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.
This is another piece that I created for the conbook of Minamicon, one of my favourite anime conventions. This year the theme was " Cyberpunk. " I wouldn’t say that techy subjects are my forte but I gave it a go. As before their convention mascot is a fairy and it doesn’t seem to have a set design so these characters are ones which I created myself.
Cyberpunk makes me think of characters with partly dyed hair, sometimes wearing army colours, blue and purple hues and computer screens, so I included those elements. I searched for and downloaded some free typefaces for the Masquerade countdown clock and for the other computer text since I didn’t really have any suitable techy-looking fonts. And I made up a unit badge in another file and then copied it over into the main piece. I already wanted the character illustration in the speech bubble, but I got the idea of including the little SOS! phrase from Valiant Hearts which I was playing at the time that I made my rough thumbnail sketch. I also made the speech bubble slightly transparent so that the text behind it can still be read if required.
A little tribute to the bond between Sunny and Raiden ^^
Sunny is in my top 4 most favourite Metal Gear characters so I really wanted to make a piece featuring her. Her relationship with Raiden is one of my favourite from the series and stems from Raiden having rescued her from her Patriot kidnappers when she was just a baby. Her mother, Olga Gurlukovich, died before ever having had the chance to hold baby Sunny, so she was left in the care of Otacon and Snake.
I wanted to create a glowing, hazy effect and decided to have the light source in the center. This meant that each character had to have the shadows on the opposite sides to each other. I also used a big, soft-edged brush to add some soft highlighting to the front of each character where they faced the light. I put this on a layer that sat above the line-art so that it lightens some areas of the line-work as well. I also used the Blur tool to soften the cell-shading on the faces and on Raiden’s arm. The Pinkie Promise pose is a bit of an awkward pose to draw so I used my own hands as reference.
My favourite parts of creating this illustration were drawing their hair, their expressions and adding the soft colours in the background. I based Raiden on his civilian look from the end of MGS 4, but felt that he should be wearing a top so I gave him a vest with a little lightning bolt on it ( both to represent himself and also as a reference to a certain Raiden doppelganger… ). I noticed in the cooking with Naomi scene that Sunny’s jumper cuffs do actually have slits in them, so I included that detail as well.
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% ''