Kokorokon Mascot Fan Art Contest

2022 Theme: Arata na hajimari (New Beginning)

The mascot fan art contest is a chance for artists to redesign Kokorokon's mascots, Hana, Skylar, Nina and River, in their own style incorporating the year's theme!

Deadline

  • Submissions must be made by March 31st, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST.

Mascot Information

  • Hana: Auburn haired, teenage girl with brown eyes; familiar is a koi fish; magical abilities are power over fresh water, healing and charms for relaxation.

  • Skylar: Black with purple haired, non-binary with turquoise blue eyes; familiar is a small purple dragon (flight, purple flames, quick heal); magical abilities are foresight, strength, and conjure purple flames (cold, not hot)

  • Nina:

  • River:

Judging Criteria

  • Originality

  • Overall Composition

  • Use of Theme and Kokorokon

  • Adherence to Contest Guidelines (including: quality, age appropriate and media format)

Judging conducted by Kokorokon Chairs (100%)

Let’s create a new beginning for Art, Gaming, Anime and Japanese Culture as we work past this worldwide ordeal. Using one or more of the Kokorokon mascots. Click Here for the Mascots. The design needs to show influence from Anime or Anime related video games/board games and include Kokorokon and the year. We are leaving it up to the artist to come up with the design. Designs may include characters and/or landscapes. Other elements may be incorporated into your design.

Please contact info@kokorokon.com if you have any questions about the theme.

PRIZES FOR THE CONTEST

  • 1st Place: Art used on Program Book cover. Winning artist will be awarded one table in the Artist Alley with two Artist badges (good for the 3-day con weekend) at Kokorokon 2023 ($300 value).

  • 2nd Place: Art used on 3-Day Badge. Wins a 3-Day Badge + Exclusive T-Shirt to Kokorokon 2022 ($80 Value). 

  • 3rd Place: Art used on VIP Pass. Wins a 3-Day Badge ($60 value) to Kokorokon 2022. 

  • All other entrants will receive a 3-Day badge ($60 value) to Kokorokon 2022.

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How to Participate

Application for the Kokorokokn Mascot Fan Art Contest is now open

To submit, you must send your artwork, along with your legal First & Last name, email, and phone number to info@kokorokon.com

If you have an artist name you'd like to be credited as just let us know.

Make sure to read over the Guidelines and Technical Design Requirements before making your submissions

Guidelines

Please observe the following guidelines when creating your artwork. The Kokorokon staff will be reviewing all submissions based on these guidelines. The Kokorokon staff reserves the right to reject any submission and may make revisions or send the artwork back for changes as it deems necessary.

Appropriateness to Audience and Theme: Does the artwork depict Kokorokon in a positive manner? Does it fit the defined theme? Is it anime or game-related in any way? Please avoid any inappropriate use or representation of violence, profanity, drugs or sex in the artwork. Artwork must be rated G or PG-13.

Ability to be Reproduced across multiple mediums: Kokorokon artwork will be used for various promotional purposes, including but not limited to t-shirts, website graphics, posters & flyers, advertising, program books, and social media posts. Please submit artwork that is scalable with minimal loss of quality (vectorized or lossless compression) and print ready (CMYK color, bleed spaces, etc.). Please refer to the Technical and Design requirements section for more details.

Art Quality: Please try to submit your best work. The Kokorokon staff will reject any submission if it feels that the art does not meet its quality standards.

Originality: Please observe international copyright laws when creating your work. Do not use any copyrighted characters or work that has been created previously for other clients or by others. If you use any fonts in your design, please ensure that they are of your own design or are in public domain.

We, Kokorokon, reserve the right to use any art submissions for our own promotional and media purposes until the end of Kokorokon 2022. After the end of the convention, we will contact the artist to ask for further permission of the artwork.

Artists will be credited in our program book and promotional materials if the artwork is used for promotional purposes. Entriues will be shown to the community via Facebook and our Website.

Technical and Design Requirements

Past Winners

Mascot Designs Attempt 6
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2022 Mascot Art Contest Winner - Letters of Kardia

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Mascot Designs Attempt 6
Mascot Designs Attempt 6

2022 Mascot Art Contest Winner - Letters of Kardia

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  • The entry may have as many colors as you’d like and no restriction on the background

  • Print Art Entries must be digital; traditional art submissions (i.e., hand-drawn art and sketchbooks) will not be accepted. To clarify: Hand drawing the sketch on paper then coloring in Photoshop or Illustrator is perfectly fine.

  • Entries must relate to the convention characters.

  • There will not be a limit to the number of entries you may submit to the contest. Limit one 1st place winner.

  • If the winner of the contest has already purchased an Artist Alley table, then they will get a refund of their table cost.

  • It is highly preferred that all submissions have layers if possible. Do not flatten your image. Submitted art needs to be in a TIFF or PSD/Photoshop format [preferred]. We will also accept JPG/PNG files. If submitting a JPG/PNG file, let us know if you have an EPS/PSD/PDF (Photoshop/Illustrator) file available so that we can ask for it if your entry is selected.

  • Please make sure the picture is high-resolution at 300DPI. Please be at minimum 1365 x 1024 pixels if all possible. Bigger is better.

  • Artists will be credited in our program book and promotional materials if the artwork is used for promotional purposes.