My artwork consists on the main character of a pretty famous manga and anime called Tokyo Ghoul. In my art I drew the main character, Ken Kaneki, with his mask in ghoul form. His mask covers all of his mouth and half of his face (downwards). It has an eyepatch that is also attached to the mask and covers his right eye, which is the eye he can’t turn into ghoul form. My second artwork is Kaneki’s best friend, Hide. He has very punked up hair, always seems happy and is also smiling, unlike his friend Kaneki, which is in the drawing, saddened. Lastly, my last drawing is based on Kaneki’s crush, Touka. She is a girl that wears a bunny mask and is a ghoul, unlike Kaneki, who is part human. The reason why I choose this trio of characters is because each one of them is equally important. Hide, Kaneki's friend, as a character, plays off the remaining human aspect of Kaneki while Touka plays the ghoul side. That is the basis of my artwork. In my artwork I just wanted to reflect how much time and dedication I gave towards Kaneki. He is a combination of two worlds and is a very conflicted person. Besides being a ghoul and being conflicted, in a way, I can kinda feel related towards the character as I am come from a different place than where I am from right now. Also I understand concepts that other people cant due to me having experiences from two perspectives, the hispanic side and american side. Due to these reasons, coupled with the fact that the artist I choose to do my artist study, Mark Crilley, also did the same drawing some time ago.This gave me the motivation to do this project based on the series and the style in which it was done. The only tools I used when drawing the whole thing were a point 2 pencil and eraser, no other special tool. As for this artwork, I kinda find it standing out from the rest as it is very different from my past work. This one involved me more time as well as effort, while my usual drawing and work don’t.
When I started creating the work, the thoughts that mostly came up in my mind where two, where does everything belong, and where is the light hitting the character from. This and some images of the characters allowed me to draw the project. When I needed to add more darkness to a certain spot, I just cutted a piece of led from my pencil and with a fresh side, I would add more detail to the drawing. As mentioned before, the artist that inspired me to do this work was Mark Crilley, the reason being was because I loved the styles of art he made due to them being similar to mines, and the fact that he drew the same character a long time ago. This made me even more motivated to draw, and made me do the work in a more dedicated manner. A technique I used a lot in this type of drawing was to always look ahead of the drawing, kinda like foreseeing the future. The reason for this was because I was working a lot with lighting and if I were to redo something then it needed to be before I drew it, since if I did it after, then I would have the eraser marks in the final drawing, which would look awful. So planning ahead was a very helpful technique I used. I am most proud of this work due to the fact that I was able to do such a high detailed drawing with lots success. All that I got was positive feedback and it made me very happy to finish the drawing the way I did. If I could change one thing about the drawing, then it would be to change the neck size, since in the final drawing it was a little too big. In conclusion I can say that the making of these drawings were very helpful to me and made me notice that I could accomplish very complicated things, as well as be able to do it on my own.