Here’s something a little different from my usual posts – I have an illustration in a doujinshi! I got involved in the project via one of the editors, who studied at my university on exchange last year. It’s called アニメルか (Animerca) and it’s a magazine with articles and essays (in Japanese) about anime, with some illustrations included, one of which is mine. The website for it can be found here, and contains a full list of the contents (in Japanese). Some of the articles have been submitted by foreign fans, including David Cabrera (whom followers of the American anime industry might recognise as the new Astro Toy columnist at Anime News Network) and a kouhai of mine from the UK.
I think it’s quite different from what most English-speaking anime fans think of when the word ‘doujinshi’ comes to mind, but I think it’s a great project and a good counterpart to most of the stuff sold at doujinshi events.
Animerca Volume 1 will be sold at Bungaku Freemarket in Tokyo this Sunday, and also at Comiket in the summer, so keep an eye out for it if you’re appropriately located for either of these events!
Here’s the basic info on it:
Published by Project Animerca (アニメルカ製作委員会)
Publishing Date: 23 May, 2010
Place: Bungaku Freemarket (文学フリマ）in Tokyo
Price: 800 yen
And the list of contributors in English:
Brett A Smithson
I’m glad I was able to draw for the magazine. The majority of my experience with comics has been as a webcomic artist, so it was great to get an opportunity to try something different. It was also an interesting challenge for me, as I don’t have my scanner with me in Japan. I could have borrowed one from a friend, but instead I’ve been practicing drawing digitally in full (instead of my usual hand-drawn lineart with everything else digitally) since coming to Japan, and I decided to try doing the whole illustration with my tablet and copy of Photoshop. I was pleased with how it turned out, and while I won’t be giving up drawing by hand any time soon (I can’t imagine reproducing the cityscape I’ve just finished digitally), I’m can be more flexible with drawing now.
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Since I haven’t done anything with my in-progress mascot on here for a while, I thought I’d post a few sketches. I’ll get a full CG done at some point as well, but that won’t be until after my exams.
He’s an android, so technically he’s neither male or female, but I’m using male pronouns for him since his body structure leans slightly more male than female. The androgyny is intentional, though. I haven’t mentioned his name before, I think, but I’ve called him Azrael for the moment. I’m not definitely decided yet, but I do tend to like angel names so there’s a good chance of me keeping it.
This was the first bit of art I drew for my mascot. The sketch and ink was done really quickly and roughly, so it’s full of mistakes (the left eye for example) and I didn’t even bother to remove the pencil after inking it. It shows roughly what I had planned for his face, though. His design has ended up with a mix of Vocaloid and Busou Shinki for inspiration. His colour scheme has also changed from the one used on the rough banner that I put up with the intention of replacing it shortly afterwards ^^;
This is why I shouldn’t draw after watching the latest episode of Gundam 00. Warning: spoilers and a very silly sketch lie below the cut.
I put up a temporary header image with a quick sketch of my mascot character. Their design might change a little before I get everything finalised, but this will do for now. They ended up looking a somewhat alike to Kagamine Len in this image. The other character sketches don’t resemble him at all, but this one did for some reason. I’ll get a proper image done within a couple of days, hopefully.
I finished off my art commission today, so I’ve been working on getting a header image done using a new character of mine, who will probably be used exclusively as my blog mascot. I didn’t want to use any of my existing characters, so I came up with something new. Once I’ve sorted the art out, I’ll do a post introducing them.
I’m also about to work on some commissions, probably. I’m an active user over at Subeta, which is a social site with a lot of virtual pet site elements. Subeta has a thriving art community, with many people buying and selling in both onsite and real currencies. What I’m about to try and sell will be something along the lines of this:
I haven’t finalised prices or anything yet, but hopefully I should have time to get started on some commissions before term starts again.