Here's another sketch of one of the characters from At Yomi's Gate. Tonight it's Fumito.
Despite what the book cover shows, he actually has prematurely gray hair, though he's only in his early twenties. The cover isn't an error, though, since he blackens his hair with ink while he, Ikuko and Sakura are traveling in disguise.
Like Sakura, Fumito is carrying around a lot of stress and fear. Unlike her, he tries to hide his problems behind a constant mask-like smile. I've tried to convey this artificial cheerfulness here with the overly-wide smile and tired eyes.
I wanted to do some sketches of the characters form At Yomi's Gate. I have a tendency to get hung up on drawing people, so I'm going to try to do these as quick as possible, hopefully capturing the essence of the character's personality without fretting too much over their appearances.
First up is Sakura. She's had a pretty crappy life, so I tried to give her a wary, haunted look. And yes, those are totally supposed to be cherry blossoms ("sakura" in Japanese) blowing by. Can't you tell?
I'm also playing around with developing a signature that mimics the look of signatures on old Ukiyo-e prints.
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