This was the very first comic I ever made for Hareruya, as an audition piece. It was about a giant GP in Chicago were even excellent-performing players just got murdered purely on tiebreakers. We hadn't even named the series yet, but I wanted to call it Fear, though we settled on Fear and Removal.
From the get go, one of my goals with the comic was to represent girls in Magic. All the guys are throwaway characters for the most part, but I wanted the comic not to be able to function in any meaningful way if you took out the female characters.
After this one, they asked for another sample, so I imagine we'll show that one soon enough, but this has never been seen by any human aside from the core editors. The turnaround time here was like two days, so I didn't even get to scan the pencils, just a photo and off to inks.
By the sig, it looks like this was drawn 6/14, but we're logging it for 6/13 on 2/19/15!
I knew I was getting rejected so I just vomited out every design I could think of over two days until I was physically exhausted. I had no idea what they were looking for so I just jammed and designed over 100 thumbnails!
This was a set I particularly liked based on the signature tropes of the different colors of Magic.
I liked this assignment as basically just an exercise, just for the pure mileage, because it pushed me to think of new things I never would have just soloing, driving me to try stuff I would normally be afraid of.
And to my surprise--you'll never guess which one they picked...
This is a personified version of the Hareruya mascot.
His official name is Hareruya-kun, but I call him Harekun. This was to commemorate the launch of the second shop opening Hareruya-Narita, and to kick off Inktober 2014. I never really used a G-Pen before, so this month was dedicated to using it every day to see if I could get a feel for what the jazz was all about. It certainly started fun and enlightening...but how did it end?
Missed my train back home from FNM so I camped out at a Sukiya and played some Magic and drew and came back and tried coloring it a little.
I used a picture of the pencils since my camera captured with with an interesting reddish tint I wanted to use. I was thinking of stories as I drew it, and it first I just wanted to draw an arrogant Commander player. But maybe she has to challenge the Seven Warlords of the Sea--but for Commander--and if she can't beat them, she dies. Of course when she gets to the last one, she discovers there's actually one more...the one behind it all. Even a prodigy like her surely doesn't stand a chance.
The name Shiko comes from how Japanese people pronounce "C" and a common suffix "ko" for girls. The kanji in the final means unsanctioned, which is how Commander events usually go, and since this would be games with actual lives on the line and stuff, surely these battles would be off the books.
I literally have to see if I remember how to do this.
Exhausted after losing horrifically at FNM, I missed my stop coming home because I fell asleep on the train. My options were to wait in the open-air station with the bums and bees until the first train at 6am, grab a six minute and 4,000 yen cab, or camp out at a 24 hour McDonald's until train time. Fortunately I had my art kit with me as always, so I chowed down to some long-lost McCheeseburgers and McFly's, hoped I wouldn't have to pee or poo for the next several hours, and camped out while coloring this and listening to Kyary Pamyu Pamyu on my dying phone.
Here are doodads for our secondary April ALT poster, the main being here. I had decided to try to do a main doodad each poster, time permitting, as a sub-anchor to extend the interest of the piece across the full extent of the page, so here are the pencils for this poster's sub-anchor.
These are the inks on it. The design was inspired by Monster Hunter Epic, a manga I picked up a while ago and whose style is incredible. I love the Wayne Reynolds-esque, bulky armor style Monster Hunter seems to have, where the armor on characters seems to be a tad bit unrealistically cumbersome, such that you wonder how they can actually fight effectively in their gear. It's not terribly practical the more you think about it, but it looks so cool. So this was me trying to emulate that, plus Monster Hunter's tendency to have fur puff out of armor at every possible chance.
Here a section on goofs. It's a lighter version than the main poster since we simply have less space to work with on the secondary posters.
This is a little, literal Easter Egg I left on the back of the poster. If you find it, you get a fabulous prize. Nobody found it.