After the first Confession – Sacrifice Line Art

The second part of my Komi san Valentine’s series.

Manbagi catching on and figuring out what happened with Komi and Tadano was a really nice touch by the artist. Those flashbacks to Komi holding back for Manbagi’s sake as Manbagi confessed to Tadano pretty much explained all her mixed feelings regarding what going out with Tadano would mean. I think, that having these feelings are quite common right? When you know someone else likes the same person, specially a friend. To top it off, she also knew that Tadano had feelings for Komi. In the end, she chose friendship. A really bitter sweet ending to this love and friendship part of the story.

With that in mind, those mixed emotions are what I wanted to emphasize in this drawing.

Hasta la proxima,

-NUBE

Before the Confession

I painted the background and characters today. Since the scene took place after school, I went for a sunset theme. Since I haven’t seen the anime yet, I had to go and look for some of the colors of the classroom. Although the curtains are based on the first volume’s color scheme. When the background colors were set, I then began painting Tadano and moved over to Komi. Although I do feel that Komi would try and keep her tears till she was on her own, I came upon the idea of having her tear up.

This marks the first Valentine’s day painting for this year.

Hasta la proxima,

-NUBE

Before the Confession Line Art

Hey, I’m finally catching up to the latest chapters of Komi-san. I really liked the way the love triangle wasn’t dragged out. Things are more interesting now that the relationship dynamics have changed. Having said that, what I love is the respect and obviously love that Komi and Manbagi have for each other. Despite being love rivals they also take each other’s feelings into account, which of course can be quite painful. I wanted to capture that moment of sacrifice and regret that Komi felt as she couldn’t bring herself to say her feelings and also hurt Manbagi. This whole scenario brought back memories. Ah… to be young.

Hasta la proxima,

-NUBE

Asuka Kato Ramen

I finally painted my Asuka Kato drawing. This was first drawn for Inktober 2021 day 15. I felt Asuka was too lonely so I added Hina and Uchi. Thinking back, I guess I was imagining Asuka eating in a Ramen Stall or something. But I really liked the Ramen chapter so I decided to have them go back this time in winter. I accidently painted Hina and Uchi in their summer uniforms. Luckily it was a quick fix since they were drawn digitally. Once I had the background and Hina/Uchi painted, I then finished the painting with Asuka.

In this scenario, Yuri actually did get a seat next to Tomoko this time (when I read that chapter, I felt that…). Uchi is of course fixated on Tomoko who is on Asuka’s right (our left). Nemoto being able to read the mood, has noticed us looking at the super cute Asuka eating some ramen. Hopefully this time Asuka doesn’t have any problems again finishing it. One of the reasons I really love Watamote is that even beautiful and I guess idealized people like Asuka are shown to be, well, human. Having to deal with the same problems we all face, be it physical or emotional.

Hasta la proxima,

Nube

Ten Shin Han Meditation COPIC

This is the colored version of the Ten Shin Han line art I posted here:
https://darkcloudxero.com/2021/05/10/ten-shin-han-meditation-line-art/

It’s been quite a while since I last used Copic markers. There is also a metallic gold pen that I had never tried. In this piece I was contemplating between painting this as either a more realistic style or a stylized one that emulated Buddhist paintings.

Sadly, scanning the finished painting I couldn’t get the color of the gold to pop out correctly. It came out really dark. So I had to edit those golden lines digitally. Which took quite a while… One other problem I ran into was dried up markers. I pushed them to the limit but they did leave streaks on the paper. I decided to leave it as such just to see what kind of effect it would have. Doing large areas is definitely better suited for watercolors.

Hasta la proxima,

-NUBE