Animate was offering an exquisite gift for those who made an early purchase of the tickets for Code Geass Akito’s first installment – and some photos of the bishoujo based item in question are now available.
CLAMP’s artwork isn’t always particularly splendid – sometimes even practically being grotesque to look at as result of their overly exerted effort to achieve an original style, although in the case of certain Code Geass characters, such as the one featured below, they certainly did make a character most magnificent in appearance.
The intricacy of this bishoujo is stunning – and that’s an understatement. She’s been sketched so elaborately, lines of her hair for instance flow with each degree of curve being flawless and considered – thereby having a look which truly seems as if free and feathery. However, hair of course has some texture to it – and for this, one can see how the motion is also very graceful and complex, with a curvature moving in a stream of multiple directions, serving to represent the consistency it holds.
Further, her physique is also most delightful – the outline composing her frame is quite slender, with the area where the head leads into the neck and shoulders being a particularly incredible exhibit of this. The lines are clearly precise to an extent unparalleled – and this is, of course, an aspect which makes the visage as captivatingly gorgeous as is. The facial composition is exact with the details of reality, eyes placed half-way down the head for example – and in addition to that, one can see the sheer detail forming the face.
Make note of the area surrounding the eyes – this is a portion where most would either turn the illustration simplistic to compromise for the difficulty of meeting the challenge necessary for a more true to reality portrayal, yet the artist in this case toppled the task and succeeded. One can see the immensity of the line, the arrangement of many fine strands whilst avoiding a convoluted appearance – and then also the key facets to achieve a feminine look, such as enhanced curvature.
Now lastly, it would be an injustice to do without mentioning the upper body and breasts – although the excellence in this portion is much the same as the others. In the sketch where she sleeps, one can make note of how one can truly grasp the sense of her chest – and this is, again, as result of the contemplation in the line.
As aforementioned, CLAMP certainly isn’t always masterful in what they do – yet when they seek such a caliber, they definitely devise something quite recherché.