SteamWorld Heist Fan Art Competition

Fan Art Contest – SteamWorld Ambassador Challenge #5

Howdy, partners!

Summer is approaching fast, so we thought we’d invite you to a SteamWorld Heist fan art challenge. Will you whip out your papers and pencils and go nuts with your creativity?

If you win you’ll become a SteamWorld Ambassador and be among the first in the world to play SteamWorld Heist before release. The game will launch on one or two platforms at a time starting this fall, and prior to every platform release we’ll send you a download code for the full game. We’ll even add a few spares you can give to your friends. The ambassadors also get access to exclusive information about the SteamWorld games as they progress.

Need some inspiration?

Here’s SteamWorld art from fans and our own artists:

And don’t forget to check out our artist Amanda’s speed painting:

You don’t have to own the latest gear to enter or be a Pablo Picasso. Just have fun with it and get creative! We look for all kinds of qualities in your artwork. Everything between derpy Rusty and detailed concept art is accepted!

How to enter…

Upload your SteamWorld picture(s) (and ask any questions) in the comments below. Or upload it to another site like DeviantArt or Tumblr and link to it. We need your ideas by Tuesday June 23rd at 23:59 CEST (EU) / 5:59 PM EDT (NA). We’ll reveal the winners in next week’s blog update (Thursday). By submitting your ideas you give us the right to freely use them in our daily work.

You are completely free with what you draw, but keep it safe for work and nice. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Got what it takes? Hit us with your best shot!

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  • Orion Hermans

    Ive been working for a little while on pixel art. Does that count as well?

    • Of course 😀

      • Orion Hermans

        Nice!
        I’ll do my best 🙂

  • PersonSP

    Oh yes! Awesome!! I love drawing! This is going to be epic! Now, what to draw?

    • Write whatever you want 😀

      • PersonSP

        I think I got an idea, but telling would be spoiling. 😉 How was E3 for you by the way?

        • Oops, meant “draw” ;D It’s been fantastic! We released a new trailer for SteamWorld Heist (did you see it?) and Brjann tells me he’s met a lot of wonderful people.

          • PersonSP

            I just did, it looks great! I am shocked by the amount of dislikes people gave (why?!) so I I liked the video. 😛 People are crazy. I guess they still have to get used to the idea of a whole new way of playing through the Steamworld universe. They’ll come around.

            I bet Brjann had the time of his life, E3 appears pretty awesome.

          • Whatever the reason for the dislikes we’re happy for all the positive responses it’s gotten 😀 Some were probably surprised by the fact Heist is a different game from Dig 😀 Thanks for the support!

            Yeah, he’s having a blast!

  • Goombasareawesome

    I suck at art so i’ll sit this one out,But I cant wait to see the entries

  • TheGamingWolf

    oh fan art! can’t wait to see what comes of this!

  • shadowhive

    https://d3esbfg30x759i.cloudfront.net/ss/MlWA77sJOLsiutkJ4U Splatworld heist, crossover with Splatoon. Done on the art academy wii U app (I’m not a great artist but had this image in my head so…)

    • Cool cross-over! I’d love for the steambots to have ink guns!

  • wifishark

    Drat, I’m not much of an artist, the only thing I could make are sprites/pixel artwork so I’ll probably not try this round.

  • Paul Plunkett

    Can’t draw to save my life so I’ll have to leave this round. *sigh*

    Loved your E3 footage of Steamworld Heist. It’s really forming into something truly wonderful.

  • ((points)) ITS MEEE! Gonna start right away on a sweet new art project for you guys! 8)

  • Teribite

    I’m probably going to post mine to Tumblr should I tag it?

    • Yeah, you can tag it with whatever you want 😀 Just link to it here when it’s done 🙂

  • Teribite

    Is it existing bots and characters or can you make up or insert your own?

  • Uggy G

    loved seeing you guys at E3, keep up the good work

  • for some reason I thought “hehe it’d be funny if piper wore golf pants” and then it happened ¯_(ツ)_/¯ either way, nice job at E3 !!

    • Jakob Wahlberg

      Haha, casual golf tour between the heists. / Image&Form Graphical Artist

  • old & new!

    • PersonSP

      Wow, that looks intimidatingly good. In particular the top one. O_O

    • Jakob Wahlberg

      Awesome! / Image&Form Graphical Artist

    • The Geek Guru

      i like this alot.

  • Teribite

    One more question (sorry I ask so many DX) I can’t scan or do mine on a computer so it’ll be a photo of the drawing. Is that ok?

  • FourteenCoast

    ok here it is!

  • Ben Craven-oakes

    Heres my pic. I think Rusty is amazing so I tried to draw in the first scene of dreamworld dig!

  • Mel Barajas
    • So cool! 😀

      • Mel Barajas

        aww thank you Julius I had a lot of fun making it you guys have such adorable steambots as you can tell~ lel

  • Teribite

    So I made a comic :/ are those ok? or is it just single frame drawings

  • James Kensel

    Am I allowed to post more than one piece of artwork?

    • James Kensel

      Regardless, here’s the one I feel most confident with.

      • Jakob Wahlberg

        ooh mecha piper, cool!

      • Badass!

      • James Kensel

        Here’s an additional one. I didn’t post it at first, but oh well. Let’s have it.

      • James Kensel

        Here’s an additional one. I didn’t post it at first, but oh well. Let’s have it.

        • James Kensel

          Oops. Thanks to time-zone issues I didn’t realize the contest was over by the time I posted the second picture… Sorry.

          • It’s not over, so no worries 😀

          • James Kensel

            In that case, here’s one more I managed to squeeze in.
            This is just random concept art for some enemies I thought up.

          • Lookin really cool 😀

    • Yes, you are 🙂

  • PowerHouse

    Took me awhile and paper, I love my exactor knife. Hope this is creative enough. : )

    • Jakob Wahlberg

      Nice! We’ll call you when we’re going to do a paper mario clone 😀

      • PowerHouse

        I do sorry, I didn’t know you replied to me, I don’t really get how this disqus stuff works though but I’ll take your company up on that offer

      • PowerHouse

        Maby I should have done the whole body

  • Teribite
    • So cool 😀 First Heist comic in history, I think 😀

      • Teribite

        😀

  • LevenusSupremus

    So..I hope it`s ok to draw your own character… I tried to stick to the original style/design of the robots, but I`ve failed and made THIS :[

    • PersonSP

      That’s awesome! The whole drawing seems to have personality, I love it!

      • LevenusSupremus

        Glad you like it :з

        • PersonSP

          Of course I do! Just look at it!

    • Seriously awesome!

    • The Geek Guru

      WOW…that is so amazing!! Great work!

    • What a cool OC! Really digging the style for it 🙂 Awesome work! /Image&Form Artist

  • Brandon Morris

    So I didn’t have a ton of time to work no this, but I wanted to submit him anyway. This is my 3D Billy Gill. Hopefully one day I can finish him off and do Seabrass and Captain Piper. He was a lot of fun!

    Note, since I already was lucky enough to win once, I don’t want to enter, just wanted a reason to make some fun fan art! 😀

  • Brandon Morris

    So I didn’t have a ton of time to work on this, but I wanted to submit him anyway. This is my 3D Billy Gill. Hopefully one day I can finish him off and do Seabrass and Captain Piper. He was a lot of fun!

    Note, since I already was lucky enough to win once, I don’t want to enter, just wanted a reason to make some fun fan art! 😀

    • PersonSP

      Holy macaroni! That’s amazing! I am terrible with computers so I have absolutely no idea how to make a 3d model of anything.

    • Tobias Nilsson

      OMG! I love it! Maybe in SteamWorld Heist 2
      -Tobias, father of Billy Gill 😀

      • Brandon Morris

        Wow! Thanks man! That means a lot coming from you. I had so much fun working on him, I definitely hope to do more. You all just create such fun characters and designs.

    • Jakob Wahlberg

      Amazing! Thats spot on how I would imagine him look in 3D. Great work! / Image&Form Graphical Artist

      • Brandon Morris

        Thank you so much! I am really happy to hear that, I tried to make him as authentic as possible.

  • Here’s my piece! You can see it in higher quality here:
    http://madame-macabre.tumblr.com/image/122131194442

    (I also have the original file available at an even larger size, but shrank it for convenience) ^^;

    • Jakob Wahlberg

      Ninja Piper! Nice! / Image&Form Graphical Artist

    • Nice 😀 Nice coloring and layout /Image&Form Artist

  • MadKev

    Here’s my piece. I hope you guys like it.

    • The Geek Guru

      This is very cool!!!

      • MadKev

        Thanks! 😀

    • Jakob Wahlberg

      ooh, nice action! You really got the scrapper feel of the environment! /Image&Form Graphical Artist

    • Very Nice! Great action and atmosphere 🙂 /Image&Form Artist

  • The Geek Guru

    I love all of the great work and art coming over on this one. Some great stuff!!

    Question: Where do the names come from for your characters? Or who is involved with naming them?

    • Great question! We all collaborate on that. But mostly it’s our writers that come up with them 🙂 Pelle and Peter 🙂

  • Gastreat

    Here is my attempt!

  • Parker Hughes

    We all live in a Yellow Submarine, and my piece is inspired by that film, ha! Excellent work, and I can’t wait for the release!!!!

  • Stephen Patmore

    I’m not the best artist, but I did try to do a good job! Enjoy my piece.

  • 8_Bit_Hobo

    So bumbed i didn’t get to enter the hat challenge!
    So i decided to use someone who has the most iconic hat in space western history! =P So yeah Firefly/SteamWorld Heist crossover =)
    Would loooove if any Firefly references made it into the game!

    • Awesome! Firefly is one of my all-time favorites. (Awesome nick too :D)
      /tobias, Art Director @ Image&Form Games

      • 8_Bit_Hobo

        Ha ha awesome! I knew there would be some Firefly love!
        oOo I have a question too, I was on Elinore Rönning’s portfolio site and saw a short animation test next to an airlock, In SteamWorld Heist is it possible to blow anyone out of the airlock?

  • Night_Illusions

    Alright! Here is the link to the picture! I hope you guys like it 😀
    http://callingtothenight.deviantart.com/art/Steamworld-Fanart-541439375

    • Night_Illusions

      I managed to shrink the file size so I can post the picture here ^^

      • That is seriously epic!!

        • Night_Illusions

          Thank you! 😀 I gave it my all!

      • PersonSP

        Oh my…it’s beautiful!

        • Night_Illusions

          Thank you! It took me a long while to get the effects I wanted for this pic. Wanted to give it a certain atmosphere y’know?

      • disqus_ZFyJ5DFlsc

        Beautiful! Amazing attention to detail, I like! 😀

        • ZombiNight

          Thank you 🙂

  • Cameron Jackson

    I finally finished it! I decided to combine my favorite My Little Pony character(Applejack) and the steam world and got this. I had fun doing this and I look forward to participating in these challenges. 🙂

    • Cool!

    • PersonSP

      Duuuuuuuuude, I wish I could draw like that. O_O It looks fantastic!

  • Zoroko

    Here is my piece! Here’s the link if the gif doesn’t work with the upload http://i.imgur.com/rivjmil.gifv

  • Zoroko

    Here’s my piece!

  • Lauri

    Are there any cats in game?

  • Give us the full pose! 🙂

  • Mel Barajas

    here’s another sketch sorry if it’s not finish it was last min~

    http://theblaqkcat.deviantart.com/art/your-so-brave-captain-piper-swh-quick-sketch-541435787

  • lewisblytheart

    Here’s my SteamWorld version of a famous Italian plumber, thought it might be cool to see what he would look like in this universe. Hope all you guys like it, I spent a while trying to match the style and colours of the art style 😀

    • PersonSP

      Neat! Looks great! I really like it.

  • Old Red

    here is my entry. hope you like it

  • minirop

    There are so “pro” drawers who posted. It should not be allowed so everybody could win :p

    Here is my attempt (Julius, as I told you, I’m bad) : https://imgur.com/RFfGAn6

    • PersonSP

      You’re not bad! And yes, the “pros” are a bit intimidating. (To be honest, I really doubted whether I should post my piece.) But as long as you’re having fun you’re doing it right. ^.^ Plus, it’s nice to see all this amazing artwork.

    • You’re not bad 😀 And we just announced the winners: It’s not just pros among them 🙂 http://imageform.se/fan-art-winners-graphics-team-qa/

      • minirop

        I was just kidding. I know you are not like the others where only “pros” win ^^. great choices.

  • 8_Bit_Hobo

    Thought I’d up the presentation a little, the backdround was a little boring before =) Really appreciate how tough it must be to draw those characters, the cell shading is tough to replicate, took so long and i still dont think i nailed it, do you use 3D models then take 2D sprites? Brandon Morris’s Billy Gill is spot on!

    • PersonSP

      Looking good! I think you nailed it. 😉

      • 8_Bit_Hobo

        Hey thanks! I wish i had time to do the whole cast! Facepalm moment, i just noticed they have a speedpaint on youtube! Wish i discovered this before i started! . Gaaahh https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CPNRmq0y5s

        • PersonSP

          You didn’t see that one? That’s a shame. I didn’t use it though (I kind of forgot about it I guess.) I just made 4-5 sketches before outlining the whole thing, the slow method. I guess it would have been helpful to both of us.

    • We draw everything in Illustrator. So no 3D. But the animation is done by layering 2D images in a 3D plane 😀

      • 8_Bit_Hobo

        Ah that’s awesome, vectors must really help when making the HD version. =D Saw that the character in the time lapse took 8 hours I think?! The amount of work going into this game is insane! Love the art direction! Can’t wait to see more.

  • nmlss

    https://instagram.com/p/4R9Az1u0Tx/
    This is my picture. “You don’t have to own the latest gear to enter or be a Pablo Picasso” Poor Pablo, he was so hyped for a new SteamWorld game.

    • PersonSP

      Friggin awesome! But dear Pablo, don’t worry, just because you don’t have to be you doesn’t mean you can’t be!

    • Oh, no! Poor Pablo 🙁 But I never said Pablo would be disqualified if he entered the contest ;D

  • PersonSP

    I hope it’s okay to have a tiny story with the drawing.

    I wondered what would happen if it was the other way around, so I came up with a mirror universe. Say the whole universe was mechanical, all lifeforsm robotic. The as steamkind develops further and further they do a strange discovery; biomatter. First creating small creatures, they soon they create humans, preluding their own extinction. As mankind develops fast, their creators become vague memories. In this cold and harsh environment the worst trouble is: water. This is where mirror Piper lives. One day, she finds a strangely glowing waterbasin, and she feels drawn to it…

    Piper finds a strange room hidden in a ship on one of her travels. She sees a waterbasin. But something’s not right, the water is floating like a mirror. A strange curiosity draws her hand closer. She touches the surface. A flash of an image appears, it’s her but…different. Before she is sure what she sees the image fades and Piper withdraws her hand.

    http://i62.tinypic.com/9vdzpk.jpg

    I tried to capture that moment. The painting is done with watercolours on thick absorbent paper. The picture was takes with a potato (my camera is really bad) so some details might be a bit hard to make out. If you want I can take some close-ups! 😀

    • It’s beatiful! The story goes really well with the picture, I think. Good job 😀

      • PersonSP

        Thanks! Both of you. I got kind hesitant to post it when I saw all the awesome works the other posted, so it means a lot. 🙂

    • Great work!
      /tobias, Art Director @ Image&Form Games

  • Brittany Epic Morales

    HERE IS MY SUBMISSION!!! This was so fun to do!! I loved drawing all the bots but I also love SW Dig so I did a sort of cross-over with a summer-y theme! Who doesnt love greeting cards!! Also I love Piper so much she is bae <3!! Hope you all like it!
    Cant wait for the game!!

    http://i.imgur.com/HRB7Dfg.png

    • PersonSP

      Wow. That looks really good. It’s really detailed and all. They should make that into a postcard for real!

      • Brittany Epic Morales

        Thankyou so much! I worked really hard on the details so its super nice to know that someone appreciates it ;u; And OMG IF THEY DID MAKE THIS INTO A REAL POSTCARD!! ID BE SO HAPPY AND 100% FOR IT XD

        • PersonSP

          If they make it into a real postcard I’d send one to everyone I know! (Though I don’t think my grandma knows what Steamworld Heist is. :P)

    • What a cool concept 😀 Very colorful 😀

      • Brittany Epic Morales

        Thankyou so much!! I wanted to incorporate as many characters as I could and this was the first idea that popped in my head! So I ran with it! (especially with the colors haha)

    • Very nice! I like that Rusty’s holding the card 😀
      /tobias, Art Director @ Image&Form Games

      • Brittany Epic Morales

        Ahhhh, omg thankyou!!
        I couldnt resist putting Rusty in there somewhere! He is a wonderful character!

      • Brittany Epic Morales

        OOOMG OMG IM SO HAPPY AND SURPRISED AND there are happy tears coming down my face right now THANKYOU SO MUCH!!!! IM SO EXCITED IM DANCING RIGHT NOW!!!

  • Orion Hermans

    I hope I’m still on time!
    I didn’t have enough time for a background, I’m afraid.. But I hope you like it!
    I’ve made a fun crossover 🙂

    • PersonSP

      I like it! 😀

      • Orion Hermans

        Thank you! 😀

  • Thom

    Maximum fishbot 🙂

  • It’s awesome 😀

  • Hi, everyone! Thank you so much for your awesome entries. We just announced the winners: http://imageform.se/fan-art-winners-graphics-team-qa/