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2012 Digital Art Contest Basic Information
The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts, in partnership with the Louisiana Technology Council (LTC) and the Louisiana Digital Gaming Initiative (LDGI), will provide $15,000 in college scholarships to five (5) Louisiana high school students who create the best 3D fully rendered model about our great state!

THEME: Louisiana's Bicentennial

Two hundred years after becoming a state, Louisiana remains one of the most unique in the union. The state's rich heritage is evident throughout our history in politics, the culinary and visual arts, music, many festivals, traditions and more.

GRFA, LTC and LDGI challenge high school students to create an original 3D fully rendered model that honors Louisiana and captures those traits that set Louisiana apart from other states. Make is serious, funny, or edgy, as long as it is uniquely Louisiana!

A MESSAGE FROM GEORGE RODRIGUE

"Today’s art students embrace technology as an artistic tool and pursue careers accordingly. Three-D models in movies such as Toy Story and within video games such as World of Warcraft reach millions of people and affect our world. I challenge educators and business leaders to join GRFA in embracing the digital arts as a viable industry for Louisiana and an important addition to our state’s educational programming."

ELIGIBILITY



All high school students attending a public or private school or home school or GED program in Louisiana are eligible to enter the GRFA Digital Art Contest.

There is no test score, grade point average or college major requirement necessary for entry.

AWARDS

The top five finalists will be notified in mid-April and invited to attend an Awards Reception in New Orleans where the final placements will be announced.

1st Place
$5,000
2nd Place$4,000
3rd Place $3,000
4th Place $2,000
5th Place$1,000

WHAT IS A FULLY RENDERED 3D MODEL?

A fully rendered 3D model is similar to characters you have seen on digital movies like Toy Story and in video games like HALO or World of Warcraft. They are created in the computer using special programs such as Maya, Blender, 3ds Max, etc.

HOW TO ENTER

See our Registration Page for complete details on how to enter. NOTE: Students must save and submit early stages of their work in order to prove originality.

DEADLINE

Registration Form, Teacher/Adviser Form and disc or jump drive must be RECEIVED by mail or delivery at the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts Office in New Orleans no later than:

(DEADLINE EXTENDED!) 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 27, 2012.

JUDGING



Judging is based on a point system in the following categories:

Interpretation of Theme
Creativity
Design
Model Efficiency

The panel of judges is composed of industry professionals in Louisiana from companies like Electronic Arts, TurboSquid, and GameLoft, and educators from Louisiana State University, the University of Louisiana Lafayette and the Academy of Interactive Entertainment.

SUGGESTIONS FOR STUDENTS



Consider choosing one scene, image or person that best captures Louisiana to you as the inspiration for your 3D model. Be creative!

Also, be mindful of your TRIS count in your 3D model. Judges will see how many polygons that you are using and the count could affect your "execution of technology" score.

Helpful instructional videos can be found on the Design 3 Website.

Download Blender (a FREE 3D Modeling Program)

NOTE FOR TEACHERS AND ADVISERS

All entries must be accompanied by a teacher/adviser reference form that includes their contact information. The teacher or industry adviser must be able to certify that the submission is the original work of the student when contacted during the judging process. Home schooled students may have their parent listed as their adviser.

Teachers and industry advisers, please read the contest rules and guidelines, and feel free to contact [email protected] with technical questions or any questions concerning the contest.

 

PROCEED TO THE 2012 DIGITAL ART CONTEST REGISTRATION PAGE

 



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