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Minami Special Ops ( 2015 ) by Tsuchinoko-chan
Minami Special Ops ( 2015 )

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.

  • Mood: Daily Needs
  • Reading: Resident Evil: Nemesis ( re-reading )
  • Watching: Under the Dome, Gotham, Russell Howard's Good News
  • Playing: Theme Hospital ( re-playing )
This is something I've been wondering about for some time, but I was wondering how much people would think my artwork would be worth if I were to do the odd commission occasionally?  
Unbreakable by Tsuchinoko-chan

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.    

  • Mood: Neutral
  • Reading: Resident Evil: Underworld ( re-reading )
  • Watching: Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
  • Playing: Murdered: Soul Suspect ( re-playing )

Since it was DeviantArt’s 14th Birthday the other day here is my DeviantArt story:  

Back when I first joined DeviantArt I was mostly filling sketchbooks full of rough sketches and original character designs rather than fully finished, full-coloured art pieces. My first big inspiration was the artwork of Tetsuya Nomura ( my favourite character designer / artist ) whose work inspired me to create my own characters and at the time of joining I was becoming influenced by the style of Yoshiyuki Sadamoto as well. At the time I was worried that my gallery looked very empty, so my first submission was a sketch of Asuka from Evangelion that I particularly liked followed by some work that I made for a friend’s forum ( which I also used for my DeviantArt icon ) and some art that I had made for and at some anime conventions.  

Asuka in Pencil  -  Evangelion by Tsuchinoko-chan

Land of Shadow Banner by Tsuchinoko-chan

I really enjoyed exploring the work of people in the same fandoms as myself and I was lucky enough to win an Easter competition that I entered in a Death Note fanclub. It made me really happy that it ended up getting over 1000 favourites and that it got such a good response. There were maybe two comments where people took it not as intended, but it really made my day whenever someone told me that it made them laugh =)  

Easter at Wammy's by Tsuchinoko-chan


This piece marks the first time that I felt I was beginning to feel confident with using the Pen Tool to create my cell shading.

Guilty Beauty Love by Tsuchinoko-chan

I later went on to join in with some other art projects and I had my first experience of working on a comic page as part of a team. Here I contributed the script, art and panel layout. It was an interesting challenge to fit a self-contained story within just one page since I would have naturally spread it out more over a larger number of panels. 

Cosplay Catastrophe by Tsuchinoko-chan

Another really nice moment came when I was asked by the DeviantArt Risembool Rangers if they could include one of my Ouran pieces in a professionally-printed book of fan-art that they were putting together as a surprise gift for Vic Mignogna ( who happens to also be my favourite voice actor ). He even filmed a nice video message afterwards thanking us for it ^^ This is the piece that I contributed to the book.  

Fixing Beary by Tsuchinoko-chan

Backgrounds are an area that I have always felt that I need to improve on, so these two are the pieces where I put the most effort into doing so.

The Light Before the Dark by Tsuchinoko-chan

Leave it to Me by Tsuchinoko-chan

So it was thanks to DeviantArt that I progressed in creating fully-coloured digital artwork since I felt driven to build up my gallery into something more substantial. It’s not the biggest gallery ever but I feel that it’s at least a reasonable size now. Back in the PS1 era around the time that the first Silent Hill game came out there was a piece of fan-art that I particularly liked. I always used to wish that I could create something that looked as professional ( it had been coloured digitally which I had no idea how to do at the time ) and felt that it was something that was way out of my reach. It kind of set the bar in my mind of where I wished that I could get to. Now recently I have thought of that piece again and realised that I have actually passed that milestone without being conscious of doing so. So I am generally pleased with my progress but of course I still have a whole list of things I still feel that I need to keep improving on ^^ This is my latest deviation at the time of posting this journal ( in which I had some practise at creating sunsets ).  

Zanzibar Breeze by Tsuchinoko-chan
Zanzibar Breeze by Tsuchinoko-chan
Zanzibar Breeze

Grey Fox and Big Boss from the era of Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake. I actually had the colouring and shading of the characters completed before I posted my previous deviation, I just needed some time to work out how I wanted to do the background ( plus I’ve been juggling a lot of different things offline ).   

Since the graphics of the game are retro and pixelated by today’s standards Fox’s outfit is slightly open to interpretation ( mostly the jacket since you could see that he was wearing a black top and tan trousers within the game ) and I put Big Boss in the outfit he wears in his character illustration from Metal Gear Solid. I was a bit torn about which FOXHOUND logo to use for the jacket patch since I think that logically Grey Fox would have been wearing the earlier design ( the one which Meryl uses for a tattoo ) but that design was a lot too " zany " for my liking and I just think that the more serious looking patch from Metal Gear Solid works a lot better. I also used a more muted shade of green for his jacket since the tiny bit that you could see at the edge of his character portrait looked really bright and I think that would have made it look a bit odd.  

I drew the FOXHOUND patch from reference by eye instead of tracing it, since I still wanted to feel that it was my own work. It was a bit fiddly making up the crest and the text and I used the reference image to help place them afterwards. At least now though I have it as it’s own file and can use it again in any future fan-art that might also need it.  

At first I wasn’t convinced I could make a satisfactory enough sunset so I created a blue sky for the background. But after leaving it for a while I came back to it and worked out a simple technique for getting it to look more or less how I wanted it to, so I feel more confident in making them now ( though there is always plenty of room for improvement ). This piece also gave me some needed practise in colouring sections of distant grass and in drawing older people. I used shading on Big Boss’s face to show some subtle crow’s feet around his eyes and to try to show the shape of his face.        

  • Mood: Daily Needs
  • Reading: Resident Evil: Nemesis ( re-reading )
  • Watching: Under the Dome, Gotham, Russell Howard's Good News
  • Playing: Theme Hospital ( re-playing )
This is something I've been wondering about for some time, but I was wondering how much people would think my artwork would be worth if I were to do the odd commission occasionally?  


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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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DAQuiQui Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thaaaaaank you so much for the favourite!! :happybounce: 
Tsuchinoko-chan Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015
You're welcome ^^
XxLost-Homexx Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's for the fave! :)
Tsuchinoko-chan Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
You're very welcome ^^
ShinePawArt Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the watch and the favs! ^_^
Tsuchinoko-chan Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
You're welcome, your artwork is really adorable ^^
Princess-Marina-Chan Featured By Owner Edited Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
●—● Hello, I am Baymax, your personal healthcare companion. I shall scan you for injuries. 
scan complete. You have sustained you injuries, but you have a high level of adorableness and are an amazing friend! 

send this to all your friends and me if I am one of them
Tsuchinoko-chan Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014
lol Awwws :giggle:  
SavanahsART Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
thanks for the faves! 
Tsuchinoko-chan Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
You're welcome, your Sunny is really sweet ^^  
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