The Finalist Round!

It's time to Choose a Winner!

Thanks to everyone for voting! We had a great turnout for our first contest. We received 32 submissions and over 800 votes! We're extremely pleased to announce our three finalists who received the highest number of votes:

Christelle Chan

Kevin George

Kunal Saikia


Each of the finalists' entries will now be reviewed and graded by a team of creative professionals and a winner will be determined. Let's meet the judges!


Denae Wilkowski

Denae is a freelance artist and illustrator who has worked for Insomniac Games, Night School Studios, and other private clients.  Her passion is in character design and visual development along with some coffee and cats thrown in there somewhere.  She attended Digipen Institute of Technology for Digital Arts and Animation and is currently working in Los Angeles.

Corey Peagler

Corey began his animation career with Insomniac Games back in 2007 and is currently employed at Blizzard Entertainment in southern California.  His most recent credits include Diablo III: Reaper of Souls and World of Warcraft:  Warlords of Draenor.  He received his BFA in Communication Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Nicole Cardiff

Nicole is a freelance illustrator who has worked for Hasbro, Sony, and Reading Rainbow. She lives in Los Angeles focused primarily on painting book covers for a variety of authors. She received her BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

The art will be graded in three categories: Creativity, Craft, and Appeal. Each category is weighted equally and will receive a rating out of 10. Once added together, the entry will receive it's final score out of 30.

The judges will have until Sunday night to make their decisions and we will announce the winner on Monday, March 9th, 2015! If you're not already on our mailing list, fill out the form below to receive D.M. Cumbo updates and future contest news!


How original and intriguing is the work? Did the artist try anything that piques interest in an unusual manner? Did the artist add to or otherwise embellish the original line-art with something that took it in an unexpected direction?


The overall quality of the craftsmanship. This is where attention to detail matters. Art that tries hard to make a strong presentation will score well in this category.


This is the toughest category to judge as it's based on subjectivity. Sometimes, artwork just strikes us as powerful or emotionally affecting. Art that has a strong appeal resonates with us.

Thanks to all our talented artists!

Sorry to all our hard-working artists who didn't make it to the finalist round! We hope you will come back and try again in the next contest!