This is just me and my weird brain, but I’ve found that, when looking at game art, there are usually 5 kinds of situations where I’m surprised at an artist’s work. Of course, seeing an artist for the first time is always somewhat surprising, but I’m going to focus on artists that I already know about for this. BTW this was written late at night and I hold no responsibilities for anything bad that happens.
The 5 main situations are as follows:
1) Complete change
2) Company makes all the difference
3) YOU LIED
4) Going back in time
5) It’s personal.
Please note the above image, from the eroge Marginal skip. This artist is pretty generic, no? There are definitely some anatomy problems present, and the blond girl’s face is distorted, almost like the person was trying to copy Yamamoto Kazue but didn’t quite make it (although I’m not exactly a fan of Yamamoto Kazue myself).
Now, please note another image from the game Harukaze dori ni, Tomarigi wo. 2nd Story. No, not that one. I’m not sure who drew that one. It might be the same artist, it might not be, game sites are never specific about who drew what, and artists who work in the same company all look alike.
Anyway, it’s this one. If you compare this to the top image, well, there are a lot of differences. Would you believe these were drawn by the same person? Would you believe that there was only a few months of difference between these 2 releases? You would, but you would still be surprised, right? I mean, there are still problems here, but I’m the type who ignore faults on things that she likes, so it’s all good.
This is what I mean by Type 1 surprise: you’re not surprised when you see the art. It’s only when you look at the credits and find out that the names are the same that you connect the different drawings.
Okay, so comparing a promotional image with a in-game CG is a bit unfair, but still… This is the Type 2 surprise, when you realize that some artists are what they seem to be only because of a hard working CG team behind them.
This is a screen shot taken from the official site of memories off 7.
What the hell, 5pb? Why did you have to take an artist with soft, delicate lines and gentle coloring, then reduce it to this… this… THING!
The same happened with Remember11.
Again, soft, delicate coloring, with a gentle eye for detail. I weep bitterly at what happened to the actual game art though. It’s like they couldn’t pay the artist enough past some promo art and the character designs, and so made the rest of the game with some random artist who was available and cheap.
Sigh…This is the type 3 surprise, when the actual art looks 50-100 times crappier than the promo art. I’m used to this. I mean, who HASN’T seen an RPG or whatever where the still art looked nothing like the stuff that actually moved? But this is a VISUAL NOVEL, it’s not supposed to be like this, and unlike RPGs, there’s no reason that it should be like this!
Type 4 surprise is a bit more complicated and long, so bear with me here.
His actual work in 2009.
See the problem here?
This is the type 4 surprise: when you see a commercial work and feel like you stepped back in time. Let’s face it, the art from Natsu no Ame barely matches the art quality of a doujin game released 2 years earlier! Why? Because companies takes time to do stuff, so the there are often significant amounts of time between when stuff is drawn and when stuff is released. Ergo, seeing a recently released commercial work feels like you’re stepping back in time. This seems to be less of a problem for doujin games, although I can already feel Sepia tears slipping into the same cycle (GAH, everything looks so DIFFERENT, I want to re-do everything!).
I can’t wair for Your Diary though, it seems like it’s going to be the high quality that I expect from Kantoku. Plus, I’m sure that he will draw his beloved plaid skirts this time! (for those who don’t know, most artists has something they love to draw. Ino loves boobs, Itou Noizi loves pantsu, and Kantoku just happens to have a thing for plaid, particularly plaid skirts)
On the other hand, I had drawn some stuff for Lolikit’s game. I’m not linking you because I’m absolutely embarrassed by what I drew. It should be censored for all of eternity.
So just look at this thing I re-drew, okay? Anyway, what I noticed is that this character, Marmot-chan, looked really similar to the loli in Hoshizora no Memoria. Of course, they were more similar in my head. But Type 5, in my mind, is the most shocking of all.
The moral of the story: I just started playing Hoshizora no Memoria, and that sister is as annoying as hell. Good night.