The one (s) that changed my mind

This doesn’t happen often, but sometimes, I see an image, and it completely changes my perspectives of an event or an artist. Eventually, there was enough of these little occurrences, and, coupled with me feeling too burned out to draw, resulted in this post.

Note: this post gets more NSFW as it progresses…

no.5 1948

This doesn’t look it, but it’s supposedly the most expensive painting that has ever been sold. It taught me the valuable lesson that value itself cannot be defined by just one person. $140 million… I can’t believe it…

For me, Zinno has always been an artist that’s just THERE. I see his work around, but they always seem simple, fanservicy, and generally not that impressionable. I’ve always had a soft spot for the Tama-nee image above though (now that I think about it, I can’t remember her actual name anymore, I know know Tama-nee).

This impression didn’t change as I saw the art for tenshi no tamago.

However, somewhere around 2008, Zinno’s art changed quite a bit. So much so, that I had no idea it was the same person when I saw the art for Signal Heart plus. And as boring as the story for that seems to be, the art definitely speaks to me. Obligatory sad girl in snow picture~

There was this glow, this sparkle to the characters that hadn’t been there before, not to mention that they look older and lankier (he also got better at drawing guys, although I can’t find a good and safe example). I’m pretty sure the bottom one’s a trap BTW (I say “pretty” because the hcg is kind of…well…) *cough, anyway… Lesson learned: even if an artist seems to be settled into a certain style, they can always change~SO cute

An monochrome drawing by Itaru Hinoue

An Image by Itaru Hinoue which was colored and completed by the CG team at Key

Itaru Hinoue doing something not affilated with Key

Lesson learned: the people you work with makes a LOT of difference.

A similar saying can be applied to Izumi Tsubasu.

At one point, I thought that Naru Nanao was one of those perfect artists who can do no wrong. Well, I was younger then, and I thought that a lot of artists did the most incredible things, ever. I still hold that opinion for some artists that I liked from that time, such as Carnelian or Misato Mitsumi, but as for Naru Nanao…

This picture pretty much forced me to realize a few things about her that I’ve simple never considered before.Things such the fact that she’s not that good at things outside of static poses, the fact that she almost never draws backgrounds, the fact that her coloring is always quite simplistic. And, well, it was basically a shock to realize that she just wasn’t as good as I remembered her to be.

Of course, she still occasionally turn out quality work. But for a while now, I’ve been getting the impression that she’s lost her interest in drawing and is just pulling things out to pay the bill. For some reason, I’ve also thought that she’s just not fit for fanart, as they usually turn out looking generic, or simply odd, as if something doesn’t belong.

This streak only seems to affect guest work, doujins, and story illustrations though. As far as I can tell, promotional work for games and magazine art is still of a pretty consistent quality.

Lesson learned: As the Chinese proverb goes: “look at someone in a new light every three days”. I need to stop expecting people to have the same effect they had on me years ago.

Yukiusagi is a similar case, although the before and after deterioration is much, MUCH worse, although I’ve yet to see a case like that of Minato Hiromu (I hope that stalker got arrested and that no one else ever end up in her situation).

At first, I really, and I mean REALLY disliked Tony Taka. I thought that he was a generic artist and the only reason people liked him was because all the women he draws are naked more often than not.The above picture doesn’t really demonstrate what I’m talking about, but I wanted this to be a safe post.

Then this picture made me realize that he draws more than half naked women.

And this picture made me realize that he draws the hottest guys I’ve ever seen coming from a male-oriented eroge based artist. Stupid shallow reason? Sure, but there is only value in an image if you appreciate it. Lesson learned: just because someone does fan service is no reason to think they can’t do anything else.

Chikotamu is another artist which I have seen for a while now, but only recently noticed. But unlike Zinno, the reason for this is the frequent change in coloring style. The above image is one of the first I saw, of the character Arietta from Lyrical lyric. I’m not quite sure exactly which of the 3 artists affected the others more, but this feels like the coloring has been influenced quite a bit by Mikeou, with strong, solid colors in clear, solid chunks.

Because that was how I remembered the artist, it wasn’t much later until I noticed that the above image, along with much of the art of 11eyes, Eden*, and various other eroges. And the reason for me checking the artist tag, in this case, was because I was curious about a certain trap in Kiss to maou to Darjeeling. Unfortunately, I can’t find a decent picture of Shinobu…

Lesson learned: check the artist tags for pleasant surprises.

I’ve always had a soft spot for Itou Noizi, and the above image is one of my favorites. It shows that characteristic softness, the vibrant colors, the way that there isn’t much detail but there’s a lot of detail at the same time… (yes, I meant that in a good way)

The problem is with stuff like this…

Lesson learned: everyone draws something awful once in a while, ignore it and move on.

Ueda Ryou is an artist whom I’ve stalked been paying attention to for quite a while now, especially since I absolutely fell in love with Asuseka. The thing to note, however, is the fact that he does mostly character. This isn’t a problem for most artists of this nature, but…

The guy does background porn.

Lesson learned: Sometimes, a guy who does is great at scenery chooses to focus on character art. One just has to sigh and pray that he does more background porn.

One of the main reasons that I really love Kantoku is his cheerful use of light. I say cheerful, because I can’t find any other way to describe it, and it always gives a calm and warm feeling.

But, this image, drawn quite recently, doesn’t really pan attention to lighting.  (what? I warned you that it was going to get NSFW). It’s simple, but it looks REALLY good. Another thing that I’ve noticed is this character. She’s one that he has drawn quite often, and always with orange hair.

2 lessons learned: 1) Simple is good. 2) No one cares about inconsistency as long as it looks good~

This is my usual impression of Katawa Hisashi: light, bright, fluffy, and sweet.

This image really reminded me that there’s more than one side to his drawings.

Lesson learned: What one artist draws for 1 franchise doesn’t present their full capabilities.

Gayarou is quite a popular artist, pretty much creating the look of Cuffs, which is quite a successful eroge company.

…There is no lesson, I just really wanted to post this image…

P.S.: Going on a trip starting from tomorrow, with no internet connection. Sob…
P.P.S. :Yes, I KNOW this is a weird way to end a post.

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13 thoughts on “The one (s) that changed my mind

  1. Jackson Pollock stuff is just BS.

    Recently, with the kiminago FD, I’ve started to lose faith in Itou Noizi, very inconsistent art, but I’m assuming it’s just copy cat artists cause she’s lazy. The good ol’ multiple artists under one name trick, orz.

  2. Mm, background porn. I like Ueda Ryo’s better than Makoto Shinkai’s. xDD;;;

    Oh, and lookie here.

    *checks 50% of them*

    1偷工減料當Q版

    2被人看到自己的圖時會說[修行中…]做理由

    3畫的不好時會說[用滑鼠畫的…/沒繪圖板…]這類理由

    4只會畫臉

    5臉永遠望向同一方向

    6只有頭會認真畫

    7角色的分別只有髮型不同

    8分不清左右的畫法

    9不會做草稿/只會做草稿

    10用S時不重視圖層或完全不用

    11構圖全部差不多

    12每次角色表情一樣

    13不會畫有動作的圖

    14不會畫下半截腳

    15不會畫俯視仰視圖

    16同一角色在不同的構圖就會變成不同的角色

    17只會/不會畫人,或相反

    18除了萌繒就什麼都畫不出

    19不會畫老人

    20畫不好手或手指

    21理想高但沒有行動

    22第一隻眼拚死地畫但第二隻眼就作畫崩壞

    23將圖左右反轉會很恐怖

    24每次都只做到線稿就完成

    25不理解筋肉骨骼構造

    26認為[所謂的五官不過是貼在臉上的肉已而]

    27胸部的位置很”獵奇”

    28會畫有六隻手指的手或左右手相反

    29很會評論別人的畫但自己永遠畫不好

    30本來為收集資料而收的圖最後就成了自己的屬性

    31畫畫途中會分心做其他事

    32認為繪圖板是會令畫功進步的道具

    33畫了張很滿意的圖但第二天再看時就囧了

    34一星期只會畫一張圖或更少

    35有開網站放自己的圖但一直沒有更新

    36畫エロ(色情圖但最後會變成グロ(獵奇圖

    37覺得沒有才能再多努力也沒用

    38其實根本就不會畫圖.

    I lol’d at 36.

    Wait, THAT was Tony Taka?
    He should switch and draw naked men instead. /shot x9999

    I used to worship Noizi Itou, some of her stuff is just blending into generic moe.

    Never liked Chikotam or Naru Nanao.

    I’ve always loved Gayarou’s soft coloring.

    Katawa Hisashi… o__o;;;
    The change is really huge.

    Hmm, I really like H2S04’s art.

    • Ooh, I love h2SO4 too, but I’ve always loved it, so there wasn’t really any one image that changed my mind~

      BTW, where did that list come from?

  3. hmmm the only artists who I remember the names are the ones who draws SRW fanart h or not as I’m a diehard fan.My favorite is probably Hisahiko.He only concentrate on the naked woman and almost never draw backgrounds though.Second favorite is Kusakabe Tsukasa only because of the holy awesomeness of this pic for a Higurashi and SRW fan like me: http://daitrombe.net/image/show/25770
    (the guy is a time diver, travel between worlds)

    Then there’s some others which I remember their names sometimes or put them in my artist list like Suzuhira Hiro,she did some work on Shuffle!,Suzuragi Karin who drew Onikakushi-hen,Tsumihoroboshi-hen,and also another manga that I forgot the name because I can’t watch it anymore since there’s no scans, Kito En who also did some Higurashi ,just look at how he draws Shion and Mizuho is moe overload(I would kill to see more of Utsutsukowashi-hen ,no scans no raws) and the manga version of Senjou no Valkyria.
    There’s also Suzuhito Yasuda who drew the characters of Durarara!! and his manga Yozakura Quartet is one of my favorite.(I think I’m gonna blog about it if I ever manage to finish my first post along with what comes next)
    Last one I can think of for now is Tetsuo (or 415) who draws hair like if it’s real just go and check it out now on Danbooru.I don’t know how to explain his style he makes the characters feel plain or simple and as if they were all the same but you can tell them apart I don’t know how to say it just go and check.He also does the illustrations of the light novel Utsuro no Hako to Zero no Maria, which my avatar is from and she’s the heroine and she’s total badass go check it too.

    The guy drew by Tony Taka is so hot even a guy like me can sense his hotness.People always criticize him saying he doesn’t know anatomy or how he can’t draw feet(you can even see it on the image you posted funny) properly but he doesn’t need to he’s still awesome.
    I didn’t know most of the artist you talk about in this kind of post I thank you for introducing them, I registered on pixiv recently to see some fanarts even if I doesn’t draw thanks to you.
    The only background porn I saw I can think of is in the Kara no Kyoukai movies hahaha.
    Take care on your trip.

      • No I think rockmanshii meant “I never heard of these artists before. Thank you for introducing them.” “Even though I don’t draw art myself, I registered for pixiv to see some unknown artists and it’s thanks to you.”

        I’m sure it’s a thanks for the introduction of these artists previously unknown to rockmanshii (even though he doesn’t draw).

        1) It’s Tamaki.
        2) Kantoku’s feature character is named Kurumi. I like his designs … oh there’s a Miyazawa Midori dakimakura … hmm not bad …. Yay for Cuffs.

        Yabuki Kentaro is one I like for manga drawings.

        Personally I like Sca-ji since he designed Hamaji. Well, it was indeed you that pointed out this fact, so thank you.

        As far as drawing goes I haven’t gotten around to it. Instead, I got a new computer, and used tonight to clean up the desk space. Now I can draw but my momentum sucks.

  4. I’m not quite sure what this post is about (fanart, presumably?), but those artworks are pretty good. Especially the background one…
    Oh, and I just realized that you’re my age! I’m so happy I found another person my age. This is quite exciting!

    • Nope, these are all original creators (aside from the alice, the ranka, and the first Chikotamu).

      This is the first time I’ve actually known another person to be the same age too. Whoot~

  5. Hm so a friend and I went to a convention center and we looked at various artbooks. It was quite eye candy, but it was a nice perspective too. We went ahead and got a kantoku one. Boy was that pleasing of a purchase.

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