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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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Sochiru Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
AMAZING!!!!
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Sumo0172 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you
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Shay-chan33 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovin' it~~ <3
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Sumo0172 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad you do
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Shay-chan33 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe c:
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ReddEra Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great Expressions! Wow. amazing compilation too
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Sumo0172 Featured By Owner 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
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ReddEra Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well, practice makes...better. Never perfect LD
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FlutterYay56 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional 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.
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Sumo0172 Featured By Owner 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.
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KimiNoKimochi Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
Good job!
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Sumo0172 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you
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bakanezumi Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Paru?? O.o, Daisuki yuko-samaa :33 nice work!!
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Sumo0172 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. Yes that's Paruru behind Jurina.
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bryanunited Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Amazing artwork
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Sumo0172 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you
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Maririn-sama Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
so cool ; w ; I love Miichan LOL
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Sumo0172 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you rabbit. I wasn't going to put her in but when I found out my kohai loved her so much I added her.
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Maririn-sama Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
REALLY? Thank you so much ; m ; I really love her a lot, so thanks!!
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Sumo0172 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Anything to make my kohai smile
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Shei99 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Jurina look scary XD
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Sumo0172 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You know that girl is hardcore. I actually thought Milky's face is scarier. Thanks for the :+fav: Huong!
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Shei99 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
LOL no problem~
OMFG GINGHAM LOOK EPIC!!!! XD
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Sumo0172 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's got a freaking daikaiju. I'm a daikaiju. I love this video already and I've only seen 45 seconds of it.
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Shei99 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
LOL IKR!
I replayed the teaser like 7 times lol.
The video look so epic
I think if the song is more upbeat, it'll fit the PV more but this video is definitely top 5 AKB vid lol
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Sumo0172 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yup. the song=nice, the video=epic!
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Shei99 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
LOL i want to see AKB vs EXILE for best video of the year

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Exile is epic in the cool sense while AKB is epic in like crazy wtf sense lol
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Sumo0172 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah that EXILE video has a more coherent story line, it is pure Dynasty Warriors.
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izumi07 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
That's absolutely amazing! What a great job you did there!

And I see my beloved Lovetan <3 Haha, thanks for drawing her! Mayuyu, Honmayan and Yuko are awesome! I love Yuko's expression!

Just one question, why there is a tiger behind Lovetan?
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Sumo0172 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. You being such a great AKB fan, I am very happy you like it.

The tiger is Tomochin. A while back i saw a video of a Japanese variety show where the narrator and the hosts kept calling her Little Tiger Tooth. I couldn't think of a better character for her than to draw her as a tiger.
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lessa-ok Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW AWESOME~~ :icondesucheeksplz: +fav *A*
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Sumo0172 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. I really appreciate the recognition of fellow AKB fans.
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lessa-ok Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome XD
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Justa-Watcher49 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
Amazing! Love them all
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Sumo0172 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. This was very challenging to complete, so I really appreciate the compliment
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cluedog Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Outstanding. Simply amazing work. There's so much life and wonderful anatomical drawings, it's staggering.
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Sumo0172 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you Zac. The likenesses, proportions and composition were tricky. Very please it turned out like this.
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