I worked on character design from a story perspective and shaping the art to work in the Japanese, Chinese, and American markets. The artists were Regan McManaway and Yin Yang.
Title: Nakomo heroes – character concepts
Nakomo is a JRPG IP designed to appeal to the Japanese, Chinese, and American markets. As such the style is between manga and American comic art. It has Western and Eastern influences. Hair styles and colour, clothing design and accoutrements, and weapon selection and design were all carefully selected after much discussion and iteration. The young heroes wear a uniform that is a cross between karategi, shaolin kung fu robes, and kung fu uniform. The adult heroes feature a Tanuki with traditional Japanese calabash and Chinese influenced staff and beaded necklace. Matsu’s hair is more off the face than traditional manga style, and Aki has short hair on one side to be relate-able in the Chinese market. The heroes are Take, Matsu, and Aki in Japan and America; Talulu, Matt, and Lina in China (for ease of pronunciation and cultural fit).
Copyright 2016-2017 Owairakasoft Limited. Nakomo is a trade mark of Owairakasoft Limited.
Pencil on paper, digital – photoshop, flash