Professional artist Nell Fallcard is the first to complete our Death Note Month of... questionnaire - aimed at advising Kira artists on perfecting their craft.
You can find more of her art on her website. Be prepared to sit there going, 'Wow!' for the next few minutes, as you peruse its gallery. We did.
Nell Fallcard on Portraying Light Yagami in Traditional Art
Yes - in the past.
Any anecdotes about your experiences as a Light Yagami artist?
I used a reference of a guy I found attractive back in the day for the piece, he stumbled upon it and now we are good friends! Going to massacre his sassy ass in Smash Bros this Sunday. :D
How would you go about creating a Kira drawing?
Find references, get a basic sketch for composition and values, then render out!
What attributes, clothing and/or scenarios, do you feel are essential to include in Light Yagami artwork?
The K-pop boy band member hair and the red eyes are a must.
Is there more to recreating Kira visually than the outfit?
His personality has to come across, so get a pose / body language that fits it!
What, in your professional opinion, are fundamental tips/advice in producing art that's recognisably Kira?
Using references is an absolute must in order not to get lost.
What are the common noob errors made in drawing Light Yagami?
Not using references! :'D The general public tend to think anything that comes from your head has more value than anything you copy, and they are right to an extent. But if you are in your early stages as an artist, your mission is to be able to get your fundamentals right before jumping into relying entirely on the contents of your mind.
Professional artists usually do a mixture of both: they look for references and they change them in their head to come up with their own creations.
Any last tips for anyone reading, who wishes to start creating Kira artwork?
Nowadays there are tutorials for everything (what a beautiful time to be alive!), you just need to put the hours of work. So get yourself into training everyday and you will eventually be able to create anything you imagine!
Would you like to have a go at answering these questions on your own behalf?
If you are a Death Note artist - or indeed an artist per se - and you're willing to share your tips, thoughts and advice with the fandom, then visit our fan-artist's questionnaire page to fill in the form.
Thank you in advance!
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