From Ralph McQuarrie and the original Star Wars trilogy to H. R. Giger and Alien, from Mary Blair and Alice in Wonderland to Eyvind Earle and Sleeping Beauty, concept art and concept artists are a defining part of the modern entertainment experience. Beginning this September, a new industry award will celebrate their role throughout the world of movies, television, video games and more. On September 7th, the Concept Art Association will host its first annual award show: The Concept Art Awards, presented by LightBox Expo, in Pasadena, CA.
In recent years, with the increased use of CGI in live action and animation, the ability to create highly rendered finished pieces of art quickly have made concept art and artists valuable assets, yet this large group of unsung heroes are rarely recognized. During the event, artists will be honored for their artistic excellence in Live Action for film and broadcast, Animation for film and broadcast, Games (both mobile and PC/console), Original Concepts/Independent, Student Work, and Fan Art, along with a Lifetime Achievement Award and a LightBox Community Icon Award.
Entry to The Concept Art Awards is free with either a 3-Day or Saturday pass to LightBox Expo, a celebration of the visual arts in Pasadena, CA. LightBox Expo (or LBX) will be a multi-faceted experience for everyone from aspiring artists and students, to professionals and fans, with a focus on animation, illustration and concept art.
“The mission behind LightBox Expo is to shine a spotlight on the artists behind our favorite movies, animation, games and illustration, so it only makes sense to have an award show to recognize and celebrate the incredible talent in the entertainment industry,” said LightBox Expo Co-Founder Bobby Chiu. “The Concept Art Awards is going to be one of those events where we will only truly understand the importance of it in ten years, but the first one will always be the most special of them all.”
The Concept Art Association was created with the mission of elevating and raising the profile of concept artists, their art and their involvement in various entertainment industries. It was founded by concept artist and Head of Visual Development at Marvel Studios, Ryan Meinerding; Talent Manager Rachel Meinerding; and producer and co-founder of the BRIC Foundation, Nicole Hendrix.
“I really want to highlight this amazing group of talented individuals that I am honored to call peers, and what they bring to these industries,” said Ryan Meinerding. “I think this event is going to do just that. There has never been anything like it for concept artists before and I’m excited to say it’s finally happening, not just for the artist community but for a wider audience as well.”
The 2019 Concept Art Awards Presented by LightBox Expo will be an artist-submitted awards process, with the artwork first going through a peer voting phase to determine the finalists, and then onto a juried judging process where a winner will be selected. Judges include Marvel Studios’ Ryan Meinerding, Gnomon + Gnomon Workshop Founder Alex Alvarez, Weta Workshop’s Krystal Sae Eua, Ubisoft's Donglu Yu and Vitaly Bulgarov, with more exciting judges to be announced soon.
Submissions open June 3rd and close July 8th via https://www.conceptartassociation.com/. There is no fee for submissions, and finalists will be given free admission to the awards.
Learn more about the Concept Art Association and the 2019 Concept Art Awards Presented by LightBox Expo at: https://www.conceptartassociation.com/
Poster Posse has announced there collaboration with Legendary Entertainment, Warner Bros. Pictures, and The Bottleneck gallery, an event showcasing poster art for Kong: Skull Island. Below is a statement from Poster Posse as well as the artwork.
From Poster Posse,
Today we are BEYOND excited to share our latest official collaboration. We were extremely fortunate to partner with Warner Bros Pictures and Legendary to help promote one of our most anticipated films of the year, “Kong: Skull Island.” The “Eighth Wonder Of The World” has been an iconic character in film and pop culture history ever since he was conceived by Edgar Wallace and Merian C. Cooper and exploded onto the Silver Screen in 1933. This reboot of the franchise is directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and touts a stellar cast including: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman, and John C Reilly. It’s an action-packed, no holds barred, thrill ride that uttertly brings Kong to a whole new generation of fans and cements his place in present day mythology. Here is a look at all the pieces from our official collaboration for “Kong: Skull Island.”
KONG is an influential cinematic icon that has inspired nothing short of a pop culture movement. His references appear in more than television and movies… They are also found in music, fashion and art. Kong is a source of creative inspiration for generations of fans. In celebration of his iconic status and the release of ”Kong: Skull Island,” Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Entertainment will curate a series of Kong – Tribute Art to be showcased in a limited engagement gallery at the Bottleneck Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
In addition to film marketing materials and fan art, the gallery will feature 7 original pieces from artists around the world commissioned by The Poster Posse and 3 original pieces commissioned by Bottleneck Gallery.
A short while back we posted on our Facebook page about a contest from Poster Spy and Legendary Entertainment to create posters for Kong: Skull Island, well they have been so impressed that they have extended the contest to the film's release date. Below we have highlighted some of these incredible posters already submitted and go to Poster Spy's website to submit your own as well.
"Legendary and Poster Spy are inviting you to create an alternative poster for their upcoming movie KONG SKULL ISLAND, one of the biggest movies of the year, and possibly one of the most iconic film characters of all time.
In March 2017, the producers of Godzilla transport audiences to the birthplace of one of the most powerful monster myths of all in KONG: SKULL ISLAND, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures.
When a scientific expedition to an uncharted island awakens titanic forces of nature, a mission of discovery becomes an explosive war between monster and man. Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly star in a thrilling and original new adventure that reveals the untold story of how Kong became King.
Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, his cinematic vision has reimagined Kong at the largest ever seen on screen with Kong being over one hundred feet tall. The character design brings to life a new Kong with the emotional solitude of being the last of his kind."
Concept Artist for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures Larry Quach, has posted some Godzilla concept artwork on his portfolio website it is listed under his "Personal Projects" tab, not his official film work so hopefully we will find out sooner rather than later.