Creatures Announces Winners of 2020 Illustrator’s Contest!

Creatures has announced the top eight finalists for this year’s illustrator contest!

The theme of this year’s contest was “Cool Moments in Pokemon.” Artists could submit artwork of Charizard, Pikachu, Tyranitar, Milotic, Lucario, Genesect, Wishiwashi, or Zacian. The Pokemon had to be shown in forests or towns.

The winner of the competition is an artist named “Jiro.” Their Charizard artwork will be made into a promo card in the future. They will also receive 300,000 yen in prize money (about $2,800). The judges stated the following (via machine translation):

The flow of the air around the Charizard, the flame at the end of the tail, and the way the sand dust dances at the feet are wonderful. I really like the way the shadows and clouds fall on the stadium, and the space and air that can be felt in the illustrations.


The solid strength of Charizard and the tension immediately before the battle are beautifully expressed. While there were many vibrant submissions, this artwork had a distinctly airy atmosphere. The composition of the drawing is also wonderful.


It looks very cool how Charizard is going to fight. It’s a highly complete illustration with various techniques masterfully deployed like lighting, coloring, and details.

The second place winner was “Kusunoki Sun” with a Wishiwashi illustration. They will receive 100,000 yen in prize money (about $930).

This is the piece that I found to be the most dramatic of all the submissions. The walls and bottom of the water are drawn with a rough touch, but I thought that it matched the situation the sardine was placed in.


From the wounded appearance and expression of Wishiwashi, it is a work that tells an impressive story with a single image. I want to see what will happen next. The background is rough, but I think it captures the three-dimensional effect and transparency of the water.


It is very well depicted. The Pokemon has gone through various hardships and come out with the tears overflowing from his eyes and wounds all over his body.

Third place is “takuyoa” with a Genesect drawing. They will also receive 100,000 yen in prize money (about $930).

I think it’s a piece that feels very moving due to the cords torn off, the details in the debris, and the pose of Genesect.


The depth of the painting made it stand out. The details of Genesect’s body are well-balanced. The shape is simple, but I felt that the texture was expressed well without being cheap.


The blue lighting of the research facility in the background and the yellow light of the Genesect beam contrast with the colors, and they are very cool.

The following illustrations also received acknowledgment from the judges. Each of the five artists will receive 50,000 yen (about $466).

  

There were 4,050 entries total. The top 50 artists were announced back in April:

ゲノセクト

takuyoa さん

ゲノセクト

yorikane さん

ゲノセクト

シブリンガル さん

ゲノセクト

タケノコ太郎 さん

ゲノセクト

でんぢ さん

ゲノセクト

ユウイチ さん

ザシアン(けんのおう)

DyG さん

ザシアン(けんのおう)

Ho-oh リン さん

ザシアン(けんのおう)

TAPI岡 さん

ザシアン(けんのおう)

ヒダヤト リアンティ さん

ザシアン(けんのおう)

ヤマタカ さん

ザシアン(けんのおう)

砂川 宗一郎 さん

バンギラス

○A さん

バンギラス

crudefish さん

バンギラス

シトニ さん

バンギラス

スズキイオリ さん

バンギラス

ナカジマ ユウキ さん

バンギラス

ひらやま さん

ピカチュウ

ささしままい さん

ピカチュウ

ノズル さん

ピカチュウ

みる さん

ピカチュウ

魚野景 さん

ピカチュウ

仁子 さん

ミロカロス

えすてぃお さん

ミロカロス

タケノコノコ さん

ミロカロス

ぱにぱに さん

ヨワシ

白砂かに さん

ヨワシ

畑 健太朗 さん

ヨワシ(たんどくのすがた)

Ca.OF-3 さん

ヨワシ(たんどくのすがた)

momo irone さん

ヨワシ(たんどくのすがた)

えぐざ さん

ヨワシ(たんどくのすがた)

楠木 燦 さん

ヨワシ(たんどくのすがた)

末宮 市悠 さん

ヨワシ(たんどくのすがた)

西廻り航路。 さん

リザードン

N氏 さん

リザードン

あいらんど さん

リザードン

カサイタイガ さん

リザードン

せんこんさん。 さん

リザードン

にそにそ さん

リザードン

雲丹海苔 さん

リザードン

金井 亮介 さん

リザードン

雉本 ユーヒ さん

リザードン

次郎 さん

リザードン

橋本ルウ さん

ルカリオ

AKI さん

ルカリオ

sgtoon さん

ルカリオ

ハチ さん

ルカリオ

黒井ススム さん

ルカリオ

塩見キキ さん

ルカリオ

西山はな さん

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  1. Rcxd9999 Aspiring Trainer
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    It's a pity that only that Charizard will be made into a promo card when nearly all of the top 50 illustrations could easily be made into promo cards or even normal set cards. I almost wish that the other top 50 illustrators were given $50 each for use of their illustration so that they could be used.

    Mind you, that'd be setting us up for far too many Charizard, Pikachu, Tyranitar, Milotic, Lucario, Genesect, Wishiwashi and Zacian cards.
     
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  2. Snowy Lilacs Aspiring Trainer
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    Wow Charizard got two cards, but not one Lucario was good enough.
     
  3. fleshrum April in Kalos...
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    Same ol' same ol' haha

    all of these drawings are INSANE but my favorites got runner up status, which happened last time too I think. Oh well, there is some serious talent here.
     
  4. Valexi Aspiring Trainer
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    Is there a way to find these drawing in high res? I would love to use some as wallpaper!
     
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  5. Alexandraka Aspiring Trainer
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    That felt Pikachu is awesome!
     
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  6. FireLizard Dragon shipper
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    I'm hardly waiting for the Charizard promo
     
  7. Maserati777 Aspiring Trainer
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    Easiest way to win a Pokemon illustrator contest? Draw Charizard facing away from the camera....
    Personally my favorite card from all of these is sgtoon’s Lucario.
     
  8. johnwick Aspiring Trainer
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    Lucario deserves to lose. Charizard is always a money bringer, so I'm guessing not many here can afford them right?
     
  9. don()shinobi PokeBeach's Yu-Gi-Oh enthusiast. I guess.
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    Oh nice, it's been a long time since Charizard has had a promo. How long has it been? Like 2 weeks?
     
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  10. SableyeGuy Aspiring Trainer
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    The last one was the japan only charizard v and charizard vmax which was like 2 months ago, and before that there was the braixzard alternate art around 7 months ago

    uwu
     
  11. AngryBokoblin Guzzlord is fun
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    That zacian art is really good. I like that art style; it is like HYOGONOSUKE's card art but better.
     
  12. don()shinobi PokeBeach's Yu-Gi-Oh enthusiast. I guess.
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    Thank you for ruining the joke. I appreciate it.
     
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  13. SableyeGuy Aspiring Trainer
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    I’m sorry but charizard just gets lots of exaggerated hate.
     
  14. Frost Amethyst AMAB-NB
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    To me the winning Charizard isn't even the best Charizard entry (the Charizard that got the judge award is much better), much less the overall winner. lol
     
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  15. Articuno_Aria Articuno is UNO for a reason
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    I would make any of those Milotic submissions into a custom playmat, they're all gorgeous <3
     
  16. Otary Aspiring Trainer
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    Ok, so most of these are actually incredible.
    Cant say I agree with the positions but hey im not the judge, why cant they just use more of them on cards its not like the artists would say no ?

    and that pikachu..
     
  17. AshCo Ouchies!
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    Yeah, honestly I actually like most of the other Charizard entries over the one that actually won the thing. There's quite a lot of entries I actually like over some of the top picks but that might just be personal preference. (That crazy looking Tyranitar with the purple and the green, the judge-acknowledged Zard and the Lucario in the alley would have made it in my top picks I think, but there's a lot of good ones here).
     
  18. Water Pokémon Master I like Pokemon more than you. :D
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  19. AshCo Ouchies!
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    It wasn't my favorite art in the contest (Quite a few I would have picked over it, Charizard and otherwise) but I still wouldn't mind getting my hands on one of these at some point. Granted, it is Japanese and every time I say I'm gonna collect a JP card I forget and then it's a million billion dollars. (276-XY-P Charizard is the one that I regret most).
     
  20. Dubsry Aspiring Trainer
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    how do i buy this from jp?