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  • polymetrica 12:13 am on May 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Enomoto, Illustrators   

    【Illustrator】 榎本 (Enomoto) 

    Missed posting in April by about an hour and twelve minutes.

    Cover illustration for Enomoto's Costume 3 doujinshi, released March 19th, 2006. Click to enlarge slightly.

    榎本 (Enomoto) is a professional freelance illustrator who also does doujinshi releases under the circle name BND. However, she is not currently looking for new projects or commissions to work on¹. She was born in 1979 in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan². Enomoto likes suits, and some of her favourite foods include tofu, vegetables, vitamin-type beverages, kimchi, cheese, and potatoes¹. She says that she has been on a diet for an eternity, but sometimes she has a tremendous craving for anpan¹. She also describes herself as drowsily³. Enomoto has worked on card game and BL novel illustrations. She has also done a colour comic for Volume 4 of Robot Super Color Comic. Enomoto mainly uses her digital tablet with an LCD screen⁴ with software such as SAI³, Photoshop², and Painter².

    Enomoto seems to be friends with Wada rco and has worked with her on a few occasions, though they do not act together as a unit⁴. They both participated on providing designs for two tfarm t-shirts, collaborated on a doujinshi along with 芥川明 (AKUTAGAWA Akira), and distrubuted bonus sketch prints with purchases of each other’s doujin releases. They have also sold their doujinshi at the same table. As well, Enomoto and Wada rco were born in the same year².

    変幻獣バブルドリアード (Transformed Beast Bubble Dryad) from the Second Century Basic Pack of the Dimension Zero Trading Card Game. Click for full version.

    Enomoto’s style can be best described as realistic, mature, and classy. Her characters are almost always fully-featured and detailed with actual noses, lips, and eyelashes, and usually sport normally-proportioned bodies, but she can also draw more stylized body types as well. She also seems to know how to shade skin in all the right places, which shows in the many near-nude to nude artwork she produces. She also seems to like designing creative and lavish costumes, and as such, many of her characters are drawn in static poses so as to model their very unique and never repetitive clothing. Admittedly, illustrations where characters are depicted in very lively poses number few. As well, Enomoto’s character designs rarely, if ever, look rehashed, but the expressions on her characters usually do not depict much emotion, and instead usually range from subdued and neutral stares to slightly content smiles. There are, of course, exceptions, but the majority of her finished artwork have characters of the less expressive variety. In addition to drawing female characters, which tend to be the usual, Enomoto is more than capable of drawing masculine-looking men and even animals. Enomoto’s versatility is not limited to the above examples.

    Enomoto is also no stranger to depicting relatively lush backgrounds, either, although back in 2004 she said that she was especially unskilled at drawing scenery². However, Enomoto’s backgrounds are well-coordinated and can be very complementary, but her preference for not drawing backgrounds shows as the large majority of her artwork have none. When she does draw them, though, she tends to depict nature, which in many cases include trees, as she said that she finds branches fun to draw².

    The colours which Enomoto frequently utilize further enhance the mature feel of her style, as she uses mainly muted and dark colours. The colours which she uses most include dark browns, dark greens, and black. Her colouring style usually looks as if it was done with coloured pencils, as the colours are solid though slightly blended and has some degree of layering, but the majority of her artwork is done digitally. Enomoto’s shading is very well done, shows a lot of depth, and seems to use different shades, such as purple, for shading, rather than merely choosing a darker shade of the same colour.

    Website: http://homepage3.nifty.com/-bnd-
    Blog: http://enom.blog32.fc2.com
    Pixiv: http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=62660
    Past doujinshi releases: http://www.keibunshakoutari.com/enomoto.html
    Interview with enomoto and Wada rco at tfarm: http://www.tfarm-store.com/column/03.html

    1 – Website: “first” link
    2 – Kikan S Volume 5, 2004 Winter, page 28-29
    3 – Pixiv
    4 – tfarm interview

    • Kitsune 7:21 am on May 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for mentioning this artist :)

      I like her use of color, textures, and unique costume design :)

    • Meisan 8:48 pm on June 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’m illustrator, also love his work.:D

    • Jay 6:23 pm on January 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Oh wow that cover illustration is gorgeous x).

  • polymetrica 9:53 pm on January 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Illustrators, , YOSHITSUGI   

    【Illustrator/PV Animator】吉田ドンドリアン / ヨシツギ (YOSHIDA Dondorian / YOSHITSUGI) 

    I’m aliv-

    Hatsune Miku from Crypton's Character Vocal Series. (Click for the larger full version.) Original line art for this available at illustrator's Pixiv.

    吉田ドンドリアン (YOSHIDA Dondorian), also known professionally under ヨシツギ (YOSHITSUGI), is an up-and-coming illustrator best known on Pixiv for her distinctive and abstract watercolour style. She has also forayed into illustrating and compiling videos for Vocaloid songs on niconico, the most recent of which was for river’s アン・イノセンス (Un-Innocence). In addition to illustrating for leisure, she has also drawn artwork professionally for various publications, such as Kodansha’s Faust magazine and Megami Creators, and has made a website, done art direction, drawn artwork, and done CD jacket design for two of Voltage of Imagination’s CDs’ sites. Yoshida’s birthday is on December 21st, resides in Chiba Prefecture, Japan, likes to paint and illustrate with analog tools and techniques, and when working digitally, uses Adobe Photoshop CS3 on Windows Vista.

    Yoshida’s style is of a relatively abstract and watercolour-like style that incorporates many vibrant colours, little to no shading and quite a bit of subtle and faded floral patterns. She almost exclusively draws female characters, but unlike most JPN illustrators, she gives little precedence on characters’ faces and expressions, and rather strives to create a spectacle with the entire picture as a whole, taking more priority in colour, composition, and theme. Her characters’ eyes are very round, and they typically sport only subdued or calm expressions. They are also drawn in static poses most of the time, with characters either standing, falling, or floating(?), but these types of arrangements really do add to the peaceful and calm atmosphere that most of her illustrations give off. The fact that Yoshida doesn’t employ traditional shading techniques is also a unique feature, and as a substitution to the absence of shading, she instead indicates depth by layering darker colours on the lighter ones and melding them together for a gradual and delicate effect. She also uses lightly coloured, sometimes faded lines to enhance this look.

    Macne Nana as depicted in 月ノ魚 (Tsuki no Sakana) by 一本勝負P(IpponshoubuP). (Click for the larger full version.)

    Other than the background-less, single-character style, Yoshida is also capable of producing another style where she often draws an undetailed character put against an near-abstract background splashed with solid colour. In this style, Yoshida usually combines deep, dark colours against vibrant, practically neon shades to make a statement, and in many cases she makes use of only one main colour and their respective shades. The highest recurring primary colour used in these works seems to be blue. Colour coordination is unique, but the contrast in colours may sometimes be a little too strong. As well, Yoshida makes a lot less use of the transparent qualities prominently seen in her character-focused artwork, but when she combines her two styles, the results are quite stunning (See the image above this paragraph).

    It is worthwhile to note that about half of Yoshida’s works are non-digitally done with colour ink, which is why there’s noticeable colour bleeding in most pictures, and why she also seems to have a good understanding of how to emulate the bleed and transparent effects in digital works as well. Moreover, Yoshida’s artwork may be slightly reminiscent of shimeko’s (しめ子 at Pixiv) style at first, but Yoshida’s are quite a bit more natural (in both analog and digital examples) as shimeko’s style has no bleed, more sharp, clean lines, and everything is much softer and blurred – all of which are small clues that hint at the digitality of shimeko’s illustrations. (For two digital examples, Yoshida | shimeko. Note the points at which the soft colours fade into white – Yoshida’s has more spread and dark edges at the end before becoming white.)

    Lastly, Yoshida’s PV style is as creative and sometimes as abstract as her illustrations, but they mostly employ basic animation effects and a high number of static illustrations. Despite the supposed and deceiving simplicity of execution, the PV for Un-Innocence is perhaps one of the most artistic and original Vocaloid PVs out there. Please take a look.

    Essential Works – PV:
    1. アン・イノセンス (Un-Innocence) (niconico link) **Highly Recommended**
    2. Colchicum! (niconico link)
    3. 月ノ魚 (Tsuki no Sakana/Fish of the Moon) (niconico link)

    Website: http://sekitou.sub.jp
    Blog: http://bye.sekitou.sub.jp
    Pixiv: http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=251864
    Piapro: http://piapro.jp/yoshi_nba
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/Hello_World_

    • Smankh 2:11 pm on January 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Yoshitsugi did the artworks for the booklet of the C71 Voltage of Imagination album “The Borderline of Morning Glow” (vgmdb link : http://vgmdb.net/album/8348). Songs are performed by Chata. I recommend that particular track り・あ・るるる (please listen to the entirety of the track).

      Yes the same Chata that sang Dango Daikazoku.

    • Orcinus 7:11 pm on February 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Looks like I’ll have to start experimenting with neon paints and inks. I’m excited; got a week off tomorrow.

  • polymetrica 10:32 pm on December 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Illustrators, Sou at Kunisaki   



    Sou is an amateur illustrator and doujin manga artist from Indonesia. Also known as Kunisaki on Deviantart, she is currently studying in college, is fluent in English, likes The Little Prince, and seems to prefer drawing with pencil than with her Wacom Graphire 3 tablet. Her birthday is on December 2nd, and uses SAI, Photoshop CS, and Painter X for digital illustration. She also releases her own short original manga and sells it at conventions, usually in Singapore or Malaysia, and participates in anthologies and other doujin publications with other artists on Deviantart.

    Sou’s illustrations are very easy to recognize as they all have vibrant and lively colours, an incredible amount of detail, very elaborate and elegant clothing designs, and a lot of original accessories that go with the clothing. Her subjects are usually of female or young male characters, and draws mainly original art, sometimes fanart. Her style is mostly of the anime-type style, where characters have relatively large, glossy eyes and undetailed faces, but Sou is capable of diverging from this and can also detail actual noses and lips. She usually draws solid lines (usually in pencil first) with lots of detail, showing actual strands and layers in the hair and many folds in clothing, and she usually colours in the lines digitally. The detail on Sou’s pencil drawings are astonishing as even her supposed doodles (or scribbles) look absolutely lovely, complete with light shading and distinct lines.

    Her colouring style never sticks to one palette, and even uses normally clashing shades in many pieces of her artwork, but are always extraordinarily well-coordinated. The colouring for hair is usually smooth, has quite a few of highlights, and is clearly layered, but the rest, like clothing, are coloured with coloured, rounded spots that give it a bubbly and floaty look. It’s really hard to describe, but the result is very pretty and unique. Unlike a lot of artists nowdays, though, Sou doesn’t abuse those white spots to add shine, and instead skillfully places and slightly blends the lighter colour shades with the darker ones, giving it a natural and more gradual shine. The general composition of her artwork is really incredible too, as it’s always varied, has different themes, and her characters seem to have a wide array of expressions and poses, which I immensely appreciate since it really gives life to her work and distinguishes it from the work of other artists. This attention to composition seems to apply to her sketches too! Furthermore, she can also draw really nice backgrounds as well as design monsters, in addition to the usual humanoid subjects.

    All in all, Sou is definitely an artist to look out for, and is fast becoming one of my favourites, if she isn’t one already. I really wish that she was more popular on Pixiv as I honestly never tire of seeing her art, and that she would be as well-known in the Japanese illustration scene as other international artists such as kl and Kurot. Just really superb work. Please take a look, and comment on her art blog if you like her work! The descriptions above will never do her artwork enough justice.

    Art blog: http://community.livejournal.com/papermachina/
    Deviantart: http://kunisaki.deviantart.com
    Pixiv: http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=236775

    • kaye 10:58 pm on December 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Ahh, I really love her illustrations! *___* I follow her on deviantart and livejournal, so I’m always excited to see something new posted there haha. Her work is just way too pretty! (She’s super nice, too. |D)

    • Kitsune 11:13 am on January 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Great post! :) I like how you describe the qualities of an artist you want to highlight and link them – it is easy to browse the pictures this way :) She is a good artists, especially I like her colors and composition :)

  • polymetrica 9:44 pm on November 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Illustrators, shiuka,   

    【Illustrator】しうか (shiuka) 

    Image used in the video for PutinP's きみに、わたしに。(Kimi ni, watashi ni./To you, To me.). Features Hatsune Miku.

    しうか (shiuka) is an illustrator best known for his(?) illustrations for various Vocaloid songs on niconico. His most significant contributions are for doing the artwork and videos to most of プーチンP (PutinP)’s songs, most notably for きえないひとみ。(Kienai Hitomi./Unvanishing Eyes.), and also for this piece of artwork done for mothy’s 悪ノ召使 (Aku no Meshitsukai/Servant of Evil) video. His works are mostly Vocaloid-centered, and especially heavily feature Kagamine Rin and Len. shiuka likes a strong and tough Len (“Ikeren”) the most, and just adores Rin in general. He also uses a computer (without an LCD monitor) running Windows XP, draws with a Wacom Intuos 3, and uses SAI for drawing and Adobe Photoshop 7.0 for further image editing. His blood type is A.

    shiuka generally has two different styles. The first one is quite anime-like, with huge eyes, bright, pastel colours, sharp and minimal shading, and undetailed hair. They also usually feature light-hearted content. This style is most prevalent in his older illustrations. As for his second style, it looks very solemn and serious, with almost no smiling characters, muted, cold, and dark colour themes, and quite a few usages of grungy textures in the background. In this style, shiuka also draws strands of hair, uses illuminating highlights, and sometimes even details actual noses and lips. He also sometimes has a mix between his two styles to a very aesthetic effect.

    Image used in the video for PutinP's ねむりたいのに!(Nemuritai no ni!/Even though I want to sleep!). Features Kagamine Rin.

    Of course, being a collaborator with PutinP certainly means that nothing is ever what it seems, and the best examples of shiuka’s serious style have been from gravely hilarious and near-classic (Please click on this) pieces of art. He also designed the now relatively-well-known Russian Rin (Nicknamed プーリン/Purin as a joke to プーチン/Putin) who is always the subject of PutinP’s videos. He also designed Russian(?) Luka and Miku McDonald, both of which are used in PutinP’s songs as well.

    In addition to illustration, shiuka has also helped out some niconico producers with putting together videos and has even uploaded a 51 second song (niconico link only) where he personally tuned an UTAU Vocaloid, 欲音ルコ (Kokune Ruko) to skillfully sing Silent Night in English.

    In conclusion, shiuka is a very good artist (with other talents!) who is only getting better and better, as can be seen from his older to newer works, but has already established his own slick and definable style. I personally just can’t get enough of his serious style.

    Website: http://agatek.web.fc2.com/
    Blog: http://agatek.blog27.fc2.com/
    Pixiv: http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=92560
    Piapro: http://piapro.jp/agatek
    Mylist: http://www.nicovideo.jp/mylist/5959414
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/shiuka

    • HappyGoLucky 7:05 pm on November 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      fffff did I mention I love you? <3 lovely blog

  • polymetrica 12:31 am on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Illustrators, Maeshima Shigeki, Manga Artist   

    【Illustrator/Manga Artist】前嶋重機 (MAESHIMA Shigeki) 

    Part Six. The more I write about this artist the more I love his work, which is why I guess I wrote so much. Sorry.

    Sara from Dragon Fly. Click for full version. (Ages 16+!)

    前嶋重機 (MAESHIMA Shigeki) is a professional illustrator and manga artist best known for his artwork and character designs in the 戦う司書 (Tatakau Shisho/Armed Librarians) series of light novels, as well as for his full-colour manga, Dragon Fly, serialized in the Robot and Gelatin full colour comic magazines. Maeshima is married to manga artist 伊藤悠 (ITOU Yuu), was born on February 6th, 1974, and usually draws his artwork by hand then colours and finishes it on a PC. He is also part of an illustrator+publishing unit called 42, along with three other professional artists.

    Maeshima’s style is mature, slick, super-sexy, and kind of violent. All his female characters exude womanly vibes, with narrow eyes, thick eyelashes, actual lips and mouths, and very generously proportioned bodies clothed by provocative, well-designed attire. As well, they all give off a high sense of strength and independance, and most look as though they’re not to be messed with. His male characters number few when compared to his female characters, but they are also just as mature and strong, and all seem to have quite a bit of muscles. His character designs are unique, recognizable, and distinctly Maeshima-esque, thanks to how incredibly creative he is with hairstyles and costumes, but even though they all look like his work, they don’t look repetitive or recycled at all. There’s so much variation that they all look truly individualistic. As well, facial expressions usually quite varied in his manga since Maeshima knows how subtleties, like wrinkles, in the human face works to express emotion, but in his illustrations, his characters just usually pose for the picture and put on a pretty face. Another part that makes me love Maeshima’s work is how he actually draws noses and lips, and colours them realistically. Most of the lips on his female characters are luscious and full, a feature that I very much appreciate. Vague lines for mouths just doesn’t cut it sometimes, and even his teenage female characters have actual lips and nose.

    Artwork from the novel 蟲忍 (Mushinin). Click for full version.

    His colouring style also significantly adds to the cool nature of his artwork, but is slightly hard to describe. Although at first it looks like he lays his colours on thickly, he actually only has sharp, deep shading in the hair (Which gives it a thick, solid look) and some types of clothing, but for everything else, he does quite a bit of blending to make the shine look natural and more realistic. The lighting in most of his pictures is dark and muted, and the overall effect is somewhat similar to taking a photo without using flash in a softly lit environment. He is also very good at colouring skin, especially on faces, and they always have a shine that is similar to an actual person’s face under differently lit settings. He can even make faces look practically realistic as well. The colours he usually uses are whites, dark greys, cold blues, deep browns, and soft purples, but he can definitely do lighter colours as well. Another thing to add is that his work is really detailed, even in his full-colour manga, and his compositions and planning in both individual illustrations and a full manga is action-packed, well coordinated, and fully completed.

    In short, Maeshima Shigeki is a superb illustrator and manga artist who solidly defines his own style and shows a real grasp of all the fundamentals of art (depths of field, anatomical proportions, lighting, cropping, etc) not seen enough in the highly stylized world of anime-type art, and the few, low-quality example pictures I provided above really, really don’t do justice at all to Maeshima, whose work (especially the manga Dragon Fly) is best seen on paper and at the highest quality. I understand that his style isn’t to everyone’s preference, but Maeshima is the real deal, in my opinion.

    Maeshima Shigeki at Wikipedia: http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/前嶋重機 (Japanese)
    Interview with Sync Future: http://p2.pixiv.net/2009/05/13/1582.html (Japanese)
    Brief profile at Sync Future: http://www.lpei.co.jp/sync_future/profile/#creator19 (Japanese)
    Dragon Fly Website: http://www.wani.com/dragonfly (Japanese; At Wani Magazine Press)

    • Ningyo 12:15 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hm, this artist actually reminds me of chinese manhwa, and how bodies are full and lips are slight yet defined and luscious in that general genre – also the shading and darker colors. I still prefer more moe tilted works, but I do reckon that darker/moar srs themes just call for this style.
      I’m really here though to say great work touching on redjuice and huke in posts a while back. Simply two of the greatest. huke’s I.BRS right now is intense.

      • polymetrica 12:06 am on November 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Maeshima’s stuff actually reminded me more of American comics at first, but I guess that’s because I haven’t had much contact with manhwa.
        Thanks so much for reading those posts (and this one!). I really appreciate the comment, and I’m happy that you like their works. huke and redjuice are practically at the center of attention in the JPN anime-style art world right now, and deservingly!

    • kyouray 3:08 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Great artist indeed. I discovered this artist in Robot but I begin to really like his art since his work on Tatakau Shisho. Then I expect some Tatakau Shisho artbook release someday…

      • polymetrica 5:01 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’m really glad that you like him as well! I also had my first contact with his work through the Robot series. Absolutely stunning. Hopefully they do release a Tatakau Shisho artbook someday…and ideally not only of the anime artwork, but of the novel artwork too!

    • Yi 9:51 pm on November 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      The characters have a very sensual look almost a bit reminiscent of graphic novels. Everything so full and voluptuous; it’s sexy.

  • polymetrica 10:22 pm on November 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Illustrators, yuugen   

    【Illustrator】ゆーげん (yuugen) 

    Part Five. This marathon unintentionally turned into a moé fest or something. Don’t worry, that’ll end soon.

    Original illustration. Click for full version.

    ゆーげん (yuugen) is the artist name of a professional illustrator best known for his artwork in the light novel グリモワールの契約者 (Grimoire no Keiyakusha/Grimoire Contractor). yuugen currently lives in Tokyo, Japan, his birthday is on March 8th, his blood type is A, he uses a Wacom Intuos 3 (A5 Wide), and he likes coffee, black tea, and reading books. His website name is Castleton, which comes from the name of the area that produces a black tea he frequently drinks, although lately he has been drinking only coffee.

    yuugen’s style is polished, glassy, and has a very high degree of completion. Everything, even down to the smallest details, is meticulously coloured, giving yuugen’s artwork an extremely professional and detailed look. Just one piece of his fully completed artwork should take someone more than 5 minutes to look at all the details. As for characters, yuugen’s are most definitely of the moe style, and is impeccable at drawing attractive and cute female characters. His characters’ eyes are not overly large and have a glassy look to them, and he is also great at detailing the folds in the well-designed clothing. He usually draws hair with the general outline then shaded with deeper colours to indicate depth, and adds shiny stray strands to make it look lighter. In addition to drawing people, he’s also impeccable at drawing colourful skies for his backgrounds and coordinating colours. He seems to like using lots of gradated and blended colours, and using near-white spots to add shine. Even though his characters are usually in static poses with standard expressions, he is more than capable of making his artwork look lively. His analog (non-CG) work seems to stays true to his colouring style too. Really looking forward to seeing more from this artist!

    Website: http://yuugen.hiyamugi.com/
    Pixiv: http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=806502

    • mefloraine 1:52 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I think the style is pretty nice, but they should put up more works on the internet. Be nice to the fans!
      Some of his things could afford to be larger though to let the viewer see more detail.

    • Yi 4:32 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I actually really love this glassy style as opposed to common solid vectoring. I like this style of coloring.
      As for the character design, it’s nice and cute.

  • polymetrica 11:33 am on November 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Illustrators, nagiryo   

    【Illustrator】凪良 / 名木良 (nagi / NAGI Ryou) 

    Part Four. I got a suggestion saying that I should add more pictures, but this is a difficult request to implement. Hopefully I did it okay. If you liked the old post format better, please tell me, because I liked it too.

    Aurica Nestmile from Ar Tonelico I. Click to enlarge.

    名木良 (NAGI Ryou) is a professional illustrator who is more widely known under the artist name of 凪良 (nagi). His representative works include providing the character designs and artwork for the Ar Tonelico video game series and doing the illustrations for the light novel series 風水学園 (Fuusui Gakuen/Feng Shui Academy). nagi’s doujin circle name is S.E.C., which he says stands for “Stylish””Erotic””Cool”, or “少し””エロいけど””クール” (“Sukoshi””Eroi kedo””Cool”/”A little””erotic but””cool”), and although he usually goes by the kanji 凪良, which normally reads as “nagiryou”, it’s always read as “nagi” when used as his name. (However, it is sometimes subtitled on the credits as “nagiryo” in English on the cover of light novels.)

    Click on the pictures for the full size, and footnotes for each pictures are on the bottom of the post. These pictures are also included in the links in the paragraph below.

    True to the words used in the acronym of S.E.C., his style really is “stylish”, “erotic”, and “cool”, though the word “sleek” should be included as well, plus most of his work aren’t overly erotic, and instead seem more tastefully sexy. nagi’s characters are probably in the moé category, with almost exclusively female characters, large, glassy eyes, odd-coloured hair, and quite a bit of fanservice. Poses are always varied, but expressions seem to number only a handful, most of them being cool gazes and sweet smiles. What sets nagi’s artwork apart from the other more standard moe styles, though, is that he frequently designs very unique, sleek, and streamlined outfits for them, adding a bit of acceessories here and there. This mechanical look is reinforced by his incredibly clean, nearly sterile, colouring style, where he uses a small selection of usually light pastel colours for everything from shading to the outline. This gives less contrast and depth, but really makes everything look smooth and clear. His older works have significantly more dark shades and depth, but his current colouring style is absolutely top-notch, and his latest works sport lots of gradients that makes it look even cleaner. The fact that nagi almost never draws actual strands of hair enhances this too, and in fact almost all of his characters have a head of hair with only the ends marked by darker shading. Another thing that makes nagi’s works so popular are his character and costume designs, which are beautiful, unique, and memorable.

    Website: http://www.sec.or.tv/ (Japanese)
    Pixiv: http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=773040
    nagi at Wikipedia: http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/凪良 (Japanese)

    – Cover artwork from his doujinshi S.E.C.-influence of Ayanami Rei and Asuka Langley from Evangelion. Cool gazes and great mechanical detail.

    • Cover artwork for the light novel Heavy Object. Unique costume, glassy eyes, and undetailed hair.
  • polymetrica 8:06 pm on November 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Illustrators, Shiomiya Iruka   

    【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

    • mefloraine 3:22 am on November 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve seen this artist before. I’ve always found their http://www.pixiv.net/member_illust.php?mode=medium&illust_id=3012867 to be attractive (I love that color balance), but I never wanted to bookmark him.

    • Guy 9:39 am on November 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply


      Give more than 1 picture, like you’ve done sometimes before. I think 4-5 photos is good, especially if of differing styles, for us to know if we like it.

      This is also based on researchers that show the tiny amount of click-throughs. Once you ask people to click a link, especially if you didn’t really get them all excited beforehands are pretty slim. Exponentially so for multiple links :-/

      • polymetrica 11:09 am on November 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I’ll…try my best to incorporate that, but the reasons for usually only using one picture include:
        1) Making the post representative of its length (Adding a picture not only makes a post look longer than it is, but it looks terrible with short paragraphs like these.), and not cluttering up the whole blog page, which looks almost bad with too many pictures.
        2) I’m better able to illustrate particular points through click through links since I can add a description to them. Captions on pictures are no good because I can’t align them side by side, and takes up way too much space.
        3) Usually if they don’t like the OP picture, which is supposed to be either one of their best works or highly representative of their style, they most likely won’t love the rest. This point may or may not be an unfounded assumption though.

        It doesn’t really matter if most people click the links or not either, because it only matters to me that the people who are genuinely interested will click them. Not being interested and clicking them won’t be able to change their initial opinions that strongly, I believe.

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