Loyola University Student Wins Nintendo Art Competition

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Who says video games are just for kids?  A student at Loyola University was one of five winners in a national art competition hosted by Nintendo.  News With A Twist reporter Deepak Saini introduces us to a gamer girl who’s passion for art and the Zelda series helped her achieve that winning stroke.

Dianna Sanchez loves to game.  She says, “I was always a big tomboy growing up.  I actually only hung out with the boys in my school cause we could talk about Dragon Ball-Z and boy cartoons and video games.”

But from the hair, the lips and even the keyboard, this tomboy is sitting pretty in pink.

“It is such a good color!” Dianna says.

But don’t expect this colorful character to go easy when you challenge her to a duel.

Dianna says, “A lot of guys expect girls to be bad at video games, and so it’s good to show them up once in a while.”

This time, Dianna is proud to show off her latest work.  It’s a digital drawing inspired by the “Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker” video game.  She submitted it to the national Nintendo art competition.  A friend told her about the contest a week before the deadline so she got to work.

“I remember staying up one night for six hours straight and then going to school,” says Dianna.

The hard work paid off.  Dianna was one of five winners and even had her work displayed at the Symphony of the Goddesses concert in Seattle.  It encouraged her to change her major from Psychology to Art & Design at Loyola.

Dianna says, “This is really what I should be doing.  It’s okay to study something really fun and that you love.”

Whether it’s video games or books about video games, she loves them all.

“I like to read video game art books as I would any other book.  I’ll stay up really, really late and read them and study them,” says Dianna.

Wherever Dianna’s studies take her, you can bet she’ll have the creative controls on her future.

For winning the competition, Nintendo gave Dianna the new Wii U console and the HD release of the “Legend of Zelda- The Wind Waker” game.


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