Michael Weinzettl invites all CGI artists to submit their work until June 15.
Now that we're putting the finishing touches on our next special issue, 200 Best Illustrators worldwide – we expect it to be published in late July, early August – we're already putting our sights on the following book in the 200 Best series. It will be the fourth addition to our 200 Best Digital Artists series. Submission deadline for this will be in a couple of weeks and if you haven't yet sent us your latest work in this category, please do now. Our last book in the Digital Artists series is a 392-page tome featuring the very best of CGI currently available in print. Interest in digital artistry remains strong and we're curious to see if the submissions this time around can top the 6,000 we received last time around (from photographers, digital artists, and CGI studios working in a total of 54 countries around the world).
As I have mentioned before, for me personally, this book is the most problematic of all our specials, mainly because the work it showcases has long been blurring the borders between the individual disciplines – photography, illustration, etc. – to create a strange hybrid that finds as many fans as detractors. The fact that current technology provides the artists with means to create otherworldly scenarios doesn’t always mean that they should be making use of them as abundantly as they in many cases do. Sometimes less is more but this seems to be an idea which apparently a lot of CGI studios but also clients have yet to discover. They work to an incredibly high technical standard, and asking them to tone it down for the sake of taste and subtlety is a bit like asking a bird that has learned to trill Mozart to shut it. We'll be seeing if any of this has changed in the past two years and whether "over the top" is still the way to go for many CGI artists and studios drunk with the technological possibilities the medium allows for.
The basic requirements for the work we would like to see is that it has been published in any way and in any medium (print, digital) within the past two years or so. For any other questions you might have, may I refer you to our FAQ regarding out 200 Best books which you can find here: http://www.luerzersarchive.com/en/submission-overview.html
Looking forward to receiving your most brilliant work in this field. (All preselected work will also be considered for the Third International CGI Awards taking place this June in Münster, Germany. This is the third time that Lürzer's Archive have cooperated with CGIC and the winners of that competition will be awarded a free page in our upcoming 200 Best Digital Artists book.
Below you can see sample pages from our last 200 Best Digital Artists special and on your right please find the cover pages of the three 200 Best Digital Artists books so far.