Got a knack for art and a passion for all things Pokémon? You’re in luck—the Pokémon Trading Card Game Illustration Contest 2022 has your name written all over it.
And, if you’re really lucky, so might a $5,000 check and the newest addition to the Pokémon TCG lineup.
The Pokémon Trading Card Game Illustration Contest 2022 is an evolution of the Pokémon Trading Card Game Illustration Grand Prix, an annual art competition that’s taken place every year since 2019. Hosted by Creatures, Inc.—the developers of the original Pokémon trading card game—and sponsored by The Pokémon Company International, the contest aims to give talented unknown artists a chance to put their stamp on the Pokémon legacy.
This year, the contest is being opened to applicants from both Japan and the U.S., marking the first time American artists have been eligible to enter. For the theme, the contest’s organizers have chosen “a moment in a Pokémon’s daily life.”
How to Enter
The rules couldn’t be simpler. Here’s how it works:
Step One: Pick Your Pokémon
This year’s list of monsters includes:
Step Two: Draw Them Doing Something
It could be anything—training, cooking, napping, skateboarding, sunbathing, you name it. Get creative! Just make sure the activity depicted in the scene is consistent with the theme of the contest, “The Daily Life of Pokémon, ” and that you draw a background along with the Pokémon you select.
Step Three: Send in Your Drawing
Once you’ve put the finishing touches on your masterpiece, upload it using the entry form on the contest’s website, along with your personal info.
Each participant is free to enter up to three separate submissions, which can feature any of the eight Pokémon from the list above. You could make a different Pokémon the star of each drawing, or do three separate drawings of the same Pokémon. The choice is yours.
Who’s Eligible to Enter?
You must be a legal resident of the U.S. or Japan and be at least 18 years of age (the minimum required age is 19 in Alabama and Nebraska and 20 in Mississippi). Japanese entrants must be at least 20 years old.
What Are the Prizes?
One lucky first-place winner will earn a $5,000 cash prize and the honor of having their artwork featured on a special Pokèmon promo card. Not bad for putting your love of Pokémon down on paper!
But the payoffs don’t end there.
Two first runners-up, one from Japan and one from the U.S., will get a $3,000 cash prize and also see their drawings brought to life in card form. Two second runners-up, again from Japan and the U.S., respectively, will score $1,000 in cash. Finally, 15 contestants from either country will receive the esteemed Judges’ Award, which comes with a not-inconsiderable payout of $500.
All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges which includes such illustrious figures as Satoru Nagaya, art director for Creatures, Inc., and Tzunekazu Ishihara, president of The Pokémon Company!
What Are You Waiting For?
This could be your opportunity to share your artistic vision with the world and become a part of Pokémon history in the process.
You’ll need to act fast, though—the Pokémon Trading Card Game Illustration Contest 2022 runs from October 13th, 2021 to January 31st, 2022, which means you only have until the end of the month to show off your skills.
Good luck and happy illustrating!