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This is the calendar for 2003 for the sales promotion of ULTRAJUMP.
This is also called "A picture of hundred people".
I had to cancel the serial work twice because of the difficult subject.
It was a nightmarish experience for me.
I was too eager to draw the calendar for sale, there were most of characters in GUNNM and GUNNM LO until the 19th story in the picture.
I don't know how many characters in the picture.
If you have time to spare, please you try to count characters in it.
From a technical viewpoint, it's rare in GUNNM, as the illustration was drawn in collage, without perspective.
This was the second time that I drew a collage illustration since I drew the illustration covering two facing pages for the GUNNM novel.
I thought it is impossible to create a flowing picture composition, because there were too many characters.
If the color of character on background is applied effects such as monotone, I could effect for color unity. But there was the concept of a festival, I wanted to express a feeling of dynamic and lively.
I avoided being too serious, I dared to draw characters by unique color. I aimed at making effect that it looks like a colorful pattern from a distance.
But, as the color scheme was too noisy, I desaturated characters color on upper side of the picture.
The effectively utilize color to create the illusion of depth. The original picture is double size (B3) of the B4 size printed calendar because of the detail work. It took me several days to sketch and draw in pen the picture.
I guess I will not draw such a picture again.
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