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About Deviant Artist Ann KooFemale/United States Group :iconsoulsshine-online: SOULSSHINE-ONLINE
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BLAME! - Killy by RinoaDestiny BLAME! - Killy :iconrinoadestiny:RinoaDestiny 1 3 BLAME! - Killy Fighting by RinoaDestiny BLAME! - Killy Fighting :iconrinoadestiny:RinoaDestiny 0 0 BLAME! - Killy #1 and #2 by RinoaDestiny BLAME! - Killy #1 and #2 :iconrinoadestiny:RinoaDestiny 2 2 Onward to New Adventures (Jedoya Islenth) by RinoaDestiny Onward to New Adventures (Jedoya Islenth) :iconrinoadestiny:RinoaDestiny 1 0 BLAME! - GBE Destruction by RinoaDestiny BLAME! - GBE Destruction :iconrinoadestiny:RinoaDestiny 3 0 BLAME! - Killy by RinoaDestiny BLAME! - Killy :iconrinoadestiny:RinoaDestiny 3 3 FFT - Scorch and Wither, O' Ifrit! by RinoaDestiny FFT - Scorch and Wither, O' Ifrit! :iconrinoadestiny:RinoaDestiny 8 3 FFT - Train Lest Ye Be Idle by RinoaDestiny FFT - Train Lest Ye Be Idle :iconrinoadestiny:RinoaDestiny 4 0 Your Support (Akira and Mikhail) by RinoaDestiny Your Support (Akira and Mikhail) :iconrinoadestiny:RinoaDestiny 0 0 Lady of the Contained Light by RinoaDestiny Lady of the Contained Light :iconrinoadestiny:RinoaDestiny 0 0 Jedoya Islenth: Sacred Guardian by RinoaDestiny Jedoya Islenth: Sacred Guardian :iconrinoadestiny:RinoaDestiny 0 0 Moving On (#14) by RinoaDestiny Moving On (#14) :iconrinoadestiny:RinoaDestiny 0 0 Grief (#13) by RinoaDestiny Grief (#13) :iconrinoadestiny:RinoaDestiny 0 0 What Have They Done? (#12) by RinoaDestiny What Have They Done? (#12) :iconrinoadestiny:RinoaDestiny 0 0 The Sacrifice (#11) by RinoaDestiny The Sacrifice (#11) :iconrinoadestiny:RinoaDestiny 0 0 Of What's to Come (#10) by RinoaDestiny Of What's to Come (#10) :iconrinoadestiny:RinoaDestiny 0 0


Narancia by rogner5th Narancia :iconrogner5th:rogner5th 403 20 I made two little cards for a friend by rogner5th I made two little cards for a friend :iconrogner5th:rogner5th 344 23 Modern catholic chapel in Warsaw by GreeGW Modern catholic chapel in Warsaw :icongreegw:GreeGW 403 45 Thriae - Daphnis by puimun Thriae - Daphnis :iconpuimun:puimun 1,278 69 removing blue sketch lines by oomizuao removing blue sketch lines :iconoomizuao:oomizuao 1,012 83 #241 A Song to Narnia by Picolo-kun #241 A Song to Narnia :iconpicolo-kun:Picolo-kun 3,586 199 Searching for new puzzles by rumbl3fishy Searching for new puzzles :iconrumbl3fishy:rumbl3fishy 4,458 469 Summer bikeride by ChristinaMandy Summer bikeride :iconchristinamandy:ChristinaMandy 272 50 Legolas by TurnerMohan Legolas :iconturnermohan:TurnerMohan 139 40 Legolas and Gimli depart by TurnerMohan Legolas and Gimli depart :iconturnermohan:TurnerMohan 740 99 Inizio della Fine by mlauritano Inizio della Fine :iconmlauritano:mlauritano 35 8 DC_Bank Security by Ikaruga DC_Bank Security :iconikaruga:Ikaruga 255 39 Ashley Riot by Melcaia Ashley Riot :iconmelcaia:Melcaia 16 5 the light before we land by sandara the light before we land :iconsandara:sandara 16,509 652 Truth lies just beneath the surface by Sarmati Truth lies just beneath the surface :iconsarmati:Sarmati 1,484 120 Do you remember? by mohn-blume Do you remember? :iconmohn-blume:mohn-blume 502 64


Cold life in sleeping wood by eswendel Cold life in sleeping wood :iconeswendel:eswendel 1,555 420 I Shall Face Damnation for You by juliedillon I Shall Face Damnation for You :iconjuliedillon:juliedillon 7,821 759 Novel title page by feimo Novel title page :iconfeimo:feimo 6,770 427 The Storyteller by auryn The Storyteller :iconauryn:auryn 298 212


BLAME! - Killy
My realistic take on Killy from Tsutomu Nihei's manga series, BLAME! He's more closely aligned to his manga aesthetic than the Netflix anime, since I really like his appearance from the manga. 

I haven't painted anything digitally in a long time, so this is a welcome result due to a lot of trial and error, re-painting, and tons of staring at my face in the mirror to understand light and shadow and the facial landmarks when lit. Pretty happy with it, as Killy looks very close to how I'd see him if he was real.

Note: Re-uploaded the picture. It was showing up super dark on my tablet, so I checked on my work computer during lunch today and it had the same issue. I adjusted the lighting to match what I see on my laptop (which is the computer I used while painting this). 

Painted in openCanvas.
BLAME! - Killy Fighting
There are two things that got me into Nihei's BLAME! way back in the day (early 2000s for me, I think): (1) Architectural marvels with the City/Megastructure, and (2) Killer action scenes, particularly when Killy gets involved with his GBE. As a fan, I've been trying to nail down both while doing fanart but it's been hard. I have trouble with perspective and envisioning non-organic environments, and my human anatomy is not quite there. However, recently, I've been studying the large-format reprints of the manga again and also posing and re-posing my Killy action figure to understand how he looks from different angles.

Commence my drawing of this piece from yesterday (4/14/2018) in which said action figure got posed with this composition in mind. Killy's outfit is a mix of the Netflix/action figure's suit and the ones from the manga (which I love for how cool they look). Gotta work on my Megastructure some more.

Killy & BLAME! belong to Tsutomu Nihei
BLAME! - Killy #1 and #2
Still in my BLAME! moment right now, so I did two drawings of Killy using gel pens. I decided to focus more on his silhouette for this one, and for the second pose, I used the 1000toys Killy action figure I got recently. It's rather badass using that to help establish the character pose (especially if it's a bit more difficult to nail the anatomy correctly).

Killy & BLAME! by Tsutomu Nihei
The moment as a storyteller/writer/artist when your character astonishes you with a major reveal -

Me (while puzzling out this particular main character): So, why did you become an assassin, Akira?

Akira Ishikawa: Because Tak died.

Me (internal thought is boggled): Wait - *That* Takeshi?

Akira: Takeshi Ogawa, who else?

Me: I did not see that coming. But why did you -?

Akira: He died and I wasn't there to protect him, and it's his old man's fault. I wanted to kill him for what he did to him.

Me: Did you? Was that your first kill?

Akira: No. The old man cheated us. Got drunk and fell into the river.

Me: So, you were bros with Tak and Eiji?

Akira: Yeah, I was. With Tak before he killed himself. Still am with Eiji.

Me: How'd he take it? Tak's suicide, I mean.

Akira: He was busy. Couldn't even go to the funeral or talk to Ryuichi. I was angry at him, too.

Me: So you became an assassin after that?

Akira: Anger was the only thing I knew. I didn't want people like his old man alive. So I did what I could.

Me: Are you regretting it now?

Akira: I don't know. That's not something I can answer right now.
  • Listening to: Hotel Dusk/Last Window
  • Reading: Icelandic Sagas
  • Drinking: Ice water


Ann Koo
United States
Favourite genre of music: VGM, techno, goa trance, Celtic, orchestral
Favourite photographer: Ansel Adams, Man Ray
Favourite style of art: Classical, Russian Constructivism, Art Nouveau
MP3 player of choice: Using CD player now
Wallpaper of choice: FFT PSP edition wallpapers. More Yoshida is good.
Favourite cartoon character: Reki (Haibane Renmei), Ichise (Texhnolyze), Killy (BLAME!), Zouichi Kanoe (Biomega)
Personal Quote: Can I roll a D20?


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SzarySmok Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Nice gallery:)
RinoaDestiny Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Thank you very much, SzarySmok. =)
SzarySmok Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
No problem, I like good art:) I invite you to my gallery:)If you like my work, watch me :)
samuraiprose Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Hey! You still use this? Had a question for you.
RinoaDestiny Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Yes, I still use DA. What's your question, samuraiprose?
samuraiprose Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Got Facebook? Was hoping to add you; I've got the other GMBers on and I chat with them from time to time.
RinoaDestiny Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Yep, I'm on Facebook.

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SnazzyTiger Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, I just have to say, kool picture up top
RinoaDestiny Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Thank you. Been experimenting a lot this year. =)
SnazzyTiger Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
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