Japan's top online art community Pixiv recently reached the landmark of 10 million registered users. As part of the celebration, they're giving the premium, paying user functionality of sorting illustrations by popularity to all users through the end of the month. Today, we polish things off with a survey of some of the best of the rest. Check it out after the jump.
Japan's top online art community Pixiv recently reached the landmark of 10,000,000 registered users. They're doing a couple of things to celebrate. There's a draw an ema (Shinto plaque) contest with a chance to win merchandise and autographed illustrations. And, they're giving the premium, paying user functionality of sorting illustrations by popularity to all users through the end of the month. See what this reveals after the jump.
The last week has given rise to bit of obvious genius on Japanese art portal Pixiv. Suitable for some awesome wallpapers, the hot trend of the moment in fanart is to draw characters trapped behind the glass of a smartphone. Check out the results after the jump.
Plenty of people will point out that Halloween isn't as big a deal in Japan as it is in places like North America. That said, it's still great inspiration for fan art, as the thousands of pics on Japanese art portal Pixiv can attest. Here, we've rounded up a selection of representative highlights. Get a look after the jump.
Pixiv and Production I.G. recently hosted an illustration contest for original characters for Gargantia on the verdurous planet and 12 winners were announced on the official site. The 12 characters selected will make a cameo appearance in the last episode. See all 12 characters after the jump!
Say you've been slaving away drawing steamy scenes between Madoka Magica's Mami and Pokemon's Ash, take a break and discover that Google searches are returning links to pirated versions of your doujinshi. How do you address that injustice? Nounanka has the solution, and, in manga-ish form, has instructed the artists on Japanese online community Pixiv how to send a Digital Millennium Copyright Act complaint. Get a look after the jump.
If I were a betting man, I'd put money on Gintama anime eventually making a return after this new departure from TV. And, when it does, here's a story to look forward to. Chapter 437 of manga kicks off a new arc that sees Gintoki, Kyubei, Kagura, the Shinsengumi and Shinpachi's glasses hit by a mysterious gender swap beam. And, of course, this inspired by artists on Japanese community Pixiv. See the results after the jump.
Aspiring manga authors, here's a talent contest for you. Manga publishing titan Kodansha has teamed up with Japanese art community Pixiv for a scouting competition that could see your work printed in one of five magazines (Nakayoshi, Aria, Sirius, Desert, Itan). It's explicitly open to artists worldwide, so grab the details after the jump.