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  • DandareDandare
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    edited October 31, 2016

    HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!


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    And so I am returning with slightly prolonged absence and this not all that glorious Halloween contest art. For those of You who read my official entry: I fell asleep around 3AM not finishing it properly and leaving some 2-4 pixel line thickness differences.... yeah... by the time I woke up and fixed it it was 2 and half hours past deadline so I guess I buried all chances for rewards :P

    Nonetheless it was ultimately much fun to work on. I realized my wish of designing my very own 'TYPE 303 CUSTOM - "Gashadokuro" Armoured Suit' which will be a big part of UNIT 6 lore (more of it later) and had a lot of coll exploration on details of clothing our dear Major Motoko used through out her series, including possibly all three most iconic iterations :)

    That being said: I will be posting separately all those linearts with a bit of insight on lore of easter-eggs I put on them as well as more explicit information on aforementioned custom armoured suit.

    CHEERS!!!
    VenkmanKodaiganHakureiUrODelAKyleKatarn
  • VenkmanVenkman
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    edited October 31, 2016
    Happy Halloween @Dandare! Great work! Don't stay up too late tonight too! ;)
    Dandare
  • KodaiganKodaigan
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    edited November 1, 2016
    Pretty solid pic right there! And a bit late thou, but happy Halloween to you too!

    Just a quick thing which I found weird...maybe I'm the only one who sees this:
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    Where is her right foot? In that perspective it should be "still" visible somewhere....right?

    Hope it helps.

    Best Regards
    Koda
    Dandare
  • DandareDandare
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    edited November 2, 2016
    @Hakurei , @Venkman , @Kodaigan THANKS FOR SUPPORT!

    And as for Koda's question:

    It's indeed pose which gave me most work. Apparently by research (performed on little sister ;P ) I came to conclusion that right foot will be hidden as long as legs are put in arrow shape due to perspective (with rarely tips of toes showing). Only instance we'll see about 50% of right foot heel is if Lumos's character was putting right leg underneath her butt. Which apparently might even look better? I dunno.. would have to try, so thanks for suggestion since it gave some creative idea :) I will try it out in free time!

    Other thing I was worried you would ask is 'why is back of the costume wide only on left butt-cheek ' XD. Apparently: it was drawn that way in TV animation in most cases whenever we could see Motoko's 'back' :). My only guess is that it was really tight and had tendency to slide ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) - so I left it that way.

    With that being said: sorry but no inside story post with ar... doodles' close ups yet today :). I'll start from tomorrow once I'll be on a work keyboard (not wasted by the gaming XD) during the luchbreak to avoid overly big amount of typos. I hope You guys would probably read through and maybe we'll hit some discussion on GitS lore as I look for a ways to improve my characters or simply make them more interesting =D

    The ordr would be:
    -Noriko
    -Raziel
    -Ryuu
    -Lumos
    -And for a 'grand finale' Custom Type 303 "Gashadokuro

    Also! This month I AM COLORING! Time to put dust of my Wacom. Not like it'll change anything about designs but I hope to at least make daltonists angry =D
    UrODelA
  • KodaiganKodaigan
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    edited November 1, 2016
    Just to clarify of what you ment:
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    So she is sitting with the legs going sideways, while the right leg having a different angle than the left.....mkay, makes sense then.

    Carry on. :o
    DandareManiacBatou
  • DandareDandare
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    edited November 2, 2016
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    HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

    AFTERMATH ;)


    With year's spookiest night behind and more Marzipan than I can hope to eat this week without getting sick - I welcome You into my shabby cyberpunk world of GitS lore and wicked imagination once more :)

    To not base it only around already posted arts I decided to add my little part of Halloween comic as you can see. Well I hope nobody minds me that. To not prolong it:

    Casual "Punk" Noriko

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    Character insight:
    Thinking of this one I've decided to not 'cosplay' Noriko. Reason as to this is that as far as her personality goes she would probably pay no heed to Section 9 history. Things would go into more interesting direction with Laughing Man Phenomenon of 2024. Being as she is Noriko likes two things for sure:
    -when interesting things are happening
    -hacking the network
    As such it would not be surprising if she at least a bit idolized a movement as a whole and possibly even knew about and considers somewhat a 'kin spirit' Aoi himself. Same time Noriko is whimsical and really childish in certain areas of personality so seeing her 'venting out' in almost gang like punk clothes was something really in line of her character. Thus I decided on explicit icon of Laughing man painted with (fluorescent?) spray paint on her belly more than actual cosplay. Last reason was for me to for the first time design and show her cybernetic legs without fake skin or anything else covering them.

    References insight:
    There are two direct and two less direct references to the Ghost in the Shell universe. Direct ones would be an aforementioned and obvious Laughing Man logo on Noriko's belly and slightly more hidden "Individual Eleven" Logo on spray paint can ("Revenge, Infinity, Samurai" - so cool XD ! ) . The indirect ones are hidden in references and more likely point out to Masamune Shirow (GitS original author) than GitS itself. You see:
    Noriko's legs were pretty much influenced a lot by Masamune Shirow's arts. Namely those two:
    Masamune Shirow Cybernetic 1
    Masamune Shirow Cybernetic 2
    And although it's not apparent at 1st: some elements are almost copied ^^;
    Same way there is an element in Norikos attire which I based on other of Masamune Shirow works. Namely - armbands! They have that catchy 'punkish' look for me and were directly inspired in their design by : Masamune Shirow - Girl with umbrella

    Timeframe:

    Ok this section was added under-gun of my colleague and little sister (which both I involved in this so... yeah, they have right to force me)
    So: how much it took?
    Reference gathering: Was a bit harsh as I was looking for inspiration to cybernetic legs, around 2 hours.
    Pose and proportion sketches: Actually went pretty easy, too me about 3 iterations. 1 and half hour.
    Detail design pencil sketch: this one was not easy. With all experimentation and so on... I guess it's safe to say it took 4 hours
    Inking: not that little of a detail; Due to all small elements the inking took nearly as much as actual design. 3 hours.
    TOTAL: 10 and half hour. (actually: the one that took the most time and workload XD)

    UrODelAKyleKatarn
  • DandareDandare
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    edited November 3, 2016

    Raziel- Motoko Kusanagi 'Arise' series cosplay

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    Character insight:

    My fave game official is here =D !

    If anyone wonders: Raziel is one of Disrespect's and Lumos's colleagues and basically the possibly most cheerful person that official team presented to us. I created her manga'ish personification before. As her favorite weapon is MP7 and she haves real fun personality I thought that she would be most fitting to the newest iteration of GitS series cosplay. Same time what I am most proud of is the smug expression I managed to bring here. It's like it is saying: "Yes Disrespect, you're going to get into that dress!" or similar notion of thoughts (either way - definitely some cheeky line XD). Even Raz herself stated that she 'loves' how it looks so I couldn't be more happy about outcome =D !

    References insight:

    As noted - Raziel is wearing the costume of Major Motoko herself we can see her in, in newest TV series "Ghost in the Shell: Arise". It's skin tight and somewhat reminds me of "Gantz" series, but it's smexy and fitting the cool&cheery feel about Raz herself so I guess it's perfect match.

    The other quite obvious reference would be the book her character is throwing away. It's "The Cather in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger and it was one of solid inspirations for GitS storyline in earlier series. For example the text "I thought what I'd do was, I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes." we see on Laughing Man logo is direct quote from this book. Other (my favorite) reference which appears in GitS happens once Major meets Aoi for the very first time in seemingly empty library. the quote goes:

    “That's the whole trouble. You can't ever find a place that's nice and peaceful, because there isn't any. You may think there is, but once you get there, when you're not looking, somebody'll sneak up and write "F*** you" right under your nose. Try it sometime. I think, even, if I ever die, and they stick me in a cemetery, and I have a tombstone and all, it'll say "Holden Caulfield" on it, and then what year I was born and what year I died, and then right under that it'll say "F*** you." I'm positive, in fact.”

    As far we do not witness Major talking directly any of these lines soon enough we see on one of the railings that Major passes in this serene and tranquil environment this:
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    A direct "Noy Kcnf" - right ?! XD

    I decided to draw Raziel throwing that book since I learned earlier she does not really know all that much on GitS topic and much less I think she did such things as read J.D.Salinger books to have deeper understanding, so it's like 'screw this!' notion. Same time however she still remains super cool and smug as they get :D

    Timeframe:
    Reference gathering: 30 min - new series get a lot arts, designs and even fanarts published on net, so it's easy catch
    Pose and proportion sketches: 2 and half hour - I was looking up the pose for a while and it's one of two most difficult ones in the Halloween art series. I did scratch about 2 before making this one (making it match smug smile and incorporate the book which was planned to appear from get-go)
    Detail design pencil sketch: 2 and a half - good references and not that great degree of detail in original design (one of + of TV series - they're rarely very detailed to be easier to animate)
    Inking: 2 hours
    Total: 7 and half hour of workload.
    UrODelAKyleKatarn
  • DandareDandare
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    edited November 4, 2016

    Ryuu - Motoko Kusanagi "1995" cosplay

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    Character insight:

    On a little sidenote: "Ghost in the Shell 1995 " version of Major Motoko would probably remain my all time favorite. Reasons are many, such as epic fight against T08A2 / R3000 "Spider Tank" . Yet still prime thing is probably the fact that it was 1st movie concerning GitS which I ever watched and I was in awe! It's one of top 5 reasons why later on I decided to try my own at drawing.

    Ryuu is set into cosplay of Major Kusanagi from time of 1995 movie. Although being character highly focused on aspects of speed and agility - she's not wearing heavy bullet-proof vest from final fight. (still those leg guards design is so cool XD!)

    According to her bio's storyline I would say it makes sense that she would probably aim mostly to be like Major Kusanagi of that time. Slightly reckless, extremely capable and quite 'devil may care'. Least this is the approach I would like to take for character.

    References insight:

    Aforementioned costume is obvious reference. I must say I love those old-school virtual visors/googles. Not as smooth or detailed as later designs, but still they seem to me a most iconic! Rest of the costume actually was a leg protectors, arm protectors, heavy bulletproof vest (omitted here and omitted most of movie.... but cool) and a skin tight jump-suit. Jumpsuits are pretty much easiest thing to draw on character (and I did share of Fallout commissions so You might take my word for it :P ) but the protectors on limbs were in fact designed to be quite intricate and cool looking so they were not as easy as it may seem.

    Overall 1995 animation was REALLY detailed once we get a closer look and I seriously nod towards great talents of the authors. As I've mentioned: it is not really all that common for animation since it's hectic to keep up, much worse than when it concerns comic and much much worse than in case of design illustrations.

    Other less obvious reference which is equally old would be what's written on the dog tags she's flipping. Some of you might've decoded "PROJECT 2501" written over them and those I guess know what it refers to. As I've mentioned earlier - Ryuu is fully cybernetic person (most out of UNIT6) with only majority of her brain remaining still organic. She's for sure experiencing connected to this identity issues very much like Major Motoko did once in her storyline and as such "PROJECT 2501" is somehow ideological addition to struggle as she would be at point faced with. When it'll happen question about idea of ghost itself and where exactly lies an importance of organic 'parts' in relation to it would be a most dire one for her to answer.

    Timeframe:
    Reference gathering: 15 min - I actually had a folder of references on this version of Major.... for reasons.
    Pose and proportion sketches: 1 hour - relatively easy pose and good luck on execution
    Detail design pencil sketch: 2 and half hour (actually there was a version with a bullet-proof vest on, but in leaning pose like this one and on small stature character like Ryuu it looked... funny. It took additional 1 hour though to make which I won't count here)
    Inking: 2 and half hour
    Total: 6 hours - if I were tenacious enough I could possibly make one such everyday XD (but I'm lazy bum and still need my 3-5 hours sleep)
    UrODelAKyleKatarn
  • DandareDandare
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    edited November 6, 2016
    Well putting on hold the descriptive information on references I've used and other more menial tasks - I'll put not something much less time consuming but probably something still barely acceptable for an art.

    Casual "Punk" Noriko
    In Color

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    Still not looking anyway better, but least I did not write whole lot this time =P
    HakureiUrODelAKyleKatarn
  • DandareDandare
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    edited November 7, 2016
    2 remaining 'insights' still put on hold. I would for example try out the "second leg placed under butt' thing in case of Halloween Lumos case.

    A mysterious soft Yuri piece is also in baking... I in fct plan on incorporating something from Masamun Shirow "Greaseberries" or "Pieces".... all who know those probably guessed right that my biggest dilemma is to find anything below R18 as reference (or at least something I can 'make' below R18 ^_^;). Second dilemma is adjusting it to my own style. I would also probably incorporate 1st Lumos fanart clothing and original Maven suit from game. Using existing designs will cut on time needed :)

    And for now, I'm SUPER HAPPY to share:

    Raziel- Motoko Kusanagi
    'Arise' series cosplay
    In Color

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    My biggest hope is that Raziel will like it. My second biggest hope is that my fans will like it. And my third biggest hope is that all colorings will be just as much enjoyable to make :)
    HakureiMorky2016UrODelAKyleKatarn