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Haciendo a Mukuro Ikusaba- Never Say Never fanfiction
I´m not here to make any free publicity for the Danganronpa series! Nope, this piece of art was inspired by a fine piece of literature!
You read it right, pal, I´m not talking about that cool DR IF novel, but something akin to it, but, in my humble opinion, even better!
Yep, this is based on a fanfiction, one so good, it shows the author is super dedicated to the story, every detail is well taken care of, all characters are given the proper and just development they deserve (there´s not a pawn to further the plot, everyone contributes to it by their actions and interactions!).
And the main difference to the DR IF novel is that, contrary to what happens in the book, here the continuity of the game is perfectly mantained (so much that this could well be translated into game form and anyone would be fooled by it, it´s so seamless that it even seem canon!).
Of course, you could argue “but there are a lot of DR IF variation fanfiction out there!” Well, you can argue all you want, but this one is special in the sense that the author keeps updating and has a plan to get it into the finish line and beyond!
This story hasn´t been abandoned, contrary to many others out there (you should be ashamed, irresponsible parents abandoning their offspring!! However, I don´t blame you, I know the interest in this franchise wears off pretty quickly, but still!!!)
If I have captured your attention, feel free to enjoy this fine story and support the author too!
It´s so cool, it even has a TV Tropes page, woah!
So, on with the story of this fanart, one day, procrastinating my doctorate homework (hahha, even phd can be boring, did you knew? xD), I had the nagging need to look up some nice fanarts of Mukuro, she´s so cool, but underdeveloped in the canon (such a shame!). She had so much potential, and her DR IF version showed her in all her splendor xD, also, fanfikers tend to write her more thoroughly than the original author, so looking up fan works make sense!
So I found this neat piece…
Anyway, what does this absurd story has to do with me laughing at copy right and making my own cool version of someone else´s character!?
Well, this fanart reminded me a lot of the story Never Say Never, that´s all! More than anything, that abnormal spear skewing her hand like that, through her Fenrir tatoo and all! Weird, that only ever happens on the fanfiction, the canon would never do that! (of course not, the canon would kill her even before the first trial, doesn´t it, Kodaka!!!?)
Then I showed it to the fanfic author, whom lamented not being able to use it for the cover of the story =.C (even though I doubt mine will be used xD still, nice try hahaha)
But as always, Mary D. Kidd has the solution! So in my worst boredom crisis (I mean, procrastinating my essays!), I put myself to drawing something neat, and well, let´s begin with my creative process, shall we?
I wanted a dynamic pose, just like the inspiration fanart! Something that could reflect the restless nature of Mukuro (the hardass lead soldier mercenary girl or 16 years old!).
SO first of all, I made a base eskeleton with the expressiveness the character was supposed to have, nimble and energetic, with expert calculated movements.
When I´m satisfied with my dancing eskeleton, I procced with the rough sketch of the base body, like muscles and skin.
Then, I proceed to draw the outline of the body. Yep, that directly I do it, maybe I skip over some steps, but I don´t feel the need for them, I just roll with what I feel like doing ;D.
Adter this, my lineart is ready! Too bad the original character style is not my style, I could never try to imitate it, so I will just settle with mine, aw shucks…
I will make another drastical jump, doing the clothes in one piece per layer. Normally, I would divide each garment separately because that´s more funny. Dressing the character as if it were a barbie doll of sorts, just to try and memorize the design and better visualize how the character looks with it. But this time, it´s not my character, the look is fixed and I don´t need to decide if it looks well, because it has been proved scientifically by the best scientists of the world of visual novels! LOL?
Lastly, some aditional details! I need to give it context and personality…
Each part will be colored independiently, beginning with the skin, then the visible lines over the clothes.
The hair is another cool part I like to color.Someway, I ended up making it well defined. I couldn´t stand not highlighting the hair, don´t blame me, I love complex realistic hairs xD
Finally, on to the colours for the clothes. Ok, this won´t be a detailed tutorial about my coloring technique, but I can say I like to imitate the shadings you can get when using graphite pencils (like, when you do it in black and white!). Then, I add texture to the clothes through the color more than the lineart itself!
As you can see, some places aren´t fully coloured! Oh, shock, they aren´t even coloured! Well, those parts get obscured by the rest of the components in the picture… is just… you haven´t seen them yet, but I did so I took it into account, lol!
According with the context of the “Never Say Never” fanfiction, Mukuro survived the attempt against her life with the Gungnir spears (ups, spoiler alert, I guess?). So, in exchange, she received terrible damage to her hand… so then, playing around with the concept, I even put the spears sorrounding her, coupled by her dynamic posture!
Some more color for the spears, and blood, tons of blood, but not your common brand of blood, Danganronpa blood! Pink, because everybody is filled with cotton candy! I guess…
One last detail, let´s put some color to that ugly wig!
That´s all, the picture is completed! Let´s marvel at its beauty!
But well, all that work only gains meaning if the author sees it and enjoys it, right!