Fans of the long-running Pokémon Trading Card Game received some exciting news earlier this week, with the announcement of the first open card illustration contest since 2015. This new “Pokémon Card Game Illustration Grand Prix”, run by Creatures Inc. (the company behind the planning of the card game), will be giving fans of the franchise, and more specifically fans of the card game, a chance to get their very own work printed as part of an actual card. The contest will be held from December 17, 2018, up until March 31, 2019.
The artistic requirements don’t appear to be too strict either. Artists having a choice between one of ten fan-favorite Pokémon that range over a number of different types (including Charizard, Pikachu, Slowpoke, Eevee, Mewtwo, Ho-Oh, Gardevoir, Metagross, Darkrai, and Solgaleo), so there’s at least one good choice for everyone to fulfill their artistic desires. The only other specification is that illustrations should also focus on scenery and capture a landscape of the artist’s choosing, whether that be a city or a forest or something else entirely.
Artists who enter into the competition will be judged based on how well they have understood and represented the Pokémon, as well as how closely they’re able to tie it in with the surrounding scenery. The judges range from illustrators to core staff of Creatures Inc., and possibly the most exciting of all, The Pokémon Company’s own President and CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara.
The contest is offering some attractive prizes too, including 300,000 JPY (approx. $2,650 USD) for the winner in conjunction with publishing their art on a card. On top of this, 100,000 JPY (approx. $880 USD) will be offered to the illustration in second place, and 50,000 JPY (approx. $440 USD) to a total of four runners-up each. Not only that, but Creatures Inc. will be keeping an eye out for any illustrators they can potentially bring on board their team which will be done separately to judging the winners, so anyone who participates has a chance to get noticed.
Unfortunately, the contest is restricted to residents of Japan. However, with illustration contests finally coming back into the limelight, it might mean that there is potential for international fans to get a contest of their own sometime in the future. Those interested in checking out additional details, be sure to check out the Grand Prix’s official website.