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Clip Studio Paint to Support Illustration Contest for Exhibition of Art Inspired by Buddhist Demigods “Ashura”

Celsys is supporting an art exhibition of modern “ashura”, a type of Buddhist demigod, organized by Nara Shinbunsha. We are supporting the illustration contest on the theme of “modern ashura”, and will award copies of Clip Studio Paint to the winners.

▼ Official site for “Modern Ashura” Exhibition (Japanese)


The “Modern Ashura” Exhibition aims to highlight the modern appeal of the ashura and to increase interest in Kohfukuji Temple, particularly among young people. The exhibition will display art of ashura reimagined by illustrators as new modern characters. An illustration contest will be held before the art exhibition, and winning pieces will be displayed and included in an art anthology alongside art by exhibiting illustrators and manga artists.

▼“Modern Ashura” Exhibition
Exhibition period: November 19–25, 2018
Location: Kohfukuji Kaikan, Kohfukuji Temple

▼Contest Application Period
July 31–September 24, 2018 (must be submitted before midnight Japan time on September 24)

Must be able to complete the application in Japan (no restriction on age, gender, or nationality)

Must express the theme of “modern ashura” in some way, such as using the ashura as a motif or creating a character inspired by ashura.

▼Application Details
・ Submit your piece by e-mail, post, or hand delivery, and include your 1. address, 2. name or penname, 3. age, 4. phone number, 5. e-mail address, 6. title of artwork, and 7. explanation of the artwork.
・A3 color artwork (any orientation allowed)
・ Digital: jpg or png format, 350 dpi resolution, RGB display mode, up to 5MB in size
・ Traditional: Any materials accepted. Post or hand-deliver to Nara Shinbunsha (Hand-deliveries accepted between 10am and 5pm on weekdays. Please contact the office at 0742-32-2112 before hand-delivering a submission.)
・ Each applicant may submit up to five artworks. Artworks will not be returned.
・ All copyrights for submitted works remain the property of the artist.

■ Grand Prix (1 winner)
50,000 JPY + a mirrorless single-lens camera
Clip Studio Paint EX + Clip Studio TABMATE
Featured in the “Modern Ashura” Exhibition
Published in the “Modern Ashura” Exhibition Anthology
Invited to a private showing of the exhibition on November 18
Plus 100,000 JPY prize money from CELSYS,Inc

■ Runner-up Grand Prix (2 winners)
30,000 JPY + Clip Studio Paint EX
Featured in the “Modern Ashura” Exhibition
Published in the “Modern Ashura” Exhibition Anthology
Invited to a private showing of the exhibition on November 18
Plus 20,000 JPY prize money from CELSYS,Inc

■ Kohfukuji Award (1 winner)
Featured in the “Modern Ashura” Exhibition
Published in the “Modern Ashura” Exhibition Anthology
Invited to a private showing of the exhibition on November 18
Plus Clip Studio Paint EX from CELSYS,Inc

■ Clip Studio Paint Award (1 winner)
Clip Studio Paint EX
Used as a key visual for Clip Studio Paint
Featured in the “Modern Ashura” Exhibition
Published in the “Modern Ashura” Exhibition Anthology
Invited to a private showing of the exhibition on November 18

Note: Other prizes may be added

The winners will be contacted privately at the beginning of October.
(Results to be announced on Twitter in late October and announced elsewhere online in early November)

The submissions will be judged by Kohfukuji Temple, Nara Shinbunsha, and CELSYS,Inc. We regret that we cannot respond to inquiries about the results of the contest.

Send illustration contest submissions to:

Post: Planning Dept., Nara Shinbunsha
2-4 Hokkejicho, Nara City, Japan 630-8686RE: “Modern Ashura” Exhibition
E-mail: ashura@nara-np.co.jp
TEL: 0742-32-2112  (10:00–17:00 on weekdays)

Nara Shinbunsha

▼Special Assistance
Kohfukuji Temple

▼Special Support
Yamato Noen Group, CELSYS,Inc, Kyodo Seihan Printing Co., Ltd.

Celsys will provide free three-month licenses for Clip Studio Paint PRO, its digital art software for illustration, comics, and animations, to the first 100 applicants intending to submit art to the illustration contest. The software will be provided before the submission deadline, so you can use it to create your art for the contest!

Apply for a free three-month license for Clip Studio Paint PRO (Japanese)

Since its launch in 2012, Clip Studio Paint has become Japan’s top share painting tool(※1) for illustrations, comics, and illustrations, used by more than three million users worldwide(※2). It is available in Japanese, English, French, Spanish, German, traditional Chinese, and Korean. With its natural and pleasant drawing feel and versatile functions, it is used in across wide range of applications, from hobby artists creating comics and illustrations to professional comic artists and animation studios.

Celsys will continue to support creators in digital art fields by supporting other contests in the future.

About other alliances

※ 1 Winner of the BCN Award for graphics software from 2015 to 2017
※ 2 Including trial users

CELSYS supports creators globally in the production, browsing, and distribution of digital art utilizing IT technology.
We provide solutions for content creation, distribution, and browsing, including support of creative activities through our illustration, manga and animation production software “Clip Studio Paint” and web service “Clip Studio”, as well as our e-book solution, “BS Reader”.

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