also known as きろばいと (kb), or Kirobaito, as in “kilobyte”.
I first saw mebae’s work a few years ago in the comic anthology GELATIN, which featured a full page pinup in the 2010 Spring issue of their rock-climbing school girls. Not to be confused with the 3rd image featured here, that rock-climbing piece was only published in GELATIN and has not been uploaded online by mebae or their affiliates. However, scans of the image have of course been scanned and illegally uploaded — chances are, if you’ve seen one image by mebae, it is that picture.
I was instantly drawn in by mebae’s mixing of the mundane and the extraordinary. Their charmingly simple style along with their cute and sexy girlishness brings a familiar side of anime art to interesting new fronts. In various ways, I see mebae’s art as putting the cherry on top of a long living, shiny, pink genre of anime illustration while subtlety giving it something new.
In their current work, mebae has taken incredible steps with their illustration, working alongside master-artist Takashi Murakami (KaiKai Kiki) on animation projects such as 6♥Princess (Six Heart Princess) through studio PONCOTAN. I am thrilled by this path mebae is taking, and can’t wait to see what they do next.
sidotama (sido魂↑) — A.K.A. Sido
Sido is a huge creature and monster lover, varying between original designs, to Monster Hunter creatures, to completely ordinary mollusks, to Ultraman villains… but mostly Pokemon. As a massive fan of the Pokemon world, I really enjoy seeing artists’ own take on the creatures — especially when their aesthetic contrasts that of the original so much, as Sido’s style does. Whereas the original designs of Pokemon are for the most part gentle, friendly creatures, Sido’s style takes Pokemon to the max, pumped with adrenaline and ready to destroy. Along with PEARL7, Sido is one of my top favorite artists that focuses on Pokemon and creatures.
I don’t think I will ever get over Sido’s aggressively bold shapes, no matter the creature or character it is they decide to draw. The way they work in the unusually colored highlights really brings out their intense, rocky forms while making the look even more unique and stylized. Furthermore, their Pixiv gallery contains loads of work; looking back at their work as it progressed through the years is incredible, and very educational when it comes to rendering forms with flat shapes.
Another one of my top favorite painters, Hakusaku pushes digital art forward with their masterful handling of the digital brush. If you would like to see just how Hakusaku puts down their strokes and creates the stunning colors, renderings, and compositions of their works, they fortunately have made their process very accessible in two ways; through either their Drawr or their Ustream channel (linked below) you can watch their process in real time, sometimes entirely from a blank canvas to the finished piece. I would highly recommend watching their recorded streams or catching a live broadcast on Ustream — a lot of my favorite work by them is best/only seen in those streams.
Note: Hakusaku’s name is sometimes written as H9S9 and 8939.
This artist’s gallery contains over 200 works, all of which seem to be focused on the same universe, set of characters, and story, following a central protagonist. Not a single image has any description or title, and any such information that the images once had was removed by the artist some time ago. The artist themselves has no name.
Their story is to be experienced in one way, and that is purely through their images. With no significant words to follow, search engines can do nothing, making this artist and their work virtually unsearchable. One of the motivating reasons I started AnimeClay was to share this artist.
There’s a ton more of their phenomenal work in their galleries (links below) — go check it out, because this is just scratching the surface.
(note: just to clarify, the 8-digit number is the artist’s name. Also, Happy Halloween!)