Create artwork for FOX's 'The Walking Dead'

Creators Selected On
February 5, 2019

“Even after ten years I’m still blown away by the response we get from the fans of The Walking Dead and it’s been incredible seeing them respond to the show in such creative, passionate and emotional ways. The imagination and artistic expression that went into the may entries was beyond impressive and it’s a real tribute to the legacy of the show, which is really down to the fans.

It was incredibly difficult choosing the top pieces of art from so many strong entries but I’m glad FOX have been able to showcase so much of it and create this exciting immersive exhibition in London. "The Walking Dead: Art Apocalypse" will bring something for everyone who loves the show, as well as those embracing it for the first time and I can’t wait to see everyone’s reaction when it opens.”

- Greg Nicotero, Executive Producer, Director and Special FX Make-Up Designer, The Walking Dead.

Hi everyone, The Overall Selected Artist is Adam Cockerton-Rai. His artwork can be seen on the cover of Time Out London which launched today (February 5, 2019).
One of the biggest television shows in the world, The Walking Dead, returns to FOX for a thrilling ninth season on October 8, 2018 – and it’s about to enter a really exciting new chapter! Last season brought the culmination of “All Out War”, which pitted Rick Grimes and his group of survivors against the Saviors and their cunning leader, Negan. Now, we see our survivors a year and a half later, rebuilding civilisation under Rick’s steadfast leadership - but the world they knew is rapidly changing.

To celebrate The Walking Dead’s epic return, FOX is excited to invite visual artists, creators and fans from the UK to create a piece of artwork inspired by your favourite moment from the show so far. Whether that's your most memorable moment from a previous season, your favourite character, or a new storyline from the ninth season – it’s up to you!

The judging panel are looking for incredible pieces of artwork that captures your favourite The Walking Dead moments in creative and colourful ways, showing your love and passion for the show. You can submit any kind of static artwork! Watch the trailer below, check out The Walking Dead series 9 imagery for inspiration, and you can watch the new series now on FOX!

There's amazing opportunities up for grabs! Up to 20 pieces of artwork will be selected and potentially be featured across FOX’s social channels and in a pop-up exhibition in London. The Overall Selected Artist may also have their artwork featured on the ShortList Magazine cover wrap! See Career Opportunity for more information.
Things to Consider
When creating your submission, please consider the following:
  • Artwork may be in any format for the exhibition i.e. an alternative poster, illustration, 3D sculpture, collage or mixed media artwork. Please consider that the Overall Selected Artist's work will also be printed for the cover wrap of ShortList Magazine so a digital copy or photo of the work is required. Please consider, but don't be constrained by the ShortList cover wrap specs. Download specs here.
  • Capture your favourite The Walking Dead moment! This could include your favourite character, storyline or scene. You can find inspirational imagery here. Please note, you may download official imagery for additional inspiration and reference when creating your artwork. These images are not to be used directly in your submission.
  • Your artwork should focus on The Walking Dead TV series rather than the comic. Find out more about the series here.
  • You are encouraged to share your submission on social media using #TheWalkingDeadUK.
  • You can include past or present characters and scenes from The Walking Dead.
  • Submissions should not include or reference obscenity, offensive imagery, language or symbols, active violence, sexual activity or nudity, drug or alcohol use or minors (except minors of the series itself). Please do not use any commercial products (e.g. clothing, toys, food) and/or their trademarks, brands, logos or endorsements in your artwork.
  • No photography artwork or moving artwork please.
Last season brought the culmination of “All Out War,” which pitted Rick Grimes and his group of survivors against the Saviors and their cunning leader, Negan. With Negan’s life in his hands, Rick had a character-defining choice in front of him. By making the unilateral decision to spare Negan, Rick upheld the values his late son, Carl, championed in order to build for the future, but created conflict within his group.

Now, we see our survivors a year and a half after the end of the war, rebuilding civilisation under Rick’s steadfast leadership. It is a time of relative peace among the communities as they work together, looking to the past to forge the future, but the world they knew is rapidly changing as man-made structures continue to degrade, and nature takes over, changing the landscape and creating new challenges for our survivors.

As time passes, the communities confront unexpected obstacles, danger, and of course, walkers, but nothing quite prepares them for the formidable force they are about to encounter, which threatens the very idea of civilisation that our survivors have worked so hard to build.

Check out The Walking Dead website here.
About FOX
FOX is a premium entertainment channel, delivering critically acclaimed and unmissable programming. From must-see U.S. dramas such as The Walking Dead, Legion and American Horror Story, to comedies Atlanta, American Dad! and Family Guy, FOX has the power to engross, thrill and amuse audiences in equal measure.

The Career Opportunity
The judging panel will select:
  • One (1) Overall Selected Artist, whose work will potentially be used as the cover wrap for a leading UK publication, ShortList, in February 2019. The Overall Selected Artist will have the opportunity to collaborate with the ShortList creative team to develop their artwork for this! The overall Selected Artist will receive £2,000 for assigning full copyright.
  • Up to eight (8) pieces of work. The Selected Artists will receive £1,000 for each selected piece for granting a 2-year exclusive licence.
  • Up to eleven (11) pieces of work. The Finalists will receive £250 for each selected piece.
Additionally, all selected artwork will potentially:
  • Be exhibited at a pop-up gallery in London in February 2019.
  • Be shared across FOX social & digital channels.
  • Be judged by The Walking Dead Executive Producer Greg Nicotero.
Greg Nicotero
Executive Producer, Director, Special FX Make-Up Designer

Nicotero began his career as a special effects make-up artist collaborating with George Romero. Within two years he found himself working with Sam Raimi, James Cameron, and Wes Craven on landmark films such as Evil Dead 2, Aliens, and A Nightmare On Elm Street.

Partnering with directors such as Frank Darabont, Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino, Nicotero fine-tuned his craft as an effects artist and gradually moved into providing second unit direction on several feature films. After a stint on a number of movies across the globe (Inglourious Basterds, The Book Of Eli, Predators, and Transformers), Nicotero found himself designing zombies for The Walking Dead. Within months he’d become the producing director on the show and to this date has directed more than 25 episodes of the series.

His work on The Pacific, The Walking Dead, and Breaking Bad have garnered him nearly a dozen Emmy nominations and four wins.
Craig Ellis
Creative Director, Fox Networks Group

After a few years of cutting his teeth producing corporate videos and a couple of stabs at being a photojournalist, Craig first hit the broadcast world with a stint at National Geographic Channel, directing, editing and generally taking every opportunity to have fun in the world of creative marketing. 13 years and 12 channel brands later (not to mention a little stop-over at the BBC) Craig is now the Creative Director for the multi-award winning European Creative Services hub at Fox Networks Group based in London, working on the big hitter series’ and forging a creative team who will try their hands at anything at anyplace…almost. Aside from picking up a few awards himself, Craig has also been a judge for numerous industry competitions over the years.
James Inglis
Art Editor, ShortList

ShortList’s Art Editor, James has years of experience in the print industry making sure things look nice. He’s worked with artists and illustrators over a vast spectrum of styles and designed countless front covers, making him the perfect candidate to help decide what will and will not make a compelling image for ShortList readers. His advice to applicants is to keep it simple: creating an image that is compelling at a glance is the key to drawing in readers and making sure they pick up a copy of Shortlist. Also, don’t go mad with the gore; the show is as much about the characters as it is the flesh-eating walkers and nobody wants to look at zombies slurping down brains while they’re eating their breakfast. Except maybe Negan.

  • This opportunity is open to UK residents only who are at least 18 years of age at the time of entry. Void where prohibited by law.
  • Multiple submissions (up to 10) and artist teams are allowed.
  • Please note, that during the Submission Period, submissions may be featured on Fox Network Group and their affiliates (e.g. Sky, Virgin Media) social media channels with credit given to the artist.
  • Artists should retain their original work including physical piece or files. Non-digital work should be submitted as a photograph of the work. Digital work should be retained in the highest quality possible. All work must be submitted in JPEG or PNG, max size 10MB.
  • All submissions must be original artwork (meaning not using third party pre-existing copyright, supplied imagery and/or stock materials). Official The Walking Dead imagery supplied in the Creative Invite should only be used for inspiration and reference. Supplied imagery should not be used directly in submitted artwork.
  • Please no photography or moving artwork including video or GIFs.
  • Artists are encouraged to read the section "THINGS TO CONSIDER" carefully and to watch the trailer for inspiration.
  • Artists may depict the likeness of the characters from The Walking Dead series. All rights in and to the characters, logos and materials provided are reserved by Fox Network Group.
  • Artists should keep in mind that the Overall Selected Artist's work may be used for the ShortList cover (see specs here), so a digital copy or photograph of the work should be submitted.
  • Submission should not include or reference 'active violence', this is defined as showing a person / animal / property etc. having been, or in the process of being injured / destroyed. Submissions can include the characters holding a gun or bat etc.
  • The Overall Selected Artist will be required to assign the copyright to their work to Fox Network Group in exchange for the incentives set forth above, and will have to sign a Copyright Assignment Form.
  • The Selected Artists will be required to sign a Licence Agreement granting a two (2) year exclusive, unlimited, global, royalty-free licence to their work to Fox Network Group in exchange for the incentives set forth above.
  • The Finalists are required to grant a non-exclusive, limited, global, royalty-free licence for three months after announcement of the selected artists. Fox Network Group may use the artwork in the pop-up exhibition in February 2019, and on owned social and digital channels. The Finalists will be credited wherever their work is used.
  • Artists not selected retain ownership in the original portions of their work. There is no assignment of any intellectual property rights in your work to Fox Network Group. However, by submitting you hereby grant to Fox Network Group and their affiliates (e.g. Sky, Virgin Media) a worldwide, royalty-free license for three (3) months to use your submitted work across their various marketing platforms in association with The Walking Dead. If used, all non-selected artists will be credited accordingly.
  • Please note that submissions can be used by the artist for personal, non-commercial and portfolio use only.
  • All artists selected may be asked to modify their design to fit production requirements.
  • Artists must join Talenthouse using an active email address in order to ensure they can be contacted should they be selected.
  • All artists selected must respond to Talenthouse within two (2) days of receiving the notification email or else will forfeit all incentives.
  • Talenthouse reserves the right to remove inappropriate, offensive and harmful submissions as well as submissions that do not fit the brief and follow the guidelines or Official Rules.
  • No purchase necessary to enter.
Fox Network Group and their panel of judges will select from all qualified submissions. A qualified submission is one which meets all the Terms & Conditions, Guidelines and Official Rules.
Key Dates
  • Launch:
    October 8, 2018 at 7:00 PM
  • Submission Deadline:
    November 26, 2018 at 6:00 PM
  • Selection Period Starts:
    November 26, 2018 at 6:00 PM
  • Creators Selected:
    February 5, 2019 at 6:00 PM
All times are in London Local Time.