Kantoku has become an overnight sensation – yet even with such being the case, he’s not overlooking the works which aided in establishing his fame as is notable in this latest “Afterschool of 5th Year” artwork.
It’s incomprehensible how this degree of skill is even achievable – yet sure enough, Kantoku has it.
His palette preference has already been examined in the past – although it remains worth recognizing the hues seen here specifically. Soft and shimmery colors are employed in a fashion with extensive shadow gradients atop – alongside a few intense highlights where necessary, such as the hair. That’s eyecatching as is, yet not stopping there – a few colors are utilized recurringly within the image in order to maximize the principle of design harmony, or in other words, consistency is important.
However, contrast is also critical – and Kantoku tended to this with a predominance of neutral tones, alongside a direct contrast where appropriate. Focusing first on the neutrals, Kantoku uses not any pure white or black to color any significant portion of canvas – rather, he takes advantage of tints, washing out colors with white as necessary to then make the most of it. This means the more vivid and lively hues, such as the hair colors, are surrounded by other incredibly fluffy colors – such as those of the upper body clothing articles, making for a beautiful contrast.
Alongside the hair, one will also notice the eyes managing to wonderfully come alive, as well as that they’re of an identical tone on each female – referring back to the aforementioned balance. Elements of art are heavily interdependent, and one should keep that active in mind whilst shifting attention towards the area of skirts.
Stunning contrast of gorgeous colors engulfs the eye, further maximized by the lavishing patterns of intricate and extensive plaid which Kantoku exploited for a total robbery of visual interest – the focal point is perhaps the visage area as result of the overlaying depth effect brought about by the extended arms, however, the eyes certainly do fall immediately towards the ever-relevant exposé of lower body.
Note how the girl in red is closer to us than that in blue, there’s a heavy boundary of shadow to make such clear – serving to be exquisite in more ways than one as it’s both a display of aesthetic mastery, whilst still catering to the second dimension targeted lusts of the onlooker. This proves tantalizing, as indeed, both bishoujos look what one would call “ripe”.
Carrying along, also see that there’s some cylindrical shadow in general – darkening around the farthest edges of the skirts, and subsequently contributing in creating depth around the waist. While shadow is critical as usual, it’s not all simply lighting reactions which formulate the prevalent depth in this instance – yet before getting into the other integral components, one should at the very least for now be aware of the incremental creases in the skirt which have a grand role in the realization of volume around the waist.
Line plays the role of communication within imagery – and in this case, the plaid patterns mend themselves realistically, and as necessary, around the waist. As they wrap around the area of female accordingly, see that they remain subdued by the organized intercession of folds and shadow barriers – thereby truly gaining some depth as multiple axes are made part of the effort to recreate third dimensional space.
Mastery has its rewards indeed, and as one can see, it’s certainly not merely the master who reaps them.