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July 13, 2012

Art style restoration: Kan-nah


Art reflection: Kan-nah

Date drawn: August 2012

What do I like about this that I would continue using in my art?

  • A cutesy kawaii art style
  • Very thin lineart and soft feeling
  • The coloring style in general is fairly minimal. Mostly flat colors with soft gradients where needed, and the occasional hard shading used sparingly
  • Soft pastel colors that bleed together. Lots of light blue and pink
  • Hair is light blue but the glow of her skin makes her bangs glow pink. I definitely used the pin light filter when fine-tuning at the very end. I can tell because the lineart in that area is pink.
  • This was during my blurry eyes phase. Honestly, I still love the look. It’s not everybody’s taste, but it’s certainly mine. I love the soft ethereal effect.
  • There is a vertical letterbox effect, with some objects extending past the borders to give it a more 3-dimensional effect.

What didn’t work, and how would I have done things differently?

  • I remember struggling a lot with the backdrop. Eventually I settled for an aesthetic that I’d seen on Pixiv, inspired by the artist Suou. Flat organic patterns with a fringe effect. If I did this again, I would give the plant backdrop more definition.
  • I would give more emphasis to the dango motif with soft round shapes repeated throughout. Soft round shapes are a visual symbol for soft and cute.

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