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August 6, 2012
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AKB48: LEGENDS by Sumo0172 AKB48: LEGENDS by Sumo0172
AKB48 is a female idol group that has achieved enormous popularity in Japan, to the point of being characterized as a social phenomenon. Produced by Yasushi Akimoto, it is one of the highest-earning musical acts in the world, with 2011 record sales of over $200 million in Japan alone.

Based out of the Akihabara district of Tokyo, AKB48 currently consists of 64 members. But the organization itself encapsulates several other groups namely SKE48, NMB48 and HKT48 based out of various cities in Japan. As well a JKT48 based out of Jakarta, Indonesia. Also the now discontinued SDN48. Any member of these "sister" groups can be called up to join the main AKB group. Also there are groups of kenkyūsei or members in training. So in truth it could be said AKB48 has well over 250 members.

As a result, individual members do their best to distinguish themselves. Members boost their own personalities or adopt roles in the group such as leaders or divas or as jesters to create easily identifiable characters. Also members star in television shows, movies, musicals and commercials also establishing more eccentric but just as memorable characters.

In this illustration I wanted to portray a few of the more recognizable members and characters as a "superhero" team. There are 21 members shown, each with a unique costume and persona. This is the most individuals I have ever done in one illustration with such attention to individual attributes. It was very challenging, researching characters, posing and composing so many individuals and although not to the level of portraits having to capture a resemblance to so many real life people. Although not as polished a work I am very pleased how this illustration turned out. A very satisfying endeavor.

Other AKB48 portraits:
AKB48: Kashiwagi Yuki by Sumo0172AKB48 - Group 1 AKB0048 by Sumo0172AKB48: Takahashi Minami and Maeda Atsuko - Forever by Sumo0172AKB48: Chibi Sae by Sumo0172

Strathmore 11 x 17 300 Series Bristol Smooth
0.5 Pentel Side FX Mechanical Pencil
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ReddEra Dec 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great Expressions! Wow. amazing compilation too
Sumo0172 Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks its way more ambitious than I'm used to. I like to try this again some day, when I'm more prepared for the challenge
ReddEra Jan 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well, practice makes...better. Never perfect LD
FlutterYay56 Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the girl in the center. I don't know which team she is a part of. I find the girls look innocent!
I love it so much.
Sumo0172 Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is Haruna Kojima, she is dressed as a character she plays on a show. The character is very naive and innocent.
Sumo0172 Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you
bakanezumi Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Paru?? O.o, Daisuki yuko-samaa :33 nice work!!
Sumo0172 Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. Yes that's Paruru behind Jurina.
bryanunited Aug 13, 2012
Amazing artwork
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