My Sketchbook: Nabiki

I just couldn’t wait, since our new post this past Monday of my Ranma 1/2 review.  Below is a sketch of one of my favorite characters to pose.  Nabiki Tendo, from Ranma 1/2.  She is the middle sister of the Tendo family, and older sister to Akane.  She initially was interested in becoming Ranma’s fiance until she realized (at least at first) that “he” was a “she”.  I always liked her character, and enjoyed the trouble she caused Akane.  Usually for a buck.  LOL!  That aside, you can see two sketches below.  The close-up of her face was a sketch I completed in about 12 minutes.  I wanted to keep it simple and fast, which is why I never went in to complete her eyes.  Maybe I will one day.  The other is a pose I saw from the anime itself, where she had just woken up.  This was more of an exercise in trying something different.  I liked the pose simply because it was a character in an everyday situation.  Simply waking up in the morning.

As you can see when I was doing most of my drawing during this time, I just wasn’t comfortable completing eyes yet.  Something I did eventually get over.  LOL!  These sketches were some of my favorites, just because of the character.  You will see though in later drawings I get more detailed with shading and how cloths lay on the body.

In this instance, I just wanted to draw Nabiki.

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Anime Me! #2: Ranma 1/2

Anime Me! #2: Ranma 1/2

We jump right into one of my all-time favorite anime.  Pronounced “Ranma One-Half”.  Originally a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by the great Rumiko Takahashi.  In April 1989, it was adapted as a 161 episode TV series, but almost didn’t return in September 1989 after the first 18, due to low ratings.  Thankfully a month later the story was repackaged and re-released, and had it’s long run including 3 theatrical movies and 13 OVA’s.  With it’s comedic formula and unique main character, it found new life in American anime fans after it’s Japanese run in 1992.

Ranma 1/2

The story follows a 16-year old boy named Ranma Saotome who has been trained by his father his entire life in martial arts.  We learn soon enough that they have both previously suffered an accident while training.  As a result, they are cursed to shape-shift when splashed with cold water.  His father is found to transform into a giant panda, and Ranma himself transforms into a girl.  Hot water will revert them back.

We are introduced to Ranma and his father as the series opens (pictured above).  The characters unique story gets even stranger when even more secondary characters are added.  Which begins soon when Ranma finds out that his father Genma has arranged a marriage for him.  Thus we are introduced to the 3 daughters of Soun Tendo (Kasumi, Nabiki, and Akane, who becomes Ranma’s fiance)…

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