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In the RIFT Create a Colossus Contest, we asked you to design the biggest and baddest boss you could imagine. We've seen some of the creepiest, strangest, and most horrific monsters imaginable, and we love them!

The judges have narrowed down the entries to 25 semi-finalists. From these 25, the final three winners will be selected by Trion's creative team!

Once judging is completed and the final three winners are announced, all 25 semi-finalists will receive a copy of RIFT and a 3 month Premium Membership to deviantART. The three winners will be receiving cash, Wacom tablets, and other prizes.

Read Contest Article Read Official Rules Browse All The Entries


Giant Khagang by clapano :thumb210038457: Death Colossus - Maggot Queen by LDN-RDNT
RIFT Colossus: Air by algenpfleger King Crab Water Colossus by cesarsampedro RIFT: Water Colossus by FerdinandLadera RIFT Death Colossus by JasperSandner
RIFT Colossus Contest: Plane of Water Colossus by AlbertoCarrera Sandstorm Colossus -Earth by WesTalbott Flesh corruptor-Death Colossus by jamespuga
Kalatraxis by Kaliope1 Death Colossus by AlexBoca Life Colussus by timterrenal
fire lava Colossus by neisbeis Resin Life Colossus by SaiyaGina Touch of death by TheRafa BRAINNNN by Titanbolzen
Burning Lord by MironishiN Earth Colossal by drak Life Colossus by lpeters
The Magister by shuzong The Arana by artanis-one Water Colossus by Farkwhad
Earth Colossus by yigitkoroglu Earth Colossus by chasestone


Please note: If during the finalist judging, any one of the semi-finalists becomes ineligible or is disqualified under the Official Rules, the semi-finalist judges will replace the disqualified entry with a new selection to be considered by the final judges.

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:iconbullshark45:
bullshark45 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012
yeah these arn't the best choices,i mean 6th down on the left is someone taking deathwing form wow and turning him in a turtle
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Xcaliber96 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
It seems to me that anyone complaining about this contest are just shitty because their entry didn't get chosen
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zeembaeh Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
wowowow amazing.. i like it!
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desgraci Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
i like 2 or three from here, Touch of Death, Air, The Magister, and Death Colossus, (lol was 4) but i'm also kind of dissapointed, i saw great designs that were a lot better than some of these, at least in idea, don't want to think that it was more worthy the finished details, than the colossus originality or the idea behind it.

Anyway, congratulations to the winners. Well Done, and also great contest !!!
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spn-arts Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
great entries... but sadly it turned out to be another popularity contest in the end, the dA staff were probably too lazy to browse through the thousands of entries and just picked form the first 5 pages of the overall most popular entries, thus giving the "not so knows" dA artists an unfair chance and the "already popular" dA artists more fame and of course better stuff to use to make their art. so in the end, it all came down to who had more watchers than the actual concept :(
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Xcaliber96 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
Don't go and complain about how the judges do their work. Your theory doesn't make sense because you've made the assumption that all the well established artist were on the first few pages, which is incorrect, just because an entry is 'popular' doesn't mean that it's from an established artist, it just happens to be, that better, more estblished artists produce better work
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spn-arts Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
whatever :) this is past news anyway. plus 2 of the 3 winners were actually my top pics so... not complaining anymore.
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:iconxcaliber96:
Xcaliber96 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
ok soz lol
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Seerthlapthdapthoy Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
And another thing. Your fatty glutton has been done to death in many other games. It's cliche. It's just a fat humanoid with blood stains. It also doesn't look particularly "colossal". It could be 6 ft tall or 600 ft tall. Likewise your evil demon with ram's horns is a tired cliche that dates back to the middle ages. I think lack of originality in your concepts is what did you in rather than some nasty politics or incompetent judges. I'd say the judges made the right call in your case. Just my opinion mind you.
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spn-arts Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
i wasn't talking about my submissions not being chosen, i've seen some pretty cool concepts by other people, in the contest. i've played a ton of games, not to mention most of the top mmo's and i know exactly what would look cool to battle against (again, i'm not referring to my submissions). there were some of the top 25 that i totally liked, but i'm just saying that what's the use of joining a contest if what you've worked for very hard wasn't even judged?

oh and btw, making an account today, just to reply to my post, isn't very cool.
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BAN---KAI Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well how could they browse 1000 of pictures, and not to mention that mayority of that arts that were submited were( honestly crap) , example i saw a entry idk Death collosus when the artist just drew and colored a "DICK" literaly xD
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spn-arts Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
i know what you mean i'm not really mad at the judges or the top 25, it's just i know tons of people who joined who took hours to make their submissions, even if they can't draw but still tried their best to express what they wanted to see in the game, but in the end, their entries might not even have been judged.(i'm not referring to my self or to this particular contest too). i know lots of people just submitted unneeded stuff, but think about this,if you can't draw coz you have no pen tablet, and the only way you could get one is to join the contest, you try your hardest to draw on paper, scan it, try coloring it digitally with a mouse, spend literally hours trying to perfect it, then in the end, it didn't even get judged, then you found out that the one of the 3 winner, has tons of tablets and he just keeps them stacked somewhere gathering dust even if they're still usable, how would you feel?

all i'm saying is lots of people who joined have talent, but not all of them have the tools to produce what they really want to express. being judged and saying they did a good job is enough to rise their spirits,and give them courage to try to join another contest in the future again.

btw, who ever colored and drew that dick :D, is just submitting a picture of himself ;)
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Seerthlapthdapthoy Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
So your position is that a commercial video game company running an art competition for a new game character is making a poor decision when they consider the popularity of a particular effort with a broad range of people on this website? Or maybe you're saying that the judges should be considering mediocrity as well as excellence when choosing finalists. Interesting logic.

I'll bet you're miffed that your high school football team wasn't invited to the Superbowl. And you're no doubt puzzled that your baking soda volcano project wasn't nominated for the Nobel prize in science.

Why not show some maturity and congratulate the people who were selected for their hard work and credit the judges for a job well done in making the tough choices from a lot of great entries? If you need to belittle the artists who were selected and the judges to help justify your own failure, do it in your own head, not publicly. Such whining does not flatter the whiner.

Better yet, spend your time trying to understand what made these entries stand out with the judges and start working on your own skills. Maybe you'll have better luck next time.

PS- I know at least one of the finalists created a Deviant account and submitted a Colossus only days before the contest ended. That person is not a "pro". They are a student in their teens. They are not famous. They don't have legions of Deviant fans. Quite the contrary. They were completely unknown on this site prior to the Rift contest.
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Shnipes Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
hes also an art god, but thats not exactly the point
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Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:thumbsup: I appreciate people who can think logically.
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QuintinRWhite Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If only everyone on this site could think this way. Sadly it isn't :no:. Art and it's creativity should never be viewed as a popularity contest. To the people that won, I applaud them.
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knockback1 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yep.
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Sarahlyyn Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011   Digital Artist
umm most of these had less than 1000 views before they made semifinals...
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:iconspn-arts:
spn-arts Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
they did however rise very quickly in such little time before the end of the contest, well that's my opinion anyway, btw i was rooting for your air and life colossus :), too bad neither of us got through :(.
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Backseat-Instigator Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This contest got me to play the game lol.
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Yazkaron Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist
They are all awesome. This contest really brought us some high quality work. ^_^
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N0rgel Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
Hey, one moment, am I wrong or there's only one air colossus - so he wins right now! - in this selection? LMAO!
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fastette Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
some beautiful skillful entries. I have to agree that the originality level for most of these isn't the best: I am not an avid video game player and I feel like I've seen most of these already.
I am very glad however that skill level was REALLY taken into consideration, I think all the semi-finalists deserve to be there. This was a superb contest, I saw so many amazing pieces (some of which didn't make top 25)
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Alxander1986 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
maldita sea! lo debi a ver hecho en computadora para que se viera cool y estar en la semifinal buuu arriba los que aun usan lapiz real no digital


damn! I should have done on computer so it would look cool and be in the semi final buuu say yes to a paper and pencil
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AbstractisEverything Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
honestly there was more yet much more better ones then these.... it kinda seems that the rift company is kinda cheap...
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Tamina16 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Trion didn't pick these, DeviantART staff members did. Trion will pick the top 3.
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AbstractisEverything Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
But still, deviantart chose works that weren't as good as the others... it just isn't fair for those who worked hard, and their pieces became popular for nothing....
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Tamina16 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah.. I agree. I worked really hard on the one I submitted, though I knew I wasn't going to get picked. The ones that did, however, all lack creativity, imo. They all look the same and I can't honestly see any of these being put into the game as an actual model. I think Trion should have picked the Semi-finalists.
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AbstractisEverything Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah... I honestly agree.... i only fave those with varieties... and efforts.... creativity..... skill..... and worthy of my faving.... but honestly.... DA shouldn't have these kind of contests if the staff is going to pick everything...
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Tamina16 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly. I don't think the DA staff members take into consideration the artists at Trion's tastes in art. What they like to see in their game, you know? Rift has a unique style and I just don't think these entries have the right qualities to fit that style. Maybe some do, but most of them don't.
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AbstractisEverything Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
honestly.... rift is pretty creative, just not a fun game... but this game does deserve to have more creativity for user enjoyment... so DA staff should never pick.... if you have noticed... DA staffs aren't creative people... and it became soooo evident because DA staffs picked the worst entries for the starbucks contest.... so its evident that the DA staff is the worst source for this art community... its just super inconvenient and discouraging... :(
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Tamina16 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree. DA should not be picking them. I hope Trion goes through all the entries and picks their own, not what DA has picked.
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whisperer1234 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist
they are all so cool! I love them all!
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DelayedReality Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I love rolling through the entries and thinking,

"Yeah...That's definitely one I'd like to kill."

"Hmmm...I wonder if he'd drop planarite again or something epic...?"

"....can I farm it for artifacts?"

But, all in all, I'm glad to see that my top 5 choices all made it onto this list. <3
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icemaiden1 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
these r amazing
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AxletheBeast Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Excellent choices for semi-finalists. Some ones I liked a lot didn't make the cut, but that's inevitable. One complaint I have is that I feel some of these aren't as creative or interesting as some that didn't get picked, but they are the most beautiful pictures, for sure, and to some degree they may have more balanced and appealing designs, so meh. Good job guys!
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Flawliet Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Student General Artist
Congrats to all of the semi finalists, they all look stunning. Shame that there aren't any traditional pieces of work in here though - I think I've realised us traditionalists have a bit of an unfair advantage when it comes to contests...
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cleophus Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
The two sculptures that were picked are traditional art.
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ToxicWyvern Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree with you, I was just about to post about that. I feel that there should have been different categories for entries, one for digital art, one for sculptures, one for traditional art, etc.

Regardless, congrats to those who got this far.
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Devonition Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011   General Artist
My predictions <8Y

Sandstorm Colossus -Earth by ~Wes-Talbott
Earth Colossus by *Chase-SC2
fire lava Colossus by *neisbeis
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Kidura Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You guys who drew those.. You honestly draw like gods.. Congrats to all that made it to the semis! You all deserve it, such incredible talent and creativity!
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Skillionaire Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
MY PREDICTION:

winners:

- The Magister, colussus of Death by shuzong
- Earth Colossal by Drak
- Air Colussus by Algenpfleger
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AndrewRyanArt Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Student General Artist
Some of these pieces are not very polished, they do not meet industry standards. I'm curious if the people who chose the semis have any experience in the gaming field. Not whining or anything, I didn't even enter the contest, but back when I looked through all the entries there are some clear and obvious oversights as to who ended up getting recognized and who didn't.
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Kvlticon Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
Well, the judges were the dA full-time staff. Only Trion's art team picks the final winners out of these 25, but they had nothing to do with it beforehand. As expected, there's definitely an experience gap between the two, in both concept art and Rift's art direction.

I agree with some points mentioned by others earlier that some of the pieces had limited value in production, considering that major details/concept anatomy were cropped out or otherwise obscured by the composition, perspective, and foreground/background elements. Though my main criticism is with how some of the semifinalist concepts are a bit too similar.
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onaiski Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional
congrats guys! all your works are amazing! how i wish i can make one just like that :D
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Pinky-Pain Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
The Cthulhu Rip-Off with photographic background and a Wanda draw-over is a joke, right? RIGHT!?
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wolfsong97 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love all of them, but I LOVE the last one!!! :D
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Bionic-Kitty Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
god these are too good for me to pick a favorite GOOD LUCK TO EEEEVVVVVEEEEERRRYYYYOOOONNNNEEEEE!!!! all of these are extremely amazing the amount of detail put into alot of these is mind boggling + paired with how scary some of these look adds to the wow factor for me! very intimidating, very amazing!
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VJ9674 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Student Artist
Congratz to the semi-finalists :D
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Mourdryu Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
awesomeeeee.. sadly im not in the top 25 :( .. depress :( sigh. even if top 25.

bt so tough to choose....m sure that Water dragon thing will be in top 3 :p i hope haha
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