The Wind Rises Contest

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Celebrate the art of Hayao Miyazaki and the North American theatrical release of his last film, "The Wind Rises" by creating a very special Tribute to the film's art. Your Tribute will be used to promote the release of "The Wind Rises" on DeviantART.

We ask that you combine elements from the images provided in the Asset Pack with your own inspiration to build your Tribute artwork.

"The Wind Rises" tells the story of one of Japan's most important aviation engineers against the backdrop of the major events of the 20th century. Critics have been overwhelmed by the artistry in this final masterwork from the brilliant animator and storyteller, Hayao Miyazaki. This is your opportunity to enter into his world and recast its elements into a final Tribute.

The three winning entries will be used on deviantART to promote the film's release. Each winning artwork will be made into a framed presentation print sent to Studio Ghibli in Japan.

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How To Enter
Step 1: Learn About "The Wind Rises"
View the trailer for "The Wind Rises" and read the synopsis for the film. Then download and review the Asset Pack.
Step 2: Make Your Tribute
Compose your Tribute to the film by using the images in the Asset Pack and/or your own inspiration from viewing the trailer and reading the synopsis. You may use elements from the images provided or reproduce the images themselves using any drawing, painting or digital medium other than photography. No stock. Please limit the Tribute to only "The Wind Rises" and do not use elements from any of Hayao Miyazaki's other films.
Step 3: Submit Your Tribute
Submit your Tribute using the button below. Your Tribute must be approximately 2,000 pixels in width and 550 pixels in height at a minimum of 72 dpi and be either a single .JPG or .PNG file. Sorry, no .GIFs or other moving images.

Each of the three grand prize winners will receive $1,000 USD, a framed print of his or her work, and the winning entry will be featured in a billboard on the deviantART homepage that links directly to the winner's deviantART profile for maximum exposure!

THE WIND RISES CONTEST BEGINS AT 10:00AM (PT – Los Angeles Time) ON February 21, 2014 AND ENDS AT 11:59PM (PT – Los Angeles Time) ON FEBRUARY 26, 2014.
Entrant must be at least 18 years old as of February 21, 2014
Entrant must be a resident of the United States or Canada, excluding Quebec. Individuals located on United States military bases wherever located may also enter.
Entries must be received by 11:59:59PM (Los Angeles Time) on February 26, 2014 and be submitted through the contest gallery on deviantART;
Membership to is required to enter the contest. Membership to is free;
The Work must originate as a drawing, painting, or from a digital medium other than photography. Photographs of an entry made in another medium are acceptable.
The Work must be submitted as a single .JPG or .PNG file approximately 2,000 pixels in width and 550 pixels in height at a minimum 72 dpi.
You may combine elements from the images in the Asset Pack, reproduce the images, or add your own original content.
Licensed brushes and textures are acceptable as well as original assets from the Entrant's own work and visual elements from the Film. Do not include the name of the Film or of Hayao Miyazaki in your entry;
Other requirements and restrictions apply and please read the official rules carefully.
The three winning entries will be selected by deviantART staff. The judges will use the following criteria in whatever degree the judges believe appropriate:
Effectiveness as a Tribute to the Film;
Overall Impact of the Work;
Originality and Artistic Skill.

Please read the Official Rules for more details on judging.

HAYAO MIYAZAKI (Director) was born in 1941 in Tokyo. After graduating from Gakushuin University in 1963 with a degree in political science and economics, he joined Toei Animation Company as an animator. He worked under the director Isao Takahata for scene planning and key animation for the production of "The Little Norse Prince Valiant" (1968). He then moved to the animation studio A Production with Takahata in 1971 where he worked on the original concept, screenplay, layout design and key animation for "Panda! Go Panda!" (1972). He worked at various studios such as Zuiyo Eizo, Nippon Animation and Telecom, and did scene planning and layout designs for the TV series "Heidi, A Girl of the Alps" (1974) and "From the Apennines to the Andes" (1976), and directed his first TV series "Conan, the Boy in Future" (1978). He debuted as director of a theatrical feature with "The Castle of Cagliostro" (1979). In 1984, Miyazaki wrote and directed his feature "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind," based on his original graphic novel which had been serialized in the monthly animation magazine "Animage."

Miyazaki co-founded Studio Ghibli in 1985 with Takahata, and has directed eight feature films since. His film "Spirited Away" (2001) broke every box-office record in Japan, and garnered many awards, including the Golden Bear at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival and the Oscar® for Best Animated Feature Film at the 2003 U.S. Academy Awards, and "Howl's Moving Castle" (2004)

received the Osella Award at the 2004 Venice International Film Festival. Miyazaki was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2005 Venice International Film Festival. "Ponyo" (2008) was his most recent directorial effort. He also contributed to the planning and wrote the screenplay for the Ghibli's newest films "The Secret World of Arrietty" (2010) and "From Up on Poppy Hill" (2011). Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises" was released on July 20, 2013 in Japan.

Miyazaki has published a number of books of essays, drawings and poems, including "Shuppatsuten1979 1996 (Starting Point: 1979 1996, 1996)." He has designed several buildings, including the Ghibli Museum, Mitaka, which opened in 2001, for which he serves as Executive Director.


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puzzledpixel's avatar
how did i miss this contest?!! hayao miyazake is my hero!!
MGartist's avatar
I can't believe I missed seeing that this contest was going on! ):
I would have entered. >_<
Wild-Snapdragon's avatar
Such a good movie! It practically made my heart melt!
Glamrgrl104's avatar
awesome job everyone! Stuff came up so I didn't make my entry oh well always the next contest.
Layeyes's avatar

Here are the Winners 

For all to see!  Btw the Movie is pretty motivating for all those Romantic-love finding/Workaholic-Artist out there. Pretty moving movie.   


Rawrs-Bad-Ideas's avatar
So if you're a premium member, you don't even get to see the banners, good job Da.

Also no listing of who one or anything, you guys still look like you're going allowing people to enter by the look of this journal.

It's really concerning to someone who entered if we won or not.
Layeyes's avatar
I only know of two Winners

The 1st…

The 2nd…

And I really like the winners pieces I think they both did a great job
Layeyes's avatar
Oh theres the 3rd one nice work btw I totally missed this one.

Rawrs-Bad-Ideas's avatar
when was it posted? Where? I've looked everywhere.
Layeyes's avatar
It wasn't posted just look at the entries

Rawrs-Bad-Ideas's avatar
except t doesn't say anywhere on them where they're a winner
JacobIpek's avatar
Could anyone please post a link to the entry which won on 2 march. I can't find it.
NefariousSovereign's avatar
this was the most pointless contest ever. The only person who deserved to win this was the second winner, there where HUNDREDS of more worthy drawings than that of what you picked DA staff. I thought day one was disappointing. This is silly and Im kinda baffled how one of the greater artists who CLEARLY is greatly talented didnt win. ONE of the all time popular ones win, and then did you guys just pick the rest out of a hat? Sure seems that way. I also agree with Gio, who did the judging, and WHY did they win when the depth of that last winner is flawed compared to again, HUNDREDS of other submissions. I feel there was greater talent present in this contest and it was over looked.  
maplekeurig's avatar
I completely agree. I thought it was based off artistic skill and I'm 100% sure it wasn't now.
NefariousSovereign's avatar
glad im not alone here, its not that im mad i didnt win, Im mad someone who deserved to win, did not! I can see art like these winners any day on DA ALL day.
MangaKidArt's avatar
I'm glad I didn't just think the same thing ^^" I was feeling bad about being disappointed with the winners, even though they worked hard too. But I was actually surprised with the originality. I think I misunderstood and thought the challenge was about using inspiration from asset images to create an artistic advertisement tribute to Miyazaki's film and style. In my mind, being original wasn't exactly promoted in the rules. If it was, then why was there the option to use the asset images to make a collage? But then they ignore the 'common' styles and choose totally different winners, which is fine. But those winners don't even end up being out of the more original artistic pieces!? So its kind of confusing me... :( I don't know how they chose them.
JulieLukeartwork's avatar
Who won the contest? 
YukiTheMaidFox's avatar
;c isnt there a way to see the  winners from the 28th and  1st ? 
Giogiogio4's avatar
So is there going to be actual information on why these entries won? You know so we can get information from the judges and see what qualifies them to judge?
It does nothing for the rest of the artist when Zero feedback is shown. For all we know random people with zero knowledge on composition, color theory and actual art / and software are judging these things because they prefer one Anime style over another. The last few contest pretty much were played out that way. Hell we don't even know who the judges even are.
maplekeurig's avatar
I kind of want this information too.
I don't think it would be fair to be judged by someone who knows nothing about art.
Giogiogio4's avatar
It does nothing to help other artist improve without some kind of Critique on why the winning entries won. It shows us how in depth the judges actually looked at the works and what kind of qualifications those people hold by the way they speak.When nothing is said it just give the impression that whatever was picked because it just suited whatever style they have a bias for. If a judge can't go into depth about the basics of art they shouldn't be judging art. Some artworks could have the most thought out color and line choices that completely blows away someone using effect layers in say Photoshop. But if the judge doesn't have the eye for it then the whole thing was pointless.
1risHeart's avatar
who won today o.o
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