SideQuesting’s Video Game Hot Rod Design Contest

What would Master Chief’s hot rod look like? and concept designer/automotive designer Dwayne Vance, of Future Elements, are announcing a new art & design contest for the hot rod fan in all of us!

Starting April 26th, artists and designers are encouraged to create a videogame- or futuristic-themed hot rod using whatever means they have.  Sketches, renderings, and models are all welcome, and will all be rated equally.

The contest brings together art, design, automobiles, and interactive entertainment.  What would a hot rod for Master Chief look like?  How about a hot rod for Final Fantasy?  The choice is yours, so be creative!

The overall winning entry receives a copy of Dwayne’s newest book, The Hot Rod Art Book: Masters of Chicken Scratch Volume 2, two signed limited edition prints, and a limited t-shirt.  Second and third place entries will receive limited-edition prints from the book.  All entries will be compiled in a gallery and featured on

Full rules & inspiration below, and please visit and support Dwayne’s book on!

Future Elements | Masters of Chicken Scratch | Our interview with Dwayne Vance

And, check out all the sets here: Set 1 | Set 2 | Set 3 | Set 4 | Set 5

Contest rules:

  • Contest starts Tuesday, April 26th.
  • Submissions due by Sunday night, May 22nd, at 11:59PM PDT
  • Winner announced on Thursday, May 26th
  • Format: JPEG, PNG, or TIFF file
  • Submit as many ideas as you’d like, as there is no limit
  • Send entries to:
  • Entries will be judged by Dwayne Vance and SideQuesting
  • First-place winner receives a copy of the Hot Rod Art Book: Masters of Chicken Scratch Volume 2, limited edition prints, and a limited t-shirt
  • Second and third place entries will receive a limited-edition print from the book
  • Open to all entrants, US & international
  • All qualifying submissions will be posted in a gallery.
  • Please see our official Contest Rules for more information.

Author: Dalibor Dimovski

Dali is the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of SideQuesting, as well as the co-Founder of CarDesignFetish and the founder of MakLink. Dali is also a car designer, deejay, and introductory beer-brewer.

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  • Rob Podell

    Ugh. Here come the art center and CSS dicks again. Not going to bother this time.

  • Hey, thanks. Great attitude.

  • Rob Podell

    Yeah, you know, no big deal when a contest is limited to 2 hours and you guy spend days doing something.

  • The last two contests (Batmobile and Light Cycle) were won by simpler sketches, not by over-rendered submissions.

    This contest in particular isn’t limited to two hours.

  • Hi Rob, I’ve seen your work. You do really nice stuff and I hope you see the contests not as something you need to win, but something you enjoy challenging yourself to create a new concept. I approached the last one as such and had a good time in the creative process- winning was a pleasant surprise.

    As for time spent, I can’t speak for other entrants, but my personal piece was right at two hours. After being in the design business for as long as I have, sketching and rendering is very efficient, I’m paid by how much I can produce in a limited amount of time. As a tip, illustrating at a low resolution keeps me from noodling too much which saves a lot of time. Even so, I pushed very hard to get it to a level of finish in that time.

    Anyway, do it for fun. If you don’t win, it’s a piece for your collection of work! Good luck!

  • Rob I would encourage you to go for it as well. Like John said use it as a time to push yourself and grow. With every piece you do you get better. I am looking forward to seeing everything.

  • Jay Z. (The real one)

    I went to a small art school and ended up building models, instead of being a designer in the “illustrious automotive industry”, but still love to draw. These contests are a great way to do a self-check as to where my skill level is when compared to everyone elses. My entries in the light cycle contest were in the middle of the pack, so there’s room for progress, and I like seeing others work, as they are sometimes a springboard for better techniques. Just my two cents…

  • Dan L.

    the designed hot rod must be based on a videogame?
    or we decide how will do it .

  • It doesn’t have to be a specific game, no. Just make it look futuristic and bad ass. :)

  • Now that’s the attitude I like to see!

  • Dan

    i will try. what chance i have? i haven’t been at a design college ( …

  • It’s a great chance. Many people who enter did not go to design college. If anything, it’s a great way to help improve your skills. :)

  • tapan jadhav

    when is the 3rd set coming up? Please hurry up