Heather Theurer awarded with the OverLuk Grand Prize 2017

The american paintress is the star of the first edition of the Fantasy Illustration and Concept Art Annual

The OverLuk Award has been institued to celebrate the work of professional artists in the genre of imaginative realism: fantasy, science fiction, horror and concept art for games, videogames and movies. The jury is therefore composed of top-level artists and creators, as well of art directors of the biggest fantasy publishers: italian artists such as Paolo Barbieri and Iacopo Bruno (founder of The World of Dot), Marko Djurdjevic (artist and founder of Six More Vodka), Sarah Robinson (Creative Design Director of Paizo Inc), Francesca Leoneschi (Creative director of the World of Dot), Jeremy Cranford (Art Outsourcing Manager, Blizzard Ent.) and Raphael Lacoste (concept artist and “Assassin’s Creed” Ubisoft Art Director).

56 artists has been selected to be published in the 2017 OverLuk Annual, between almost 500 submitted artworks. Mitchell Malloy is been awarded for the best interior Illustration, Jeremy Wilson for the Best Cover and Heather Theurer for the best unpublished illustration. Heather Theurer is the winner of the OverLuk Grand Prize and she will be a Guest of Lucca Comics & Games.


Welcome to "Overluk Award" 2017

"Overluk Award" is an award created by Lucca Comics & Games to showcase and celebrate the work of professional artists in the genre of imaginative realism: fantasy, science fiction and horror illustration, game,videogame,movie concept art.

Heralded by Variety Magazine as “the western world biggest geek meeting”, Lucca Comics & Games festival is today one of the leading conventions and transmedia experiences for all lovers of comics, videogames and fantasy art, which represents an exciting showcase opportunity for concept artist, fantasy illustrators and creators of imaginative realism working across different media: video and tabletop games, books and comics, cinema and fine arts.

Faithful to its 50 years old mission to represent and support creators, the festival has been celebrating their work through exhibitions, media exposure and awards like the "Yellow Kid"and the "Gran Guinigi" awards, reserved to comic creators, and the "Lucca Junior Award" reserved to illustration for kids.

To represent and honor the ever growing new breed of transmedia artists, the Festival has decided to create a new award, named after the ancient toponym for the city, “Luk”, and linked to the publication of a yearly catalog of selected entries, the "OverLuk Illustration Annual".


The 2017 call for entries
terms and conditions

1. This call for entries
The Overluk Award 2017 Call for Entries is an invitation to all illustrators, creative professionals, publishers, agencies and artist representatives of any nationality to submit entries to the “OVERLUK AWARD” 2017 International Competition for Imaginative Realism Art.

A selection of the submitted work chosen by a jury of distinguished artists and art directors will be published worldwide in the “OverLuk Illustration Annual” 2017, in print and digital editions, assuring valuable exposure to the creators through a comprehensive index of contact information for the artists represented. Other than inclusion in the printed annual, special awards will be given for excellence by the jury for each category. Finally, a Grand Prize will be awarded to a single submitted entry consisting of full expenses paid invitation as a special guest to Lucca Comics & Games 2017 (from November 1st to November 5th, 2017).


2. Fees and limitations.
From 2018 onward, a participation fee will be requested to submit work. For the 2017 launch edition of the "Overluk award", no participation fee is required.

Work presented should be created or published between January 1st, 2016, and December 31st, 2016, for both print and digital media. Work created in 2015 but published in 2016, as well as images created in 2016 for publication in 2017 or new images in an ongoing project, started before 2016 are accepted. A maximum of five (5) entries can be submitted. For 2017 edition, no entries containing only unpublished work will be accepted. .


3. Rights on submitted work
By submitting work, each participant acknowledges sole authorship of the artwork submitted and consent from the publisher and other reproduction rights owners to have the artwork featured on the pages of the printed “overluk illustration annual” 2017 as well as on the award-related promotional material.

Entry forms fields must be filled carefully upon submission, as this information will be the one printed on the “OverLuk Illustration Annual” 2017. Artists submitting work warrant that they are the copyright holders or have the permission of the copyright holder to enter proposed work. By so doing they grant permission for publication in the “OverLuk Illustration Annual” 2017 as well as in all related promotional print and digital material. No other rights, either for print or electronic mediums, are granted to Lucca Comics & Games, publisher of “OverLuk Illustration Annual”.


4. Submission procedure
Submission are made online at address www.overlukawards.com: high resolution digital files are requested to partecipate. No original art can be submitted. Work can be submitted from January 31ST, 2017, to April 24th, 2017.

To minimize expenses for participants and considering the huge number of digital media artists, we decided to keep submissions entirely digital for the first edition of “OverLuk Award”. Artwork must be submitted as 300 dpi, RGB color space, A4 size format files, in jpg “high quality” setting compression. File sizes shouldn't optimally exceed 20MB for each image. Please calibrate images in RGB and avoid including color management. The act of submitting work doesn't guarantee inclusion in the printed “OverLuk Illustration Annual” 2017.


5. Categories
Entries for “overluk award” 2017 will be divided into five categories: cover, interior illustration, concept art, editorial and unpublished/commission. each entrant is required to choose a category, title, and media for each submitted piece, and to credit properly the publisher, art director(s) and co-author(s). the jury will award excellence awards (a maximum of one gold, two silver, five bronze awards) for each category.

The categories are divided as follows:

A-Cover (Book, Game, VideoGame, Comic): Any single artwork that has been used on a cover of hardbound or paperbook book, tabletop or card game, videogame or comic book.

B-Interior illustration (Book, Game, VideoGame): Any single artwork (or part of a series) that has been used inside a hardbound or paperbook book, or that appears in a game rulebook, card or piece. Publisher, art director and co-authors credits are required.

C-Concept art (Game, Videogame, Movie): Any artwork created as a visualization tool during the development of a product and thus not included in the published product. Artist submitting work in this category must take extra care to include permission and credits for the proper copyright holder, together with credits for art director(s) and co-authors.

D-Editorial: Any image created as editorial or advertising content, including but not limited to promotion posters, advertisement art, magazine illustration, limited edition prints, posters for films, TV or publications; packaging for video or music products, website graphics, collectibles, self-promotion mailers, and any other uses not obviously covered by the other categories.

E-Unpublished/commission: Any image created by the artist for a personal, unpublished project or for a client commission. For artwork featuring license-protected characters you must enclose permission of usage by said character's copyright holder.

Categories must be assigned by the entrant but may be reviewed by jury and submit to enquiry and/or changes.

6. Jury and selection process.
The jury for “overluk award” 2017 has been carefully selected by creating a nationally representative group of top professional illustrators, artists and art directors. jurors for 2017 include:

Paolo Barbieri - Artist
Iacopo Bruno - Artist, The World of DOT
Francesca Leoneschi - Art Director, The World of DOT
Jeremy Cranford - Outsourcing Art Manager, Blizzard Entertainment
Marko Djurdjević – Artist/Art Director, SixMoreVodka
Raphael Lacoste – Artist/“Assassin’s Creed” Brand Art Director
Sarah Robinson - Art Director, Paizo Publishing
Francesco Mariotti - Art Director, La Città delle Nuvole
Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini - Art Director, Lucca Comics & Games
Emanuele Vietina - EMEA Head of Events - Amazon Game Studios

All artwork will be submitted for review to all jurors, who will jointly choose the published selection and the category award winners.
Winners will be announced on May 30th, 2017.

7. The “overluk illustration annual”.
All selected artwork will be reproduced in full color and given complete credit in the “overluk illustration annual” 2017, presented at lucca comics & games festival in november 2017.

Presented during the festival, with hundreds of thousands attendees, massive media coverage and world-class entertainment and media brands attending, “OverLuk Illustration Annual” will represent an invaluable showcase opportunity for artists. The printed “OverLuk Illustration Annual” 2017 will not only feature all the selected artwork from the competition with extensive contact information, but will also include as a section dedicated to the members of the jury as well as to the world famous artists attending the show, thus representing the state of the art of excellence in the field of imaginative realism. Being selected will assure your work to be featured next to the best artist and visual creators for the transmedia entertainment industry.

8. The Grand Prize Award from Lucca Comics & Games
Lucca Comics & Games will present a grand prize, selected among the gold award winners for each category, an invitation to attend Lucca Comics & Games 2017 festival (from november 1st to november 5th, 2017).

This invitation will cover travel and accommodation expenses for two (2) persons as well as an exhibition space in the artist area of the festival. Detailed facilities included are:
  • Economy class round trip ticket (by plane or train, as applicable) for two (2) persons.
  • Meal and accommodation from October 31st to November 6th, including 3/4 stars hotel room or different solution accorded with the Grand Prize winning artist; meals will be covered by tickets provided by the organization (lunch at the pavilion food service, dinner in the Lucchesian city restaurants).
  • 10x10 feet booth.
  • An Italian/English speaking assistant will be available to manage booth and selling. The Grand Prize winning artist can decline part of the aforementioned facilities.


Our Jury

Paolo Barbieri


Iacopo Bruno

The World of DOT

Jeremy Cranford

Outsourcing Art Manager
Blizzard Entertainment

Marko Djurdjević

Artist/Art Director
SixMore Vodka

Raphael Lacoste

Artist/“Assassin’s Creed”
Brand Art Director

Francesca Leoneschi

Art Director
The World of DOT

Sarah Robinson

Art Director
Paizo Publishing

Francesco Mariotti

Art Director
La Città delle Nuvole

Cosimo Lorenzo Pancini

Art Director
Lucca Comics & Games

Emanuele Vietina

EMEA Head of Events
Amazon Game Studios

Frequently asked questions

What is the submission deadline?
No entries can be submitted after April 24th, 2017.

When will I know if my entry was chosen?
If your entry is chosen, we will notify you within one month after the submission deadline date.

Is there a cash prize?
We do not offer a cash prize. The winners will be featured in our printed “OverLuk Illustration Annual” distributed worldwide, in both print and digital editions. Awards of excellence will be assigned for each category, and a single artist will win the Grand Prize consisting of an invitation for two to attend the festival (please see point 9 above for details).

Can I submit my work via e-mail or conventional mail?
No, all entries must be submitted using our online form.

Must I upload files in high resolution?
We request that you upload an A4, 300dpi, print ready file, but if you prefer you can submit lower resolution files. In this case we will request high-res reproduction materials if you’re chosen for our “OverLuk Illustration Annual”.

How do I edit a submission that has already been submitted?
Should you need to change anything about your entry, please contact us at info@overlukaward.com.


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