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Y’know while watching Haikyuu I suddenly got the feeling that I had seen something like it somewhere before. A short, redhead who has amazing abilities partnered with a taller, surly, dark-haired boyfriend. Yeah… yeah. The similarities don’t stop there. It was only as I thinking of stuff for them to say that I noticed that Shoyo really does look like John Breland. Alpha has some explaining to do. I got my degree in character design from Anime-U so I’m not surprised at the number of redheads out there that fit the description.
Shoyo and Kiddo are now officially the cutest cuties EVER! And he’d fit right in with the Breland clan. Emil isn’t having it though and Tobio would put up a pretty good fight if they tried to steal his precious Shoyo. I love how conflicted he looks – he wants to get away from these strange people but he also wants a turn to fly.
Drew this on my cintiq – after four months I’m finally getting the hang of it. I’ve been listening to Adele 25 and it’s a great album. This came to mind while listening to “All I Ask”. Sonya and Darkly did start out as friends – from the moment she stepped into I.T. they got along. And it was Darkly who made the first move out of the friend zone’. Nothing against the other I.T. couples but Sonya and Darkly are my favorite. There’s just something about a Hispanic boy and a half Jamaican girl that just go together 🙂
Behold the first round of my latest series of stand alone drawings. I decided to draw the crew in different anime and video game styles. Starting with a few of my favorites from the way back year of 2000 when they finally made it big in America.
Final Fantasy Kiddo: My favorite video game of all time has got to be Final Fantasy 7. I have no idea what drew me to the game but the summer of 2000 I was all about this game and I am counting the days until the remake comes out. what better homage to pay than to draw my main girl in the FFVII style. Fifteen years later I still love it! Her outfit is not that much changed from her regular ‘mission clothes’. Just added some gloves and suspenders to give her the same look as Tifa. And yes, that is a marteria orb holding her hair together – in the FF universe it would be how she got her powers. And a lot like Tifa she wouldn’t have a weapon – she’d fight with her fist
Gundam Wing Darkly: Since I did Darkly’s cover last I thought I’d get to him first in this round. Next on Anime inspired drawing styles is one of my favorites from the way back year of 2000 when Gundam Wing first came to Toonami. I used to draw the guys all the time back then. Now, well… not so much. Oddly enough I had to look at a bunch of references to get the coloring right. Anime is shaded so so so different from what I do. And Gundam Wing had a very specific look to it. Now that I’m not 15 anymore I realize how crazy it looks. Back then that 90’s anime style was so hot – compared to the style now it just looks sloppy. Except for the actual Gundams – those are still clean as hell.
Anyway, Darkly in the GW world would be somewhat the same although instead of being 21 he’d be like 15 years old, piloting a giant war machine and traveling to space like it was nothing.
Sailor Sonya: She is without a doubt my most girly character so it seemed only right to make her a magical girl. Unfortunately Sailor Scouts aren’t as thick as Sonya so I had to take a little artistic liberty as to what she would look like in the sailor moon anime style. And her mission clothes are so dark compared to the over saturated coloring style from the show.
Once again the shading style was the most difficult to do. I understand the simplicity of it is so animating it is easier. I love Sonya as a Pretty Soldier – this might become her new mission outfit 🙂