Nerd News: Pokemon TCG Illustration Contest 2022 Opens Today

Opening for submissions from this evening is the 2022 Pokemon Trading Card Illustration Contest, but just for artists in the USA and Japan, which is a shame for me! It is a contest designed to encourage artists to explore everyday life for their favorite Pokemon… As long as your favorite Pokemon comes within the 8 from this year’s approved list. You can each submit up to 3 illustrations (they don’t all need to be of the same Pokemon) between this evening and 31st January 2022, with that approved Pokemon list being:

  • Bulbasaur
  • Charizard
  • Pikachu
  • Arcanine
  • Galarian Rapidash
  • Scizor
  • Greninja
  • Cramorant

Remember that the theme of the contest is “The Daily Life of Pokemon”.

The entries will be judged by a number of well known names in the world of Pokemon:

  • Tsunekazu Ishihara (President of The Pokemon Company)
  • Hirokazu Tanaka (President of Creatures Inc)
  • Kenji Okubo (President of The Pokemon Company International)
  • Yuji Kitano (Senior Executive Director of Creatures Inc)
  • Atsuko Ujiie (Executive Director & CG Studio Art Director of Creatures Inc)
  • Satoru Nagaya (Art Director of Creatures Inc)
  • Kouki Saitou (Illustrator at Pokemon TCG)
  • Tomokazu Komiya (Illustrator at Pokemon TCG)
  • Akira Egawa (Illustrator at Pokemon TCG)

The judges have revealed that the selection process will focus 40% on interpretation and clarity of the theme, so make sure that the pokemon is doing something in its every day life – include a background! 30% focus on creativity and originality of the depicted theme and 30% on overall design.

Winners will be announced in June 2022 with 4 great prizes up for grabs!

  • Grand Prize Winner – 1 winner will receive $5,000 as well as having their card made in to a promo card.
  • First Runners Up – 2 runners up will receive $3,000 each and their illustrations will be made in to a promo card.
  • Second Runners Up – 2 second runners up will receive $1,000 each.
  • Judges’ Award – 15 judges’ awards will be handed out at $500 each.

For more details on how to apply for this contest please head over to the Pokemon TCG Illustration Contest website.

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