This all started when I started sketching the eyes from a particularly captivating panel of this manga I read. It was a bit of a departure from the way the character usually looks, but I found it mesmerizing and couldn't help sketching it. From the eyes, I moved on to the little bits of hair that fell in front of them, then I moved onto the rest of the hair and before I knew it, I'd sketched something very much like the picture from the manga.
It was too good to toss and it wasn't original enough for me to claim it was mine. It was just a study in the manga style, something I'm still learning to draw.
A friend suggested I post it anyway, but it looks almost exactly like the page from the manga, so I decided to do a bit of artistic coloring and make it different enough so that I could claim it as mine. Well, mostly mine. I've borrowed background elements from two screen shots (because I just LOVE doing backgrounds - not!) and the cathedral was borrowed from the following stock image - [link]
- a lovely art piece in itself.
It's a bit of a departure from my FMA stuff, but I really like this manga and have been enjoying it a lot. Thanks for taking a look. Comments are always appreciated.
D. Gray-man is the property of Katsura Hoshino and is published by Viz Media here in the US. I only play in her sandbox and do not claim any rights to the characters or likenesses. Thanks to Haganeneko for her invaluable help as my art beta.
Edit 2/9/2013 - I took a copy of this illo to a convention where Todd Haberkorn was one of the guests. I was lucky enough to be able to present him with a copy of this piece and get him to sign another that I brought for the purpose. I've uploaded the piece [link]
here, though if you find his signature too hard to read (he signed the darkest part of the picture with black marker!) I have another copy where I enhanced the contrast around his writing here [link]
It was really a joy to have been able to give both Vic and Todd pictures of their characters and be able to see both their reactions to them. I'm truly very lucky.