Lucasfilm has launched a fan art contest to tie in to The Force Awakens

Star Wars fan art is everywhere on the internet, and it ranges from the good to the bad to the just plain weird. Artwork tied to the saga of a galaxy far, far away, is likely to increase later this year, as eager artists get more and more glimpses of the characters and worlds of The Force Awakens, and today Lucasfilm has announced that it will take advantage of that with a major fan art competition that gives cool prizes to artists and helps out charity along the way.

Lucasfilm and HP have partnered for "Art Awakens," a nationwide fan art contest that will run for two months and attempt to draw the best Star Wars fan artists out there. The contest encourages "Bending the Rules of The Force," and kicks off today. So, what do you get if you win?

Well, in November, Los Angeles' gallery 1988 will launch a new Star Wars-themed show featuring art from established and up-and-coming artists, and five grand prize winners of "Art Awakens" will have the chance to get their work into the show. Plus, the grand prize winners will get an all-expenses paid trip to L.A. to attend the show's opening. Art will be judged by representatives from Disney, Lucasfilm, and Industrial Light and Magic, and pieces from the show will be auctioned off to benefit UNICEF.

Plus, HP will present a "Bend the Rules Award" to one of the five winners who exhibits the most "innovative use of technology." The winner of that prize will get a brand-new notebook computer to help them keep pursuing their art.

So, if you're a Star Wars fan artist, get your best stuff ready, because you could be in the spotlight during the build-up to The Force Awakens.

For more information, visit the official Art Awakens website.

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