For Anime Boston 2019's "Tales of the Shogunate" 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 2019 theme of "Tales of the Shogunate".
-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 it in our photo gallery.
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!
GRAND PRIZE WINNER
Title: The Battle
Find Artist at: instagram.com/cindiq.art | cindiq.deviantart.com
“The moment they drew their swords, the lords knew only one can stand victorious while the other lies in bitter defeat. “
The inspiration for the piece is based on war scrolls shōgun/warlords commissioned and preferred (I chose mostly pre-Tokugawa era), along with a hint of Japanese woodblock print style and shinto influences to set the tone. The long history of shogunate is one that is filled with power struggles, especially in the earlier days, and I want to present that in a scroll-style story piece.
Artist: Christian Angel
Title: Getting ready for battle.
Find Artist at: christian-angel.artstation.com/
A skilled former drama performer that had a passion for acting and swordplay decided to take up arms for battle to defend the Shogunate. Their armor signifies the undefeatable might of the Oni character she portrays in the arts, as well as the beauty of the females she portrays in such such stories.
HONORABLE MENTIONS – in no particular order
Artist: Argama Witch
Studio: Argama Witch
Find Artist at: instagram.com/argamawitch | twitter.com/argamawitch
Protector of the Shogunate, the Shinsengumi, were also known as the dogs of the Bakufu. They are good puppers!
Artist: Stacey Wheeler
Title: Love and Honor
Studio: RISD Anime Club
Medium: digital and gouache
Find Artist at: email@example.com
After being seriously injured in battle and losing function of her arms while protecting the Shogun, this Onna-Bugeisha [female martial artist] is fitted with prosthetics far beyond their time. However, the prosthetics, as advanced as they are, deteriorate with every battle she fights. Determined to protect her family, honor, and beloved Shogun in this period of warfare, she binds her crumbling limbs once more and prepares for the battlefield, even if it means her body disintegrating.
Title: Shogun of the Sea
Legend has it, a strange man covered in kelp rode a gigantic catfish at sea.
Many who wanted to hunt the fish as a prize were drowned by the catfish's waves. The rider felt bad for the drowning men, since he was once human too. So he transformed them into fish, to have a second chance at life. Many chose to become followers of the catfish rider for showing mercy. Slowly as the numbers rose, he named himself shogun, and ordered waves and waves of fish to push boats away from ever seeking him and his friend.
Artist: Selan Pike
Studio: Epicycle Studios
Find Artist at: epicyclestudios.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
They appeared once in a generation, brighter than anything you’d ever seen. They weren’t a beast, but rather a force of nature. They were as unchanging as the mountains, as unrelenting as the sea, and yet their presence enveloped you like a gentle breeze. When they passed, disappearing into the night sky, you knew that you had been blessed.
Artist: Guinevere Reilly
Title: Tiger VS Ryoko-chan
Medium: Traditional ink and Photoshop PS6
Find Artist at: email@example.com | guineverereilly.com
Ryoko-chan is a young samurai, bestowed the typically unwanted duty of the never ending battle to protect delicious rabbit children from the demon tiger magician, Yoi. Although they are just rabbits, and battles against Yoi are long and perilous, Ryoko-chan considers any creature, no matter their status, worth her dying breath's effort.
Title: Moonlit Strike
Find Artist at: chumaru.carbonmade.com | twitter.com/chumaruko/
Even upon the eve of the impending new era, we the shinsengumi will be unwavering. We shall fight till the last moon of our final breath; unsheathing our swords only by the belief that we are the protectors of our country and lord. The last samurais: we shall win, or we will die.
Title: Mounted Samurai
Medium: Digital Illustration
Find Artist at: shattered-earth.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
Empires rise and fall for man and animal alike. While the drama of mankind unfolds in the background, nature also has it's own battles to play out in the grasses, trees, and waters all around us!
Artist: Danielle Sylvan
Title: A Journey to Edo
Studio: Danielle Sylvan
Find Artist at: daniellesylvan.com | email@example.com
Let us embark on a journey to Edo, home of the Tokugawa Shogunate. After days of trekking the Tōkaidō Road, you glimpse the stunning sight of castles in the distance. With the Grand River to the East, and the towering Mount Fuji to the West, it's no wonder the Shogunate declared this beautiful city the capital of Japan. There's much to take in, but you've come a long way, weary traveler–so rest, and stay a while. I can guarantee you will enjoy what our great city has to offer.
Artist: illusions artwork
Title: Warlord Daycare
Studio: illusions artwork
Medium: Watercolor & ink.
Find Artist at: illusionsartwork.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
Discerning Warlords only choose the best for their little warlord tykes! Whether it's counting to 20 or choosing the correct battle formation in a castle siege, Warlord Daycare provides the care and direction little aspiring military leaders need! Our Rising Sun Branch specializes in Daimyo, Shogunate and of course, Shogun leadership training. We cover everything from fighting in the field to commanding from headquarters and we always wash our hands before every meal. Consider enrolling your little one today!
Artist: Octo Star
Title: Built From Blood
Studio: Octo Star
Find Artist at: octo-star.com | Twitter @ juugatsuhoshi
Countless years of death and destruction have led this man to his greatest achievement: the Shogun of a new era. Stoic and silent, he sits pensive at the riverside as he considers the conditions of his leadership. Visions of the fallen warriors cloud his scenery, haunting him as endlessly as the war that brought him here. His fate was written in blood, his nation established upon the pained souls of the deceased.