Help Pick The Winner Of Our Drakengard 3 Japanese Limited Edition Contest

By Spencer . May 20, 2014 . 10:22pm

Drakengard 3 is out in North America today and one talented Siliconera reader will receive a rare Japanese limited edition. Thanks to everyone that entered! Narrowing down dozens of awesome submissions to just five finalists was tough. After much deliberation, here’s what we picked.








You can help pick the winner by voting below. Whoever has the most votes by May 25, 2014 at midnight will win!

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  • RingoRinn

    All look amazing, best of luck to all contestants. Hope we get an international giveaway soon as well.

    • revenent hell

      They said shipping for this was outrageously high so, no international for this, if they did do an international thing I think it would be a digital thing like a download code or something IF one popped up.

  • DragKudo

    eNTRY # 3 gives off a Afro samurai feel.

  • JustThisOne

    *_______* Woooow, these are all so nice! They’ve all got such style!

    • JustThisOne

      I hope more people post their stuff! I really want to see everyone else’s. Here’s mine… Ahaha, it’s real basic and sloppy compared to the rest of you lot, though. You guys are all so detailed! <3

      • revenent hell

        Unique style.
        I like the simplicity but work on your hands. I had issue with them in my younger days so what I did was constantly draw my own until I perfected it without having to look at it

        • JustThisOne

          Woah, yeah, you’re right. They look super weird from far away. :X The lighting off the thumb…

          • revenent hell

            I’m simple at heart and really like this, though. If there’s ever anymore art contest I would look forward to seeing more of your work.
            I really think you have a nice aesthetic and I hope you look around for art contests and submit your work.
            You would do well in them.

          • JustThisOne

            Thank you kindly.

          • revenent hell

            =] You are most welcome.

            I did have an edit but I will put it here:

            Its not so much the lighting but the shape it looks like an index finger (the wide part should face up not down , but your smart to see the problem. I’m so proud of you! (sorry, but its great to see people like you who grasp right away what is wrong and seek to be better at it)

      • NeonBluh

        Bold perspective! I like that in a drawing! You’re quite courageous to go with it to say the least! I praise you! Your style is pretty nice too.

        Keep up the great work! :D

  • Ahhh, Mine didn’t make it in > _ < '' I'm really liking the 1st one! Larger version of my entry is here:

    – Rousteinire

    • Can I vote for this one instead? Please, Siliconera.

      • Ric Vazquez

        Me too

      • JAR

        Yeah, you’d think an art contest wouldn’t have the best stuff in the comments, but here we are.

    • Seliosun .

      Wow, this one would have definitely gotten my vote if it were in the runnings. It’s great!

    • Somerandomperson

      You get double thumbs up from me. Good Work!

    • JustThisOne

      @[email protected] Woah, this is super pretty. It’s so… clean.

    • gk2012

      I’m curious, did you submit it late?

      Because this one is definitely way better than the ones on this article.

      • I emailed it in on Saturday night, so it should of got in. Unless! I missed typed the email (which I double and triple checked).

        – Rousteinire

        • xanxux

          wow.. that sucks for you :( . I’m really liking yours btw.

        • lyhthegreat .

          it is nice but it’s zoomed out so much that you can’t really see the face of zero, which is probably the reason why your work didn’t got in…

        • Attached is a screenshot of the email.


    • Bacon_n_Lettuce

      This could seriously pass as an official ad for the game. I definitely would have voted for yours.

    • revenent hell

      Eh… While I think this is nice for a dragon but one really cant see Zero’s detail that well so I probably wouldn’t have picked this based on that.
      I get the dragon is the focus but to me Zero seems quite detailed but you cant see it that well, though I think this is quite nice.
      I would have either made her less detailed or a little larger.

      • Hope this make up for that~

        – Rousteinire

        • revenent hell

          Ok….. You…. I would have picked this..
          So Nice.
          I would give advice but I think its unnecessary here.
          I like your faces. A++

        • vault2049

          Really nice~

    • Cadis Etrama Di Umar

      I would’ve voted for this one…..

    • Heropon

      arghh . i want to vote this pic =.=

    • NeonBluh

      Gorgeous work Rousteinire! A shame you didn’t make the cut. I would have voted for you for sure! No offense to the current finalists of course. Hard to hide the fact that this is really awesome work still!

    • Pablo Sanchez

      I want to vote on this one

    • TheCynicalReaper

      No offense to the other contestants but why can’t we have gotten this one to vote for? Great use of color, the best use of perspective in the bunch, and the dynamic between the two characters are fully conveyed. Even the background is well done.

      Unless this guy traced his work then I’d throw my lot in with this one.

    • Hamu-Bear

      Man! I so would have voted for this one! So much detail! Tho it’s kinda weird that it didn’t make it in, compared to those who did.

    • vault2049

      This one it’s amazing as well!

    • DawnWolf

      Not going to lie, how number 2 beat this out is beyond me (no offense to #2, as it is good itself, but this is just…). Are you sure you were allowed to you the official logo in your art? I mean that is the only thing I can think of. Maybe since the logo wasn’t designed by you… they DQ’d you? Otherwise I give up on humanity. Definitely would vote for this.

    • *-*
      Pretty pretty dragooonnnnn~

      Just gonna drop this here
      Mikhail is awesome

    • Kiwi

      I saw this on your DA! I really loved how you rendered Mikhail. Absolutely beautiful.

    • Kornelious

      Wow nice! I duon’t know why this wasn’t in the list…..Maybe it wasn’t crazy enough…I like it though :)

    • MrRobbyM

      No offense to the finalists, but I would have voted for this one.

    • Kayseur

      I’m not voting for any of the finalists, yours is too good.

    • Amber XLeonhart

      Yeah I would have picked this one too. Amazing.

    • Rishtopher

      HOW did this entry not make top 5? Did it violate some rule?

    • fyi1191

      Auto win there. Tough luck, Rousteinire.
      Anyways, from my view #3 could be the best if it weren’t so hard to look at. I had to focus for a bit to see what am I seeing. So, #1 wins my vote.

    • SoundMatch

      Yea how come this wasn’t up there? I would have voted this instead

    • Thanks everyone! I’m very satisfied already with the amount of support and will definitely do better if given another art contest opportunity!

      – Rousteinire

    • Kroz

      whoa, why is this not up there. This is so good it could pass as promotional art!

    • This is absolutely gorgeous! I vote for this one in a heartbeat :)

    • Jelly

      I’m starting to think siliconera’s staffs are blind =x

  • samsneeze

    I was stuck between one and three and finally caved for 1. The use of color is really good.

  • revenent hell

    Well, actually I am an artistic person myself which makes me terribly harsh? when it actually comes to judging or picking out something artsy.

    I went with number five.

    To me it was just aesthetically the best looking of them all; face, body and background wise. This person does very well capturing the face and form of a person.

    Choice number one needs to work on the bodies they draw. Its just looks to incorrect size wise. The butt/hip going in to the leg is to wide and the leg is to small for the form. And they need to work on collar bones/shoulders. Otherwise I quite like it. But in future to better advance art wise they should work on the body’s form more.

    Number Two…. I’m not a fan of this style at all. I never thought the ” Power Puff Girl ” art style was remotely well done in any way. It wasn’t an innovative style to me or particularly nice looking so this one was an auto pass to me.

    Number Three: I like it but it seems off somehow. I do like the black and white with red but I think it would pop more with more shading and use of dark (black) color. Actually I would have picked this if Zero was more prominently shown. My advice would be make the main person/thing in this type of picture more focused on. There’s a lot going on in the picture so make sure your “main” focus is more prominently shown.

    Number Four. I like it but I don’t really like this art style for faces. But you are really good.

    • JustThisOne

      Waitwaitwait, now that I think about it… You should submit something next time! It would be fun.

      • revenent hell

        I actually thought about it to be honest but I tend to be really critical of myself for what I do and given my work schedule time was not on my side this time around.
        But maybe next time if its something good they are giving away ;P

    • This is some great critique! Thanks so much for the lovely advice! I’m always looking for what I can do to improve my art.

      I completely see what you mean about it seeming… Off, as you say. The anatomy isn’t perfect by a longshot, certain limbs are stretched and bunches shown since it is a top down view which I’m still learning the antics of.

      As for the prominence of Zero, the point of my piece is that I was 1. Working from a limited color palette and 2. You can only bolden lines so much before it warps the piece and I was too scared to try any drastic blackening of the shadows.

      The reasons being that my piece is a completely hand-drawn one. I had one shot at getting it right since I was working with ink and three copics (two for the blood, one for the flower) as my tools. If I inked a mistake, I had to cover it in some way. It’s not like digitally drawn things where I can rework it to perfection. It’s my best shot.

      Also, there’s the problem of the things flying towards you like the head and some of the blood. Their lines had to be drawn thicker than the others for that effect.

      Those were my reasons. I did what I could with what I had. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for your honest advice! I’ve taken it all in and I’m sure I’ll improve because of it!

      And while I’m at it: HOLY CRAP EVERY ENTRY LOOKS LOVELY!

      I love them all! <3

      • revenent hell

        :) Thank you!

        I normally submit hand drawn things myself, its a preference. PC stuff looks great but I just tend to prefer a hand drawn piece myself.

        Don’t be afraid of color. The most common error people tend to make is not filling in the back round.

        You did detail it very well but by darkening , lets say the lager bits it would make everything pop out more. Get a piece of vellum paper and trace your drawing again and see how it looks with the darkening.

        That’s what I did to see the difference in my work.

        • Ahaha. I’m a 17 year old with no cash.
          I’ll think about investing in some vellum because I am interested about how that would have turned out!

          • revenent hell

            Any see through-ish paper would work really if you come across something thin enough. to see your lines. I think I have even used note book paper before , it didn’t have lines. I am by no means rich myself so whatever works ya’ know?
            17 years old! I am impressed ! I imagine in time your art will be a force to be reckoned with!

  • NeonBluh

    Mine didn’t get in either. What a shame. Still, good luck to the finalists! ;)

    Here is my own submission.

    • revenent hell

      I am impressed. You my dear are my favorite artist right now the only problem I have is I couldn’t originally see a correlation to Drakengard.
      Sole advice would be work on your feet.


      • NeonBluh

        Nier was an available choice to draw henceforth why I chose him. But I have no objections with prioritizing Zero since this was a Drakengard contest after all, no biggie.
        And thanks for the advice by the way. I’ll make sure to put extra attention to that detail next time + v +

        • revenent hell

          I tried to see Nier in this but I couldn’t…..So I kind of assumed it wasn’t it. Sorry.
          But yeah, This is by far the best I have seen just make sure to work on your shoes/feet. If necessary draw your own in/out of shoes so you can get the feel of them better.

          Edit: Upon looking more…… Yeah I can see it. Just takes me a while apparently.

          • DawnWolf

            Well for most of those in the west this Nier is unfamiliar, as this is Replicant Nier, the Japanese derivative of our Nier

          • revenent hell

            Nice unique idea for that

    • JustThisOne

      *__* Aw man, that arcane detail.

      • NeonBluh

        Thanks a lot my friend! It’s great to hear feedback from fellow artists!

    • I would vote for this

    • Amber XLeonhart


    • Rishtopher

      This looks great! Good work! I wish yours had made it!

    • SoundMatch

      Okay that is just cool.

  • Hector Velar

    I tought it was clear that Kaetsu was the winner with his epic and flawless rendering that blew our minds here. It is clear to me that the people who narrowed down to the 5 tops submissions have no aestheticvalue!

    • Kaetsu

      It’s nice to see that my hard work and dedication hasn’t gone unnoticed.

  • xanxux

    So how to vote for one? Just put a comment here? I cannot see any link in the news for don’t know what reason..
    I vote for #5

    • xAtKx

      There should be a little survey thing below the article.

    • revenent hell

      Below the pictures is the vote thing

      • xanxux

        Oh, I think my office’s internet block the survey so that I can’t see it. Thanks!

        • revenent hell

          Your welcome!
          I was going to suggest it might be blocked but most folks tend to figure it out eventually.

  • Shippoyasha

    Can’t go wrong with any of them. I kind of like the Power Puff #2 though.

  • Altin

    Holy Shit, Entry #3 looks gorgeous!

  • brian

    Ah well, should’ve figured not having a scanner/HD camera or a decent paint tool would have made me not have a chance at all considering the competition.
    Also did one I’d thought of submitting because it was I suppose Caim cosplaying as Emil but it only happened accidentally because I messed up the face.
    Just started drawing about a month ago.

    • JustThisOne

      Keep drawing! *__* It gets more fun as ya go along.

    • revenent hell

      Keep trying you will only get better the more you do!

  • Congrats to the finalists! Best of luck to you all. I really hoped to see all entries so I hope everyone who entered will at least submit theirs in the comments section :)

    • MrSirFeatherFang

      This is quite lovely. Thanks for sharing :)

      • Thank you very much :)!

    • revenent hell

      Very pretty. The flow of her clothes is a little off but otherwise this is such a beautiful piece

  • Hamu-Bear

    Welp, Guess I didn’t make it either. But congrats to those who did!
    Larger version:

    • I love your style! It looks awesome!

    • Senka

      This would have made choosing even more difficult than it already was. I think I personally like this one the most overall. It just feels nice, like it’s overall pleasant to look at while still creating a solid aesthetic theme. In other words, it’s good at what it does: Not too complicated, not too over-the-top artistic, not too simple.

      Additionally, I’m a sucker for detailed weapons, and I really like this one. My only criticism is the nose. It’s good, but I personally don’t prefer it. But hey, I’m into anime stuff where noses are near non-existent or sometimes actually are non-existent. :P

      Now that I think about it, I feel like there wasn’t enough time for artists to create super good pictures anyway, (though maybe it wasn’t supposed to be that serious) so after thinking about that, I like this even more.

    • Anime10121

      Wow, thats REALLY nice! Kinda sad to see it didnt make it through…

    • Rishtopher

      Man, this is a great choice too. I’m seeing better work in the comments than in the actual top 5. Makes voting really hard :(

      • JAR

        Yeah, this is really great. I’m not sure what method they were using to pick entrants…

  • vault2049

    Pfff… Damn #1 by a freaking mile! I mean, all are good, but #1 it’s fantastic!

  • Lazulis

    Aw, mine’s not in. Oh well, sharing time! Loving all the Drakengard love here.
    Here’s mine! Couldn’t decide which series to do so why not ALL of them hahahaha…

    • That’s a lovely montage of all the characters! :D

    • revenent hell

      I am in love with the bottom half, such good work but like most of what I might suggest to folks I would work on your bodies more and their shape
      . Excellent use of color as well.

  • Guest

    that was awesome

  • Rayhan PromisedGallery

    all entries are awesome. Here’s my laziness

    • Rayhan PromisedGallery


  • Rayhan PromisedGallery

    didn’t join because i’m not in NA, but i’ll drop this anyway

    • revenent hell

      Good work but I would suggest when darkening your background to do it so everything is the same shade of color. Here it looks very “scribbled” as if you where attempting to hid mistakes. But I do like this piece.

  • SomeLivingMusician

    They all look amazing but I had to go with 3, it just appealed to me the most of the 5. Good job and I hope you all keep making lovely art for people to enjoy! :D

  • Go2hell66

    i woulda picked number 3 to win

  • Dear Lord this thread has some amazing artists! I may have to commission some of you sometime lol =^_^=

  • Ghoul_Aid

    Oh my, lots of great artists here. Really impressive.

    I’ll go with #3. Very Berserk.

  • Okay, I’m just going to give my impression on the top five. All of which look gorgeous by the way. Props to all the artists who entered!

    #1: lovely use of color. I also love the creativity of Zero’s flower just exploding from her eye.

    #2: I don’t think I’ve seen a more unique take on the power puff girls art style! Personally I think this one is the most unique

    #3: well… This is my piece. Not really gonna say anything on it since it’d be artistically biased (though as an artist I only see the flaws I made XD)

    #4: the only Nier piece of the bunch. I really, really like how they did Yonah, really captured the innocence of a child who has been through a lot.

    #5: Really the most realistic of the bunch. And the soft color palette is also really nice.

    In other words: I love them all! <3 everyone did such a fantastic job! It makes me really giddy to see such awesome artistry. Best of luck to everyone!


  • Roll Caskett

    Number 3 is the best !!!!

  • Made my choice, but it was so hard to choose. :'( I think all of them should win. :D

  • Anime10121

    2’s so cute Powepuff One <3
    3's so f'n brutally awesome <3
    4's so…Nier (love it) <3

    So. hard. to. CHOOSE :/

  • CirnoTheStrongest

    It was a really tough decision, but the contrast in #2 between cute and violent really stood out to me. They all were really amazing though! Including a lot of the submissions that didn’t make it to the finals!

  • Kiwi

    Really enjoying #3’s composition and use of monochrome and red; nice and simple, and I’m glad people are sharing their entries! Here’s what I sent it.

    • Ghoul_Aid

      I would hang this on my wall.

      • Kiwi

        Thanks! That’s sweet of you to say.

    • Arthur Koh

      Whoa, I saw what you did there. That white chlorination, man!

  • Kornelious

    I went with Number one, I dunno I just really liked the stlye :)
    Still havent played Drakengard 3 yet (And definently not because I fell asleep while installing it :P)

  • marudyne

    Since we’re posting our other entries in the comments, here is my super lazy one. And uuuu, I didn’t know you could draw more than one character, oh well. (Though not surprised mine didn’t make it ):

    • Not surprised?
      Your picture of Two is gorgeous! The colors in it are just so fresh and I love the style!
      Plus your anatomy is so spot on OwO

      Edit: forgot to mention: DOSE DETAILS
      And did I mention the anatomy?

      • marudyne

        I am glad you like it.
        And I had a gut feeling that it wouldn’t make it and my gut feelings are insanely accurate. Though, I don’t mind losing to cute Zeros at all.

  • fairysun

    All the finalist are great. No wonder my submission did not make it. Good Luck to you all.

  • Freud_Hater

    …So where can I vote? The SurveyMonkey survey doesn’t show up for me ‘-‘

  • JAR

    I’ll post my entry as well, since I only posted a preview in the original comments.

  • Pfantzypantz

    Awesome seeing people posting theirs in the comments, so this was mine. I ran out of time and had to do a hack job on most of it…

  • bluegarigari

    great job everyone, here was my entry

  • Kroz

    Damn it, i really wanted to join but had no time to draw cuz of work….anyway 3 is my vote,very cool

  • belindraw

    Hello! Long time lurker finally crawling out from under a rock. <3

    The entries are all very lovely. Best of luck to the finalists.

    Here was my entry. Cheers!! ^^ (slightly larger version here:

  • Quek Joo Ding

    Holyshit! Some artworks in comments are actually nicer than the one who’re chosen. WTF!?

  • iridescia

    I would have colored mine in, but I was unable to for personal reasons. Oh well. Here was my entry:

  • Guest

    Congrats to those chosen!
    This was mine…

  • Soren_Strife

    The one below was mine.

  • Does anyone know exactly when the winner will be announced? The stop point for the voting was said to be midnight of last night (25th of May) but it seems that voting is still open for people.

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