Have you ever considered making a vod channel on youtube?
Oh! I have, actually. I've even prepped my Name Brand youtube for it.
Honestly, the only thing that has kept me from uploading is just Classic Executive Dysfuntion Struggles™. I have videos set aside to edit and post, including my entire bbs playthru from awhile back, it just unfortunately all gets lost in the sauce of the day to day.
I've also been wanting to make youtube videos proper for a long time (i'm sure people remember me speaking about on stream). A more organized and presentable collection of my thoughts and, idk, analysis I suppose! Explanations, info organization, funny jokes, etc. But that's been held back for the exact same reason. It's hard to prioritize when I barely get what im streaming figured out in time.
But! People's interest or pestering or even inquiries like this motivate me a lot! Like a lot a lot. When people outside me want something it makes the need like, real instead of just being a desire locked up in my stubborn toddler for a brain I have to negotiate with every day.
So hey! I'll actually try and get to work on uploading vods and maybe some of my old, long chats like the soriku tedtalk lol
I've been admiring your art, while consistently struggling myself to keep Sora and Riku's faces consistent...whether that's bc of emotion or angle or how soft their features are, I'm not sure. You'd think that after 2 decades of looking at these characters I could draw them properly.
Can I ask what facial features you think makes them distinct?
*RUBS MY HANDS TOGETHER* This is the best question you could have asked me and I am frankly STOKED to answer it (even if it took me a hot minute). It's something I've personally made notes of and have thought about a lot, SO! You came to the right dude.
For starters, it helps that Sora and Riku were made to be complementary. Riku was specifically designed counterbalance to Sora (as stated by Nomura in the KH1 Ultimania Gallery comments) and is something they’ve continued to lean into over the years. So thankfully it’s really easy to single their features out when compared to each other, specifically.
To boot, I have a lot of fun trying to boil down designs into an easily recognizable visual language just in general. Developing visual shorthand for a character, boiling them down to their bare essentials, etc. How low can we go? It’s a fun exercise and great for strengthening silhouettes!
And from what I’ve found, to put it simply;
Sora is Round. Riku is Angular.
Where Sora is short, Riku is Long!
Simple, right? You can tell which is which? Just zhuzh it up a little and you’ve got the boys!
While these are very simple examples, reducing them down and still being able to readily tell who is who even as little circles is the point! It let’s you know what to focus on as you shift from little caricatures to more detailed drawings at any level. And you’ll see how much these simple little rules/identifiers carry all the way thru!
Let’s start with their faces;
Round vs Angular.
Soft vs Sharp.
Sora’s cheeks are more prominent and rounded, sloping lower on the face and pinching in to a smaller round, pointed chin. It makes his head look more round and short! His Jaw is also softer, less defined, which is an easy way to make somebody look youthful. (this is a tip I learned from tf2 actually?? lmao)
He’s got a bit of that baby face!
With Riku, his cheek bones peak higher up and cut in cleanly down to a more prominent chin. This leaves a lot of space for his jaw which can make his head seem taller. It also affords his features more space which can serve to make someone look “more mature”. His jawline is also sharper and more defined, cutting inward compared to sora’s outwards slope.
He’s just a handsome guy!
But it doesn’t stop there!
When it comes to their noses, I really like to lean in to the little things.
With Sora, I like to accentuate the upturn (hence the accent lines) but his nose is shorter and more rounded with a prominent tip pointing up and out. Some might call this a pixie nose
Riku’s is broad and straight (haha) and one of my favorite features of his. It’s a strong shnoz, longer than Sora’s and with a flat bridge. A detail of which I’ve always really liked and make sure to include. Gives it that strong handsome look.
I’m sure you’re getting the idea, but every feature follows these rules! Short and Long! Round and Sharp!
The eyebrows are something I feel always go missed, so I wanted to bring them up specifically.
Riku’s eyebrows are longer and have a high arch to them as they wrap around his brow.
Sora’s are short and much thicker towards the bridge before quickly tapering out.
You can see this along with their eyeshape a lot more clearly on their models.
(Sora’s eyebrows are my favorite i love em I think they’re just the cutest thing. Really adds to his expressions, especially his pouts.)
What’s fun is that these are all things I’ve observed in official material in one way or another (namely Nomura’s art, the 3d models tend to round things out more.)
Once you know what to look for, it’s easy to spot their consistent features. I’ve grabbed some fun examples;
Sora: upturned nose, round cheeks pinched in to a pointed chin, rounded jaw
Riku: Harder jaw, prominent chin, straight nose
You can see here how the curve of riku’s jaw goes in towards the face as sora’s goes out.
Riku: The Nose even more clearly, chin pointing out, and though mostly covered, you can see that strong jaw.
Sora: the same as above, really, but it’s consistent. Who says you can’t draw characters facing slightly to the left for a living.
You’re starting to see a pattern I’m sure.
And here you can see the flat bridge on riku’s straight ass nose! A flat of which Sora doesn’t have by comparison.
You can also see here the different points their cheeks turn in, Sora’s being notably lower than Riku’s.
Anyway, you get my point!
For a generalized ending statement;
Riku is always drawn with harder, yet graceful masculine features. He’s both very handsome and beautiful, wow. Package deal.
Sora has a more boyish cheekiness. He’s got a baby face he’ll probably never outgrow along with other “cute” features. His can be a harder balance to strike, he’s cute but he’s also a dashing young man, a little charmer!
Focus in on those details n just remember compared to each other;
Round vs Angular
Short vs Long
Soft vs Sharp
They’re complimentary opposites, both in concept AND design!
I love it!
I hope this was sufficient, kind anon. Good luck to everyone and I hope to see more strong Riku noses in the future.
Really Important Question
What do ya’ll recommend for T-shirt printing?
I know Redbooble is an option of course but their quality is... yknow. Not always the best! lmao
So I’m looking to pool some options, throw anything my way for I have a gold nugget I need to share with the world
hey there I am in the veeeery bottom right corner :^)
One hundred artists. One hundred Soras. ONE CANVAS. I’m so excited to share the Sora Pile 2.0!!
The full-size image actually exceeds Tumblr’s limit if you can believe it. I’d encourage everyone to check out the full-res version– and a special PDF I made of each Sora– here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/14_rPLCewl9hiBw6MOZuJZxq9Z60Y6ssS?usp=sharing
sorry if you already made something about this but ever think about what monstropolis Riku would look like 👀✨?
I actually have! It's been a slow process where I've only tossed around like... design elements I've been thinking of? I'd love to finalize it at some point but I can share what I have sitting around.
Actually now that I’m looking at these take them as severely tentative because it’s giving me ideas again. So maybe I’ll come back to it sooner rather than later.
Anyway these were my first ideas. few things I knew was giving him 1 horn vs sora's 2. I know sora's look like ears, they are horns.
Secondly, I figured he should not be fuzzy, and relatively angular. “Cool”.
And third, definitely some wings. I kept thinking of the cool college head lady from Monsters University.
His body shape wasn’t too wild because i was trying to keep in line with how they don’t deviate from their base models TOO hard, but it definitely needs some refining. Anyway
Then I had the fun idea of "what if he only had one whole eye" which is fun to play with, though I think it makes him less intimidating. My general litmus is if Sora would think it’s the coolest then it’s probably on the right track.
I kept trying to refine the angles like his hair into something downward sweeping and angular, so I really like the horshoe crab shape in the back there. And the colors are super up for debate currently i’m really not sure what’ll happen there. I’ll get back to that one.
Anyway this all I got but like I said the ideas are swirling again writing this so. It’s time to get back to cookin’.