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Cover Portrait #004 - 'Life Will Change'

By messyb
Name: Morgana
Series: Shin Megami Tensei: Persona
First Appearance: Persona 5 (2016/2017)

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I was thinking of drawing Aigis from Persona 3 for the Cover Portrait project, but Joker's addition to Smash Ultimate made me wanna draw a fluffy boy :3. That, and I've only fallen further and further into the furry fandom the past few years, and Mona would be a whole lot easier to draw. I've been trying to go out of my comfort zone a little with the Cover Portraits by coming up with and drawing more unique and diverse poses, but I decided to keep this one simple and more or less use the same pose as some of the official art for the character.

However, colouring this one still provided a new challenge for me. I didn't realize how much of Morgana's (and, by extension, Joker's) design was coloured black, and how much more difficult is would be to keep different elements of the character distinct from one another in all of that darkness, especially with the flat colours and basic cel shading I usually use. What I ended up doing was making his fur and mask slightly lighter than black, and his belt and pockets a little lighter than that, whilst keeping the line art pitch black, a similar approach to the one I took on Ness's hair. The shading is a lot harder to notice through all that black, so the image overall looks a little more two-dimensional than I would've liked, but hopefully it still looks okay.

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