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This is my second attempt at drawing Mai Shiranui. Where my previous Mai was confident and assured looking, this Mai is decidedly happy and peppy looking.

This time, I tried to draw her in my own way. I still used reference material, but my goal was to draw her the way I would as opposed to mimicking someone else’s style. Drawing what someone else has already drawn is easy; being able to incorporate it into your own repertoire is more challenging. As for the finished product, I don’t think it’s perfect, but I think I am starting to find my flow and my style.

The bolder outline (or line art) was something I wanted to try, and I ended up liking it. I will likely continue to experiment with it. I also like the way the texturing of the hair turned out. Again, it’s not perfect, but I think it’s a pretty good effect.

Surprisingly, I am finding that I am able to do these drawings progressively quicker. I always thought character drawings would take a lot of effort, but it’s not as bad as I would have thought. We’ll see about full body illustrations though; that might be a whole different game.

Mai Shiranui