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Og-spotlight by marioluevanosDeviantArt and Laika Studios have come together to bring you the new Kubo and the Two Strings Story Within Contest! Create an illustration showing Kubo overcoming a difficult obstacle inspired by the movie trailer or your own personal experience for a chance to win a selection of collector Kubo items and cash prizes!
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Illustrate your story in Kubo’s world!


We all have difficult obstacles that we must overcome. DeviantArt and Laika Studios are challenging you to illustrate Kubo overcoming a difficult obstacle, either inspired by the movie or by your own personal experience. In Kubo and the Two Strings, Kubo uses the power of music and the support of his friends and loved ones to overcome the various challenges he faces on his journey to find his father’s lost armor. Your artwork may feature Kubo alone, or with one or more of the eccentric characters he meets on his journey.

Kubo and the Two Strings tells the story of a young boy named Kubo who goes on an epic journey to find the armor lost long ago by his father, a heroic samurai named Hanzo. Accompanied by his magical shamisen, a two-stringed instrument, and an offbeat pair of characters, Monkey and Beetle, Kubo faces a series of difficult and terrifying challenges as he learns more about himself and his family.


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How To Enter

Step 1

Watch the trailer and download the asset pack to familiarize yourself with Kubo and the Two Strings.

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Step 2

Create an original piece of art illustrating Kubo overcoming an obstacle either inspired by the movie or an obstacle you’ve personally faced. You can reference but not directly copy materials from the assets. Read the Official Rules for more details.

Read Official Rules

Step 3

Submit your artwork into the contest by using the “Submit Your Entry” button below. Your entry must be in the form of a single JPG at least 2000 pixels in the shortest dimension.

Prizes


1st Place Winner

  • $3,000.00 USD
  • A 1-Year Core Membership
  • A Collector's Pair of Kubo-themed Nikes
  • Kubo Blu-ray
  • Art of Kubo book

2nd Place Winner

  • $1,500.00 USD
  • A 1-Year Core Membership
  • Kubo Blu-ray
  • Kubo Mask Set
  • Art of Kubo book

3rd Place Winner

  • $1,000.00 USD
  • A 1-Year Core Membership
  • Kubo Blu-ray
  • Kubo Figurine
  • Art of Kubo book

22 Semi-Finalists

  • 3-Month Core Membership
  • Kubo Blu-ray
  • 1,000 DeviantArt Points
  • Art of Kubo book

Kubo

The son of a legendary samurai and a goddess, Kubo is a scrappy, shamisen-shredding 12-year-old with magical powers he’s only beginning to understand. Kubo is a born storyteller, raising money to care for his mother by entertaining his town’s villagers with origami reenactments of his father’s past heroics. But when he seeks out the truth of his father’s past, Kubo discovers more than he bargained for, awakening the all-powerful Moon King. Now, faced with challenges beyond his wildest imagination, Kubo must embark on a quest to master his powers and become the hero he was born to be.


Monkey

A protective talisman magically brought to life by Kubo’s mom, Monkey has one mission: protect Kubo at all costs. As skilled with a sword as she is with her razor-edged wit, Monkey is a no-nonsense fighter with little patience for monkeying around. But while she presents a tough exterior, it’s only to keep her emotions from getting in the way of defending the friends she would do anything for.


Beetle

A skilled archer and brave warrior, Beetle once served in the army of the legendary samurai Hanzo. Or at least he thinks he did. Stricken by a horrible curse, Beetle’s memories were stripped away and his body transformed into a hard-shelled, oversized man-bug. Beetle eagerly joins Kubo on his quest after learning about the boy’s relationship to Beetle’s former master. Loyal to the core of his armor-plated thorax, Beetle’s multi-armed marksmanship makes him an enormous asset—just as long as he can remember where he is and what he’s supposed to be doing. Wait, what were we talking about again?


Hosato

A devoted father, Hosato loves nothing more than spending time with his daughter and teaching her about their cultural and ancestral traditions. A model citizen if ever there was one, Hosato is well loved by his neighbors for his sharp mind and good humor. For Kubo, Hosato’s idyllic family life is a poignant reminder of everything the Moon King took away from him.


Kameyo

A kindly widow from Kubo’s village, Kameyo is always there to lend an ear, tell a joke, or give a bit of advice to help Kubo. From silly suggestions on how to improve his performances to recommendations on fun activities, Kameyo does her best to make sure that Kubo doesn’t grow up too fast as he works to support his mom. Old in age but young at heart, Kameyo is Kubo’s best and funniest and definitely least mature friend.


Hashi

Hashi is without a doubt Kubo’s biggest fan. While trained as a fierce and serious warrior, Hashi isn’t immune to getting silly with childlike wonder whenever Kubo hits the stage for one of his performances. And even though he eagerly volunteers to participate in Kubo’s tales whenever he can, Hashi hasn’t quite worked up the courage to ask his favorite storyteller for an autograph yet.


The Sisters

The spectral twins are both the Moon King’s daughters and his most powerful warriors. Identical in voice and appearance down to their chilling Noh masks, the Sisters are in charge of hunting down their father’s enemies with ruthless efficiency. They never eat, they never sleep, and they’ll let nothing stand in the way of capturing Kubo and carrying out their father’s wishes. Don’t let their smiling masks fool you... if you ever hear their whispering voices, run.


The Moon King

The immortal Moon King is a stone-hearted god who seeks to shape the world in his image: cold, callous, and perfect.  When his favorite daughter forsook her family and fell in love with the human samurai Hanzo, the Moon King became enraged and brutally laid waste to Hanzo and his army in retribution. Now unchallenged and unmatched in raw power, the Moon King will stop at nothing to capture his grandson Kubo and bring him back into the family, thus restoring the earth and stars to their “proper” order.


Rules


The ‘Kubo and The Two Strings Story Within Contest’ begins at 12:00:00 am (PT – Los Angeles Time) on October 25, 2016 and ends at 11:59:59 pm (PT – Los Angeles Time) on November 13, 2016 (The “Promotion Period”).

  • Entrant must be at least 13 years old as of October 25, 2016;

  • Entrant must be a current resident of any of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories, or possessions and U.S. military installations, to be eligible to enter the Contest;

  • The completed entry (“Work”) may originate in any visual medium but must be submitted at the Contest Site as a single JPG or PNG file at least 2,000 pixels in its shortest length;

  • Entrant must submit a completed entry of an original artwork that depicts an original rendering of the Kubo character from the motion picture Kubo and the Two Strings, which illustrates Kubo overcoming a difficult obstacle, either inspired by the movie trailer or from the Entrant’s own personal experience. You can include characters in addition to Kubo if you wish;

  • Do not include the Kubo and the Two Strings title in an entry;

  • Other requirements and restrictions apply and please read the Official Rules carefully;

Judging


The 25 semi-finalists will be chosen by DeviantArt Staff. The first, second, and third place winners will be selected by a representative of Laika Studios. The judges will use the following criteria in whatever degree the judges believe appropriate:

  • Use of Kubo in the Work;

  • Overall Emotional Impact of the Work,

  • Success in Portraying the Contest Theme.

  • Originality and Artistic Skill;

Please read the Official Rules for more details about judging.

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DeviantArt and Laika Studios have come together to bring you the new Kubo and the Two Strings Story Within Contest! Create an illustration showing Kubo overcoming a difficult obstacle inspired by the movie trailer or your own personal experience for a chance to win a selection of collector Kubo items and cash prizes!
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:iconphoenixleo:
phoenixleo Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016
From the rules:
The completed entry ("Work") may originate in any visual medium but must be submitted at the Contest Site as a single JPG or PNG file.

3D is visual medium, but you still have to submit in the file format indicated.
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FayDog Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Kubo is the name of my guinea pig XD
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:iconphoenixleo:
phoenixleo Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016
:lol:
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Sanjunin49 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I very much like what I have seen of the movie, but I was not able to see it in the theater and I am waiting for the DVD to come out. So I am unable enter the contest. I hope that it will be available in a DVD format, besides Blue ray.
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likasmyles Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016
Oh you don't have to have seen the movie to participate in the contest!  Feel free to enter!

"Entrant must submit a completed entry of an original artwork that depicts an original rendering of the Kubo character from the motion picture Kubo and the Two Strings, which illustrates Kubo overcoming a difficult obstacle, either inspired by the movie trailer or from the Entrant’s own personal experience. You can include characters in addition to Kubo if you wish;"
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Mr5outof10 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Student
susDeviantArt 
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umbaIite Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016
is traditional work or photography/costume sumbmissions allowed?
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Death-by-Ink Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016
Yes as long as it meets the digital image requirement.
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:iconhighrollerhydra:
HighRollerHydra Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
How come the movie didn't make so much money even though critics gave it praise?
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KatieGirlsForever Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My entry is finally done! Kubo And The Two Strings Contest Entry by KatieGirlsForever
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LinkinPark9449 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
can't wait to get started on this :)
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SirRah00 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016
heh. this seems cool. shame i'm not in the U.S. Guess I'll just enjoy looking at all the awesome entries. :D
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Manimatsu Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Student General Artist
Going back to my other comment, I won't be able to join this contest. But if there's another one going on next time, I'll join it!
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kingston-arakite Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
will be interesting to see entries :D 
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wolfgirl1401 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016  Hobbyist
 (("Accompanied by his magical shamisen, a two-stringed instrument,"-- But... A shamisen is a three stringed instrument-- Anyway, all joking aside, I really loved this movie, and I wish I could enter. But, I'm not a good enough artist. XD))
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shadhardblogger Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016  Student Writer
Does that mean I get to scan hard copies and count as online entry when I submit?
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:iconphoenixleo:
phoenixleo Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016
You have to scan or take a photo of your traditional work in order to submit.
The completed entry (“Work”) may originate in any visual medium but must be submitted at the Contest Site as a single JPG or PNG file at least 2,000 pixels in its shortest length;
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:iconumbaiite:
umbaIite Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016
is traditional work or photography/costume sumbmissions allowed?
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:iconphoenixleo:
phoenixleo Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016
Since you would have to wera the constume and follow the rules of what they want and submit it as a jpg/png file and that it's a visual medium (photography), yes.
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KJZombieKiller Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016
I'll try it, although I wont win, since my traditional stuff isnt as "appealing" as Photoshopped stuff. 
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PoppyMori Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016   Digital Artist
?????? I find it kind of amusing you're saying this for a contest for a movie which was primarily animated with stop motion or traditional efffects.

Traditional is just as appealing as digital, I'll be excited to see what you produce.
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KJZombieKiller Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016
What I meant is the fan art people create usually tends to be created digitally. I commented before I saw the last day for the contest, so there's a chance it wont happen. I'll give it a shot, though.
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PoppyMori Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016   Digital Artist
That's very true!! there's been a lot of digital submissions but there's been quite a few traditional illustrations in the contest that are fantastic also!! Good luck on your submission, I hope you can make it in time!
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KJZombieKiller Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016
i decided not to do it. I have too much going on, plus Im set on drawing portraits I have been trying to get to for the longest time. But thank you, anyways. Sorry to sound biased, I just appreciate traditional alot more. 
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PoppyMori Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016   Digital Artist
I understand, I wanted to attempt it also but I found myself in the midst of a whirlwind. And I don't think you sound biased, traditional art has wonderful merits that are hard to replicate or be found in digital. The satisfaction of a physical surface to work on is simply a wonderful feeling.
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KJZombieKiller Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2016
Agreed
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:iconphoenixleo:
phoenixleo Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016
Last day is 11:59:59 PM (PT - Los Angeles Time) ON NOVEMBER 13, 2016
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:iconherobrinea1234:
Herobrinea1234 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I want to enter in these things, but I'm not good at art D:
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Elladog1 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Student General Artist
I bet you're awesome!
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Herobrinea1234 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
D'aww, nice of you to say, but not particularly ;P
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:iconelladog1:
Elladog1 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016  Student General Artist
your art is really good! Say good things about your art too. If you keep practicing you will get better. And better!
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Herobrinea1234 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha thanks! You have a nice day or night or whatever it is over where you live ;P
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Tart-Deco Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016
Cool 
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Camilicks Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
"Entrant must be a current resident of any of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories, or possessions and U.S. military installations, to be eligible to enter the Contest"

Sad Oh Noes! 
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fluffy11cat Featured By Owner Edited Nov 8, 2016  Student Filmographer
I'm doing this, I'm working on my contest entry, but I seen ads that say today is is the last day to enter. But on the journal it say the last day is on Sunday on the 13th. So is it too late to submit art to the contests, or are the ads wrong? Pleases let me know.
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likasmyles Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016
Hi Fluffy11cat!  The ads are just saying that it's the "Last Chance to Enter" so you have until Sunday the 13th!
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:iconfluffy11cat:
fluffy11cat Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016  Student Filmographer
Thank you. Thanks for letting me know.
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scavengerofdoubt Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016
Cool
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human72 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016
nice though I say if this allows you to get a free badge from this I am all in for commenting here.
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SATANOFTHEUS Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016
PODESTA EMAILS SPIRIT COOKING! LOOK IT UP! HILLARY IS CONFIRMED EVEN CRAZIER THAN WE ALL THOUGHT!
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AliyahIceQueen Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...really?? -.-
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JmyQ Featured By Owner Edited Nov 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you have a folder where I can see submitted entries? 
Nevermind I found it
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:iconcluelessfish:
cluelessfish Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Student General Artist
If it's not too much trouble, can you tell me where to find it? :)
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:iconphoenixleo:
phoenixleo Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016
In addition to what JmyQ pointed out, you can also click the "View Entries" link at the top! :)
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:iconjmyq:
JmyQ Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh sure! 
Go into the Browse/Search option and look at the "All Categories" option. Then go to "Contests", "2016" and "Kubo and the Two Strings."
Here's the link if you don't want to click that much: www.deviantart.com/browse/all/…
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cluelessfish Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Student General Artist
thank you so much!
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My-Anus-Hurts Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
ok
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KenjayC21 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks fun, I might try my hand at it. Quick question though, could include ourselves into the pic with Kubo? or is it only characters from the film?
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2016
Like a side character or something? :?
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