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:[link]
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!
Notes from ~U-E
It seems that Saeru does like the full scene version, so here it is.
All related parts:
Above characters on alternate backdrop = [[link]
All 4 character (digital) concepts = [link]
Character rendering process work = [link]
Above background scene solo = [link]
Background creation process work = [link]
...for CHARACTERS = watercolor pencils, Tombow markers, Micron & Prismacolor pens
...for BACKGROUND = pencil + Micron pens for original, Photoshop CS2 for coloring & texture