Anime North Souvenir Design Contest 2006

(formerly Mascot Art Contest)

<See the 2005/2004 winners!>

What Are We Looking For?
Original artwork to be used on our Souvenir Merchandise - T-shirts, Pins, Buttons and other items. Contest entries may also be used on our website and in our convention advertising.

All artwork submitted to the contest must feature our mascot, Hoppouno Momiji. (Hyi-san original) See below for more details. Artwork should be full colour with clean lines and well-defined edges for printing clarity. Black & white images may be submitted for possible use in the program book and flyers. Pin entries should be simple 3-4 colour designs that reduce to 1 ½" and still look sharp.

Momiji can be dressed and posed as the artist chooses as long as she does not resemble a copyright character and the pose does not mimic copyright artwork. Artwork that is degrading or hentai, or that does not feature Momiji will not be accepted.

Please do NOT use a logo with the year on your entry as it limits our ability to use your piece in future years. If you really feel that you want to have the year as part of your picture, you can submit two versions, one with the year and one without.

Who Can Enter?
The contest is open to all artists, amateur and professional. Entries must be submitted by individual artists only. There is no limit to the number of entries an artist may submit.

The Grand Prize Winner will receive a free weekend membership to Anime North, a free table in Artists Alley and an exclusive prize package! Runners Up also get prize packages. In addition, the Best Young Artist (age 12 or under) will receive free membership for themselves and a parent or guardian. The winners will be decided by members of the organizing committee of Anime North.

All decisions final.

How Do I Enter the Contest?
Read ALL of the Contest Guidelines carefully to be sure you understand them.
Please rename each file you plan to submit this way:
your_name_01.jpg.

If submitting more than one piece, continue to number them

your_name_02.jpg
your_name_03.jpg

This will make it easier for our contest organizers to keep track of all entries.
All entries must be 300dpi resolution to produce a good quality print. You may send a smaller or lower resolution version of your artwork to the contest for judging if you wish, as long as you have a higher resolution version available if needed.

When your artwork is finished, there are three ways to submit it to us:

  1. Post your artwork to your own website. You can use any website you want as long as it can be accessed. Most ISPs include online space with your account, or you can use a picture hosting service like Deviant Arts or Photobucket. Send us an e.mail with you real name, nickname (if you use one for your art) age if entering the young artist category and an e.mail address or phone number at which you can be reached. This is the most effective way if you want to submit a very large, high resolution file.
  2. Attach an electronic copy of your artwork in .jpeg format, no larger than 200kb to an e.mail with you real name, nickname (if you use one for your art) age if entering the young artist category and an e.mail address or phone number at which you can be reached. Send it to artcontest@animenorth.com
  3. If you can not do either of these, you can mail an 81/2 X 11" colour photocopy (DO NOT SEND YOUR ORIGINAL ART) to:

Anime North Art Contest
P.O. Box 10622                       
998 Bloor St. W.             
Toronto, ON M6H 1L8            
Canada

When Do I Have To Send It?
All entries e.mail entries must be received by midnight E.D.T, March 26th 2006. All postal entries must be postmarked by March 19th 2006. Winners will be announced shortly before the convention. If the winning artist has already purchased an Artists Alley table, their fee will be refunded during the convention.

Rights to all images will transfer to Anime North. After the contest closes, we'll display the entries on our website. If you'd like us to link to your own gallery, include the URL with your entry. If you have any questions, you can contact the contest coordinators at artcontest@animenorth.com

Contest Guidelines
Here is more detailed info to help artists in coming up with their designs for the contest.

Who is Momiji?
Momiji is an average, lively 16 year old Japanese schoolgirl who comes to visit her friends in Canada one weekend every year and share her love of her own culture and interest in learning about ours.

What Does She Look Like?
Momiji has long straight hair that varies from red to orange, light to dark. You can adjust the colour to fit the mood of your artwork where appropriate. Her eyes are blue to green, large and soft. It's important that her eyes be appealing and youthful, with a distinct anime/manga look. She has pale skin and a slim figure with a small bust and narrow hips. The overall impression of the character should be soft, innocent and friendly, not harsh or inappropriately sexy.

Momiji
Hoppouno Momiji. (Hyi-san original)
Please click for more examples.

What Does She Wear?
The original design for Momiji includes a school uniform with a sailor blouse and red & white striped skirt, white knee socks and brown shoes. You are free to use that or to design a new outfit for her. If you do, the new outfit does not have to be any particular colour or style but it should be flattering and "age appropriate". You cannot use any costume or hairstyle which belongs to a recognizable anime character (ie Sailor Moon, Witch Hunter Robin)

Are Backgrounds Allowed?
The judges are looking at the entire picture and don't have a preference either way. You don't have to include a background if you feel that your work stronger without one. If you do include a background, it should show of the figure in the foreground, not distract from or overshadow it.

What Else Do I Need to Remember?
You can dress and position Momiji anyway you wish, but you should avoid using a pose or costume that immediately reminds people of another well known anime picture. While it's not exactly "plagiarism", basing your Momiji design on another more familiar artwork looks bad and turns people off buying a T-shirt with that design, so we'll reject any entries with that problem. If you are creating a new outfit for Momiji, it should be flattering and attractive and look like it fits, Momiji should be the focus of the art, not her clothes.
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Do I Have To Use A Computer?
You can create your artwork however you chose. Totally by hand art is acceptable as well as computer generated or scanned and coloured. If you create your entry by hand, please remember to photocopy or scan it and send us a copy only. Keep your original safe at home..

If I Enter the Contest, Can I Still Sell the Artwork In Artists Alley?
Whether or not you win, you can sell your own entry AS LONG AS it is not in direct competition with the convention's sales, for instance you can sell prints of your work but not t-shirts. If you're not sure, contact the Artist Alley coordinator for more info.