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Retro Concept - Kumi by sunnykoda Retro Concept - Kumi by sunnykoda
My first piece for the fan-project "The Art of Skies of Arcadia II" (a game that never existed much to the dismay of me and countless other fans) features an early concept for the heroine Kumi!

Kumi is the grand-daughter of the air pirate Aika. She grew up in Cambria, city of the Silver Isles, listening to her grandmother's tales of adventure and dreaming of her own pirate ship. Unfortunately for all her enthusiasm she is still young and has never travelled beyond the islands of her home.

Just for the fun of it I tried to emulate the style of the original Skies of Arcadia character concepts, using a brush that has an effect not unlike the copic markers I wasted so much money as a teenager. This isn't the final design for our hero, but I feel it's important to start by understanding the source material that inspired such love for the original game.
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4dojo Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
That's like aika casting the entire crew at once ;D
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sunnykoda Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
She looks just like Aika! I want to set a game 70-80 years after the origina, but I can't bear to leave out my favourite character. Because I felt that so much of SoA's appeal came from Aika's character it made sense to base the protagonist on her. Also redheads <3 <3 <3
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4dojo Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
That would bve neat, except it would probably end up like Final Fantasy 10/2, where the game is pretty much targeted at Miley Cyrus fan girls.
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sunnykoda Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's something I think about a lot - how do you sell a female protagonist to a predominantly male audience? But I think if the character shares enough of the same values (like Commander Shepard, Lara Croft, Nariko) as the audience then gender is less important.
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4dojo Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
I sadly haven't played any of those games (I grew up on Nintendo), but I think the trick is to not go to any personality extremes. The character shouldn't be too "girly" or she'll turn people off, but she can't be too gender neutrel either, or else the character will see dry and boring.
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Oh my groodness.... you definitely pulled off the style! :D :clap: I don't know how you did it, but it's just dead-on. :clap:

And aside from that, she looks lovely. :D
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sunnykoda Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I actually used to draw just like that, having learned from 90s Manga and copying Mario, Sonic etc. I used to use Copic markers too so it was cool to try and replicate the texture in Photoshop.

I hope you also like the newer stuff I've got planned :)
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rebornflame Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is a really nice concept piece. I like the details on the outfit :)
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sunnykoda Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, most of the details are heavily inspired by the original SoA concepts.
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Sharulia Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Excellent job with this! everything from the style to the character and her clothes just scream Skies of Arcadia! I have always hoped for a sequel, so it's always great to see concepts like this :)

Also... I want her shirt and those gloves o_o
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sunnykoda Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The shirt is inspired by her grandfather...

I really hope Sega do one day return to Arcadia. They make such awesome RPGs.
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BrokenToews Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is fantastic! The style looks canon, and I could definitely see her being the main character of a new SoA game :D
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sunnykoda Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ty - I'll be using my own style from here out, but I wanted to kick off with a traditional piece as I love the old-school manga style and owe much of my inspiration to it.
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ForsakenWanderer Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
What a great design!

I really love the concept of doing art for SoA 2. I look forward to seeing more! :D
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sunnykoda Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like it! I'm trying to write out a rough storyline to keep my designs together, maybe some airships next?
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ForsakenWanderer Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
That would be perfect. Keep up the awesome work! I think you're really on to something here :DD
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SuperMisurino Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Student Filmographer
this is so cool!
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sunnykoda Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! It's just the beginning of the project - more to come.
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SuperMisurino Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Student Filmographer
can't wait to see more illustrations then^^
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