Seeing as Kill la Kill was influenced by series like Sukeban Deka I wanted to make a painting depicting that connection. I also wanted to make as many summer paintings as I can before the season ends (finally). This is an homage to Yuki Saito’s photo. Which can be seen here.
Using references from the anime it self, I did have to make various changes to the body type and the hair a bit so that it would look more like Ryuko. Seriously, Ryuko has a tiny waist. As for the hair I wasn’t sure if I should have left it down or pull it up into a ponytail like in the reference photo. In the end I decided to try and figure out how it would look if Ryuko decided to put it up.
I drew this back in September 30th of 2019, I just didn’t have the confidence to paint it till now.
I originally came up with the concept of this piece after I saw the Dora the Explorer movie. She had all sorts of weapons in her backpack and at one point even used a yoyo as a weapon. And since at that time I was getting into the Sukeban Deka shows and movies I ended up coming up with this idea of painting this crossover.
For the painting itself I decided to use the cover illustrations from the books which are absolutely beautiful. They helped me push in terms of colors so that they didn’t look flat. I quite like the way it came out. I hope to improve further from here on out.