These are the winners of the Pokémon TCG 2022 Art Contest
Earlier this year we at Bleeding Cool featured some of the best Pokémon TCG piece of art you’ve ever seen with an interesting twist, though. Most of these illustrations were not, in fact, forthcoming at a next Pokémon TCG expansion like our other preview series. The series was a collection of the annual Pokémon TCG Artwork Contest submissions that have now been made public. I went through my personal selections from the top 300 submissions selected by TPCI. Today, let’s continue this series by looking at the winners chosen by Pokémon TCG…which means they will actually become cards.
The illustrations here will all be made into promotional cards in the future. Stay tuned to Bleeding Cool for when and where you can get them, along with information on whether or not they’ll be exclusive to the illustrator’s country, either Japan or the United States.
The big winner is RIP, who will receive $5,000 for this Arcanine card that depicts the lazy Fire-type Pokémon with a Fletchling. The other two winners are first runners-up from Japan and the United States of America, respectively. from Japan Taiga of Kasai illustrates Bulbasaur suspended between tree branches by its vines, with its cheerful face giving the impression that it is bouncing up and down. United States’ Julie Hang draws a moody Greninja, representing this brooding popular Pokémon against a dark, evocative background. Each of them will receive $3,000.
It was a pleasure to go through them and give my opinion on each of the cards. There is so much talent out there, much of which is now closer to being discovered due to the attention this competition has given. If it were up to me, I’d be happy to collect a full set of all 300 favorites!
To learn more about these amazing submissions at Pokémon TCG 2022 Illustration Contest, you can view the entire collection here. Stay tuned to Bleeding Cool for daily coverage of all things Pokémon.