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 next article, we’re going to take a look at Pokemon’s beloved mascot, Pikachu!
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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 Pikachu from the shortlist in the comments section of wherever you’re reading this article.
Starting with a design that gives off NFT Beetle vibes, this almost 3d-like artwork incorporates a hungry Pikachu alongside Pichu with a terrifying Ursaring looming in the distance. This artwork is brilliant purely for its storytelling which gives off hungry, greedy vibes akin to 2021’s Battle Styles’ Tyranitar V Alternate Art.
This Pikachu screams Tokyo in the darkness with the artist capturing neon lights cleverly through the reflection of rainy puddles. Trash on the floor adds to the overall scene and this gives a somewhat grungy look which is quite original for a Pikachu art. This Pikachu by Kowamote isn’t the most standout design from the Pokemon TCG Illustration Contest 2022 but it’s certainly one of the best.
Pikachu fights Samurott to protect one of its beloved eggs. The comic book style used for Imomushi’s Pikachu artwork is what stands out amongst the selection and why it’s one of the top choices from the shortlisted Pikachu designs. Any artwork with multiple Pokemon is a win and this one captures a battle beautifully.
A comical Pikachu artwork with chubby Pikachu and loads of his friends in the distance causing sheer havoc. This Pikachu design for the Pokemon TCG Illustration Contest 2022 by Hino is a fun depiction of everyone’s favourite electric mouse and artwork that would look incredible on a Pokemon card.
The standout Pikachu artwork from this year’s shortlist is none other than Peishin’s peaceful and idyllic watercolour drawing. A sleepy chubby Pikachu is calm and the silence resonates from the image. This may be the best artwork from the whole 300 card selection but you’ll need to wait for our overall top 10 to see where it places!
We want to know your favourite Pikachu artwork from the 25 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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