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Saiyuki Gaiden colo: “Next time”

Since deviantArt won't allow people to color the work of mangakas and I may very well wake up to find that my latest deviations have been deleted, I decided to start posting my colos on lj as well. At least no one can bother me on my very own personal space. I'll probably upload all of my colos one by one some day, but for now I'll just start with my latest colo - or to be exact, version 2.0 of an old colo.


[Konzen] “—Next time, I promise…I…I’ll be the one to reach for you.
’ll definitely reach for you.

Saiyuki Gaiden Colo from Vol. 4, chapter 33, page 37
aka “the terrible ending that got everyone sobbing their heads off.”

***  V 1.0  ***

It seems to me that Minekura has tried to make a lighting effect in this drawing, because of how unusual the shadows are. She decided to keep one thin outline of non-grey, whereas usually it's more like scattered shadows that follow the curves of the characters, and so on. To me, it seemed as if there was light coming from behind those guys. I tried to keep that in my coloring.

***  V 2.0  ***
After some very helpful person pointed out to me that I had failed to notice that Konzen still had some part of his glove left on his arm, I decided to correct that. However this happened to be a much harder task than I thought it would, and I ended up digging out the original lineart; and started redoing the colo on top of the old one. I was like “Oh my God, this is SO messy, how could I have EVER released such a rushed colo, I so need to do justice to this epic moment” and eventually changed a LOT of things. I also changed the greenish heaven's background (since another helpful commenter said to me it was an odd color here) for a very angsty, very dark one... AND purple (this was not because I'm so fond of purple that I put it everywhere in my colos, no; who said that?? è_é), and that was because this is Konzen's scene. And Konzen's color, as Sanzo will be, must be purple. Konzen FTW.
I got all teary working on that pic again. Sad me. Poor me.

Lineart and characters (Goku + Konzen) © Minekura Kazuya
(Saiyuki Gaiden)
Colors mine


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 18th, 2010 01:05 am (UTC)
wow such a beautiful picture :) thanks for colouring it its really nice! thanks for sharing :)
Sep. 18th, 2010 01:56 am (UTC)
Thank you ^_^
Oct. 6th, 2010 12:03 am (UTC)
I really like your coloring job, very beautiful and heart wrenching. I wasn't aware DA didn't let you color manga pieces,that's disappointing.
Oct. 6th, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
Hey, thank you! Yes, I learned the hard way about dA - finding deleted entries one day :/
Copyright issues, obviously, but it's terribly frustrating to be forbidden to do something that doesn't do any harm to either the mangaka or the editor - if I was uploading full passages of the manga, sure, but I can't rob sensei of her well-earned income with just single panels :/
Oct. 6th, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
If anything the publitictly is a good thing for them. Saiyuki has been on my 'list' for a while now, I guess I need to actually go read it now.
Oct. 6th, 2010 09:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, you absolutely must! Gensoumaden Saiyuki is great, Saiyuki Reload is awesome, and Saiyuki Gaiden is brilliant.

Glad you agree with me!
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