Working on the promotional video for my book Back in the rain, I spent weeks drawing the characters and some scenes from the book.
As I said already here, I’ve always loved drawing and give a face to my characters as soon as they started taking shape in my head. I don’t consider myself an artist, but drawing helps a lot my creative process!
As a reference for the poses I use websites such Pexels or Pixabay and the software DesignDoll. The look and the face traits of my characters are inspired mainly by my favorite doujinkas: Emi10rankai and Gusari.
It ain’t no secret that Dan and Drew, my main characters, are particularly inspired by Emi’s Sasuke and Naruto, even though Dan gives also some Nezumi-vibes (N.6).
I love drawing them individually, but most of all I love drawing them together, trying to convey the stages of their relationship: wariness, nostalgia, tenderness, passion and love.
My female characters, on the other hand, are inspired by the wonderful illustrations by Mel Kishida, an artist that I discovered while playing the Arland trilogy of the Atelier series. Just because I mostly write about gay romance, it doesn’t mean that I hate my girls! On the contrary, I want them to grow as the story goes on and find their own happiness.