Forum: GSlash
Location: Russian Federation
Email: bulygin.igor - gmail.com

Yee-Ling Chung

"I feel so honored to join the first war of Unearthly Challenge this year, and I'm glad to be selected to the final! Really thanks to all!"
Forum: syncmax
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Email: syncmax_se[at]yahoo.com

Shae Shatz

"With so many talented entries, I feel honored to be a finalists. I also want to thank everyone who made this kick ass competition possible. Its been blast and a lot of work. I look forward to getting some sleep!"
Forum: [email protected]
Location: Seattle, USA
Email: Shae[at]shaeshatz.net
Website: http://shaeshatz.net
Unearthly Challenge Champions recieve one or more of the following prizes:

For a complete list of prizes, please visit: UC Prizes List

An inscribed glass trophy to symbolize outstanding achievement during Unearthly Challenge will be given to all 1st place champions.

An inscribed medallion to symbolize outstanding achievement during Unearthly Challenge will be given to all 2nd and 3rd place champions.


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Unearthly Challenge 2008 has ended

11:59 p.m Eastern Time, Monday, November 10th, 2008