*** Character Sculpting Contest 2022 Official Rules ***

Welcome to the Stan Winston School of Character Arts Character Sculpting Contest 2022

How to Enter the Contest:

To enter this contest simply post a new discussion in the “Character Sculpting Contest 2022" category. Please include a description and high rez pictures of your character sculptures. Video submissions are cool, too! Just upload your video(s) to YouTube and share the link in your post.

We'll consider character sculpts of all kinds, from masks to makeups, busts to maquettes, and more! The only requirement is that the submission is primarily the work of your own hands.

If the subject of your entry is based on a character or concept from another artist, please credit the original artist in your post.

Your entries may also be featured on our social media, with appropriate credit, during the contest period.

Have you sculpted multiple characters? Not a problem! You can submit as many as 3 entries to the contest. So share your creations, and you could win the Grand Prize!

Want to increase your skills to have a better chance at winning? Start a 7-Day Free Trial subscription to access our new Learning Pathways! They guide you through a curated collection of our courses, tracking your progress and helping you build your skills one step at a time.

Big thanks to our friends over at Chavant and KensTools.com who have generously sponsored this contest with some of their amazing products!

Grand Prize Pack:  Worth over $900!   

  • From Chavant:
    • Chavant Clay Assortment - $260 value
  • From The Stan Winston School:
    • 1-Year Unlimited Subscription to Stan Winston School - $359.94 value!
    • Artist Spotlight on the Stan Winston School Blog - PRICELESS


Your submission will be reviewed by the team at Stan Winston School of Character Arts and judged based on the quality of work. Prior to judging you can update or remove your entries as often as you like. Once the contest has ended, our judges will review all submissions and the winner will be announced.


To be considered for the contest, all entries must be posted by Monday, September 12th, 2022

Winner Announced:

We will select and announce the winning entry on Friday, September 16th, 2022

Official Rules NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THE CONTEST (“CONTEST”). Entry into this Contest constitutes your acceptance of these Official Rules from The Stan Winston School of Character Arts ("SWSCA" or "Sponsor").

1. CONTEST ENTRY DATES: Contest start date and time, and end date and time are as outlined in the SWSCA Website(s) described below (“Contest Entry Period”).

2. WHO MAY ENTER: Contest is open to persons 18 years or older (or younger than 18 years with the approval of a parent or guardian) with valid email address OR who are new or existing registrants of www.stanwinstonschool.com with valid email address OR who are Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and/or Twitter “fans”/“followers” of SWSCA with valid email address. When entering the Contest, an opportunity to sign up to receive follow-up information from SWSCA and its advertisers may be available. Entrants subject to all notices posted online including but not limited to Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Employees of SWSCA and their immediate families (spouse, parent, child, sibling or partner and their respective spouses/partners, regardless of where they reside) or those living in the same household (whether or not related) of SWSCA, are not eligible to enter or win. Contestants may need to provide proof of residency upon request.  

3. CONTEST PRIZE: As indicated in contest sign up, as Sponsor may designate. 

4. CONTEST ENTRY: All submissions can be based on either an existing work or an original design, as long as the creation is primarily the work of the contest entrant, and received by the date and time outlined on the Website(s). For purposes of these Official Rules, “receipt” of Entry occurs when Sponsor’s servers record the Entry information resulting from contestants’ entry being posted in the SWSCA CHARACTER SCULPTING CONTEST 2022 forum category. Any automated computer receipt (such as one confirming delivery of email) does not constitute proof of actual receipt by Sponsor for purposes of these Official Rules. By entering this contest, you grant SWSCA the irrevocable right to share your submission photos and/or videos on our website, email, and social media channels, copyright is retained by original author. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Entry for any reason, in its sole and absolute discretion. Odds of winning depend upon number of entries received.  

5. WINNER SELECTION: Within seven days from the end of the Contest Entry Period your submission will be reviewed by the team here at the Stan Winston School of Character Arts and judged based on the quality of work. Once the contest has ended, our judges will review all submissions, and the winner will be announced.

6. WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winner(s) will be notified by email, and, if Sponsor so chooses, will be listed on a Website blog posting and Facebook wall. Winner(s) will be required to provide mailing address which will be used to fulfill any physical prize.

7. MODIFICATION OF RULES: Sponsor reserves the right to, at its discretion, reschedule the Contest, entry and/or end dates, modify the entry procedures, or cancel the Contest. Prize(s) are not redeemable for cash.  

8. GENERAL CONDITIONS: Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, damaged, stolen, altered, garbled, incorrect, incomplete or delayed Entries, all of which will be void. Sponsor is also not responsible for problems related to technical malfunctions of electronic equipment, computer online systems, servers, or providers, computer hardware or software failures, phone lines, failure of any Entry to be received by Sponsor on account of technical problems, traffic, congestion on the internet or the Website, or for any other technical problems including telecommunication, miscommunication or failure, and failed, lost, delayed, incomplete, garbled, or misdirected communications which may limit a contestant’s ability to participate in this Contest. Sponsor is not responsible for any other errors or malfunctions of any kind, whether network, printing, typographical, human or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Contest, including, without limitation, errors or malfunctions which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the processing or judging of Entries, the announcement of the prize or in any Contest-related materials. Mass entries generated by a script, macro or use of automated devices will be disqualified. Sponsor reserves the right to modify, suspend or terminate the Contest in the event it becomes infected by a computer virus or is otherwise technically impaired, and to cancel or suspend the Contest in its entirety should tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or other causes corrupt the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper play of the Contest and, if terminated, at Sponsor’s discretion, determine the Winner using all non-suspect, eligible entries received up to time of cancellation using the judging procedure outlined above. In the event of a dispute regarding entries received from multiple users having the same email account, the authorized subscriber of the email account at the time of Entry will be deemed to be the contestant and must comply with these Official Rules. Authorized subscriber is the natural person who is assigned the email address by the Internet Service Provider (ISP), online service provider, or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses. Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual (and void his/her Entries) it finds to be tampering with the Entry process or the operation of this Contest or website, intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other contestant, Sponsor, or any of its representatives or to otherwise be acting in violation of these Official Rules. 

9. MISCELLANEOUS CONDITIONS: Failure to comply with these Official Rules may result in disqualification from the Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to permanently disqualify any person it believes has intentionally violated these Official Rules. Contest subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited by law.

10. ARBITRATION AND CHOICE OF LAW: Except where prohibited by law, as a condition of participating in this Contest, Contestant agrees that (1) any and all disputes and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action lawsuit, and exclusively by final and binding arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association and held in Los Angeles, California; (2) the Federal Arbitration Act shall govern the interpretation, enforcement and all proceedings at such arbitration; and (3) judgment upon such arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction. Under no circumstances will contestant be permitted to obtain awards for, and contestant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys’ fees, other than contestant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e., costs associated with entering this Contest), and contestant (or, if an eligible minor, his/her parent or legal guardian) further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of contestants and Sponsor in connection with this Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the substantive laws of the State of California.
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    I e-mailed a message, that’s probably where I went wrong. So I couldn’t find my original entree I edited and made blank...so I re-did an entry. So one question I had, if I am unhappy with my first entry working with low budget clay, since my good stuff is in storage at the moment, am I allowed to start my first entry over as long as it’s the same thing?

    ps I’m dying to see how that guys TMNT “ Leatherhead “ costume comes out!
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    Hi Nick,

    You are able to edit or change your entry posts up until the contest is closed for judging.  So feel free to change anything.  You may also have up to 3 entries, each as their own post in the contest category.

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    Hello! I would like to enter this contest, but I have a few questions, I'm working on replicas of the entire team of Commando Elite that Stan Winston Studio created in 1998 for Small Soldiers. I 3d modelled, printed, cleaned and painted them myself, from scratch. Can I enter with the five of the Commandos I've created, or do I have to pick and choose three of them, and do I have to do separate entries/threads for each? 

    Thanks in advance!

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    Hi Jon,

    Everyone is limited to 3 entries, so in this case, you would need to pick 3 sculpts and enter them individually as their own post.  If they were all part of a larger sculpture/scene/diorama they could be entered as a single entry.

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    Thanks a lot for your reply! 
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    So are these all due by 12:00 midnight tonight,  Pacific Daylight time?  Thanks
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    Hi Jason,

    Correct, you may continue to post entries up to 12:00 midnight Pacific.  Everyone can have up to 3 entries, each as their own post.

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    Seeing people enter more than 3 pieces.... have the rules changed?!
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    Hi Christopher,

    The limit of 3 entries stands.  Once the entry period has ended we will delete or move their extra entries out of the contest category and only keep the first 3 before judging starts. 

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    I am really sorry but am I able to delete submissions? I submitted more than 3… I am dyslexic and I miss things sometimes  :#
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    This is dumb and off subject but.. I accidentally called myself “Fraileu” instead of “Frailey” and it’s driving me nuts- can I change the profile name, or delete my profile and try again?

    Sorry, I’ve tried the search bar for help but no luck
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    Hi Jason,

    No worries!  I've fixed your username for you.

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    I just saw that, thanks so much!  Such an embarrassing mistake…
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