Last weekend, during the first large scale Digimon Con event, Bandai shared the first winners of the Digimon Illustrator competition going through to the next round. What makes this competition so exciting is that the overall winner will get their design turned into card art, cementing its legacy within the Digimon Card Game. Although the art chosen at Digimon Con showed some incredible talent, there were several submissions that we think deserve a special mention.
Lee Warnick – Patamon
Lee’s version of Patamon is incredibly unique, with its soft colours bleached out by the rays of the sun. What I really like about this design is that it looks like it was drawn and coloured with crayons, which is incredibly fitting for the innocence and youth of the Digimon and its Tamer T.K.
Javier Onade – Machinedramon
If you ever get this close to Machinedramon, you’re far too close! Javier’s Digital artwork of this mechanical menace is really impressive, with the artist going into great detail, right down to the roof of its mouth and the shine caused by the molten pit beneath it. This scene reminds me of the Digivolution sequence in the original anime! To check out more of Javier’s work, head over to his Twitter page.
Marco De La Torre – Terriermon
Personally, I am a big fan of card art that references the Digimon video games. For Marco’s submission, he had chosen to pay homage to Digimon World 3 and one sleepy Terriermon, who doesn’t seem to appreciate being woken up. What I really love about this piece is that the artist has stayed loyal to the original scene from the game, with Gabumon sleeping above and the television and books below! Check out more of Marco’s work over on Instagram.
Phillip Green – Gammamon & Numemon
Phillip’s artwork incorporating the new Vital Bracelet is brilliant. In fact, it would be cool to see a promo card using this illustration for a Vital Bracelet promotion in the future. What also makes this card feel incredibly modern is the use of Gammamon, who debuted with the Digimon Ghost Game anime. It’s quite poetic that Gammamon is taking out Agumon, as that Digimon has been a long-standing mascot of the Digimon franchise since 1999 – out with the old, in with the new?
Everyone can be romantic, even a slimy Numemon. You know he means business, as he has swapped a pink poop for a diamond ring. The question is, who is he proposing to? I think Phillip needs to treat us to a follow-up illustration from the perspective of Numemon. If you would like to check out more of Phillip’s work, check out his Instagram page.
It’s fantastic to see the work of talented fans of the Digimon Card Game, who have shared their own interpretations in their own unique art styles. If you would like to learn more about the artists of the Digimon Card Game, you can check out our articles below –
Mathew Parkes – Ludkins Media
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