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Part II

Hiroaki
    
                                
   
                                
 

 
Hiroaki Hashimoto joined SNK in 1998. He came into the fighting game genre spotlight with his character artwork in The King of Fighters '99, giving the series a new and vibrant art style. Hiroaki also become know.for his character art in Buriki One, KOF XI, KOF XII, and KOF XIV. He was considered by many at SNK to be the "protégé" of Shinkiro. In an interview, Hiroaki said his biggest pressure for KOF is "matching" Shinkiro's quality. Hiroaki also created this amazing Street Fighter: 25th tribute artwork (below).
 
     

 
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Hiroaki's naturally proportioned characters are complimented by realistic "oil painting style" of coloring and dark lines. He draws characters in "confident and daring" poses so fans of the characters feel proud to use them.

Hiroaki worked on a variety of covers, posters, and other promotional artwork for many other games, including: Neo Geo Battle Coliseum, SNK Vs. Capcom: Card Fighters Clash (2/DS), Garou: Mark of the Wolves, Metal Slug Attack, Godhand, and Uppers. In 2018, Hiroaki worked with Bandai Namco to illustrate Soul Calibur VI story artwork (pictured above).

   External Links:  Hiroaki's personal blog

  
 

Edayan
  
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Edayan, known for his spectacular Rival Schools and Street Fighter series character illustrations, is among the most iconic (and perhaps underappreciated) Capcom artists of all time. Edayan amazingly captured Bengus's Street Fighter Alpha art style when he drew the character artwork for Street Fighter Alpha 2. He drew SFA2's artwork so well in fact, that he even confused many fans (including myself) into thinking Bengus actually did the artwork for the game!

  
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His pen name "Edayan" was a nickname used by his older brother when they were younger. Edayan was hired by Capcom after entering a Darkstalkers drawing contest for Capcom (in the Gamest magazine). The way Edayan he draws faces and expressions really makes his characters come alive. His characters always seem to be in a "dynamic" pose, even when simply standing upright. He's also a master at making clothing and other minute details stand out.

  

 
Daigo Ikeno
  
                                   
 
                                   

 
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Daigo Ikeno (real name Ikeno Metaka) is a character designer and illustrator for Capcom since 1994 (to present). He was born on July 17th, 1973. Early on, Daigo became known for his work on Street Fighter 2, Street Fighter Alpha, Darkstalkers, SFEX series, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, SFIII: 3rd Strike, and Battle Circuit. He was also the lead artist and character designer for Street Fighter IV and Super SFIV. Ikeno also worked on Devil May Cry 3, Dead Rising, Onimusha 2, and Dragon's Dogma. He currently resides in Osaka, Japan with his wife and two sons.

   
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Kinu Nishimura
  
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 A female artist, Kinu Nishimura became famous for her work on various Capcom series, including: Street Fighter, Cyberbots, the D&D games, Gaia Master, and Cannon Spike. Some of her most iconic Street Fighter artwork include Street Fighter 2 Turbo's "in your face" character artworks, the Street Fighter III portraits with the sketchy lines, and SFIII's stylish win/lose character art. Kinu was also the main Capcom artist for Capcom VS SNK & Capcom VS SNK 2 character portraits.
  
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 Kinu's gorgeously clean, yet sketchy art style is pretty easy to recognize. She often uses a painted style, as seen in the CVS portraits. The way she draws female faces is one of her art style's most defining qualities. Many Capcom toys and statues were closely based on Kinu's original 2D artwork. There's no doubt Kinu Nishimura is one of the greatest fighting game artists of all time!

   
 
Eiji Shiroi
Eiji Shiroi (real name Jin Mera) is a female freelance artist and dessin drawing teacher who started working for SNK in October 1992. She was the main illustrator for the Samurai Shodown series (SS1 through SS4). Her first official SNK project was doing character illustrations and several posters for Fatal Fury 2. She also drew illustrations for Art of Fighting 2, Kizuna Tag Battle, KOF series and Card Fighters Clash.
  
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Shiroi's artwork has an "ancient Japanese look" to it, as she uses brush outlining and other traditional techniques. Shiroi's main drawing tools for her illustration is Japanese brush, ink, marker ink and pigment color. She generally outlines her work with ink and colored with marker ink or pigment color. Other painting colors such as pastels, marker pens, oil color, acrylic gouache and air brush are also used to achieve her vibrant and charismatic character illustrations.
  
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FUN FACT: Eiji Shiroi got her pen name by being known for playing Eiji in Art of Fighting 2, as she always picked Eiji's white alternate color. Therefore, her pen name was not read as "Shirai" but "Shiroi" (White).

      

Nona

Nona was hired by SNK in 1995. He has drawn character illustrations and key visuals in SNK VS Capcom Chaos, KOF 2001 and KOF 2002. Nona also drew the endings in Fatal Fury Real Bout, KOF XI, and KOF 2003, and was the art director of KOF XII. Nona is known for using contrast and shadowing to give his characters a realistic and "darker" appearance, while still using anime-style faces and drawing techniques.

 
                                      
 
            
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