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Remembering Mark Crilley's "Akiko"

MARK CRILLEY, "AKIKO" & LEARNING TO LOOK BACK

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WHAT I DREW THIS WEEK

"Wayward" is a strong book, visually. I like the character designs that Steven Cummings keeps coming up with, and Tamra Bonvillain's color schemes are strong, giving the book a unique look on the stands today. The twelfth and latest issue features Inaba, who I had to draw, just because she looked like such fun. All those ribbons and the hooks flying away from her skirt and the blousier shirt and pig tails give you a lot of action with every image.

I'm not sure which issue I pulled the character design from on this one, but I also made my own take on Ayane. She's much simpler, but I liked the way the colors came out on this one.

I never get tired of the trick of dropping out the line art to see how much work the colors do on their own. It's also a big help in showing more obviously where you confused lighting sources and shaded something you probably shouldn't have. Here's a tip: If anyone ever calls you out for that, just claim "secondary light source!"

Check out my Instagram account (linked below) for more, including my drawing of Larry from Skottie Young's "I Hate Fairyland."

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