Kibou – Artist Spotlight: Kita Senri (北千里)January 22, 2009
Hi, it’s me again! Are you getting annoyed by my posts yet?! Anyways, this is another series of features that I came up with…I’ve had this idea for a long time, but I’ve been a little lazy in committing to it, so I haven’t really done one until now. Hopefully these are kind of fun to read/discover, since obscure things+people are awesome, but no guarantees that this won’t be tl;dr!
Our first nifty artist of the week is Kita Senri! Never heard of him/her? Well, here’s your chance to see why she/he is pretty awesome! Click on the pictures to see the images in their full glory!
Background: Kita Senri (北千里) lives in the Kansai region of Japan. Started out as a designer and dotter, and then moved on to doing illustrations and freelance work. Uses the name “Kita Senri” for illustration-related work, and uses “Kuro Maguro” (black tuna) as an internet handle. His/Her dream is to live a leisurely life. His/her gender is undisclosed, but for some reason I’ve always thought s/he was a she. Hmm…
Works: Known most notably for his/her contributions as an illustrator for the Samurai Shodown and Fire Emblem series. I have yet to find her works elsewhere, so I’m assuming that these are the only ones s/he has worked on.
Games illustrated for:
Samurai Shodown (aka Samurai Spirits)
- SAMURAI SHODOWN 64 (侍魂 ~SAMURAI SPIRITS~)
- Samurai Shodown 64: Warriors Rage (SAMURAI SPIRITS 2 アスラ斬魔伝)
- SAMURAI SHODOWN WARRIORS RAGE (剣客異聞録 甦りし蒼紅の刃 サムライスピリッツ新章)
- Manager Yagyuu (柳生課長) Spinoff short story illustrations based on the SS character.
- Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (ファイアーエムブレム 蒼炎の軌跡)
- Fire Emblem: Dawn of Radiance (ファイアーエムブレム 暁の女神)
Character Design – His/her character designs for Fire Emblem are varied, but sometimes border on generic. Recurring design features are wispy, shiny, and sometimes long hair, as well as detailed accessories on outfits. The eyes that he/she draws are sometimes in an anime-style, which are usually the case for the teenage-ish boys and girls, but Kita Senri can also draw more realistic ones for the serious, mature characters. Senri is also capable of drawing not only cute girls and boys, but also manly men! A quality that is rare for an illustrator of the anime style. The last thing I should note is that Senri has a very good idea of anatomy and how the human body is proportioned. There are rarely any awkward poses, and the body types look very plausible. (ie. no impossibly thin waists or stick legs)
Colours – They are marked by bold outlines with soft colouring. These outlines are rarely solid black, if ever, and are always the colour of whatever complements the other colours used in the picture. The colours he/she uses are often organic (natural browns, reds), but he/she can bring out fresher colours as well.
Style - The style is a balance between fantasy and realism: the shading is always accurate and natural-looking, but the eyes are usually big (especially on female characters) and the costumes are elaborate and flowing. Senri’s style is easily recognizable due to the details in the hair, the soft, balanced colouring, and the bold outlines.
A small note: Kita Senri’s style for Manager Yagyuu is COMPLETELY different from his/her usual style, so if I didn’t do research about it, I wouldn’t have recognized it either..
Aaaaaaaand that’s all for today, ladies and gentlemen! I’ll be back with a post laterish about REAL gaems. Until then, ciao..?! (Don’t miss me too much..)