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Study of N by Draikinator Study of N by Draikinator
If you're keeping up with pokemon B/W, then you've probably noticed this bad boy. N is awesome. N died for your sins.
N = awesome
Anywho, did a study from the perspective of an artist, trying to gain a little more insight into his in-game character.
Right. As of 8/26/10, Draikinator is calling this. Just wait until I'm right, ya'll will all be like 'oh, she's so awesome. Draik is so awesome.'

Heck yeah I am.



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HEY GUESS WHAT BIZNITCHES
I CALLED IT
OH FUCKING SNAP.
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IamaCutie Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
:iconimshockedplz: You just blew my freakin mind.
I love to analyze N's character on a psychological standpoint, and I never realized how much more information could be taken from his official art and battle sprite alone.
this is amazing!!
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Draikinator Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm gonna be hoenst though, I was pretty surprised how accurate it ended up being. all I had was like some blurry corocoro scans and some bad translations haha

I must say, I'm rather impressed with myself. I'm also glad I could show so many people what good character design looks like!
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IamaCutie Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
It was amazing. It's given me so many more tools to analyze not only N more, but other characters as well!

It reminded me yet again of how much effort was put into black and white. I loved not only the plot and elements never before seen in Pokémon games, but the layers upon layers in the characters. There are things that tell so much more about them, generally laying in artwork, trivia, and name meanings. They went really deep with N's character, in my opinion, deeper than any other of the other bw characters. He's nothing like we've seen before in Pokémon, and he's completely fascinating to me. I'll spend days on end thinking about his character.
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Draikinator Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh yeah totally! I mean... I did this for 4chan initially (which is why the date in the description is two days earlier than the upload date) because there were so many arguments... people were like "he's gonna be an angel!" and people saying they worked for nintendo and were spilling spoilers and whatnot. So I did this.

And it just blew my mind that I was right, honestly. I mean, his character design could have been, you know, NOT too indicitive of his character- like maybe it wasn't a good design. but the fact it was so PERFECT just. wow. wowowoowowowowowsooowowowowow pokemon ugh 
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Takechi-neko Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
wow! this is totally cool : DDDD
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Birishimi Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013   Digital Artist
SHOOT.
i would have never thought....
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Rosanna24 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Wait-you've never played it before you mean? If so, It's amazing how you got all that just from the way he looks. you are entirely correctamundo.
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Draikinator Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh yes! I wrote this a few days after the images contained in the write up here were leaked on 4chan. Only the official image was actually official and confirmed as real then, everyone was operating on rumors and we knew very very little about the game. I've played the game now! 
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Gamergirl224 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What...The F**k... Was that?...
THAT WAS AWESOME!

Ha! Just had to do that!
(Been watching to much Pokemon abridged.)
But seriously THAT was awesome! >w<
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kushamisaru Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Holy shit I thought this was made in retrospect.
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CatGengar Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
Well, that's a very nice theory... BUT HOW'D YOU FIGURE THAT ALL OUT?! OoO You're like, a genious! :iconsweatdropplz:
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:icondragonkingofthestars:
I don't quite get this, it's the theory.

What do you mean about circles, triangles, squares ectra in regard to character design?
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:icondraikinator:
Draikinator Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Exactly what I said. You build more complicated from simpler shapes. When you draw a person, you usually start with the head, drawing a circle. Or perhaps the chest- with a square, or a triangle, and then you flesh it out from there. The basic shapes that make up a more complicated character lend heavily to the perception of that character.
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:icondragonkingofthestars:
I think i get (Some of) it now

so a big barrel chested guy would have a square chests since we associate that square shape with strength, while circles are softer, curvy.

I don't think i get the association triangles get with 'moral dilemmas or hunched over villeins' as you put it, though.
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Draikinator Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
They're 'wobbly.' As in, morally ambiguous.
Okay, here's an example.
[link]
The first is made of all triangles, the second is made of squares, the thir, circles. They are all essentially the same character design but with different shape traits. Which one looks like the scariest, the most evil? The first one, obviously.
The least menacing? Mr circles there looks like the bumbling sidekick of the three.
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:icondragonkingofthestars:
AAAhh now i get it.

Makes a lot more sense an example. Thanks for taking the time to showing me. you aught to do more study's like this one, very fascinating.
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Roasted-Torkoals Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
N-olgy
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Pastel--Puppy Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AW YEAH DRAIK IS SO AWESOME /shot 5ever


but yes you are awesome :V
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sweettjrose Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
If the new Villian for Pokemon X and Y come out try to do him next
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Draikinator Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ok
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sweettjrose Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Guess this shows there is a lot more in Pokemon than we think... And you are good at figuring it out.
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G-R-I-M-A Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And here's additional something related to "angel N" (in the anime, but still). Seriously, take a look [link]
That Pidove above his head
this is symbol we all know.
You know what I mean, right? xD
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CatGengar Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
I do... ;A;
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Gamergirl224 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't. :| -?
But it's a pretty pic. ^w^
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CatGengar Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
The dove is supposed to be a religious symbol.
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Gamergirl224 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooh, okay! ^w^
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Fantasylover64 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Woooaaah you are like a God
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firehorse6 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
how did u even :iconwhutplz:
wat
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:icondraikinator:
Draikinator Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
i am art
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firehorse6 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:worship:
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LightCloud-DarkCloud Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You were awesome. You are still awesome. *clap!*
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whoamiXD Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
*clapping*
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Ourpawprints Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
This is surprisingly really accurate. I had expected it to be rather farfetch'd and not match of up with how he actually is in the games but wow. Just wow. You were almost exact. ._.
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RPG123 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student Writer
:D SO AWESOME!
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Champcuute Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you happen to have a chart of basic characterization techniques? Or will you make one? I think a lot of people would benefit from it, especially mary sue type people. I am also very curious as to what exactly consists everything in characters' designs. I understand the shapes theory you had there, but I would have never guessed N's rubik's cube would have had any real thought behind it. I think if everyone read this study of n they would be more interested and attentive to N's particular design, since it has such meaning behind it, from even how his hands are positioned.
But all that aside, well done, very interesting and spot on.
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Bastet-Sekhmet Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
You. Are. Awesome. It amazes me to read this, and all you came up with in this "study". And yes, you're awesome. Again: awesome~ Everybody now: awesome-awesome-awesome.

I haven't finished the game yet, but spoilers are everywhere, so...

... I really wonder how you came with the knownledge to make such deductions...

^^ anyway, thank you for sharing this with us!~ <3
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Draikinator Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
From here and there- a seminar at SCAD, a few years of practice, the occasion piece of literature. If you really care about art, eventually it just comes to you! Thank you haha. <3
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Bastet-Sekhmet Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
That really is wonderful! It looks like it came to you to stay, and it's well deserved! and again, thank you for sharing, I didn't knew one could learn that much about characters from descomposition, position, and other thins. (I knew there was something, but I'm of the ones who see the obvious and can't really see it, hehe)~ And thank you for replying!
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303Rellymaster Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Holy crap, that's spot on! You got all of that just from shapes?!

Wow, just wow.
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TheFreak21 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Wow. Just wow...
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AJangel299 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student Artist
dang i never thought of it that way lol >.<
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Kittybabe45 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Spot on.
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Angelcakes21 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
...how were you so right? I bet you ARE physic, and just not telling us. MAYBE YOU'RE AN ESPEON.
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Wildwalker Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Why is this not in my favorites yet? I meant to add this when I first joined a year ago! Kept this in mind the first time I played the game. I'm still amazed.
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xX1044Xx Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
lol i used this as an excuse...

mom:Rima come downstairs and wash the dishes!
me:wait a minute mom im "studying"!
mom:okay after your done.
me: yea im studying...somehting way more interesting than history.
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Dreamweaver100 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I know this comment is... hmm, two years late, but, having played the game twice now, I have to say you were pretty much spot-on.
Man, you've got an eye for detail.

*is also in awe*
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Terindie Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I apologize for the double post, but I know that if you analyzed other characters, it wouldn't be a 'prediction', but I'd love to see how you break down the character with just appearance. C:
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Terindie Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's really impressive, dude. You've got the body language spot-on. Would you consider doing this for other characters, like Cyrus?
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KeroberosCelestia Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that just messed with my mind.....I kinda figured this stuff out after the first or second encounter with N during the game. Well, not in the technical way you did, but just because I have a very good judge of character. I always know which bad guys will turn goog, or which good guyse really bad guys.
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Indigo-Serenade Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy... epic win. o3o
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