ABOUT THE CONTEST
Over the past three decades, Naughty Dog has brought us some of the greatest video games out there. To celebrate their 30th Anniversary, we’re challenging YOU to create some amazing designs featuring some of our favorites… Jak and Daxter, The Last of Us and Uncharted. And if you can find a creative way to put them all together in one design, we want to see it! Grab your art-ing tools and start creating! The Grand Prize winner will win a trip to Los Angeles, CA to attend opening of the Naughty Dog 30th Anniversary Art Show at Gallery Nucleus, lunch and a tour of the Naughty Dog Studio and to hang with the Naughty Dog team!
Submissions MUST be received by 11:59pm PST 8/12/14
ABOUT OUR GUEST JUDGES
Christophe Balestra: Christophe is the Co-President of Naughty Dog and has been making top-selling video games for over 18 years. His passion for programming started when he was 14 and led to making demos on the Atari-ST, Amiga and PC. Christophe was a co-founder of Rayland Interactive in Paris, France, which released several games on PC and the Sega Dreamcast console. Christophe joined Naughty Dog in 2002 as a gameplay programmer on Jak II, followed by serving as lead programmer on Jak 3 and Jak X. As the studio began development on the first game in the UNCHARTED franchise, Christophe became Co-President of Naughty Dog and has since been leading technology innovation for the award-winning UNCHARTED and The Last of Us franchises.
Evan Wells: Evan Wells is the Co-President of Naughty Dog and has over 21 years of experience making top-selling video games. Prior to joining Naughty Dog, Evan was a designer on ToeJam and Earl 2, Gex, and Gex 2. Since joining Naughty Dog in 1998, he has worked on the hugely successful Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter franchises, which have sold over 40 million units worldwide combined. With the launch of the PS3, Naughty Dog premiered the UNCHARTED franchise, which has sold over 17 million units worldwide across three games – UNCHARTED: Drake’s Fortune, UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves, and UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception. The latest franchise from Evan and the Naughty Dog team, The Last of Us, has sold 7 million units to date. Evan holds a Computer Science degree from Stanford University.
Andy Gavin: Andy Gavin is an unstoppable storyteller who studied for his Ph.D. at M.I.T. and founded video game developer Naughty Dog, Inc. at the age of fifteen, serving as co-president for two decades. There he created, produced, and directed over a dozen video games, including the award winning and best selling Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter franchises, selling over 40 million units worldwide. He also founded multimedia website Flektor and published two fantasy novels. He sleeps little, reads novels and histories, watches media obsessively, travels, and of course, writes. For more information, check him out at http://all-things-andy-gavin/bio.
Jason Rubin: Jason Rubin is a lifelong video game maker, comic book writer, and entrepreneur. Co-Founder of Naughty Dog and long term business partner with Andy Gavin, Rubin has built and sold multiple businesses at the crossroad of technology and entertainment. In 2013 he took over as President of THQ, Inc. with the goal of turning it around or saving the teams through an orderly asset sale. Most recently he joined Oculus as Head of Worldwide Studios to help create the a future transformed by Virtual Reality.
Gallery Nucleus: Since October of 2004, Nucleus has strived to be a welcoming gathering place for the art loving community by offering quality art, art-related goods, and rarities. Focusing primarily on gallery exhibits, they have also had benefit auctions, product signings, music events, and artist lectures.
DOs & DON'Ts
1. Do: Make something original. Research to make sure your idea isn't already out there.
2. Do: Make stylized art! Get inspiration from Jak and Daxter, Last of Us and Uncharted!
3. Do: Use logos or icons that can be found in the world of the games. Please, however, do note that if it's a fairly simple or generic logo, make sure that we do not already have it on the website.
4. Do: Have fun and be creative!
5. Don't: Use the "Naughty Dog", "Jak and Daxter", "Uncharted", or "The Last of Us" logos. When creating your design imagine it’s a part or within the games' Universe.
6. Dont: Use any other Naughty Dog characters other thanthose from Jak and Daxter, Last of Us and Uncharted.
7. Don't: Submit similar versions of the same design. Sometimes people submit the same design, but with small changes. This will only divide your votes and hurt your chances of winning rather than help it.
8. Don't: Use any copyrighted, 3rd party or inappropriate materials. This contest is to submit art designs to be officially licensed. If it is too obscene or mixes 3rd party, or copyrighted materials, it will NOT be approved.
9. Don't: Use any original artwork from Naughty Dog as a part of your design
FAQ - To see our full set of Contest FAQ, please click here.
Q: How many designs can I submit?
A: You may submit up to 5 entries per person
Q: What file format do you accept?
A: All entries must be in one of the following file formats: GIF/PNG/JPG
Q: If I am a finalist, how large does my high-res art need to be?
A: We reccomend that your file is done 15in by 19in at 300 dpi or as close to it as your art program can handle. If your artwork is too small, it won't work on a tee-shirt and it can hurt your chances of winning.
Q: Is it ok for me to promote my designs to people I know to come and help rate my designs?
A: We encourage every artist submitting to the contest to promote themselves and their designs to friends, family and followers. Through our experience we have found that more ratings help determine what the fans really want as your winners! So please promote yourselves!
Q: It’s been more than 2 business days and I don't see my design on the site. What’s going on with my design?
A: We review every submission we get before they are made live for viewing and rating. We sometimes reject designs for obvious reasons. If you’ve done any of the following don’t even bother asking why your design was rejected.
- Your design has inappropriate materials.
- Your design uses other copy righted material. This means you are using other people’s intellectual property in your design you do not have the right to. NO MASH UPS!!!
- It’s not a design. A direct photograph or a scribble you just drew on a piece of paper is not considered a shirt design.
Q: I see people cheating. What should I do?
A: Please email [email protected] detailing what you are suspecting. More details you can give the better we can make our decision.