Each winner will receive one of five primed 3D printed copies of the Moose of Fiordland by Tanya Marriott (pictured fully painted) to paint for themselves at home.
Hillcrest High School
There is a forest, somewhere in New Zealand, filled with ancient trees, animals, and powerful creatures thought to be extinct. Magical plants grow, and giant moa walk among the canopy. This forest is beautiful, but mankind must never know of its existence. The animals would be hunted, the plants trampled, and the wilderness ruined, so a guardian was created. "The guardian of the forest" was born to defend the wild. Every day the guardian patrols the outskirts of the forest, watching for intruders. The only one of its kind, the guardian has soft brown feathers, horns like the roots of a tree, and luminous lamp-like eyes. Although they seem cute, the guardian is capable of changing in size, from that of a dog to the height of a human. They howl like the wind, have a vicious bite, and can scare off any human with their bark alone.
Whanganui High School
Sanctuary was formed from a sandstone cliff where birds were nesting. Freeing itself, and a pohutukawa tree, before the cliff collapsed during a storm, it travels New Zealand providing refuge for birds that have lost their habitat.My inspiration for this character was the cliffs that birds nest in and trees cling to. There's an excellent one just outside Whanganui with lots of holes in it. My aim was to create a refuge that looked gentle, using round forms. I wanted to make Sanctuary look like a creature you would walk towards rather than run away from. I hope you enjoy this character as much as I enjoyed making it.
Te ati awa ki whakarongotai, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Toa, Te whānau-ā-Apanui, Whakatōhea
The name Silverlining means hope. I used the quote ‘Every cloud has a silver lining’ meaning, even in the worst situations there is hope. I wanted my Earth Guardian to represent hope. The silver also comes from her hair. The hair is made from silver fern, one of NZ most recognized plants. Many sport teams of NZ have ‘silver’ in their name, this can symbolize unity and strength. Silverlining also has these qualities. Her torso is of Tuatara, one of NZ most recognized animals. The Tuatara gifts her mighty claws. She was given sheep legs as sheep are known to be everywhere in NZ. Vines travel up her arms to symbolize plants. She is given a tail like the fantail, to be known as friendly and beautiful. When on land, her tail flows behind her. She uses the element Earth, to protect us. This is Silverlining.
Cambridge High School
Xyreilox are small insect creatures that hang from the trees with their spider like legs. This character was inspired by the element of earth. They protects the planet from the evil of humanity, using their legs and the fangs on their face as weapons. The creatures live in great numbers, like ants but they are all connected through a super mind called The Mother. Their horns are used to scare off predators and they have an invisible aura that brings life where ever the creatures go. The spines on their back are used for creating tunnels in the ground, it does this by rolling into a ball and charging into the earth. They live in the burrows they create, under the earth where The Mother is located.
Giant insect that can grow up to three metres long and weighs up to 1000kg. He can grow to 50 yrs old. He has a link to the NZ Weta but through evolution has become a strong forest animal to be feared. Lives - Native NZ forest Eats - Any live creature. Once he captures it paralyses it and injects it will tentacles filled with poison. Everything on the inside of his prey turns to mush and he sucks all the muck out with his big gummy lips. Likes - Cold and he is a companion animal and travels in hoards. Dislikes - Larger animals that he can become prey for. Although large, his 6 legs can carry him effortlessly across the forest floor and his tail can be flicked and used like a rack to cover his tracks or help capture his prey. His skin is thick and tough.