Neko Ninja Contest (Japanese Cat Ninja)

  • Status: Closed
  • Prize: $200
  • Entries Received: 178
  • Winner: werenwow

Contest Brief

This is a contest drawing a Japanese Cat Ninja character. We are an electronic music record label based in Japan & Las Vegas. Our company theme is Ninjas, and we are creating a viral series of Cat Ninja t-shirts & other items.

We want an artist to draw a Neko (Cat) Ninja doing something really cool. This should be good enough to go viral. Here are words to help guide you...but these are JUST ideas -

Zen
Kunoichi
Hello Kitty
Anime
Bad (mean) Kitty Face
Shuriken
Fighting against Dogs
Fish-bone
Cool more than cute (but not uncute!)

These are just a few ideas to get you going...but our company sells a Japanese theme to a Western audience. Our products are all made in Japan, as our company is based there.

For this contest, we want everyone to submit one drawing of a Cat Ninja doing something incredible. Something that will WOW us. This character should have viral qualities, which means it could be very simple or very complex. It could be old school Japanese animation, cut out photo art, or cool character styles of today.

The winner gets $200 for 5 awesome images of that same character.

Be creative, be witty, be viral.

Some of you who know me, know that I have multiple companies across different areas, but always have high expectations for the work we deliver.

We look forward to seeing your "Neko Ninja".

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Employer Feedback

“We R. is an incredible freelancer. First off, he took 1st place in our Neko Ninja contest out of 500 entries. Think about that! 500 entries!!! What an incredible accomplishment. What we didn't expect was the amazing after-service we would receive. He went above and beyond to prepare his images for our specific t-shirts. His ability to design what we were looking for was impeccable. This is a top 1% freelancer here. Can't wait to work together again! ”

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Public Clarification Board

  • aktermasuma
    aktermasuma
    • 1 month ago

    Hi sir, here is my new character pdf file link ; please sir kindly check.

    • 1 month ago
    1. aktermasuma
      aktermasuma
      • 1 month ago

      file:///C:/Users/Mahmud%20Hasan/Documents/neco%20ninja.pdf

      • 1 month ago
  • ChibiMoku
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    $50 - arilukman1984 - Your cat is super cute! We look forward to seeing the different backgrounds and adding Japanese characters to these images to make them even better!

    • 1 month ago
    1. arilukman1984
      arilukman1984
      • 1 month ago

      thanks a lot

      • 1 month ago
  • ChibiMoku
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    Thanks to everyone who accepted our win! What you all don't know, is that those of you who accepted our offer, will be seeing more work in the future. It was secret up until now, but our project is actually a platform to find more paying work for artists. We are actually professional filmmakers from Hollywood, and are doing this side project as a way to bring in $$$ for artists. You all will be part of a team that other companies in Hollywood and USA can hire for art work (for real US wages). We are glad to be working with such amazing artists!

    • 1 month ago
  • PabloTheRisso
    PabloTheRisso
    • 1 month ago

    Congratulations to the winners, it is an honor to have been chosen among so many great artists.

    Many thanks to you and your wife, Joshua!

    • 1 month ago
  • ChibiMoku
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    $100 - Tatasta - Tatasta’s style is so different from everyone else. So much so, that we are going to hire her help design the entire template for our website. The painted style is perfect for our brand, and we are lucky to have found a special artist like this. I have always imagined a style like this in my head for our entire brand, but don’t have the skills to bring that idea to life. Tatasta’s style has opened up doors of possibility for our brand. Great work!

    • 1 month ago
    1. Tatasta
      Tatasta
      • 1 month ago

      Its good news)) Thanks a lot.

      • 1 month ago
  • mkrathod51
    mkrathod51
    • 1 month ago

    Congrats We R. Your style is perfect for this!

    • 1 month ago
    1. werenwow
      werenwow
      • 1 month ago

      thank you very much sir,, appreciate that :D
      congrats for you too :D

      • 1 month ago
  • mkrathod51
    mkrathod51
    • 1 month ago

    I am happy with my result..i know that from first day..i could not win for first place because of my style and you are right my style is good for book illustration and other illustration..thanks for including me in the winner list of third place..thanks man you are awesome..apart from this best part of contest is everybody get chance for improving there art style..and everyone did that i can see the improvements!

    • 1 month ago
  • ChibiMoku
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    $200 - werenwow - We absolutely LOVE this character and style! This was a pretty easy decision for #1 for us. We love the Kunoichi! Each of these will make fantastic t-shirts, and will show professionalism with our brand. From the beginning, when you first drew the image with the bamboo background, everyone knew the contest stepped up. I feel that it was at that point, that everyone started submitting extremely high quality images. You set the bar high for this contest. From that point on, really only talented artists hung around this contest. Great work, you are incredible!

    • 1 month ago
    1. werenwow
      werenwow
      • 1 month ago

      Thank you very much sir,, omg i'm shaking now lol once again thank you very much :'D

      • 1 month ago
  • ChibiMoku
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    And finally, the 1st place winner for this contest is....

    • 1 month ago
  • ChibiMoku
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    $100 - Saorika - Saori hit a home-run with the Osaka tako-yaki image. Saori has been sitting at the top of this contest since the beginning due to her ability to make a “bad but cute” character. It’s perfect for our brand. This will be very popular with so many people! Her character is the right kind of bad/cute that we like!

    • 1 month ago
  • ChibiMoku
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    $100 - orrlov - This is one of the best t-shirt designs in this contest! Natsuko says she will be ordering the one with the balloons for herself. The balloon image is our favorite, specifically the way the cat is being pulled by it’s neck fur. We may even use these as our logo at times. There is wit intwined into these images…just the right amount. Simple, but great. Totally an easy choice for a winner here.

    • 1 month ago
  • ChibiMoku
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    Next, we have 3x 2nd place winners, who will win $100.

    • 1 month ago
  • ChibiMoku
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    $50 - Ummiumino - Probably the most unique style in the whole contest! Your art-style stands out, and you are a very unique artist. You are going places with this style, and I hope you keep pushing the texture character idea further! You could make some really cool books. We look forward to thinking about what Japanese words should go with your images.

    • 1 month ago
  • ChibiMoku
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    $50 - uhmObet - This are perfect t-shirt designs. They have such great mix of text and art, and really pack a punch in a small space. They have great details that makes a perfect vintage t-shirt.

    • 1 month ago
  • ChibiMoku
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    $50 - Sico66 - MEOW-YA! When you did this, you won our hearts. This…is viral! This is the kind of weird and funny stuff people love on a t-shirts. I could have never thought of that. Then, Meow-Atack! Misspelled! Perfect! You get it. We look forward to your next designs.

    • 1 month ago
  • ChibiMoku
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    $50 - Shikinushka - One of the cutest darn characters in this contest. You are such a pro! You were really in the running for 2nd place…it was just so tough to decide. We love the pink trees, the unique poses, and especially the bath one! This will be a great character addition to our brand.

    • 1 month ago
  • ChibiMoku
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    $50 - RRamirezR - You had us with the cat chasing the mouse image. We still like this one, because the mouses face was so funny. We really love how your later images were cropped into ninja shapes. I hope to keep this theme throughout your images. Really cool idea, especially for black shirts. Also, we love the claws of your character!

    • 1 month ago
  • ChibiMoku
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    $50 - RKurmaniattafaul - This character reminds me of old nickelodeon tv shows from my childhood. We love the red color, as this will look great on black t-shirts. The idea of a bright red cat is unique to this contest as well. We love this character.

    • 1 month ago
  • ChibiMoku
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    $50 - PabloTheRisso - This is such a different kind of ninja cat. The eyes are just amazing, the way they set back into the black of the characters face. This is so ninja-like. We love the colors! This style is going to be a tough transition to t-shirts, but we look forward to trying to make it work. This was one of our favorites during the entire contest. The attack ideas are great, and the yarn is great too!

    • 1 month ago
  • ChibiMoku
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    $50 - MyPrints - One of the best t-shirt designs in the contest. These image have the viral qualities that make a perfect shirt. Specifically the first design, with all that detail! We just love it. We think this will be one of the most popular selling designs.

    • 1 month ago
  • ChibiMoku
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    $50 - mkrathod51 -Blue cat! How unique. We love this idea, and really think you would make a great illustrator of books. Your muted colors are really nice too! We look forward to seeing your 4 changed into t-shirt designs. We specifically loved the dogs head in that one image! So funny!

    • 1 month ago
  • ChibiMoku
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    $50 - maryad1989 - Another extremely engaged freelancer! Your style is so funky and the colors are so vibrant! We love how you really focused on t-shirts designs at the 2nd part of the contest. You took a great character, and then figured out how to turn it into a t-shirt. We especially loves the image where the kitten is going to bite the dog. This was so cute.

    • 1 month ago
  • ChibiMoku
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    $50 - kartsy - This is the most engaged freelancer in this contest! We saw new work from you during the entire contest, and it was so fun to watch your character grow over the last month. Your style got better, your wit and connections to Japan got better…each time, you just kept getting better. We are not sure which if your images will be t-shirts just yet, but there is sure a lot of content to work with. You have a great style too.

    • 1 month ago
  • ChibiMoku
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    $50 - JustinSto - What a unique style. You caught our hearts when you drew the mouse looking at the cat image. That mouse looks soooo cool! He looks like he is ready to fight. We could tell your talent from that image especially. We do think each of your images will need some work to convert to t-shirts well, but, this art-style is too good to pass up. We love this cat character too.

    • 1 month ago
  • ChibiMoku
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    $50 - jasongcorre - The first 2 images that you made, we love this character. You submitted very early on, and we always loved your character. We never got to see these images finished, but we still want to award you the chance to finish them. We just loved this character too much to not see you try.

    • 1 month ago
  • ChibiMoku
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    $50 - izznadia6 - When we showed our friends these entries, they really loved this one. We do too, what a cool cat. The poses were unique to other artists as well.The crops are also great for t-shirts. We look forward to seeing this on t-shirts!

    • 1 month ago
  • ChibiMoku
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    $50 - inangmesraent - Such a professional artist. These already look like t-shirts. This is a very Japanese looking character, and some of the details are just fantastic. We look forward to seeing the next 2 designs for this character. Also, the choice of Japanese words was perfect.

    • 1 month ago
  • ChibiMoku
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    $50 - gurinrabitto - This character is so darn cute! We have no idea which of these are t-shirts, and there is probably still quite a bit of work to finish these off as t-shirt ideas, but we love this character so much, we look forward to trying. You could totally be an illustrator for a Japanese book. Your style is cute!

    • 1 month ago
  • ChibiMoku
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    $50 - german84 - This is someone we knew was going to be selected from the beginning as well. This style will resonate with younger audiences for sure. We specifically love the final design with the vintage effect on it. This will look great on t-shirts. Also, German won the extra project for $200 designing the t-shirt mock ups for us. He is a fantastic artist and we look forward to working with him as a regular freelancer.

    • 1 month ago
  • ChibiMoku
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    $50 - dielissa - We always knew you were going to be one of the winners. Your character is cute & special. It totally has a zen energy to it. We are not sure WHICH are your 4 t-shirts, since you gave us an entire story basically, but we look forward to finishing 4 designs with this character

    • 1 month ago
  • ChibiMoku
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    $50 - cjmsonthe - We have loved this character design since the beginning! The side punch shot is original to this contest. We look forward to seeing all 4 of your images with full backgrounds.

    • 1 month ago
  • ChibiMoku
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    $50 - bujildei - Amazing colors! This won for originality & amazing choice of color. What a cool cat!

    • 1 month ago
  • ChibiMoku
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    $50 - beanstudios - Your character has really cool positions! We love the way he is full of action! We look forward to seeing this character on different backgrounds.

    • 1 month ago
  • ChibiMoku
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    $50 - aakashnambiar - This is such a bad-ass cat! We love the serious style and the colors! Specifically, we love how it’s a female and bad-ass!

    • 1 month ago
  • ChibiMoku
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    I will be listing each winner 1 by 1 here. We will start with all of the 3rd place winners. You will receive $50 for completing your 4 designs for us. This is in alphabetical order of your user name.

    • 1 month ago
  • ChibiMoku
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    What an exciting contest! Thank you to everyone who participated. Everyone who is listed in the following messages will be receiving a voice message privately from me shortly. I will be responding to everyone in the following days!

    • 1 month ago
  • ChibiMoku
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    We will be announcing winners in 15 minutes.

    • 1 month ago
  • aktermasuma
    aktermasuma
    • 1 month ago

    Hi sir, here is my new character pdf file link ; please sir kindly check.

    • 1 month ago
  • aktermasuma
    aktermasuma
    • 1 month ago

    file:///C:/Users/Mahmud%20Hasan/Documents/neco%20ninja.pdf

    • 1 month ago
  • ChibiMoku
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    We will be announcing winners tonight at 9pm California time (Pacific time). You will be getting a private message from us about this project soon after.

    It is a shame that the comment replies here are still not working and that Freelancer was unable to fix this problem, because it would be great to communicate together.

    If you comment here, please create a new comment, or it is not seen by anyone.

    • 1 month ago
    1. arilukman1984
      arilukman1984
      • 1 month ago

      hi Joshua, I'm so sorry, your comments on post # 408 did not appear in the notification and I just read it, I hope I still have the opportunity to make artwork with the characters in the post with various other Japanese backgrounds.

      • 1 month ago
  • arilukman1984
    arilukman1984
    • 1 month ago

    hi Joshua, I'm so sorry, your comments on post # 408 did not appear in the notification and I just read it, I hope I still have the opportunity to make artwork with the characters in the post with various other Japanese backgrounds.

    • 1 month ago
  • PabloTheRisso
    PabloTheRisso
    • 1 month ago

    A shame for the comment problem, Joshua.

    I will be attentive to the announcement of the winners. Good luck to all participants.

    • 1 month ago
  • ChibiMoku
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    We are still unable to see comment replies at the moment. I have contacted Freelancer and we are waiting for an update for this to be fixed. We hope to announce winners after this is fixed.

    • 1 month ago
    1. ChibiMoku
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      This is still a problem.

      • 1 month ago

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