Magic Lessons Dark Kingdom Fanart Contest

This contest is being run by Kir-tat on deviantART. Kir-tat (or Tata) is a Russian artist who often creates detailed fanart digital paintings of the Dark Kingdom villains from Sailor Moon. Feel free to browse through her Dark Kingdom works in her deviantART gallery, to get an idea of her style. There are a few pages of work to browse through, and we think many of our readers will be impressed!

We are advertising Kir-tat’s contest because we think our readers may be interested in participating (or at least seeing the results!).
Note: The information below is largely the contest details written by Kir-tat in her deviantART journal.

The themes of her contest are magic lessons or show me magic. These themes suggest various scenarios – serious, romantic, or humorous. You can interpret and understand the theme freely, your imagination is not limited by anything, save for a few rules…

The Rules:

  • You must include at least one of the following five characters: Jadeite, Nephrite, Zoisite, Kunzite, Beryl (from Sailor Moon).
  • Anime (or manga) version of the character(s), not live-action.
  • You can also include any other SailorMoon/original/other series characters.
  • Drawings done in any media and style are accepted – realistic or manga, traditional or digital…
  • Works that will not be accepted: collages, copies or tracings, old images (that were not made for the contest), works that would hurt someone’s feelings, and other works that would break the rules established by deviantArt.
  • No more than 3 works from one author
  • Contest pieces should be posted in your DA gallery and links submitted as comments to Kir-tat’s journal entry about the contest.
  • Submitted pieces will be added to Kir-tat’s journal entry about the contest as they are received (and as she has time).
  • All works will afterwards be published on a special contest page of the site (Kir-tat’s website), with links to the contestants’ pages.
  • Kir-tat will be picking the winners. Personal favoritism is not possible, in fact she hopes her firends will help her with the judging. So don’t be shy about participating and good luck everyone!
  • Last day for submission: December 20th, 2010
  • The results will be published no later December 27th, 2010

1st place – Kir-tat’s artbook (see image on the right) + a surprise (she will mail to any part of the world, but only after the 10th of January)
2nd place – coloring of your sketch/lineart (1-2 characters)
3rd place – coloring of your sketch/lineart (1 character)

Character info:
Reference info
Screenshots by Stayka

Just in case:

in Russian fandom, the demons are often believed to have the following magic: Jadeite – demon of Dreams and Illusions, Nephrite – demon of Stars and Destinies, Zoisite – demon of Fire and Wind, Kunzite – demon of Ice and Chaos. You are not required to use this information, but perhaps it will inspire someone. And if you like, you can comment on the journal entry about the contest to connect with other contest entrants.

And here’s the cover for her artbook, featuring the four generals:

We hope our readers enjoy Kir-tat’s artwork and encourage our artistic readers to consider entering the contest. We will definitely be keeping an eye on the results!

Sailor Sightings October 2009!

We’ll start with sports! We haven’t seen so many sports sightings in such a long time, proving that Sailor Moon has fans from almost every walk of life!

☽ High school volleyball player Nikki Glass is making waves and leading her team to victory. In her profile, she listed Sailor Moon as her favorite cartoon as a kid. Her team is currently sitting in first place in their division standings! Way to go, Nikki!

☽ Virginia Tech football player Ryan Williams shared his inspiring life story, from growing up in a bad neighborhood to living out his dreams in high school. He also shared the important lessons he learned from his mentally-disabled older brother, Dontaye. The two share a special bond, and Ryan was always there behind him, even when times got tough. When he was younger, the two would watch cartoons like Transformers and Sailor Moon, and they continue to watch cartoons together today.

Onto visual art!

☽ Roger Shimomura has an interesting art exhibit at the Wing Luke Asian Museum in Seattle. His paintings are all self portraits superimposed on pop-culture icons, and one of them includes Sailor Moon. Considering that this was painted in 2004, it’s hard to tell whether it was influenced more by the manga or PGSM, but he has painted Sailors Moon, Mercury, and Mars in their anime style, but with elements that were not used in the anime (Sailor Moon’s choker is noticeably different, and Roger crossed his glasses with a shape familiar to manga fans). Fans can check out more of his works on display here.

☽ Teens who are patients at Australia’s West Footscray Royal Children’s Hospital are taking a novel approach to treating their mental disorders – creating art! These paintings were created through art therapy programs. While therapists are reluctant to interpret the art that they are painting, the art serves as a way for patients to express themselves and to identify their emotions and issues, along with their causes. What really struck us was a seemingly hopeful painting that one girl painted of Sailor Moon. She hoped for more power in her personal life. Sailor Moon is a special character who went from being someone who had little confidence in herself, to a superhero that was capable of saving the world, and never giving up the fight. She means a lot to so many people – and this is one of the reasons why we wish the show could come back.

Celebrity Jabber!

The Daily Show‘s correspondent Samantha Bee, has sure come a long way from her odd jobs at alternative theaters in Toronto! The Toronto Star profiled her last weekend, and talked about her new Off-Broadway show. We enjoyed reading how she met her “Tuxedo Mask” while playing Sailor Moon at Toronto’s CNE several years ago! She considers it one of the low points in her career (but we sure don’t). We tried to find a picture of her as Sailor Moon but were unsuccessful.

☽ And it seems that horrid Kisten Dunst video has finally made its debut in London. Read a fan’s account of it here!

And as we end this article, we’ll leave you with this thought. Is Tuxedo Mask really a headache?