Lei K draws upon her own experience to outline - via the Month of Kira artist questionnaire - how budding Death Note fan-artists might tackle a portrait of Light Yagami. Just like her own, reproduced below.
To see more of her most up-to-date artwork, including another showing of her pencil drawn Kira, you really need to visit her website - La808Lei.
Wherein you can view Lei K's works in progress; completed art in varying media; and, oh bless you!, a link back to Death Note News! Not to mention social media links to keep up with all that's new from this talented lady's studio, and opportunities to purchase selected artwork from her gallery.
Low-Down on Drawing Light Yagami with Nānākuli Graphite Pencil Artist Lei K
Do you/have you created Kira art now or in the past?
Yes - in the past
Any anecdotes about your experiences as a Light Yagami artist?
I developed a strong appetite for potato chips, preferably Sour Cream and Onions.
How would you go about creating a Kira drawing/sculpture?
Find good references of Light. What I like to do is use the anime itself as a good reference for a Light. Also it's good to know what mood you want to give off in the drawing. It'll make it more visually appealing.
What attributes, clothing and/or scenarios, do you feel are essential to include in Light Yagami artwork?
His red eyes. I normally work with graphite pencils, but this time I added charcoal pencils into the mix. I wanted darker tones, so those red eyes could stand out. I also wanted the tone dark to give the drawing a dark vibe. Of course I had to have the smirk smile of his and the Death Note.
Is there more to recreating Kira visually than the outfit? (Expression/stance/slogan etc.)
Yes there is. I don't really want to quote another artist, but in this case it's the best answer I can give. Get his personality. It has to come across no matter what. Also get Kira expression right...either it's him writing names in the Death Note, doing the evil laugh or even eating a bag of potato chips. Having his expression right helps recreating Kira visually.
What, in your professional opinion, are fundamental tips/advice in producing art that's recognisably Kira?
Use good references and have them at a decent size. The larger the better, so you could zoom in on certain details. Also get all the references you might need beforehand. It's better to have references before you start, so they are ready for you to use while you are drawing. It’s a huge time saver.
What are the common noob errors made in drawing/modelling Light Yagami?
Not getting the details of Light right...like his eyes, hair, clothes, expression, etc. Having a reference from the anime, manga or even action figure is a great way to make sure you have the right details of Light.
Draw what moves you. If it's a certain scene, emotion or you have a feeling to just draw Light...than draw him. When that creative mood hits act upon it. If you don't...it'll nag you until you do. Also you don't have to draw exactly how Light looks in the anime. As long you have his details right, you can do your own style of Light. That would make your artwork stand out more, because it’ll have your own personal touch to it.
Creating something is better than creating nothing.
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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