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olivier and izumi hanging out after the promised day and doing girly stuf.
hunting bears, cooking bears, watching wrestling, investigating murder scenes, beating up sexists and all in all destroying the patriarchy.
you know girl stuff
their slumber part is occasionally crashed by rebecca and riza
I just got a few volumes of the reprints for myself (1-3 and 5), so I’ll put up the sketch pages (which are on the inside covers of the volumes) here and translate them. I apologize if any of the spellings are off, I watched the anime a long time again when I was already somewhat proficient in Japanese, and read the manga exclusively in the original, so I am not used to the English spellings.
(top center) Fullmetal Alchemist
(top left) Initial Ed designs
(top right) Ed’s automail armor took more time to design than his face.
(center) Coat design ①
(mid right) Ed design ②. Too adult.
(in square frame) Ed’s back
(above cross) Flamel’s cross.
(bottom) Coat desing ② Almost there.
(top) Initial automail design. Too messy.
(bottom) Automail design ② Too simple.
(top left) Al design ① Already has a note saying “equivalent exchange.”
(right) equivalent exchange
(top left) Roar.
(top right) Al design ②
(Center) The all-important remote. Don’t let the bad guys have it!
(framed) Alchemist (younger brother)
(below frame) Al design ③ Getting pretty close!
(top left) The Elrick brothers’ mentor: This one!
(top right) dreads
(mid left) These are [designs] that I FAXed to my editor around the beginning of the run, to give him an idea of upcoming characters. [Izumi’s] visual appearance settled down really quick.
(mid right) The protagonist brothers’ mentor. Of the “to train the spirit, one must start with the body” mindset.
She is being a housewife in some place or other.
(bottom left) This is a rough from my sketchbook, from a time when I wasn’t even thinking about the series yet. I was just zoning out, doodling various female characters. Pretty sure this is the base [for this character].
Izumi’s design settled down really, really quickly. Thus, I have very few design sketches of her’s.
But that won’t do, so here’s a few initial roughs of Cornello.
← I really like his evil face.
Awesome, thanks Phil! I love seeing this development stuff that comes with the large format FMA volumes (sadly only available in Japanese). Holy snap, look at Arakawa’s original design of Al. O_o
wow ed’s initial design is super fucking adorable. like he looks too tiny and young be doing any of this, protect him at all costs and send him home. And then the other design is basically what he ended up looking like at 18, so yeah, good call that’s too old. And dang Al. Izuuuumi.