Well, since people complain that I focus on artists that are too generic, I’m putting out a focus on Aoi Nishimata.
I’ve just read a review to top all reviews which has convinced me fully that I will never play Shuffle, especially Shuffle Essence+. And while I can’t say anything about the story (since I never played it), I agree fully with everything that he wrote about the game art.
If you haven’t realized the problems yet go here and ctrl+f “middle of nowhere”.
Now, my question is: why do artists like this still make money?
Let’s face it, Aoi Nishiata makes money. On top of the stuff she does for Naval she also does drawings for rice, curry, strawberries, batteries, water bottles, star wars, etc etc. And with all that, I can’t understand why people would pay money for her drawings. This isn’t like Naru Nano with me gradually losing interest in her art until I’m pretty much sick of it and how cheap it’s gotten. This isn’t like Tony Taka with me getting annoyed at every single picture he draws because it’s all fanservice.
No, this is like Itaru Hinoue with me wondering how such an artist has managed to keep herself alive by drawing.
I mean, just look at this picture. Her neck is bending at an impossible angle, her chest is so messed up I can’t even describe it (it’s only possible if the girl is actually flat and she put on an over sized bra crocked), she has no hips, the fabric is folding without folds, her fingers are shaped from play-dough, her legs are disconnected from her body AND the wrong shape, the ribbons must be made from a fabric that defies physics, and the shadows are impossible. On top of that we have the fact that everything she draws is square, and she hasn’t drawn anything that moves, EVER.
Ah, I’ve figured it out! If you want to make money from drawings, you only have to follow 3 simple steps.
Step 2: Connect the lines, and don’t worry about the laws of physics! Remember, your characters are wearing clothing made of physics string (weightless) which has been enforced with carbon for extra stiffness, they will, I repeat, they WILL look like pieces of cardboard stuck to the characters, but that won’t matter, because your characters will have perfectly straight and unconnected limbs for bodies anyway!
Oh, and don’t forget, all the characters you draw can use telekinesis! That means that you don’t have to worry about their hands when they are holding something! You can just put in some fingers wherever you like, and their telekinesis will stop the object from falling to the ground~
I mean, just LOOK at that! It’s perfectly FINE for you to ignore the fact there’s no way in hell such a scene can be possible. As long as you remember that no one gives a damn about physics (like water refracting light) and everyone has telekinesis, you can make MOE pictures all day long and get paid for it!
Oh, and by the way, THIS is a better picture of girls with fireworks (still has some flaws, but they aren’t painful). But somehow an obviously better artist isn’t getting as much attention or making as much money.
And for some reason artists that are actually creative and don’t make any money from their drawings. This above picture is drawn by a friend of mine, achouzi (阿抽子). Of course, as far as I know she’s never made a single cent from her art.
Because THIS is the stuff that makes money. Because THIS is the stuff that the internet loves. Because THIS is the stuff that is popular. That’s right. Moe sells, and sex sells, even if the girl has misplaced boobs when she’s having sex.