Top 8 Finalists Announced for Pokemon TCG Illustration Grandprix!

Creatures Inc., the makers of the Pokemon TCG, announced an illustrator contest for Japan last December: the first place winner would get their artwork printed on a Pokemon card. Creatures was also using the contest to find new illustrators for the Pokemon TCG.

Fans could submit their original artwork of Charizard, Pikachu, Slowpoke, Eevee, Mewtwo, Ho-Oh, Gardevoir, Metagross, Darkrai, or Solgaleo. The only other requirement was that the artwork should focus on the scenery of the artist’s choosing.

The top 50 finishers were announced back in April out of 5,343 entries, and today Creatures announced their top 8 selections. Judges for the contest include TCG illustrators and even The Pokemon Company’s own president, Tsunekazu Ishihara.

The top finishers will receive cash prizes: 300,000 JPY (~$2,650 USD) for the winner, 100,000 JPY (~$880 USD) for second place, and 50,000 JPY (~$440 USD) for four runners-up each.

The final winner will be announced on June 8th at the Japan Championships tournament.

Top 50 Finishers (Top 8 Noted Below)

イーブイ

井上茉莉 さん

イーブイ

オオウラシオリ さん

イーブイ

さとう なるみ さん (TOP 8 SELECTION)

イーブイ

前屋 進 さん

イーブイ

ワキサカ さん

イーブイ

わたあめ さん

サーナイト

takuyoa さん

サーナイト

n:go さん

サーナイト

西田ユウ さん (TOP 8 SELECTION)

ソルガレオ

北川徹也 さん (TOP 8 SELECTION)

ソルガレオ

きんぎん さん

ソルガレオ

星見 しょーり さん

ダークライ

AKI さん

ダークライ

犬ビコちゃん さん

ダークライ

潤宮るか さん

ダークライ

J-Dragon さん

ダークライ

とみなが まい さん

ダークライ

西山はな さん

ピカチュウ

いもむし さん

ピカチュウ

このは さん (TOP 8 SELECTION)

ピカチュウ

欄外 さん

ピカチュウ

んまんま さん

ホウオウ

GoldenBoden さん

ホウオウ

Tarai さん

ホウオウ

二条和水 さん

ホウオウ

ほたてぃーの さん

ミュウツー

井上ムラマサ さん

ミュウツー

雲丹海苔 さん

ミュウツー

sho さん

ミュウツー

フジツキ さん

メタグロス

倉田理菜 さん (TOP 8 SELECTION)

メタグロス

軍島曹一郎 さん

メタグロス

水野 佑 さん

メタグロス

you8 さん

ヤドン

雨音はるじ さん

ヤドン

ア・メリカ さん (TOP 8 SELECTION)

ヤドン

岡谷亜希 さん (TOP 8 SELECTION)

ヤドン

おかちぇけ さん

ヤドン

くのじ さん

ヤドン

白石貴士 さん

ヤドン

namakemono さん

ヤドン

バクルズ ジョー さん

ヤドン

はしむすび さん

ヤドン

フジイカクホ さん

リザードン

aya さん

リザードン

黒井ススム さん

リザードン

teeziro さん

リザードン

野崎 想 さん

リザードン

ハナフサ エリ さん (TOP 8 SELECTION)

リザードン

古澤あつし さん

 

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  1. Jeff Stratford Aspiring Trainer
    Jeff Stratford

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    Wow stunning art really good
     
  2. Frost Amethyst AMAB-NB
    Frost

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    The Cherrim/Gardevoir appeals to my gay trash sensibilities <3
     
  3. NaganadelIsBeast Pun Intended
    NaganadelIsBeast

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    Props to Gardevoir/Cherrim who uses a Pokémon that is using a Pokémon that isn’t advertised. Why not throw in Lucario, Yveltal, and Mew while you’re at it.

    Anyway they should’ve allowed Naganadel drawings. It’s really fun to draw. (Seriously, try it!)
     
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  4. Snowy Lilacs Aspiring Trainer
    Snowy Lilacs

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    kinda surprised none of the Mewtwo ones made the top 8 selection, but 2 for Slowpoke did....wat
     
  5. Tytus Aspiring Trainer
    Tytus

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    So many talented artists. I wonder if they allowed multiple submissions.
     
  6. Lostlorn Forest Sinnoh is the best region
    Lostlorn Forest

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    Some seriously incredible talent here.
     
  7. Lord Goomy Got Goomies?
    Lord Goomy

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    I see we’re phasing out of Ken Sugimori. Nice move, TPCI.
    Wouldn’t mind seeing any of these around the game, honestly.
    These actually look better than a lot of the cards today, actually, props to anyone who both made top 50 and can read this.
     
  8. AngryBokoblin Guzzlord is fun
    AngryBokoblin

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    THESE
    LOOK
    AWESOME
     
  9. ArceusTrainer Arceus Collector
    ArceusTrainer

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    Absolutely beautiful art!

    I used to collect cards by artist before and I can already see atleast 3 new favorites, hopefully some of these art will be a card someday.

    I disagree, it needs more Arceus!
     
  10. Lanstar The Funny Fairy Bug
    Lanstar

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    My Favorite of the top 8 was the Metagross with the steel bars tied around it. It takes talent to give such humor to a stiff and stern Pokemon like that! xD
     
  11. Winkachu Aspiring Trainer
    Winkachu

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    All these should be printed as promos, really love it.
     
  12. OVERGRO Pokemon is lyfe.
    OVERGRO

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    Oh my goodness, these are incredible. So many of them capture the "card art" vibe so perfectly.
     
  13. MystikX Aspiring Trainer
    MystikX

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    Well, one of the Mewtwo arts kinda has Mew in it.

    Personally, I like the detail of Eusine appearing in one of the Ho-Oh arts.
     
  14. Wechselbalg *****
    Wechselbalg

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    The top 8 Solgaleo, Metagross and the derpier looking Slowpoke are great - at least Creatures seem to have (partially) good taste lol

    I'm also liking that Mewtwo with the Pokedex and the Darkrai from J-Dargon.
     
  15. crystal_pidgeot Bird Trainer *Vaporeon on PokeGym*
    crystal_pidgeot

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    Why didn't I know about this? I would have had a lot of fun drawing Ho-Oh. I still would like to be an artist for the cards.
     
  16. steffenka Miss Vaanjie
    steffenka

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    I'm pretty sure it was a Japanese-only contest, so (assuming you aren't from Japan), I don't think you were eligible for the contest
     
  17. AlittleSTARme Aspiring Trainer
    AlittleSTARme

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    these look amazing I really like the pikachu with the lights.
     
    Last edited: May 31, 2019
  18. Shishigami Aspiring Trainer
    Shishigami

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    Love posts like this. Like the Gourgeist Illustration before, I need AKI さん and とみなが まい さん's Darkrai as a card.
     
  19. DMYSYS DUMMY SYSTEM
    DMYSYS

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    I do agree with their choice for Metagross and Eevee, happy to see either one of those pull through and win top prize.
     
  20. Tri2attack "Guzma for game."-every close game
    Tri2attack

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    Omg so many good slowpoke arts!!! Love them all