|Today we meet NONA, who
creates the individualistic illustrations and
had loads of stuff to talk about once he showed
My heart was pounding with excitement to see
just how bizarre he was, and he ended up looking
like a bit of a Maoist (Laugh).
my work on KOF 2001, I rented an apartment
nearby to crash...
Here it comes!
Tell us! Tell us! Tell us!
I'm a fraidy cat, but I love a scary
I was frozen with fear...
There it was, a thing like a baby, crawling
up the wall...
That's way too intense!!!
So tell us how
you came up with your pseudonym, will you?
I took it from my real
name, so I wouldn't forget it.
So, please tell me all the titles you've been
involved with in the KOF series (KOF, hereafter).
2001 and 2002.
A lot of characters appear in this game, so
how long does it take to draw one character?
It takes a lot of time before
the poses and stuff are decided, but once I get
the "OK," it
takes about a day and a half to draw the whole
character. A "bust shot" doesn't take more than
Among the characters that didn't appear, is
there one character you thought, "Man, I really
wanted to put that guy in the game."? Which character
from which game would that have been?
Hmm. I'd say Jubei Yamada.
I keep pushing for him each time, though. (^_^;)
Which original KOF character do you like?
Well since I'm looking forward
to what happens hereon, I'd say Ash.
Which character did you think, "This guy's
really wild!"? What characteristic makes him
or her special?
Hinako. I thought a babe
like her taking up sumo wrestling was pretty
I think there must have been characters you
drew well and some you didn't, could you come
right out and tell us who they were?
Robert gave me grief...yeah.
I'm good at the colorful characters like Choi
and Chang (Laugh).
There can't be any characters that surpass them,
right.BOTH AGREE (Laugh).
Getting away from the characters...
What was difficult about being involved with the series?
Because I have to draw up to 40
characters, it's hard to keep the touches for the first
drew and the last characters consistent.
If there was something you thought was good about
dealing with KOF, could you tell us what that was?
For good or bad it made my name
known in the world.
OK, you can
tell me now. If there was a part of the job
that made you think "Aw, man, give me a break!"
spit it out. (Laugh)
Th-The schedule... (^_^;).
During KOF 2001 I got told, "Do the artwork,
too!" So I was drawing
till four or five in the morning every day.
If there's anything you have to be concerned
about when you're creating digital illustrations,
what would that be? And would it be something
different from when you illustrate by hand?
Saving data meticulously!
That and adding too much.
Do you prefer drawing digitally or with pen
Paper has its good points
and digital too has its good points, too. I get
bored quickly so
if I'm doing nothing but digital, I switch to
paper. Adding touches to drawings is probably
also due to my fickle nature. (Laugh)
When you draw on paper what sort of art materials
do you enjoy using?
Recently I use watercolors.
I make a drawing in pencil and then paint the
Do you doodle? What sort of doodles do you
When I'm working I don't
doodle. When I finish work, I do draw some originals
or copy characters
that are currently popular.
I know you can't toss all the work you have
now aside, but if someone told you that you could,
what would be the first thing you'd do?
Travel. I'd like to go somewhere
in Southeast Asia ﾐ Thailand or Vietnam.
Did you know that KOF would be this popular
from the very beginning?
If you did or didn't, tell us why you thought so.
When I saw the line of people in
front of the arcade where we did the location test
I thought'd be popular.
And before I new it, it was a big hit.
What sort of hopes do you have for the future of
Seeing what happens with the new
KOF story. That's
what I'm really looking forward to.
on the new
HDD 40GB 256
THINGS IN HIS
AT HOME: Time
a lot of pressure
TO PROSPECTIVE ILLUSTRATORS:
to bring that
to an environment
you can work
in. Once you
can do that,
you're all set.
IS KOF FOR YOU?:
|Nona said he likes to add
touches to his drawings because he gets bored
easily. I got one of his drawings of an artistic
Doesn't seem like much of a fighting game character