Suzuki Kanon and Ikuta Erina both garnered 1 vote during the main poll, which led to the tiebreaker poll that left Zukki victorious by 80% with 4 votes to Eripon’s 1. (Needless to say, I had a very good idea how much of a shock the graduation announcement was.)
As one of the top winners of the poll, Suzuki Kanon’s outfit was contested between two possible choices: Maji Desu ka Ska! and Ai no Gundan. By 75%, Ai no Gundan took the gold with 3 votes to Maji‘s 1. As such, Suzuki Kanon would don the gear befitting a soldier in Love’s Army.
The particular creation of this one caused me to say the following:
Why, you ask? Because looking for Zukki in her mostly black gear in that dark MV was almost like looking for a needle in a haystack! I’ve always sympathize, empathized with factions of her base crying from her being a backgirl and the sheer euphoria that was “Oh My Wish!”, but I truly got to understand where they were coming from. I had to do numerous double-takes and I have to fortune of being better able to recognize her already recognizable face and features.
(No, it’s not just because of the chub, though I will admit that I’m somewhat out of my comfort zone when I draw Zukki. One major source of shame I have with my tribute pic to her was that she ended up slightly more slender than I had wanted — and this is coming from someone who can count on one hand, including myself, how many close people I have who aren’t at least slightly plump. Despite my habit of drawing skinny ladies, I have love and appreciation for all body types and I can’t fathom the mentality of those fixated on weight… but enough ranting about body sizes. It’s near Sonic 06 levels of overtalked when it comes to Zukki or any other idol really. Besides, that’s not the focus here.)
Screencapping issues aside, this one was quite a delightful challenge to tackle. The sketch was done not long after finishing Riho while inking commenced later in the week, concluding on the 1st. For reasons that’ll be explained during Ikuta’s section, the coloring commenced the following week.
I don’t know if you’ll notice (you might once the process video comes out), but I slightly tweaked my coloring technique….