22.86 cm x 30.48 cm, Ball Point Pen on Patched-Up A5 Lined Paper
The piece is based on the following concept art of the K.R.T.Girls, the mascots of the KMRT (more info):
The piece came about when I thought I could practise some drawing in camp by studying some anime art I found online (again). The reason why I chose this picture to base on was that it contains more than one person and in my previous portraits they either include only one person and never more than one, which was why I thought it would be a challenge to do a group project since I thought it would be slightly harder than a personal portrait since I thought that the placing of each character had to be precise such that they would look natural when looked as a whole.
So I started drawing, everything went fine until I screwed up the face of the girl whom I’ve drawn in red. Short-tempered, I tore it off, did a more accurate drawing on another small piece of paper and stuck it onto the original piece. Afterwards, I used pen to go over bits near the boundaries of the paper pieces to make sure that the image would blend well together. In my opinion, the jagged outline from sticking different pieces together to form a complete drawing was quite contrasting – as in one would expect a complete drawing to be done on a rectangular piece or paper instead of a jagged irregular-shaped one. The patched up effect gives each character a sense of individuality since they are drawn on individual pieces of paper, yet they are united as they are patched together, like a family (maybe I should do that with portraits featuring more than one person in the future).
However in my final product I chose to cut off any negative space and the space surrounding the characters as I thought it would look neater and make it standout with the accompany of the background – this made the patching less obvious, if not unnoticeable unless you look for the directions of lines on the drawing paper. Seeing this, I think I would establish an equilibrium between cutting the paper and preserving it for a more balanced presentation.
Glen Yang the Fallen is now the owner of this piece.