As a result, tidbits of information and Death Note insights are currently falling like confetti over our entire fandom. Thank you all for sharing!
One delightful little interview with Takeshi Obata has been published by Brigid Alverson over at Comic Book Resources. She picked up on his point - given during his panel Q&A - that he took inspiration for Ryuk's look from Italian fashion designs. So did Obata have a particular designer in mind?
Actually I am not specifically interested in fashion, but I like designed clothing, and like a lot of people, I read magazines and then I'll see stuff I like. I like looking at fashion, and if I see something I like, it ends up in my work sometimes. (Takeshi Obata, CBR. Oct 17th 2014)
The clothes I put the characters in obviously become part of the characters, so I am really careful about how I dress them, for sure. I take a lot of care in that. (Takeshi Obata, CBR. Oct 17th 2014)
Talking about shinigami, Ms Alverson wondered if Takeshi was ever so enthusiastic in his original character drawings, that the complexity became later regretted, as he was stuck with reproducing the look in later scenes. He concurred that such things occurred - Ryuk being a case in point.
Definitely, especially with the shinigami, I always end up drawing something really detailed in the beginning, and it gets really difficult as I keep doing it and I think I should have done something a little bit simpler. (Takeshi Obata, CBR. Oct 17th 2014)
I'm now very, very grateful that I never had the talent to become an artist in a long serial. You'd have to go over old ground constantly, just changing poses here and there, or maybe hair-styles and clothes, if your character gets to enjoy costume changes. *shudders*
How do you artist types keep sane under such conditions?!
Back to the plot, it's worth checking out Brigid Alverson's actual interview with Takeshi Obata, as there's more there than I've quoted here, particularly concerning his non-Death Note work.