This is what I've been working on for the last six months. The idea came to me back in November 2012 as a Christmas present for ~juliet418.
While I know I can do better portrait work, I'm extremely proud of this piece. It took a lot of time and dedication to see through till completion. I had no idea how much work little people and their little teeth and their little bodies would be! Not to mention I tried everything to match hair texture to each individual person.
I realize many KAT-TUN fans and Akanishi Jin fans probably won't like this piece, as it more than strongly implies a support for 6nin KAT-TUN with 5nin KAT-TUN song lyrics (Yuuki no Hana). Sorry! All I can say to that is: It's just a piece of fan art.
The concept behind this piece can be taken two ways:
1.) KAT-TUN (in any form---6nin or 5nin + solo!Jin) will always be there to make you smile.
2.) 5nin KAT-TUN will always be there for solo!Jin. That they miss him and want him back.
It's up to the viewers on how they view this piece. There isn't a mistake with the chosen images. I wanted a bit of a variety with their looks and chose each reference carefully. Yuuki no Hana is the reason this piece came about---I love that song!!!
There is sooo much more I could say about this piece, but instead I'll stick with a brief physical description.
Top Row (Left to Right):
Square 1: Akanishi Jin (sunglasses); Square 2: Kamenashi Kazuya and Akanishi Jin; Square 3: Kamenashi Kazuya
Main Section: Group Portrait Left to Right: Standing: Nakamaru Yuichi, Tanaka Koki (bald) and Taguchi Junnosuke (plaid shirt); Sitting on the couch: Akanishi Jin and Ueda Tatsuya (not smiling); Laying: Kamenashi Kazuya
Lower Section: Lyrics to 'Yuuki no Hana' written in both Japanese and romaji. Rough translation:
We will make you smile again. So smile for us. When you wipe away the tears you've shed until now, look, a flower of courage will bloom. Yes, we'll make smiles that'll reach all the way to you. Wherever you are. Wherever you are. Wherever you are. Where are you now? What are you doing? We can hear you, have courage. We're with you. We love you.
Bottom Row (Left to Right): Square 1: Taguchi Junnosuke; Square 2: Tanaka Koki; Square 3: Ueda Tatsuya; Square 4: Nakamaru Yuichi
This is a fairly large piece at 18 x 24 inches.
Title: Yuuki no Hana
Medium: mechanical pencils 6H, 4H, 2B, 3B, 4B; tissues; Q-tips; kneaded erasers; Tuff Stuff eraser; pencil eraser; electric eraser; strathmore paper
Size: 18 x 24 inch
I will come back and upload a higher quality of this image as soon as possible.
I hope you will post individual photographs of the partitions of your work, I would love to see the portraits a little enhanced in size to study the hairstructure...it was done so amazingly realistic for each and every one of them !
I do have Jin's solo songs in my playlist as well as Koki's.... it's heartbreaking that Koki also left in 2013 T.T
Jin never fails to surprising me as a solo artist. I end up loving everything he does.
Koki getting fired was such a hard hit (especially after already loosing Jin). And though I will always wish for them both to be still in KAT-TUN, I fully support all six of them in any which way (4nin, Jin, & INKT).
Can I post it to our FB page? With full credit of course.
And, yes, yes, I'll keep drawing! I'm currently working on another piece. Hope it comes out okay, but I kind of need to stay off to work on it!
and holy shit the detail is amazing ! my favourite part has to be jin in the left corner (sunglasses), though~ it's just really well done and it looks super realistic
i actually did a piece based on this song too, since i liked it so much -> [link] [ahaha but since i'm a troll, the lyrics i put in the description are from faraway not 勇気の花]
last thing, i can't believe you can work with graphite in such detail and not just smear the damn thing every 0.002 seconds LOL whenever i sketch for any of my works, i always smear ;u;
I keep from smearing by laying a piece of paper on top of the finished works so my skin never presses against the graphite. I just barely put pressure on the paper though! I do a lot of little things, like, only washing my hands in cold water before drawing (helps reduce the natural oils in my skin---but boy do I need lotion by the end!) or wearing finger-less gloves. Depends on what I'm doing. For this piece: cold water and paper!
As for the Japanese writing:
The rest of the drawing, though, is all me!
my hands are rarely oily (i have this thing where i can't stand my hands being dirty, so i usually wash them...a lot ), and i've tried putting paper underneath my hands, but it still ends up smearing LOL i guess it's because i put too much pressure...
ah, it's fine, it's fine i understand LOL i have been learning japanese for the past couple of years, and i know the writing is somewhat difficult >w<
I'm not sure why your drawing keeps smearing if you put paper under your hands...maybe it is pressure? Honestly can't answer that one.
Yeah, I haven't really been learning Japanese until the past year. And writing is brand new to me. I'm still working on sentence structure (or lack thereof)...guess that's what I get for going the 'self-taught' route. :eyeroll:
ah, i always moisturize my hands very well, even in summer, so my hands are usually soft i always wash my hands with cold water except in winter...then i wash with warm water since my hands are already very cold (plus i'm anemic so they're even colder than most)....usually in winter mornings my fingers are always numb ;u; trust me it's very hard to take notes in class with numb fingers //sobs
it's probably the pressure i put on that smears my art i tend to sometimes exert too much pressure on the paper's surface OTL
ah, i'm okay with sentence structure, since it's similar to bengali (which i have grown up speaking), but i'm still in the middle of learning more kanji orz my problem is that i can recognize and know the meaning/reading of many kanji, but i won't be able to write it
Sorry, I'm speechless right now and I can't comment on your work with any other words than beautiful, awesome, amazing and all the praise in the world. You are really talented.