Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle: The Promise to Protect

CLAMP, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, Syaoran Li, Vector Art
CLAMP Mangaka Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle Series,OVA Syaoran Li Character Vector Art Source


Artist Comment

Hello ~ This is the first time I have ever vectored and colored a picture in such a large scale and in complete HQ and "textless" stage :D It is certainly harder than what I normally do. [which is just coloring for a few panels ^^;] However, it is certainly worthy it and I like the final result.

Anyhow, this is a splash from CH. 196, when I laid my eyes on it the first time, I absolutely LOVE it! XD And just want to color it. However, as you can see despite the scan size is rather large but the overall quality is .... well, rather low. ^^;;; And so, I made a rather reckless decision which is vector the whole splash out from scratch and as well tried my best to make it textless along the way!

I am not going to go in too much detail on how hard this is for me [especially considering that I am a person who couldn't draw OX] but this is an overall idea:

Time for black outlining = around 20 hours [spread across 3 days]
Time for coloring [include making the BG, figure out where to apply shade/highlight, picking the right color etc.] = around 25 hours [spread across 5 days]
Most frustrating part = black outlining especially for the cloak.
Most hardest part = Kid|Syaoran's eyes x_x [no matter how I color it, it just doesn't look right, I have redrawn/recolored it at least 5 times]
Most easiest part = The background [which is surprising to me since normally I have the most trouble thinking what to do as the background]

And I think that's all about my piece! And as I said, this is the first time I make a complete full size vectored, I am sure there are rooms for improvement, feel free to tell me any place I can improve on! :)

AND PLEASE VIEW IT IN FULL SIZE, I hope that you will enjoy and fav it!

ETA: I have some people who asked me why I decide to choose such a darkness surrounded background. As the title of this piece "The promise to protect", this splash have the image of "young" Syaoran and the "grown-up" Syaoran side-by-side.

**Slight spoiler for TRC 197**

Spoiler (show)

It is symbolizing that "young" Syaoran have made the wish with Yuuko to return back to Clow Country in which the price in exchange for that is "since it is a one-way trip, you may never see your father, your mother, or any other people from your own world who care for you ever again". The decision he made to leave his "current" happiness he has for the sake of "the promise to protect Sakura".

No matter how he may move on as he grow up, he would have a painful path to walk T_T

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  1. babyishdevil Aug 22, 2008

    wow with all of your hardworlk it's looks really good. you should be proud of myself. i eally like it. good job.

  2. fanny-chan Aug 29, 2008

    :) soo cute!

  3. clampy Oct 17, 2008

    wow...that's so awesome! good job!

  4. Tilja Oct 28, 2008

    I liked the original splash, but now that you vectored it, I LOVE IT! You did a great job with it and I thanks you for it!

  5. Kaeldri Dec 02, 2008

    It's funny, I started to color this exact picture. XD Maybe I won't finish it now that you've done a wonderful job with it....^___^ amazing job! I love the little Syaoran's blue clothes.

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