A few weeks ago we had a brief post showcasing many artists renditions of Eowyn fighting a Nazgul. That post inspired Wizards of the Coast Art Director, Jon Schindehette, to create a new Art Order Challenge based on the theme.

If you are unfamiliar with The Art Order, or their challenges, click HERE. Basically, the challenge requires participants to create original works of art based on a particular assignment. These assignments are very professional in nature, and are very similar to the type of assignment a professional in this field would receive. In fact, many of the challenges have been for real jobs, the winning participant getting their work published in Dragon Magazine or the like. As a result, the challenges tend attract a lot of participants and reap really stellar work. Judging by what I’ve seen from you guys during our Crit-Submits,  I expect this round will be no different.

For this particular challenge, The Art Order and Muddy Colors are teaming up! The challenge will be juried by the Muddy Colors members as well as a few superstar judges which will be announced soon. Aside from judging, the Muddies will also be critiquing selected works at the sketch phase and the final phase. Critiques will range from a few brief sentences, to full-blown paintovers.

So if you’re interested in receiving some personalized crit on your work, while you produce a great portfolio piece and get it viewed by one of the field’s best Art Directors, then you need to step up to the challenge! There will even be a few prizes to be won!

The deadline is Sunday, May 15th, 2011, Midnight, Pacific Standard Time
For more info, including where to send to send submissions, check out The Art Order’s challenge post HERE.  Stay tuned for more info!

And for your viewing pleasure, a few pieces from previous Art Order challenges…




Edit: The dealine has been extended to the 15th to ensure quality submissions.