【Illustrator】シオミヤイルカ (SHIOMIYA Iruka)

Part Three.

Haruka and Chihaya from The IDOLM@STER. Click to enlarge.

シオミヤイルカ (SHIOMIYA Iruka) is a professional illustrator who also releases independant doujinshi. He is best known for illustrating the covers of the two 戦姫 (Senhime/Battle Princess) light novels, and also for contributing this ED sequence artwork of Senjougahara Hitagi from Bakemonogatari. However, most of his non-commercial artwork are of The IDOLM@STER characters. Shiomiya owns a Mystic Silver PSP, listens to NAKAJIMA Miyuki and The Carpenters while drawing, uses Photoshop CS4 with a Wacom Intuos 4 on a Mac, and his favourite movies lately are Roman Holiday and Ratatouille.

Shiomiya’s not-really-anime style is marked by realistic shading, and the themes of his artwork are usually non-fantastical. His characters all have large round (sometimes oval-ish) eyes, but they usually have plausible poses, hairstyles, and clothing. Faces are wonderfully expressive, with many different emotions. Hair is probably one of his strongest points, since it always looks like it has weight and actual strands. However, Shiomiya’s colouring style is what makes his artwork stand out. Shading is sharp and accurate, and even though uses a lot of different colours, they’re always skillfully coordinated and never clash. He also has a good grasp on lighting, and knows how to integrate his beautiful backgrounds with the characters in the setting. Incredibly, his rough drafts are almost equally awesome as his coloured artwork.

Website: http://www.geocities.jp/shiomid/ (Downloads of his artwork+sketches for each year are posted here)
Blog: http://yaplog.jp/shiomid/
Pixiv: http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=9769