Manga artist / character designer / animator reminisces about how his art style has changed
Veteran manga artist / character designer / animator Yoshiyuki Sadamoto took to Twitter recently to share a new spin on an old favorite: Nadia, the heroine of the landmark 1990 - 1991 anime TV series Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water.
表紙は、サーカスな少女w— 貞本義行（夏コミ3日目 東A 44a (@Y_Sadamoto) August 9, 2016
Translation: "Appearing on the front cover, a circus girl, heh. This is a cropped image of that. It's been a long time since since I've painted her..."
@Y_Sadamoto— 貞本義行（夏コミ3日目 東A 44a (@Y_Sadamoto) August 9, 2016
"When I draw these days, it ends up looking like this, but on a second-glance it doesn't look at all like the drawings from back in the day, does it? It's a completely different face. (laughs)
Back in the day, I would dive in as a fan before before I would dive in as myself...
I get it now, because I'm the same person, but I've seen so much more."
Note: The last line of the Tweet contains a play on words, since the phrases "same person" and the word "dōjin" use the same Kanji characters. Sadamoto is also implying that fans can see more by checking out the dōjinshi for which this image serves as a cover illustration.
It's interesting to see how Sadamoto's artistic style has evolved over the years. By way of comparison:
Keeping fighting the good fight, Mr. Sadamoto.
Yoshiyuki Sadamoto Twitter feed (@Y_Sadamoto)
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