【Illustrator】 HACCAN

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Artwork from Avalon Code. Click to enlarge.

HACCAN is a professional illustrator best known for his colourful artwork in games such as Mushihimesama Futari and Avalon Code. He also does many illustrations for light novels, children’s chapter books, fantasy novels, and trading card games. HACCAN is from Hokkaido, Japan, likes collecting weird things, such as odd-flavoured ice cream containers, has a panda-like figure for a mascot, and likes reading children’s books, works of literature, and Weekly Shounen Jump. His birthday is April 6th, 1978, is 31 years old at the time of writing, and is friends  (or acquaintances?) with yocky, one of my favourite illustrators along with HACCAN.

HACCAN’s fantasy-like illustration style is immediately distinguishable by the vivid, bright, and varied pastel colours he paints most of his artwork with, and he is also extremely good at coordinating colours. Although there are many different and sometimes opposing shades present, they never clash or look out of place. As well, HACCAN likes to draw with a lot of light, coloured lines that gives off a detailed and semi-realistic feel, and uses darker lines to outline the perimeter. This is most apparent when he draws hair as the majority of strands are drawn.

As for character designs, they are unique and give a twist on the regular anime-style characters. Even though the large majority of them have large, round eyes, abnormal hair colours, and extravagant costumes, there are a lot of small details, and the costumes are heavily influenced by HACCAN’s fantasy style, even in the usual sailor uniform. HACCAN seems to draw younger girls the most, but he is also just as capable of drawing well-figured teenage girls, handsome young men, manly muscled men, and even intimidating creatures.

The atomosphere that HACCAN’s illustrations give off is a very active sense of liveliness, as denoted by the energetic poses and sincere expressions plus the rich colours, and also a slightly exotic type of feel, strengthened by the relatively realistic backgrounds on which he places his characters, as well as the very detailed and well thought out outfits. To me, it’s this dynamic style that makes HACCAN’s works so easy to appreciate, which is probably one of the reasons why his illustrations are used in so many different genres of media, from fantasy books to children’s novels.

Website: http://www1.odn.ne.jp/haccan/ (Japanese)
Old website: http://haccan.tripod.com/menu.html (Japanese)
Wikipedia entry: http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/HACCAN (Japanese)
Duel Master wiki entry: http://www27.atwiki.jp/duel_masters/pages/3403.html (Japanese)
Mushihimesama Futari Gallery: http://www.peacefuldeath.net/mushihimesama/mushihimesama2/