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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ).
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.
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% ''