Golden Ticket Challenge


The theme was "Land of Wonder" and the Tribe had to imagine the magical side of Malta, a parallel universe ready to be explored.

Professional Challenge Winners

Bjorn Hurri1st
Tiago Sousa2nd
Ruben Hiraga3rd

Bjorn Hurri, Tiago Sousa, and Ruben Hiraga were the winners of the Professional Challenge! Bjorn Hurri decided to join in because he is a big believer in the community:"This was a great opportunity. The fact that my painting won has my face in a wide grin, and I can’t wait to experience THU for the first time in person!”

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The Prizes

1st Place

Ticket to THU2018

Flights

Accommodation

Meals

Wacom MobileStudio Pro

2nd place prize

1 year subscription to ArtStation Pro

Free Access to all THU TV volumes

3rd place prize

1 year subscription to ArtStation Pro

Free Access to all THU TV volumes


Student Challenge Winners

Maximilian Georg Liebscher1st
Joy Yang2nd
Caio Sinem3rd

This was the year we decided to create a challenge just for students! Maximilian Georg Liebscher, Joy Yang, and Caio Sinem surprised the jury with their creativity and talent. Maximilian participated in the challenge to advance his skills in storytelling and concept art."I’m hyped for this event and hope to see you guys in Malta!”

See all entries on Artstation

The Prizes

1st Place

Ticket to THU2018

Flights

Accommodation

Meals

Lenovo mobile workstation

2nd place prize

Ticket to THU2018

1 year subscription to ArtStation Pro

3rd place prize

Ticket to THU2018

1 year subscription to ArtStation Pro

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The history of the Golden Ticket

2017

THU Clans

Winner
Te Hu
Number of entries
192

The theme in 2017 was THU Clans. Each different nationality and individual brings something unique to the community we like to refer to as “the Tribe”; a different perspective, a new vision, an interesting context, or a cultural twist.
The winner was Te Hu, a Technical Artist at Industrial Light and magic xlab, based in San Francisco, USA.
The 2017 submissions were incredible, so we also awarded five honorable mentions!

Te hu

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2016

THU Reborn

Winner
Grace Liu
Number of entries
184
Prize worth
5000

In 2016, we asked artists to imagine a new world, born from the darkness, where the spirit of the artist is reborn. A world where art is the common language and the future has infinite possibilities.

The winner was Grace Liu, a 3D artist specialized in hand-painted low-poly, concept artist and illustrator based in Texas, USA.

Grace liu

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2015

THU Tribe

Winner
Jakob Eirich (Yakonosuke)
Number of entries
370
Prize worth
5000

2015’s challenge was all about The Tribe, whatever that means to you: be it a character, a set of characters, a landscape, or a more abstract concept.

The winner was Jakob Eirich, a freelance concept artist and illustrator living and working in Salzgitter, Germany.

Jakob eirich yakonosuke

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2014

THU Warrior

Winner
Max Kostenko
Number of entries
243
Prize worth
3500

In 2014, the challenge was to create a THU Warrior. As always, entrants went above and beyond to invent some incredibly creative characters.

The winner was Max Kostenko, a talented digital artist from Moscow, specialising in illustration and character design.

Max kostenko
2013

THU Friend or foe

Winner
Dor Shamir
Number of entries
180
Prize worth
2500

In 2013, we challenged artists to digitally create a new character to represent THU – the Trojan Horse was a Unicorn mascot.

Dor Shamir struck gold: having always loved creating unique and interesting characters, and fascinated by cartoons and cinema, he drew on his 10 years of experience in the industry to design and perfect his character.

Dor shamir

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