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Final Minami XXII by Tsuchinoko-chan
Final Minami XXII

This is my entry for the conbook of Minamicon 2016, a yearly anime convention. This year the theme was " Video Games. " I had a few different general ideas from drawing the main character as a The Last of Us / The Walking Dead-style survivor, designing a Minami Fairy themed Assassin’s Creed assassin to drawing a Final Fantasy parody with the Minami Fairy acting as a summon ( kind of like Shiva ). Obviously I ended up deciding on the latter one. Although I would have really loved to have done something Metal Gear or survival horror I knew that I would be able to have more fun with the outfit design for something Final Fantasy, and I could also include some humour by thinking up relevant Minami themed attack and support actions to put in the battle menus. I wondered for a while what the characters could be fighting against and how to keep the themed attacks relevant, and ended up thinking that it could be against a representation of boredom since anime conventions are where you go to have a lot of fun. The attacks are based on several of the fun activities that you can enjoy taking part in at the convention.

I thought of the outfit design details that I personally tend to really like and incorporated a lot of them into the outfits. So I have used harmonious colour-schemes ( blues, purples and light pink against contrasting black ), colours used in various different shades, gradients, criss-crossing ribbon details, fringed details, long-length formal gloves, a halter neck and butterfly and organic shapes. I also love drawing loose and swishy hair rather than hair that is tied up and unmoveable.    

I inked the line-art over about 3 days and spent 2 days colouring it on the computer until I had something that could pass for being finished. However I had to spend additional time working on it a few days later due to tech problems which meant that I hadn’t been able to create the battle menus, the musical notes and the staff. Thankfully I found that the conbook deadline had been extended and I managed to get through the tech problems, so I was able to complete these final pieces in the end. This piece gave me more practise at placing shadows in relation to a different direction of lighting than I usually have it, and I practised for the first time at creating energy blast effects. I made a circle selection, inverted the selection and then smudged the shapes around the edge of the circle. I’m sure I can find and practise with more techniques to improve on this in the future since this was my first attempt.     

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A Peaceful Puppyhood by Tsuchinoko-chan
A Peaceful Puppyhood

MGSV: The Phantom Pain is the game that I have been the most looking forward to this year. I absolutely loved little DD, your wolfy combat buddy who grows from a cuddly little cub to a full grown ally that you can use to aid you in the field. The game ended up not properly bridging the gap leading up to Metal Gear 1 as expected save for a reveal at the very end being particularly relevant.  It had an interesting threat that needed stopping but it felt like it didn’t necessarily need to be in this part of the timeline. The Side-Ops and even a lot of the Main Missions felt repetitive and the story felt quite spaced out – I would have to play quite an amount each time before I got to the next shiney nugget of story.

When you got to them though there were some really amazing moments. My definite favourites and the most exciting were the hospital opening sequence, a couple of different moments that had a survival horror type of feel to them ( I won’t give specifics for anyone who hasn’t played yet ), encountering the latest Metal Gear and the narrative you get from completing the Wandering Mother Base Soldier missions. I was really invested in those moments and I was extra glad that I had avoided watching most of the trailers before the game was released because they really do show too much. I still managed to annoyingly get spoilered on a couple of things though because of all the talk that happened once it was released >_< Also Quiet was as badass a character as I had been thinking she would be ( and I was really glad that she actually gets a couple of non-skimpy costumes ). I like how the gameplay has lots of different things to play around with, though I’m still more for the linear, more story-heavy games in the series.   

So this is baby DD waiting at Mother Base for Snake to return. The butterfly is a little reference to one of my most favourite parts of the story. I looked up reference images of how things looked in the game and I found it really useful that you can rotate the helicopter around in the model viewer to see how it looks from different angles. Some of the colours have changed very slightly from changing the image from CMYK to RGB to enable me to upload it ( mainly the white highlighting ).     

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  • Mood: Content
  • Watching: Buffy the Vampire Slayer ( re-watching )
  • Playing: Game of Thrones by Telltale Games
  • Drinking: Lucozade Sport
My friend :iconprincess-marina-chan: has tagged me:  



1.
Have you met any celebrities?

Yush. My favourites were Hideo Kojima and Yoji Shinkawa ( the creator and character designer of the MGS series ), Vic Mignogna and Quinton Flynn ( Raiden’s voice actor ). Shinkawa gives people really simple portrait doodles along with their autographs so according to him I have a square for a face, two dots for eyes and a little smiley mouth :giggle:    


2. Favourite Disney Villian.

Helga Sinclair from Atlantis. She’s just really badass while still not actually being evil ( just greedy ), and has a little moment of redemption before helping to take down the main villain. I’m also quite fond of Ronno from Bambi 2 because he’s the most expressive character in the film and tries to act like a little tough nut but keeps making an idiot out of himself instead ^^      


3. Favourite Singer?

Non-anime related – Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi and Micheal Buble

Others – Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Vic Mignogna, Miyano Mamoru, Angela Aki


4. Read any Manga?

Yush. Favourites include Evangelion, Fruits Basket, Fullmetal Alchemist, Full Metal Panic and Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles.


5. Favourite KH title?

Hmmm, maybe Birth by Sleep because I like playing as Aqua. And obviously I haven’t played the Nintendo ones because I’m a Playstation gamer. Chain of Memories definitely isn’t my fave though since fighting by selecting cards in real time makes some of the boss battles a real pain in the butt.  


6. Would you consider watching an Anime called "Symphogear"?

It doesn’t really look like my type of series to be honest. I’m more drawn to characters who are normal people or who have human abilities but that might happen to be in an unusual situation ( like in Death Note, The Walking Dead, Silent Hill, etc ). I’m not really one for transformation sequences ^^"    


7. Like Vocaloid?

I don’t dislike it but I’m not hugely into it since as far as I can tell they are just musical voices and don’t have proper stories to their characters as such. ( I know you found a Vocaloid manga recently but I’m not counting that since it seemed to be a newly made thing and not where they originated from ). Some of them are pretty to look at, I like the colour schemes for Miku and Megurine.  


8. Do you Cosplay?

I might… possibly… considering that was how I met you… and I was in cosplay… and I just spent the other weekend hanging out with you… while in cosplay… Ninja 


9. What’s your most prized possession?

My photo memories from conventions and events, my autographs from the people in question 1, my artbooks, my games and my manga.   


10. Have you ever heard of "Apple Dolls"?

Yes, though I’ve never been keen on dolls. I grew up playing with action figures and dinosaur toys X3  


11. Clannad or Little Busters?

Don’t know. Little Busters sounded more interesting from what you told me about it.  


12. Frozen or Tangled?

Tangled! It is my favourite of Disney’s CG movies Boogie! 


13. Do you really love to torture "Princess-Marina-Chan" with tags?

But of course! EVIL Laughter!   

Suburban Survivor by Tsuchinoko-chan
Suburban Survivor

The Last of Us is another of my very most favourite games. I really loved the story, the gradual father and daughter bond which grows between Joel and Ellie, all of the emotional moments and the really interesting and difficult moral choices which the characters have to make. The gameplay is very fun and smooth and hard to put down as well ( just like books on anti-gravity ^_~ ). I loved that gaming got another strong female character in Ellie. I love her attitude and tomboyish-ness, and also that she actually looks just like an everyday normal girl instead of being an overly glamorized character. I’ve been wanting to create a fully coloured illustration of her for some time now, so she now finally gets a place in my gallery ^^  

I spent a lot of time applying different textures to the background, using different speckled brushes with the Brush, Eraser and Blur tools to help achieve the effects that I wanted. Ellie’s T-shirt logo was created in a separate file and then pasted into the main piece. I wanted to make sure that it had a faded look as in the game so I brought the opacity down low and also erased some areas in subtle patches ( again by using a speckled brush on the Eraser ). I also used the Warp tool to subtly curve the T-shirt logo around the shape of her body. The red of the shirt looks a bit brighter here than it was originally intended to be due to changing the image over from CMYK to RGB in order to be able to upload it to Deviantart. I find it hard to tell exactly which eye colour Ellie has since sometimes they look light blue and other times they look more of a light green, so I tried to choose an inbetween shade to use for her.        

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  • Mood: Content
  • Watching: Buffy the Vampire Slayer ( re-watching )
  • Playing: Game of Thrones by Telltale Games
  • Drinking: Lucozade Sport
My friend :iconprincess-marina-chan: has tagged me:  



1.
Have you met any celebrities?

Yush. My favourites were Hideo Kojima and Yoji Shinkawa ( the creator and character designer of the MGS series ), Vic Mignogna and Quinton Flynn ( Raiden’s voice actor ). Shinkawa gives people really simple portrait doodles along with their autographs so according to him I have a square for a face, two dots for eyes and a little smiley mouth :giggle:    


2. Favourite Disney Villian.

Helga Sinclair from Atlantis. She’s just really badass while still not actually being evil ( just greedy ), and has a little moment of redemption before helping to take down the main villain. I’m also quite fond of Ronno from Bambi 2 because he’s the most expressive character in the film and tries to act like a little tough nut but keeps making an idiot out of himself instead ^^      


3. Favourite Singer?

Non-anime related – Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi and Micheal Buble

Others – Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Vic Mignogna, Miyano Mamoru, Angela Aki


4. Read any Manga?

Yush. Favourites include Evangelion, Fruits Basket, Fullmetal Alchemist, Full Metal Panic and Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles.


5. Favourite KH title?

Hmmm, maybe Birth by Sleep because I like playing as Aqua. And obviously I haven’t played the Nintendo ones because I’m a Playstation gamer. Chain of Memories definitely isn’t my fave though since fighting by selecting cards in real time makes some of the boss battles a real pain in the butt.  


6. Would you consider watching an Anime called "Symphogear"?

It doesn’t really look like my type of series to be honest. I’m more drawn to characters who are normal people or who have human abilities but that might happen to be in an unusual situation ( like in Death Note, The Walking Dead, Silent Hill, etc ). I’m not really one for transformation sequences ^^"    


7. Like Vocaloid?

I don’t dislike it but I’m not hugely into it since as far as I can tell they are just musical voices and don’t have proper stories to their characters as such. ( I know you found a Vocaloid manga recently but I’m not counting that since it seemed to be a newly made thing and not where they originated from ). Some of them are pretty to look at, I like the colour schemes for Miku and Megurine.  


8. Do you Cosplay?

I might… possibly… considering that was how I met you… and I was in cosplay… and I just spent the other weekend hanging out with you… while in cosplay… Ninja 


9. What’s your most prized possession?

My photo memories from conventions and events, my autographs from the people in question 1, my artbooks, my games and my manga.   


10. Have you ever heard of "Apple Dolls"?

Yes, though I’ve never been keen on dolls. I grew up playing with action figures and dinosaur toys X3  


11. Clannad or Little Busters?

Don’t know. Little Busters sounded more interesting from what you told me about it.  


12. Frozen or Tangled?

Tangled! It is my favourite of Disney’s CG movies Boogie! 


13. Do you really love to torture "Princess-Marina-Chan" with tags?

But of course! EVIL Laughter!   

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Tsuchinoko-chan

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Favourite genre of music: J-rock and guitar music in general ( both electric and acoustic )
Favourite style of art: Anime / cell-shaded style
Wallpaper of choice: Usually something from Death Note or Ouran High School Host Club
Favourite cartoon character: L, Matsuda, BB, Tamaki Suou, Grey Fox, Shinji Ikari, Kyo Sohma, Sousuke Sagara, Ling Yao
Personal Quote: '' If I sit the way other people do, my reasoning ability drops by 40% ''
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Morloth88 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch :D
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Tsuchinoko-chan Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016
You're welcome ^^
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Thanks for the fave :)
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You're welcome ^^
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Sefikichi Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for your support. Have a llama!
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You're welcome.
Thanks ^^
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Thanks for the favourite!
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Tsuchinoko-chan Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015
You're welcome.
Great idea for the perspective of the blade ^^
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You're very welcome =)
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