The latest batch of winners for Nintendo’s Miiverse Art Academy illustration contest are in! The theme was to cover The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, with the judge being none other than Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma himself. The grand prize winner Shobon’s entry is above. It’s worth noting, but every art piece you’ll see here was created in Art Academy: Sketchpad.
Aonuma said narrowing down the winners was “really hard”, but the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners were eventually settled on by both him and the development team based on the skills presented by the artists, their artistic expression and creativity.
Because Aonuma’s a boss, he also got to give away awards to the art he personally liked. It shouldn’t be too tough to see why the above from user Dani’s Triforce eye pic won alongside others.
If it isn’t clear that Art Academy is surprisingly robust, you can also check out the Art Academy Sketchpad development team’s picks above in the “Art Academy Favorites” category.
And because Aonuma was clearly enjoying himself by the end of it, he also included a list of extra awards to those who didn’t quite follow the theme but deserved special mentions as well, including an amazingly well-drawn Majora’s Mask. You can see more of the special mentions here.
Congrats to the winners, and take note! The next contest is already on! Animal Crossing: New Leaf is the next game to get the treatment, and the theme is “The Four Seasons of Animal Crossing”.
You can read more about it over on the Miiverse here, and it’ll be judged by director for Animal Crossing Aya Kyogoku. The contest runs from February 21st till the 16th of March Japan time, or when the thread hits 1000 entries.