*** Creature Painting Contest Winner Announcement ***

Kudos to all of you who showed off your paint skills in our Creature Painting Contest! This was one of our biggest contests ever, with nearly 400 entries to choose from, and as is always the case, it was a tough task for us to pick a winner.

There was something about this year's first-place entry that completely fascinated us here at Stan Winston School, not just the subtly realistic paint job, but the overall emotional effect, combining both Zen calm and a warrior's spirit. Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you the 2020 Creature Painting Contest winner: "SEIZA 1/4 scale Ape" by Velayos!

As Velayos shared along with his submission: "This piece is very special for me since it has been a lot of work and reflection and feeling. This piece is about... aspiring to be better, far from lights and sound, far from the empty world of the modern human. SEIZA means 'sitting correctly' and implies self-control, focus, and recognition of the here and now. In Seiza there are no lights or sounds, there are no empty dreams or smoke. Only the real world ... and us."

At its finest, art can go beyond mere entertainment, and make you think about the world and your place in it. Velayos, this is what you have achieved with this piece. Congratulations on winning the Grand Prize - Sponsored by our friends at Createx and Iwata!

Grand Prize Pack: Over $1,800 Value!

  • From IWATA and Createx:  Over $1,400 Value!
    • Craig Fraser’s Magic Box of Tricks
    • Tim Gore's Bloodline Set by Createx
    • Tim Gore's Lifeline Master Set by Createx
    • Quicksilver Chrome & Candy Box Set
    • Frankenstein “Workshop in a box”
    • Createx illustration kit
    • Iwata airbrush tool kit
    • Stencil pack
    • Inline water trap
    • MAC valve-regulator "Micro adjustment valve"
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    • 1-Year Unlimited Subscription to Stan Winston School - $359.94 value!
    • Artist Spotlight on the Stan Winston School Blog - PRICELESS
    • Stan Winston School T-Shirt - $30 value!

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order)

Original Tyrannosaurus bust sculpt by Dagomar Henderson 

PHANTOMCORE BYEBYE paint by Zi Chen Gong

Necromechanics ( 2D ) by Valery Petelin

Fully custom Airbrushed Predator biomask props by Simon Greenaway

Aquatic Creature Bust by Sanne

Herculeses by Joe Dunaway

Jurassic Park Tyrannosaurus Rex Bust by Hatching Studios 

Jumbo Kathoga kit.38 inches by Gkasylum 

Blue Dragon by CPK
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    Congrats Eduardo ... great piece very deserving win  
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    Congrats Velayos and welcome to the winner's circle! haha! Amazing piece, and SPAIN REPRESENT!!!!!
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