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Trent Kaniuga Time-Lapse: Ghost in the Shell

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Our favorite character re-creator Trent Kaniuga is at it again. This time around, he tackles Ghost in the Shell, the manga property originally written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow, which you may have seen was recently adapted into a film. As he always does, Trent puts his own spin on characters, this time redesigning Major Motoko Kusanagi, the cybernetic soldier from the story.

Ellipse Tools: Perfect for Drawing Big Guns

Trent is stretching himself a bit, as he notes in the video. He’s moving outside of his usual comfort zone of drawing fantasy characters and moving into a more sci-fi realm. His big takeaway for this exercise is, “Don’t be reluctant to use the ruler or some of the elliptical tools.” They’re crucial tools for drawing cylinders and the kinds of shapes you find in big machines like mechs, robots, and tanks. Need to make a gun barrel? The Ellipse tool works like an old-school stencil, letting you draw precise, identically shaped and sized figures.

In addition to working on games like Warcraft and Diablo, Trent has done some work on Overwatch, which is closer to this style of drawing that he’s doing for this exercise. His final drawing of Major sitting on top of a Tachikoma walker looks spectacular.