CC 5 Alien Architecture

Greetings Initiates!

We have another challenge for you. This time, we decided to do a more restricted design focused challenge, which will hopefully force you to get out of your comfort zones and apply design thinking to your piece. An environment concept artist with emphasis on architecture, we are happy to welcome our next guest judge:

Guest Judge: TITUS LUNTER!

Titus is an experienced freelance artist from The Netherlands. He has created dozens of top tier environment concepts and illustrations. He has done a lot of work for Magic the Gathering and we are excited that he is willing to share some of his experience with us.


Brief: Create an environment concept/illustration with a specific alien architecture.

Illustration guidelines:

Create a pattern based on geometric shapes. Think honeycomb, square grid or something more exotic like a weaire-phelan structure.

Create an alien landscape and architecture out of this shape. We’d like you to show 3 distinct structures:

1. Space center / launch platform
2. Infastructure
3. Housing

If you would like to use 3D or photos to inform your piece that is fine, but for this challenge the final product must be hand painted. It’s about design expression and the idea and NOT the execution.

Reference:   You’re on your own this time! The brief is clear. Gather, research what you need.



As mentioned this challenge is a little different. All styles are welcomed, including traditional work, but please hand paint everything from scratch. NO painting over photos or 3D bases. We are focused on the design application and your work ethic, not your tools.

Good research and a lot of testing of ideas is important. Don’t skimp on the groundwork.

We will be looking for great design work and a great work ethic, first and foremost. Of course we will take into account execution and polish, but an inspired idea, fairly executed can often trump a technically brilliant but very generic idea. The idea is important!

 Forum Stuff, keeping in the loop

Create your own personal WIP thread and include “CC 5” in the thread title somewhere. Post it here:

Finals and study compilations only should be posted in the following thread. Please provide a link back to your wip thread when you post :

Deadline:  27 July 9PM [UTC +0]

Finals thread will be locked down at 9:01pm.  Cut it fine at your peril. 😛

The critique stream time will be announced in the forums and on twitter @cruciblecrimson.  There is also a timer in the footer below which will count down to the next upcoming deadline or stream.


May the fire of the Crucible guide you.

Piotr and Amit – Crucible Operators 


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