The top 300 cards from 2022’s Pokemon TCG Illustration Contest have officially been revealed! As we hold our bated breath to see this year’s finalists, Ludkins Media will take a look and highlight our top five favourite artworks for each Pokemon category. In this first article, we’re going to take a look at Pokemon TCG’s very own hype machine, Charizard and our favourites from 2022’s Illustration Contest!
To see all 300 artworks and all 24 shortlisted Charizard artworks from Pokemon TCG’s Illustration Contest 2022, click this link.
Disclaimer: These five artworks are in no particular order. Due to the nature of an artwork contest, the selections are subjective. Let us know your favourite Charizard from the shortlist in the comments section of wherever you’re reading this article.
This beautiful piece shows Charizard flying at speed through a canyon with two Charmanders on its back. This particular artwork stood out to us as it captures a softer side to the fire-lizard that we don’t often see in Pokemon TCG. Whether this is a mother or father, it doesn’t matter but we can imagine the Charizard saving its children from danger or maybe even just having a flying lesson.
A personal favourite from the list, this oil painting depiction of Charizard on canvas has a pre-historic feel that you wouldn’t find out of place on the inside of a cave. The contrast of fire and the dark green background makes Charizard pop and the digital texturing from the oil paint is something that would make for an awesome series of cards.
Another fantastic standout artwork by watercolour artist Marco Nabi is the next on this list from the Pokemon TCG Illustration Contest 2022’s shortlist. The celestial colours mixed with a vibrant Charizard are stunning and would make for a beautiful print on a wall. Definitely one of the top contenders among all 300 remaining candidates.
Name a more heartbreakingly iconic duo than any of the Charizard evolution line and rainy conditions. As Charmander’s TCG bio states, “its life would end if the flame were to go out.” Something about this artwork brings back Pokemon anime memories and because of that, it deserves a spot on this list.
Last but certainly not least, Susumu Kuroi’s entry gives us a double serving of angry Charizards ready to pounce into battle. Unlike Bryce Warner’s art from earlier in this list, the card depicts a more aggressive side to Charizard as they fly in a pack. Imagine having not one, but two of Pokemon TCG’s standout Pokemon on a card. Yes, please.
We want to know your favourite Charizard artwork from the 24 Pokemon Illustration Contest 2022 shortlisted candidates. Stay tuned for more top 5’s from the stellar 300 entries remaining. Who will win the whole thing?
Check out our favourite Pokemon Illustration Contest winners from the past here.
John-Anthony Disotto – Ludkins Media Editor-in-Chief
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