Watch Hatsune Miku Get Drawn with Only Three Colored Pencils
posted on by Eric Stimson
Professional illustrators (and even passionate amateurs) do their work with fancy, expensive software and fancy, expensive art tools. But you can also create some beautiful art with only basic, ordinary tools and a bit of talent.
Illustrator and manga artist Moja Cookie (Choppiri O-shaberi de, Choppiri Koseiteki na Dōbutsu-san-tachi) is attracting a lot of attention on Twitter for this demonstration of how to draw a picture of Hatsune Miku using only the three primary colors (red, yellow and blue) and a basic pencil outline to work off of. It's easy to draw pictures with colored pencils, but this looks like something you'd need a full set to pull off.
For a longer video, see Nico Nico Douga or Kai-You. The picture took a little under 30 minutes to draw, but the video is closer to 11 minutes long. Moja Cookie also drew Madoka of Puella Magi Madoka Magica using only a cheap Daisō colored pencil set, as demonstrated below.
Miku is a popular subject for aspiring artists; they have previously rendered her as a cubist mural, as somewhat similar to Rei thanks to Neon Genesis Evangelion character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, and as a rough sketch by her original designer. For more colored pencil artwork by Moja Cookie, see the artist's Twitter account.