#TMNTCoverArt

Design artwork for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Artists Selected On
April 28, 2016
the brief
To celebrate the theatrical release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, artists from around the world are invited to design an eye-catching sewer access cover inspired by the newest installment of the franchise.

In order to attempt to save the city and people they love, the Turtles are forced to risk it all and emerge from underground, out into a world that doesn’t always accept them. Through art, we want to explore this concept of coming out of the shadows.

Please read the "Things to Consider" section below before starting your design. Artists must download the provided template when creating their artwork. Artists should also download the Artist Brief and Artist Toolkit to help aid in their submission.

Twenty Selected Finalists, as chosen by Paramount Pictures, will receive exposure for their work across Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows and Talenthouse’s social media channels. From the twenty Selected Finalists, five Overall Selected Artists will be selected and receive $1,000 each. The remaining fifteen artists will receive $200 each.

All twenty pieces of selected artwork will be printed onto sewer access covers and will be featured at selected global events.
things to consider
  • Artists should download the Artist Brief here, which provides Creative Invite details and guidelines, character descriptions and visual references.
  • Artists should download the Artist Toolkit here, which contains downloadable character assets, colors, fonts, logo and lighting references to aid in the creation of their artwork.
  • Artists should download the sewer access template provided here and create original artwork inspired by the film that fits the dimensions.
  • Depicted characters should resemble their likenesses from the live-action films, not the animated series.


  • Artists may feature any single character or grouping of characters from the following cast: The Turtles (Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael) Casey Jones, April O’Neil, Bebop, or Rocksteady. Artists may also feature the Tartaruga Brothers Truck.
  • In the story, the Turtles are revealing themselves for the first time during the daylight: the golden hour that encompasses the feeling of being in-between worlds, not quite day, not quite night. Artists are encouraged to make use of this lighting style/time of day in their artwork.
  • When creating your artwork, please do not include any of the following: blood/gore, excessive graphic violence, profanity/obscenities or nudity.
teenage mutant ninja turtles: out of the shadows
The Turtles return to save the city from a dangerous threat.
Only in Cinemas Summer 2016.
Click here for your local release date.

Starring Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, Stephen Amell, Tyler Perry, Brian Tee, Laura Linney, Sheamus, and Gary Anthony Williams.

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the career opportunity
Five Selected Artists, as chosen by Paramount Pictures, will:
  • Have their work printed onto sewer access covers that will be featured at selected global events.
  • Receive exposure for their work across Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows and Talenthouse’s social media channels
  • Receive $1,000
Fifteen Highly Commended Artists, as chosen by Paramount Pictures, will:
  • Have their work printed onto sewer access covers that will be featured at selected global events.
  • Receive exposure for their work across Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows and Talenthouse’s social media channels
  • Receive $200
creative invite guidelines
  • This opportunity is open globally to those who are at least 18 years of age at the time of entry. Void where prohibited by law.
  • Limit one (1) submission per artist or artist team throughout the Submission Period.
  • Artists should retain their original artwork files but designs must be submitted in JPEG or PNG, max. size 10MB.
  • All submissions must be original artwork (meaning not using third party pre-existing copyright materials) but artists may use the Artist Toolkit provided for this opportunity.
  • Artists may only use the live-action movie likenesses of the characters of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows for this opportunity. All rights in and to the images of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows are reserved by Paramount Pictures.
  • Artists have to use the template provided here and should read the instructions outlined in the section "THINGS TO CONSIDER“ carefully.
  • The selected submissions may be slightly modified in collaboration with Paramount Pictures to use across their channels.
  • The Selected Artists grant Paramount Picture a worldwide, exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual license to use their submitted work in any and all media for the promotion of (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows). The Selected Artists will have to sign an Artwork License Agreement.
  • All artists retain ownership in their work, subject to Paramount’s rights in and to any Picture elements contained therein. There is no assignment of any intellectual property rights in your work to Paramount Pictures. However, by submitting you hereby grant to Paramount Pictures a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license for one year to use your submitted work across their various marketing platforms in association with the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. All artists will be credited accordingly.
  • Artists must join Talenthouse using an active email address in order to ensure they can be contacted should they be selected.
  • Selected Artists must respond to Talenthouse within two 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 or guidelines.
  • Please note: In case of any inconsistencies between the English and translated versions of the Creative Invite page and the Official Rules, the English version will take priority.
  • No purchase necessary to enter.
How Paramount Pictures will choose
Paramount Pictures will select from all qualified submissions. A qualified submission is one which meets all the Terms & Conditions, Guidelines and Official Rules.
Key Dates
  • Submit By:
    April 19, 2016 at 10:00 AM
  • Selection Period Starts:
    April 19, 2016 at 10:00 AM
  • Artists Selected:
    April 28, 2016
All times are in Pacific Time.