Thursday, June 11, 2009


Phew! I finally gave up on working this fan-art of 'Deathnote', a suspense/detective/goth-styled manga by Ohba Tsugumi (story) & Obata Takeshi (art). My line art was made in pen and scanned into the computer, with colours added in Photoshop. It's been a super long time since I made any fan-art.

It didn't come out exactly as I hoped, or as good; and took longer than expected to complete (about 2 months) because my program would crash every 15 mins! I'll do better the next time.

Anyhow talking about Obata, he is one of my favourite artists. Recently I acquired this illustration collection of his artworks, unfortunately it is a COUNTERFEIT. Everything comes in counterfeits nowadays! The original Deathnote illustration book is entitled 'Blanc et Noir' and this one is strangely titled 'Left or Right'.

Also it is much cheaper at about S$30, whereas my other Obata art book (from 'Hikaru no Go') cost about S$110 (US$75). I'm currently saving up for the original 'Blanc et Noir' since this copy has annoyingly included some scanned HAIR and specks of dirt! It is also not a full replica of the original book though hardcover but I guess it'll work for now for browsing. Could've fooled anyone if not for the scanned hair.


debra@dustjacket said...

the colours are so vibrant, very cool!

GalleryJuana said...

I guess the scanned hair and title were a dead giveaway. I've heard about this manga but have never read it or seen it. cool art work and your fan art is fantastic!

I got my six happy things post up. Thanks for the tag.

Wai Khan Au said...

I got Blanc et Noir, it's best to get the original Japanese version. Many different types of paper, glossy, matte, washi, translucent vellum, and metallic ink were used to print the art book, and I doubt that the counterfeits can even get close to the superior printing :)

Unknown said...

Wow, stunning work!

What a shame to get a counterfeit book!! Good luck getting the real version.

Julie said...

oh wow! D:

I once bought a counterfeit artbook, but I knew it was counterfeit when I bought it.. (it had art prints that weren't in any of the artist's other artbooks)

but ahh that really sucks, I hope you're able to return it!

and your post makes me want to go read Death Note, I didn't know it was by the same artist as HnG!!!

Lemon Shortbread said...

Thanks everyone! Yes I MUST get the original book - heard raves about the quality of it! =)

Cetriya said...

sorry to bug you then, does the blanc et noir that you have comes with the tutorial in the back?

Anonymous said...

hey I would like to buy the left to right book, do you know if I can find it in any webstore? I`ve got blanc et noir but there are no illustrations from hello baby, like the one on the cover for left or right. are ther any more illustrations from that manga in the book?