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Part II

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Kinu Nishimura
 
An incredibly talented and influential female illustrator, Kinu Nishimura was originally hired by Capcom in 1991. When she was in college at Kyoto University of Art, she touched up some of Akiman's early illustrations for Final Fight and Magic Sword. She mentioned that Akiman was a huge inspiration to her artwork.
 
  
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Kinu became famous and beloved for her work on a wide variety of Capcom IPs, including: Street Fighter II, Street Fighter III, Saturday Night Slam Masters, Cyberbots, The King of Dragons, the Capcom D&D games, Gaia Master, Marvel Vs. Capcom, and Cannon Spike.

Before Kinu's art style became easily recognizable, some of her earliest Street Fighter works include: SF2's fully-colored character portraits (see Vega's below), SF2 Turbo's foreshortened character art, SF3's portraits / posters with the "sketchy" lines, and SF3's epic victory & loss portraits. Kinu was also the main illustrator for the "Capcom side" of Capcom VS SNK & CVS2 character artwork.
 

  Social Media Links: Twitter: @nishi_katsu

 
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After working with Capcom for many years, Kinu moved to freelance art and is still energetically active in various genres such as anime, figures, and games. Kinu Nishimura's dynamic and attractive touch has been highly evaluated not only in the game industry in Japan but the overseas community as well.
 
  
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Kinu's beautifully clean, yet "sketchy" art style is iconic. She often uses a painted style, as seen in the Capcom Vs. SNK series portraits. The way Kinu draws "youthful" and "beautiful" female faces is one of her art style's most defining traits. A variety of Capcom gashapon figures and statues were created directly based on Kinu's 2D artworks. Kinu Nishimura is most definitely one of the greatest and most inspirational fighting game artists in history!
 

   
 
Eiji Shiroi
 
Eiji Shiroi (real name Jin Mera) is a female freelance artist and drawing teacher who began 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 creating character illustrations and several posters for Fatal Fury 2. She also drew character artwork and posters for many other SNK series, including: Art of Fighting 2, Kizuna Tag Battle, KOF series, and Card Fighters Clash. Eiji Shiroi's iconic art style became synonymous with SNK games in the early years and helped define the art style and image of the developer.
 

  Social Media Links: Facebook: Eiji Shiroi

  
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Shiroi's vibrant art style resembles "ancient Japanese art" due to the fact that she uses brush outlining and other traditional painting techniques. Shiroi's main drawing tools for her illustrations are Japanese brush, ink, marker ink, and pigment color. Shiroi generally outlines her work with ink and adds colors 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 colorful and charismatic character illustrations.
 
  
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FUN FACT
Eiji Shiroi originally got her pen name from being known for playing as Eiji Kisaragi 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).