Finally done with this thingamajig. :sigh: 12"x9", cut paper, colored pencil, marker, microns, acrylic paint, unhealthy amounts of rubber cement, blood sweat tears love. I'mma be sellin' this at Anime Boston in April, so's if you'd like one... well, er, there's only one, so come by early! Say hi. Stay for tea.
Inuyashaaaaaaa. I know, I know, it was everybody's first and we all grew out of it and it dragged on for about eight years and sixty volumes too long and the plot never went anywhere and I - I don't care. This manga changed my god. Damn. Life.
I am barely even kidding.
Don't believe me? Well! February 11th, 2004. I was thirteen years old, my family and I were visiting NYC, I was wandering around in a four-story Barnes&Noble near Rockefeller Center. Third floor. Comics section, for no particular reason. I picked up a book because the spine was shiny and bright yellow and it caught my eye. The first page had things on fire and cute things with fangs. Second page had beautiful kimono patterns and a dynamic composition. Third page had lady priestesses with arrows! More fire! Trees! Tragedy! Death! Baby Yutaan was horrified by such violence, but intrigued by the cute and the pretty and the horrifically long legs, and liked the character design for Mistress Centipede, and had an artistic interest in figuring out why the first few pages of the book looked different from the rest. (Answer: Watercolor. The first few pages were watercolor rendered in black and white, whereas the rest was done in screentone. Why Baby Yutaan found this so odd, I cannot say.)
But then. Oh hot damn, then.
About twenty pages into the first chapter, there's a double-page spread. It's just this one shot of Kagome standing in the forest, looking across a clearing at Inuyasha pinned to the god-tree by the enchanted arrow. I don't know what it is about this spread - just... the delicate hatching in the leaves to show light filtering through. The gesture of Kagome's body. The wide angle. The scale. The line quality. The sheer amount of detail and variety in the plants. The vines twining around Inuyasha's body. The fact that he's higher up the trunk because the tree has kept growing since he was shot. The stillness, the expectation, the atmosphere of the moment, like everything in the world is holding its breath. I don't know. I don't know what it was. But I have never once, in the years since, been as struck by a single image, as eager to see where a story would go, been as amazed by what art could accomplish. I literally lost all strength in my legs and sat down on the floor of Barnes&Noble and decided that I was going to draw comics for the rest of my life, so I could make other people feel exactly the way I did at that moment.
:head in hands: ...because of a two-page spread in Inuyasha.
..........So yeah, that's why it's the first thing I made this year in anticipation for Boston. I outgrew the series, but I still have a giant place for it in my heart.
WELL THAT WAS KIND OF EMBARRASSING WHAT ARE FEELINGS OKAY THEN I HOPE YOU GUYS ALL HAVE A GOOD BREAK FROM SCHOOL SEE YOU IN JANUARY BYE
[EDIT] Alrighty, this piece has actually already been sold ahead of time! I'll try my damndest to get another one made before Boston, though. And of course, the offer to stop by the table and have tea still stands, yo!
[EDIT AGAIN] Replaced the file with a cleaned-up version!
[AND AGAIN] A better cleaned-up version! Plus some Photoshop swishy hair strands, because why not.
Amazing work as always!!!
Not me, though. Spiderman was my first love.
(Okay fine, I was busy pretending I didn't like Pokemon and Card Captor Sakura...)
I loved reading you story about how Inuyasha changed your life! It changed mine too! Back at that time, I started some sort of imaginary Inuyasha fanfic, and later I realized I could create my own story, so I did! Inuyasha inspired me to write my story. With time it has evolved and changed a lot, but the inspiration is still there.
And, of course: you made me want to read the manga ^^
(And it's a fun manga, even if it does drag on rather long.)
Fantastic piece, you're a fantastic artist and I will cherish this forever because SOMEONE GETS IT!!!! <3
Oh MAN, I think the manga that did that to me is cardcaptor sakura. Just, each page with the flower details and big eyes and hair and outfit and alllofthat. I remember when I would secretly
my first ever memory was when I was 12 and saw the end of episode 11 "maybe" when they defeated the thunder brothers , and felt weird about that girl with modern cloths and those two traditional-clothed guy and child xD and then saw the ending "my will" and the most scenes I liked was kagome in the train ...years after when I became 16 it was shown again on same channel and decided to watch it ...but missed ep 1 x"DDD
I remember using to watch it every sunday & Tuesday on 7:00 pm lol !and it was in Arabic dub but they just showed up to ep 52 ..
so I rewatched it a year later on net in eng dub then once again in Japanese and yeah read the manga too ...and now I can say I'm officially obsessed with the series xD and I learned how to draw thanks to it too so I guess it changed my life too x3
you just made me feel nostalgia about the whole thing > w < thnx for sharing this with us
I loved what you had to say too, I completely understand your feelings. Manga has so much amazing artwork. I loved Inuyasha but grew at out of it, though every time I see it it brings me back. I may not have such strong memories as you but they're good ones!
Lovely piece of artwork!