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April 21, 2008
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HEROes on BACKGROUND by 8-13 HEROes on BACKGROUND by 8-13
:iconsaeru: :bulletpurple: Notes from ~saeru =

This contest stole my life for several days. At least one day was spent on fashion research, at least one day spent conceptualizing, at least one day spent on the actual drawing of the initial references, one day inking the references, and so on and so forth. I wanted to make sure that every step of the way was well thought-out, that each character had some motivation and a reason for their style, that the background actually existed somewhere in Shibuya, and that I actually bothered to draw a background. *chuckles*

I collected over one hundred images of various men and women walking around Shibuya, as well as clips from Japanese fashion magazines and items for purchase at stores physically located in the Square. I learned perhaps more than I wanted to know about Onii-kei and its gyaru-o predecessor, including the four types of men's fashion that seemed to be prominent (look out for those HARD style guys. They glare a lot.) I also learned about wonderful brand titles like 'Blutenblatt.'

Perhaps the most concise picture for illustrating how unique some of this fashion can be is found here:
Whether you want to be a pirate, a pimp, a Jamaican, a cowboy, a Hell's Angel, (or all five) there is a place for you. ^.^

This is sort of the culmination of all the research. I took care of all the drawing/inking and conceptualizing, U-E took care of coordinating colors and putting them down over my ink. It is a complete diversion from what we normally do (and it was far from easy,) but I think we both learned a heck of a lot about character and scene design.

Check out the other pieces, too!

:iconu-e: :bulletpurple: Notes from ~U-E =

It seems that Saeru does like the full scene version, so here it is.
Last one.

All related parts:
:star: Above characters on alternate backdrop = [[link] :star:
:star: All 4 character (digital) concepts = [link] :star:
:star: Character rendering process work = [link] :star:
:star: Above background scene solo = [link] :star:
:star: Background creation process work = [link] :star:

:bulletgreen: Media =
...for CHARACTERS = watercolor pencils, Tombow markers, Micron & Prismacolor pens
...for BACKGROUND = pencil + Micron pens for original, Photoshop CS2 for coloring & texture
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Sira-Belpios Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009
I like the background.
cele88k8 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008
que lindos colores XD
8-13 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008

RikaArtistic Featured By Owner May 7, 2008
I was browsing listening to some Yoko Shimomura songs and I ran into this song called "Urban Noise" and it actually fits this very well! I wouldn't be surprised if it was for the new game. But man, I can't beleive you guys didn't even place!! These guys are total awesomeness, not to mention the background, that would make an awesome environment to go around on!
8-13 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008
Its not a big deal. ^.^ There were a lot of good entries, and this got us thinking on things that we wouldn't have otherwise done. I'm rather proud of our venture! ^.^

sammacha Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the colors ^_^
RikaArtistic Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008
Okay, I've decided. I plan on making a game in the future, as in designing and what-not, not the actual programming. If/when that dream of mine comes true, I want you two to make some characters and stuff to put in it! :3 These four are proof that you guys can think of some of the most awesome characters I've ever seen! My OCs tend to be too similar in some way. I make too many with "emo-bangs" or hair that hangs in thier face to some extent like one. xP

-insert spazztastic noises here-

This is just an amazing peice of work!! Well done, you two! ^^ I hope your hard work pays off in terms of the contest. :3 It already has in your characters! I wish you two much and the best of luck! ^^
8-13 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008
In the past most of my characters tended to be fairly similar, as well, or at least relating to different aspects of myself. I think it just took having so many years under my belt to really appreciate the different sorts of characters out there...that not everyone can be beautiful and young, and that sometimes you just gotta throw a weirdo in to keep things fresh and keep the others on their toes. *chuckles* But thankyou, really. *bows*

RikaArtistic Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008
I think most people tend to put a bit of themself in thier character. It helps with deciding on what they would do in certain situations.


You're very welcome. ^^
lady-dragonish Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008
I never got to go to Shibuya - woes! - but I did get to wander around Harajuku, which is almost as cool. Lots of goths, there.

The thing I don't like about the fashions out there is the women and their too short skirts. Come on, girls, pants exist, and long skirts are nice too! :\
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