We’d love to see this become a regular thing. FCA has announced another sketch battle for any and all challengers, this time with the goal to conceptualize the ultimate Mopar SEMA concept vehicle for the upcoming SEMA360 virtual event, in place of the traditional 2020 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Like before, FCA Head of Design Ralph Gilles and current Head of Ram Truck and Mopar Design Mark Trostle will be the judges of the entries. But unlike before, the winner will be decided after not one, but two rounds of sketch battles.
While anybody can enter, high school and college students are encouraged to name their school and anticipated graduation dates on their work, which is due almost immediately: Saturday, Oct. 31 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. Contestants need to upload their work on a specific FCA North America Facebook page Sketch Battle post, which we linked to here, or they can tweet @FiatChrysler_NA. Entrants need to also use the #DriveforDesign hashtag.
By Thursday, November 5 at 4:00 PM ET, Gilles and Trostle will select their Top 10 sketches via Facebook Live, where they will offer their thoughts on each sketch and answer fan questions. The Top 10 winners get to rework their sketches for Round Two. From there, the Top 10 have a chance to resubmit their sketches on or before 5:00 PM Eastern on Monday, November 16 via FCA North America’s Facebook Messenger, or a Twitter Direct Message.
On Thursday, November 19, Ralph and Mark will select their Top Three Mopar SEMA360 sketch battle favorites. Those artists win virtual one-on-one time with Ralph and Mark and their sketches will be posted on the design chiefs’ Instagram channels. Fans and followers can then vote on their choice for “Fan Favorite” via Instagram, with the winning sketch featured on the FCA North America social media channels.
Besides the recognition and bragging rights, the top three designers will have the opportunity for one-on-one time both with Ralph Gilles and Mark Trostle. If you’re a young, hungry, talented designer, consider this your chance.
But don’t forget: the deadline for Round One for this Mopar SEMA360 sketch battle is 11:59 PM Eastern this Saturday, Oct. 31. That’s Halloween, and since you probably shouldn’t be out partying during a pandemic, spend it drawing something instead. Once the clock strikes midnight, you’re locked out. So do not wait.