【Illustrator/Singer】はるよ (haruyo)

Character from PENGUINS PROJECT's 眠り姫. Click for full version.

はるよ (haruyo) is an amateur artist best known for her artwork and PVs used in popular Vocaloid songs such as 眠り姫 (Nemuri Hime/Sleeping Beauty) by PENGUINS PROJECT and つきうさぎ (Tsuki Usagi/Moon Rabbit) by OSTER PROJECT & baker. She is also a relatively well-known niconico singer, and due to being good friends with Vocaloid composer baker, she sang a lot of his songs and baker also helped with mixing her tracks. haruyo’s name means “Spring Night” (春夜), lives in Tokyo, was born on June 5th, 1985, and used to play Ragnarok Online. She’s also good friends with other Vocaloid composers such as kz and ゆうゆP (yuuyuP).

haruyo’s illustration style is mainly the usual anime-style face, but her characters never look exaggerated or unnatural, and gives off a sense of maturity. haruyo seems to like using a soft textured brush for shading, which makes everything look light and airy, and the colours she uses for her artwork range from muted to vibrant to just plain awesome, though in all cases she still uses a lot of different colours. The subject of haruyo’s artwork always seem to be female characters, the most common of which sport long, sometimes cloud-like hair.

Despite drawing so many cute characters, haruyo’s voice sounds mature and soulful, with common use of vibrato and falsetto. She’s also able to hold very high notes quite well, though in her older works there is some strain. In addition to hitting all the right notes all the time, her voice also stays very stable throughout the song. Due to being atrocious at explaining things related to music, please listen to her songs to get a real feel of what she sounds like.

Essential works:
1. celluloid (niconico link) ** Highly Recommended**
2. OVER (niconico link)
3. メルト-Band Edition- (MELT-Band Edition-) (niconico link)

Blog: http://blog6.fc2.com/haruya/ (Japanese)
Pixiv: http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=98794
Twitter: http://twitter.com/haruyo_ (Japanese)
Twitpic: http://twitpic.com/photos/haruyo_
MP3 downloads: http://u6.getuploader.com/haruyo (Provided by haruyo)
Old site/Links Archive: http://www.tt.em-net.ne.jp/~arumi/hutokoro/ (Japanese)
Ustream Channel: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/haruyo-live
haruyo’s Mylist: http://www.nicovideo.jp/mylist/3540872
Playlist at Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=59858F5A2843F88F

*Edit: Sorry about the inconvenience, but the image example links have (finally) been fixed now. /o\