Comic 983 - Kaede Akamatsu

27th Aug 2017, 10:25 AM in Special
Kaede Akamatsu
Average Rating: 5 (6 votes)
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Jocelyn 27th Aug 2017, 10:25 AM edit delete
I drew a thing! Huzzah!

It's been a while since I've drawn much of anything. Probably close to a month at this point. Honestly, you probably know me by now: of course, I want to get back to it. Like nothing else! But depression's kind of a bitch, and it's hard to stay motivated right now. That doesn't mean I'll just stop trying to what I love though. And this isn't even about the comic right now. I just want to draw anything at this point, really.

In this case, I happened to try out the Danganronpa V3 demo the other day, and decided it was as good a subject as any to work with. So here we have protagonist, Kaede Akamatsu, because I figured she'd be the easiest to safely look up a reference for (let's just say I've had problems with getting major spoilers for previous Danganronpa titles when I just wanted to look at a little character art, so this time I was trying to be more careful). Kaede might not have otherwise been my first choice to draw, but she was a fun - if simplistic enough - character design to work with for trying to get back into drawing.

I also got kind of experimental with shading. I don't really have an eye for that kind of thing though, so it might look terrible; I hope it's somewhat decent though. (And the background is just pulled from the game itself to give her a backdrop; I didn't make it.)

Either way, I hope you like this. I'm not ready to get back to routine comic posts, but I'm hoping to at least get back to drawing in general more again. I'm sure doing something I love at a steady, non-stressful pace could do wonders for me. So hopefully, we'll see more drawings and doodles in the future, until I'm ready to return to comicking.

So thank you again for bearing with me during this time. Your support is, as always, very welcome and means the world to me right now. :)
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Draca 27th Aug 2017, 3:02 PM edit delete reply
We understand and the picture is Lovely ^-^
Reimi 27th Aug 2017, 7:27 PM edit delete reply
Guest 28th Aug 2017, 12:24 AM edit delete reply
Yeah, the shading on the sweater/vest is off. Shape is wrong or perhaps misplaced and too dark. Try for a little subtlety next time.
miamistax 29th Aug 2017, 12:05 AM edit delete reply
I dunno. It works for me. The abundance of shading implies the lass has been amply endowed by her creator ... or surgeon. A quick and dirty trick is take a medium to large doll (Barbie, Ken, the larger Wonder Woman, etc); stand it up in a darkened room and aim a tight beam flashlight or desk lamp at it. Another trick is to be careful to match foreground and background lighting/shading. This panel's background looks like the light is coming from above and to the right; sunlight most likely. That would be slightly behind Kaede. So the hair and chest shading look pretty consistent with that, as well as the vertical shading on the legs and arms. The skirt's pleating indicates no hugging of the legs at the bottom seam, so some rounded horizontal shading on her legs could enhance the effect of the gap between the skirt and legs; similar to how the horizontal shading near the bottom of her jumper emphasizes its slight bulge.

Besides all that, Jocelyn, I want to give you all the encouragement I can. As someone who is CIS hetero male, your strip, more than any other, has helped me to better understand the challenges and the prejudices that I could've been blind to otherwise. You make me want to be a better person.
Devgirl Neko 28th Aug 2017, 1:32 AM edit delete reply
Devgirl Neko
Squee! I'm such a huge Danganronpa fangirl omg!
Jocelyn 29th Aug 2017, 4:01 PM edit delete reply
@Devgirl Neko

Speaking of which, that's an awesome Monokuma hoodie! XD
Devgirl Neko 30th Aug 2017, 5:32 PM edit delete reply
Devgirl Neko
Thank you so much! I just got done recording my playthrough of V3's demo yesterday, and I am so psyched to play the full release!
Callisto 28th Aug 2017, 10:33 AM edit delete reply
You are superb, and worth the wait. This new page is beautiful. <3

I am well-familiar with the depression/lack of motivation, as I suspect many of us are. It is nice that you are getting the itch, as it were, again. I think that when I am depressed, 5/10 times, my music (as I am a musician) tends to be what moves me out of it. :3
Guest 28th Aug 2017, 11:37 AM edit delete reply
I love the way you shaded her hair, and the shading on the arms (espesially her right one) shows the fabric really well.
Guest 29th Aug 2017, 2:12 PM edit delete reply
I don't know who that is but they're cute.
Lex-Kat 8th Sep 2017, 3:09 AM edit delete reply
AriaOfEffect 19th Sep 2021, 5:35 PM edit delete reply
My favorite dang rope!
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