Artwork of the Crimson Annihilator is always welcome – yet these from Ocelot’s 2012 “Post Card Calendar” in particular trickle the fancy as they include the impeccable redheaded loli of Polyphonica in summer ensemble.
Polyphonica’s artist was originally Noboru Kannatsuki – and so it remains with Polyphonica’s main line, yet this artist has notably developed major differences in their style over the years, either that or perhaps, simply decided on a separate take for this series of illustrations.
The Rewards Of Mastery
A mere glance upon the image above incites an atmosphere of sensation – the artist here is certainly not average as not only is his ability to illustrate far beyond what most will ever have, he understands how to entice all so well. The allure here isn’t through some recycled provocative pose – rather, it’s simply a loli indulging in ice cream on the beach. The kick however is that this loli’s appearance alone is already a superlative sight of female.
Her proportions can meet any standards, with physique divine in ripeness – and everything else arete as well.
Shadow acts on her body marvelously in a manner which so eloquently brings out delightful curves – yet without any of the, often seen elsewhere, tasteless dramatics of the female figure. One can truly sense the depth and smoothness of Corticarte’s skin in thanks to the shuffling of dark and light areas across her frame. It’s also worth noting, one can see slivers of light on the very edges of her body – a beautiful showing of realistic light on object relation.
This can be noticed if looking closely along her back, or to the area behind her bikini’s ribbon – and the impact given by these thin strands of light is one which embodies her shape, whilst also further making her such an extensively seducing treat as it contributes a delicacy to the depth present. There’s a few across her stomach as well – and they establish her fit constitution.
In respect to color scheme, the image is nearly monochromatic as it singles out red and several related tones – putting them against various neutrals on the canvas, such as her lovely white bikini, creamy ice, the sandy backdrop, or the only ever-slight blue sea. The red is powerful and stunning – serving as the dominant hue by lathering her hair, and then harmonically recurring as the color of her entrancing pupils affixed our way, gentle blush expression, and cute, sweet-tooth lined mouth.
She sits so adorably – yet in a manner natural. She looks to have either began to charmingly devour the cone of ice cream she has in hand till getting some all over herself, and then subsequently turning to look our direction slightly embarrassed – implying that we’re staring at her, which indeed, we certainly are. Or it could be that since we’re glaring at her so intently, she ended up flattered and this is how she spilled some milk based dessert on herself. In either scenario however, one has to be quite curious how she got such a sizable amount of ice cream on her nose.
Ensnaring indeed is her visage as it recognizes our presence whilst she’s in such a pleasantly awkward state – there’s a resonance of intimacy from the artwork, and this comes from how nicely chosen every single specific of her pose, reaction, and emotional outlook in this image is. An art piece most delicious and sweet indeed.
“I Redesigned Your Loli”
Continuing along to the several other images of Ocelot’s gratuitous “Post Card Calendar”, true to her style, Corticarte comes portrayed lively as usual with the signature ornate ribbons, frills, and elegant pattern designs in each one of these illustrations. While still sketched by Noboru Kannatsuki as mentioned earlier, the character designs of Corticarte here aren’t entirely as charming as the original once was – and that’s as result of an odd difference in style.
This latest Corticarte employs hues a bit more saturated and contrasting than Noboru’s former style – which is a substantial discrepancy. Noboru would more than often make Corticarte’s lavishing mane a softer pink hue – whereas now, seems to enjoy the usage of a burning red instead. One can also notice that Corticarte’s hairstyle has been watered down – the two outward extending portions would be more exaggerated, or rather, more defined on Noboru’s older variant of this gorgeous female character.
All the while, this fresh rendition tilts in favor of a more subtle approach which looks to instead emphasize color, shape, and shadow contrast in place of fine line – and this is an aspect which also shows in the disregard of the highly admired fashion intricacies which Noboru previously would always take advantage of with every work involving Corticarte. Yet this cannot necessarily be counted as a negative facet on part of Noboru now as it is more so perhaps out of a personal preference he has, or has come to have.
The contrasting discrepancies in technique of Noboru’s new and old could be compared akin to a variance of medium – this most recent method on bringing the ultimate in redhead loli to life is to utilize lighting to the greatest degree possible. To which as result, one will see the stark hues in his artwork of Corticarte beaming outward – blending together through gradient on a basis of shape, yet very distinctively differing when it comes to form.
For instance, see that Corticarte’s hair above is a luscious gradient of reds all throughout – yet there is no transitional value or outline acting against where the hair meets the skin. Additionally, while her hair slides between several shades of red – the gradient is very simple, an expansive one which highlights three hues at max, with the darker red being the most prominent of the group. It’s as if this illustration were more so a painting by how dependent everything is on light and shadow – versus Noboru’s past heavy exhibit of line.
Yet the differences in style extend beyond line, and to shadow as well. Noboru uses value to its fullest – yet he would previously exploit many smaller ripples of shadow, as per his distinguished admiration for details. On the other hand, now it appears he extends and stretches light outward – as if attempting to achieve elegance through simplicity versus intricacy. Both efforts to achieve cultivated beauty succeed – and that’s why this newer flavor of Corticarte isn’t a tragic redesign of the original, but merely a “different” one nearly on the same caliber of sublimity.
Put in perspective, it’s akin to writing the same sentence with alternative vocabulary.
“Don’t Panic, The Loli Is Safe!”
While not perfect, this latest version of Corticarte almost provides an identical visual effect as the original – and that certainly says much as the original is by far one of, if not the, most flawless character design in general ever made. It’s unfortunate however that the series she originates from couldn’t lift off on other frontiers as had been hoped.
Regardless, the spoils of phenomenal artistic capabilities certainly reward every party involved.