CLAMP fare

OHAY GUYS, YOU KNOW ABOUT THE PEN TOOL!? You know, that tool that a large population of newbie Photoshoppers seem to have nightmares over!? The one whose twin tweaking thingamajigs that pop up when you click an anchor point make you want to slit your wrists and gouge your eyes out!? Well, for the first time ever, I successfully utilized that baby, and, boy, was it a doozy! Two days. Two days spent adding, deleting, and tweaking anchor points on that crazy mannequin. Thank God for video tutorials like this, or I would’ve given up on what is supposedly the perfect tool for this sort of thing altogether. Oh, Alt key, I love you!

So here we have Subaru and Hokuto Sumeragi from “Tokyo Babylon,” a manga series that I’m not particularly fond of, yet the art and OVAs seriously rock hard in my opinion. This piece is based off one of my favorite drawings from the “Tokyo Babylon Photographs” art book. I had a lot of fun working on this, as it was done simply for pleasure (FOR ONCE!!!), which is such a refreshing break from commercial, work-related art. Or birthday cards. Don’t misunderstand. I love doing them, but they can’t always be the only things I draw in my spare time.

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  1. jojo says:

    beautiful piece!! i am inspired to learn the pen tool. but still scared.

  2. Kristina Bustamante says:

    Thanks Jojo! I’m flattered that one of the connections of the great Canete and the Liu-man appreciates my work.

    The pen tool is a pain to use. If you decide to get over your fears and use that baby, be prepared for an initially long and discouraging ride. But once you get the hang of it, you’ll think, “Wow! I wanna try that again!”


  1. […] Sumeragi from “Tokyo Babylon” by CLAMP. For another drawing of her by me, go here. Quickly sketched in Toon Boom Storyboard Pro and edited in Photoshop. Was going for the Clockwork […]

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