Kazuki Takahashi at MAGIC 2019, Part 4: Live Drawing

April 18, 2019 at 10:00 pm | Posted in Duel Monsters, Other Stuff, Series 1, Yu-Gi-Oh! | 2 Comments
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Kazuki Takahashi preparing to draw live at MAGIC 2019, with Sahé Cibot

After his question-and-answer session, Kazuki Takahashi had one more treat for attendees at MAGIC 2019.

“As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words,” said Matthieu Pinon, the panel’s moderator. “So, Mr. Takahashi will now draw in front of you to thank you for the support you have given him during his career.”

On the table in front of Takahashi was a large wire-bound drawing pad. Takahashi dried his hands on a handkerchief as a photographer set up a camera beside him. An image of the drawing pad appeared on the big screen above the stage. Before he even picked up a pen, the loudspeakers began blaring a fast-tempo song with choric chanting and raucous percussion.

Kazuki Takahashi drawing Yugi's eyes during his live drawing session at MAGIC 2019

It was the tail end of the song “Symphonic Suite DEVIL, Third Movement: eXORCiST” by Hiroyuki Sawano from the first Blue Exorcist soundtrack. And honestly, I found the music to be extremely obnoxious. Its blazing fast pace made it feel like this would be a speed drawing event. Certainly the convention wanted epic music to accompany this epic moment, but I remembered that when Takahashi participated in a live drawing session at San Diego Comic Con 2015, he had requested quiet from the audience. I felt bad for him.

Kazuki Takahashi drawing Yugi's face and head during his live drawing session at MAGIC 2019

But Kazuki Takahashi is a master of his craft. If he was bothered by the music, it certainly didn’t show. He soldiered on with an intense focus, beginning his illustration with Yugi’s eyes.

Kazuki Takahashi drawing part of Yugi's shirt collar and the outline of his hair at his live drawing session at MAGIC 2019

At SDCC 2015, Takahashi had described the importance of Yugi’s eyes in determining his look, and that the first part of Yugi he draws is always his eyes. This was still true here at MAGIC.

Kazuki Takahashi drawing more of Yugi's hair and his chain at his live drawing session at MAGIC 2019

Eventually, the music changed to “Darkness” from the Thunderbolt Fantasy soundtrack, also by Hiroyuki Sawano. Its slower, but nonetheless grand, melody was a welcome change.

Kazuki Takahashi drawing and shading more of Yugi's clothes at his live drawing session at MAGIC 2019

Takahashi didn’t make any sketches using a pencil; he immediately began inking. He was using Mckee oil-based marker pens by Zebra, which have a nib on each side, thick and thin. He started with the thinnest point has he drew Yugi’s eyes and face, then switched to a thicker point as he drew the outlines of Yugi’s hair.

Kazuki Takahashi drawing more of Yugi's hair and adding layers at his live drawing session at MAGIC 2019

Takahashi used the thickest point of his pens to shade Yugi’s clothes and add layers to Yugi’s hair.

Kazuki Takahashi shading more of Yugi's clothes at his live drawing session at MAGIC 2019

In just six short minutes, he was finished. Truly a master of his craft. He signed and dated his illustration.

Kazuki Takahashi signing his name on his completed illustration of Yugi at his live drawing session at MAGIC 2019

Then he posed for pictures.

Kazuki Takahashi posing with his illustration of Yugi at his live drawing session at MAGIC 2019, with Matthieu Pinon and Naoki Kawashima

Close-up of Kazuki Takahashi posing with his illustration of Yugi at his live drawing session at MAGIC 2019

Later, on Twitter, Cédric Biscay, the president and CEO of MAGIC’s organizer, Shibuya Productions, posted a close-up of Takahashi’s drawing.

Close-up of Kazuki Takahashi's Yugi illustration drawn live at MAGIC 2019
Photo by @CedricBiscay

Voilà! A stellar performance and a masterpiece from Kazuki Takahashi, the creator of Yu-Gi-Oh!, at MAGIC 2019.

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Next:
Kazuki Takahashi at MAGIC 2019, Part 5: More Photos

Previously:
Kazuki Takahashi at MAGIC 2019, Part 3: Interview

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  1. Wow, he drew that in six minutes!? He is such an amazing artist! Thank you for sharing about his live drawing. :)

  2. He did such an awesome job!


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