For Anime Boston 2018's "To The Stars" theme, we invited all artists to participate in our Art Contest. Rules for this contest can be found here
Entries were judged based on three criteria:
-Adherence to the 2018 theme of "To the Stars".
-Creativity and Originality
-How well the artwork depicts the back story.
Judging was done by the Anime Boston Social Media Team, who organized the contest.
Below we have the Grand Prize Winner and Runner Up winner, followed by the ten Honorable Mentions. You may click on an image to see it in our photo gallery.
The competition this year is just shy of our first 100 entries! We want to deeply thank all of the artists for your submissions. It's your participation that makes this Art Contest a success, and we will plan to continue holding it each year that we are able!
Title: Journey to Polaris
Find Artist at: malinadowling at gmail.com | voidbug.tumblr.com
Mimosa is a young star A.I. who discovered that her instructional codes were corrupted right after birth. Left with only the ship she arrived on and a hefty amount of existential dread, she sets off with her ship into deep space in order to return to her mother star. Along the way, she meets a group of eclectic wanderers who present themselves as the Zodiac, and they help guide her to the truth of her programming.
I started watching anime in the 90s and the first series that got me into art was Gundam X. It was very inspirational because a hero’s journey into an imaginary world in outer space filled with robot battles, love and struggles. Anime represented a world full of possibility and Gundam X captured that idea perfectly. When the theme was announced, I immediately knew what to draw, a kid doodling an epic battle on his wall looking into the stars and reimaging the world. I hope this piece can inspire other kids just like what Anime did for me.
Artist: Selan Pike
Studio: Epicycle Studios
Medium: Digital (Photoshop)
Find Artist at: www.epicyclestudios.com | selanp.tumblr.com
The first thing they tell you is not to take off your helmet. The vacuum of space is harsh, they say, and you will die.
After so many long years among the stars, you start to question it. There are worse things than death here. What would it be like to breathe in that emptiness, to feel infinity fill your lungs?
Artist: Mimi Chiu
Title: Bring Me Home
Find Artist at: chiudesigns.com | mimimicee at gmail.com
The brilliant light of Saturn blazed before her. As the girl closed her eyes, she could feel a familiar warmth as if it were a mother's gentle embrace. Saturn's winds slowly picked her off the ground of her cold, desolate planet where she had resided for her whole life (or so she thought). How could she not have known that Saturn was her real home? Every time she looked up to the stars to see those rainbow rings, why didn't she question that there was something so attractive, so enchanting about them? Now there is no question; she was home.
Find Artist at: reddverse.tumblr.com | twitter.com/reddverse
In this piece, Charon is depicted as a merciful ferryman who carries souls of the deceased across a river of stars during their journey to the afterlife. Here, Charon is passing by one of Pluto’s moons, which is also named after him.
Even the smallest creatures look to the stars and dream what is beyond the sky.
Artist: Lauren Krugh
Title: Making a Home
Find Artist at: laurenkrugh.art at gmail.com| budgebuttons.tumblr.com
"We'll be moving in tomorrow... I'd bet my tail she's not looking forward to being in a strange, dreary place. But they say no matter where you go, you're still under the same stars. So I'm sure we'll find another adventure. And something familiar."
Artist: Juliana Oliveira
Find Artist at: www.julieoliveira.com
The first time an astronaut discovers the mother of the universe, planets are birthed from her tears. Stars come from the sparkles in her eyes.
Title: Song of Vow
Find Artist at: Twitter and tumblr @houdidesu
"Your eyes, they sparkle like Stars
Your hair, like the Milky way
Travels thousands light years far
Starstruck, besides you if I may.
Shall I offer you now
The Galaxy as my vow"
Artist: Heather Staradumsky
Title: Star Harvest
Find Artist at: hstaradu at gmail.com | twitter: hstar_draws
Each time of the year when stars are finally ripe, to be plucked away from their star-trees, harvesters come by to collect bountiful amounts. Harvesters have one of the most important jobs of the galaxy, they keep track of where there are missing stars, either lost or passed away due to their ages of hard work. The harvesters take these young starlings and plant them in the place of its now gone elders. Within time, the starlings will grow to become a fully formed radiant star, all thanks to the harvesters who spread light across the galaxy through their nurturing.
Title: StarSkippers - TO THE STARS!
Find Artist at: peggyshi.weebly.com | Twitter: @pegushi_
Jumped into a tiny car and drove at the speed of light, these three punks managed to escape a grand explosion that happened shortly after they exited the city. Although they weren’t the direct cause of the destruction, they surely didn't help either. Trouble just has a way finding them. Not wanting to deal with the consequences of indirectly wrecking cities, they’ve just been star hopping.
Flamehead grabbed their freckled driver tightly, held up a necklace they conveniently picked up and punched the sky, “TIME TO GO GUYS, NEXT STAR HERE WE COME!” as Magenta waved the city goodbye.
Title: Star Collector
Find Artist at: gomkko55 at gmail.com
Instead of an enormous ball of unknown plasma held together by gravity, I thought it would be nice if stars could be more friendly to touch. Thus came the idea of a star collector who would scavenge shiny objects from different parts of outer space to light up her abandoned space station home, with a hope that someone back at earth would appreciate her lovely work. Some of her favorites are planet rings, comet trails and her alien puppy's glow in the dark drool. Her recent goal is to become part of a constellation so she's working hard!
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