Manga draw competitions

It’s been made into an anime TV series, live-action film, and Takarazuka stage musical, but more than anything else, it’s the original manga that’s captured the hearts of Rose of Versailles fans. Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, the series’ themes of desperate love, self-sacrifice, and challenging gender norms have been striking a chord with readers for over four decades.

Unlike last year, there’s no new volume of Rose of Versailles coming out this summer. However, there is still going to be a ton of new illustrations in the form of entries to a Rose of Versailles fan art competition that’s accepting submissions online right now, awarding impressive cash prizes, and being judged by the manga’s creator, Riyoko Ikeda herself.50918438_p0_master1200

Even in the world of shojo manga, Ikeda’s character illustrations are extremely pretty. As a matter of fact, the flawless skin and luxuriously long eyelashes of the Rose of Versailles cast have led to more than one tie-up with a Japanese makeup manufacturer, and sponsoring the current art contest is beauty and wellness product maker DHC.

But like we said, this contest is actually two competitions in one. In the second division, artists are asked to draw an anthropomorphized mascot for DHC’s Aromatic Bulgarian Rose Capsule supplement. Made with Damascus Rose, DHC claims it will give your body a natural floral scent.

Once again all you need to do is upload your drawing to Pixiv, give it the tag ブルガリアンローズ擬人化 (Burugarian Roozu kijinka, meaning “Bulgarian Rose anthropomorphism”), and set it to be publically visible. Unfortunately, winners of this division don’t receive autographs from Ikeda, but the awards are more numerous, with five runners-up each receiving 50,000 yen, and the grand prize winner taking home the largest monetary prize of the contest, a cool 300,000 yen.

The contest runs from now until 11:59 p.m. on July 7. Artists can enter both divisions, and multiple submissions are allowed as well, so grab those pencils and get drawing.