Friday, December 26, 2014

PriPara's Gloria Ookanda

This is a picture I started a few months ago and finally got around to finishing today. I don't expect a lot of people to recognize this character, but she's Gloria Ookanda, the headmistress of the Paprika Private Academy in PriPara, a great magical girl/idol show. While I don't think it's gaining much traction where I live (the States), it seems to be doing well in Japan. Personally, I like the show a lot. It's surprisingly subversive and continues to impress me with genuine twists and reveals. Gloria here is also a big selling point, as a comic antagonist her scenes are often my favorites. The show can be a little repetitive with its musical numbers, but if you can get past that it's a great show if you like magical girls, idols, or lolis (I happen to like all three).

The loli characters get a lot of love from Japanese artists, but I haven't seen anything yet for ol' Gloria. Personally, I love her, she's funny and curvaceous and has an outrageous hairstyle. Here I made use of her famous sense of smell (she can smell PriPara tickets, hunting them down like a bloodhound). I can't make any promises, but I would definitely like to draw more of her in the future.

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