COPIC AWARD 2017 - connecting COPIC fans all over the world by such works, and making the drawing and production more fun

About COPIC AWARD

The COPIC AWARD, which was held for the first time in 2017, is an event aimed at providing an opportunity to share the artworks created using Copic on the web, connecting Copic fans around the world by their art, and making their Copic experience more fun.

Last year the COPIC AWARD attracted more than 1,000 entries from all over the world and after the rounds of judging of prestigious juries, the winners for three categories (Design, Illustration and Craft) were finally decided.

The second annual COPIC AWARD is scheduled to be held in 2018. We are looking forward to many Copic fans taking this opportunity to participate!

Judges

ART & DESIGN

Oliver Neuland

Oliver Neuland

Oliver Neuland [Dip. Des. PG] is a practicing industrial/transport designer as well as experienced educator. He started his career as motorcycle designer at BMW and MuZ after graduating from Offenbach University of Art and Design (Germany) in product design. Then he worked as design & event consultant for various companies, lead the Product Design Department at Massey University, Auckland (New Zealand) and acted a Head of AUTs Industrial Design and Innovation Department. In the mid-2000s he released an educational video series about marker rendering in cooperation with Too Marker Products Japan and Holtz Germany in which he revealed his expert knowledge for idea visualization using Copic markers.

See:www.neuland-design.de

HOBBY & CRAFT

Michelle Houghton

Michelle Houghton

Ms. Houghton has been a creator all of her life studying art through college and teaching high school art for several years. She is an avid scrapbooker, cardmaker and mixed media journalist and added Copic markers to her tool box over 10 years ago. Michelle started teaching Copic markers and ink techniques online and in live classes 8 years ago and is still currently designing and teaching new Copic classes throughout the US and on-line.

Blog: scrapweaver.com
Instagram: kmichellehoughton
Facebook: facebook.com/copicinthecraftroom
YouTube: youtube.com/channel/UCwXYh-LRJqKRv6f8KJasb1w
Pinterest: pinterest.com/kristinmichellehoughton/pins/
Twitter: twitter.com/scrapweaver

Debbie Olson

Debbie Olson

Ms. Olson has loved coloring, drawing, and painting for as long as she can remember, The busy-ness of motherhood shifted that love from canvas to paper seventeen years ago, and she has since been privileged to work for several paper crafting companies, including die-cutting, scrapbooking, and stamping companies, in a variety of capacities over the past fifteen years. Debbie began blogging for Imagination International, Inc. about ten years ago and has been a Copic Regional Instructor for the past eight years.

Blog: debbieolsondesigns.com
Pinterest: pinterest.com/debbiedesigns/

Jennifer Dove

Ms. Dove has been an artist her whole life with all mediums, but have found Copic markers to be the medium she is drawn to on a daily basis.
Establishing my Copic technique in both fine art as well as card making and teaching students from all over the world since 2010.
Working closely with Imagination International Inc over the years, supporting the Copic creativity of people all around her.

Blog: just4funcrafts.blogspot.com
Event Blog: CopicBootCamp.blogspot.com
Facebook: facebook.com/Jennifer.Dove.Art

MANGA/COMIC & ILLUSTRATION

Eisaku Kubonouchi

Eisaku Kubonouchi

Mr. Kubonouchi is a famous Japanese manga artist/illustrator. His best-known manga series such as "Tsurumoku Dokushin Ryo" and “Chocolat" were adapted into the TV dramas, and translated and published overseas. Mr. kubonouchi’s works attract a wide range of audience with his vivid, beautiful characters created with Copic markers and colored pencils. The latest offering from Mr. Kubonouchi is character design for animated TV commercial series for Nissin Foods' Cup Noodles titled "Hungry Days".

Twitter: twitter.com/EISAKUSAKU

Shigeto Koyama

Shigeto Koyama

Tokyo born Mr. Koyama is a prominent designer who has contributed to many anime series. He debuted in the industry in the 2004 OVA “Gunbuster 2: Diebuster”. In 2015, He directed his first short film “Obake-chan” as one of the lineup title for Japan Animator Expo. Also, the art design for Good Smile Racing team is directed by Mr. Koyama since 2014.

Twitter: twitter.com/joey__jones

Winners

  • Design
  • Illustration
  • Craft

DESIGN

Grand Prize

Iconic Duo - Ferrari and Fiat Dino

Nigel Müller

The Netherlands (Holland, Europe)

Iconic Duo - Ferrari and Fiat Dino

Outstanding realism achieved. Expert level marker rendering. Hard to believe that this is done with markers!
A shame the skills were not applied to an original design to demonstrate the use of markers for design development and concept presentation rather than the reproduction of photographic images compiled from different historic vehicles rather than offering a second perspective view as it would be common for transport design renderings.

Comment: Oliver Neuland

Judges' Award:Winner Architecture

Home

Jordan

Australia

Home

Very skillful architectural rendering with a nice composition;
Good sense for light and materiality; A bit hard to read the building itself due to very high color saturation throughout all parts of the rendering.

Comment: Oliver Neuland

Judges' Award:Winner Transport Design

FERRARI Fatina

Leejong

South Korea

FERRARI Fatina

Automotive design rendering on a high skill level;
Drawing communicates and presents original concept well through several perspectives;
Good sense for light; reflections and highlights could be more defined and crisp though;
Line work has a good tension.

Comment: Oliver Neuland

Judges' Award:Winner Industrial Design

Beam projector - refined7

Seo Eunyeong

South Korea

Beam projector - refined7

Well rendered original product;
overwhelming density (complexity) in layout which makes it hard to read the actual proposed design well; A shame as the actually product rendering is very nice; Renderings displays a good sense for light and materiality.

Comment: Oliver Neuland

Judges' Award:Winner Fashion/Character

Marine Life

Tarsio Allonso

Brazil

Marine Life

Very well executed and arranged rendering;
clean lines and gradients; good depth; very nice work.

Comment: Oliver Neuland

Illustration

Grand Prize

Invisible

YUMING CHEN

Taiwan

Invisible

This unique "trompe l'oeil/trick art" kind of idea that hiding chameleons into the various different materials is truly amazing. This is a piece makes us want to look at many times over - And it impresses us every single time. Each four elements have completely different color combination and constructed in a high level of perfection. Every time you see this fun masterpiece, you would discover something new.

Comment: Eisaku Kubonouchi

Judges' Award:Eisaku Kubonouchi

Wing of the roses

Yaichino

Germany

Wing of the roses

The composition featuring roses and feathers as a motif is astonishingly beautiful and a sorrowful look on character's face is alluring. Also flowing silhouettes and subtle gradations of feathers and petals are making this character mystical. I think it was a good choice to use a simple color scheme in this piece.

Judges' Award:Shigeto Koyama

Shimotsuki No Youi Kitan (Strange Tales of November)

Orca Arashi

Taiwan

Shimotsuki No Youi Kitan (Strange Tales of November)

The colors arranged with effective use of a natural whiteness of paper is wonderful. Loved his sense incorporating the taste of digital painting such as the vividness of the accent color, reflections of light and the gradation created using color irregularity. I really like this piece and I cannot resist seeing it!

Special Award

La ferrari illiustration

KarolisDesign

Lithuania

La ferrari illiustration

Since the elaborate details of this piece are breathtaking, you may think this was not created entirely in Copic. However, if you look closely, you will find some techniques unique to analog painting like the gradation using the unevenness of color. His touch in this piece is bold and has no hesitation. The silhouette of a car is so beautiful, also his representation of light and shadow is superb.

Comment: Shigeto Koyama

Special Award

cf120951

Taiwan

cf120951

This piece is a good example which showing various aspects and possibilities of the "Copic" illustration in the sense that it purposely mixed realistic drawing area and unevenly colored area. Shading technique using the flat part of the nib is also fun to see.

Comment: Shigeto Koyama

Special Award

Warrior Tiger

FernandoTravis

Brazil

Warrior Tiger

There were many entries drawn based on photographs. On the other hand, this piece from South America was thoroughly and successfully created his image of Japan by the exercise of imagination. We (Juries) were impressed his passion for Copic - Also we loved those bamboo leaves used for decorating the artwork.

Comment: Shigeto Koyama

Craft

Grand Prize

Mini Specimen Box

Yu-Shan, Huang

Taiwan

Mini Specimen Box

The delicate nature of the entry “Specimen Box” caught and captured our attention immediately. The butterflies look so real. We want to reach out and touch them. Very well done!

Comment:
Michelle Houghton, Debbie Olson & Jennifer Dove

Judges' Award:Michelle Houghton

Starlit Safe Haven

CatharsisGaze

Austria

Starlit Safe Haven

“Starlit Safe Haven” was one of my favorites. Not only is the Copic coloring beautiful, but the ability to craft paper into a complex 3-dimensional object takes great skill.

Judges' Award:Debbie Olson

Katsu-Don(Pork Cutlet on Rice)

JUMPEI KAWAMURA

Japan

Katsu-Don(Pork Cutlet on Rice)

I found the “Pork Cutlet on Rice” piece to be both original and skillfully crafted. The realistic rendering of multiple textures--metal, porcelain, food, wood--and multiple pieces demonstrated masterful marker skills.

Judges' Award:Jennifer Dove

Work in progress

Ad-Rien

France

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Work in progress2
Work in progress3
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Work in progress5

I was stopped in my tracks by the creativity of the piece “Work in Progress". This piece of artwork was well thought out and created onto the coloring medium. The perspective of a dimensional piece can be a challenge and the artist nailed it from all angles. This gives the word “Craft” a broader meaning. I feel like I am taking a peek into someone’s studio while they are hard at work. I love the use of the Copic markers and the feel that the black and white gives through this artwork. Just shows it doesn’t have to all be in color to create an impact. Nicely done!

Ceremony

All three Grand Prize winners of COPIC AWARD 2017 (Mr. Nigel Muller from Netherlands, Mr. Chen Yuming and Ms. Yu-Shan Huang from Taiwan) were invited to Tokyo and attended the awarding ceremony took place on April 2018, as a part of the Copic Thanks Party event.

Ceremony1

Mr. Muller, a Grand Prize winner of Art & Design category, is only 19 years old. His achievement on this artwork, especially his excellent skills for expressing reflection of light and outstanding realism, were highly evaluated.

Mr. Muller

Here's a comment from Mr. Eisaku Kubonouchi, a jury of Illustration category:
“Seeing each and every entries was fresh and exciting experience for me! There were a lot of surprises and revelations to me – Seeing people use Copic in ways I’ve never imagined was a great learning opportunity. As for the grand prize winner of Illustration category, the idea of hiding chameleons into the various different materials was really amazing! I picked this masterpiece as a winner without hesitation.”

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The second annual COPIC AWARD is scheduled to be held in 2018.
We are looking forward to many Copic fans taking this opportunity to participate!

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