Fans of The iDOLM@STER, and unbelievably gorgeous artwork alike, will be driven mad with pleasure at this raw and unrestricted look at the series’ first key art collection – packed full of stunning frame illustrations.
This book which comes paired as an extra with the iDOLM@STER’s third volume limited edition Blu-ray boasts familiar scenes of everything from episode one and onward. The tome opens with immensely beautiful artwork of the close-ups as per the interviews of the first episode – then continues along with the gameshow bit, mizugis, Ryuuguu Komachi, and more. And whilst this will definitely prove satisfying, whether obsessed with The iDOLM@STER or not, those who are in love with the series will certainly be fidgeting with excitement at the sight of each and every page.
As we already expressed our admiration for the key visual of Haruka in mizugi, we unfortunately feel it would be repetitive to go on about her impeccable body any further as it should be common fact by now – thus instead, we take a look at a more contrasting flavor of idol in mizugi, flat chested energetic loli Yayoi in sukumizu.
It is a given that when speaking of Yayoi, one has to start by mentioning her most prominent feature of all, her vibrant smile which simply is always present as her personality is one enthusiastic around the clock. Her vigor clearly radiates in her actions and pose like the sun and its brilliant rays – her arms are uplifted as she splashes water forward in a playful fashion.
The lines which compose her are of masterclass – look at her shoulders for a fine example, one can see that both shoulder of left and right consist of very concise lines which curve with definition and meaning into the remainder of the arm, some following into the body to allow others to come from underneath, such as the intersection of line right above Yayoi’s right armpit.
Focusing on the arm itself, its lines, as well as other characteristics, also vary greatly in their path to the hand and onward. Complex shapes were studied and taken into account for the creation of the hands – drawing objects with respect to angle and perspective is incredibly difficult as the transforming of 3-D into 2-D through artistic skill is a miracle in itself.
Even if you have no fetish for hands, truly indulge in the shape of Yayoi’s hand, either one works, those shapes alone would be abstract and unrecognizable had they not been in the context we see – that’s the strenuous obstacle given to artists when confronted by geometric shapes even as common as one’s hand. As the artist is trying to mimic the third dimension within the second, he must consider how to represent the linear plane of the palm, which is the dominant portion here of course, whilst also fleshing out the extended areas, such as the fingers.
Succeeding in that realm provides a realistic basis for the implementation of value – which would further result in depth and a sense of vitality if all done accordingly.
Notice the assorted regions shaded in at varying intensities as deemed appropriate by the artist, this is where the lighting and shadow is to later be applied by the series’ coloring and compositing team – a facet which can be seen on her hands, as well as all throughout her lolita body.
Those principles of light, line, shape, and depth apply to the entire illustration – Yayoi is given a sense of implied motion through the depth, pose, and value present. Very minor details are highly significant to the impact of the effect – such as the specs of water which have been splashed around her frame in a gradient burst done realistically with actual contemplation of physics in mind.
Her thighs appears all so delectable as they were intricately done with exact divergences of curves representative of the perspective at which Yayoi stands. Compare Yayoi’s right lower body, from our view, to her left – there’s a variance in the amount of inclination, and looking at her waist from the right, following downward, the curve itself has been made impeccable. There’s no jitters or random motion – lines are done with purpose, such as one seen at the stopping point of the sukumizu, a delicate yet sharp dip indicative of its tightness.
There’s certainly a lot of amazing artists and artworks out there – however, The iDOLM@STER excels in aesthetics like no other as each scene recreates an actual human’s body down to the specifics in a sort of divine achievement of mankind.