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K-ON! Image Song cover art by Nanao

June 25, 2009

Inspired by the official cover art used on the “K-ON!” Character Image Song CD’s for Yui and Mio, artist Nanao (ななお) created vector illustrations for the けいおん girls in the same art style.

Azusa cover art by Nanao

Lovely image of Azusa, the twin tailed guitar player is such a cute and endearing character.
If the series had been longer no doubt she would have proved fierce competition for Mio in a heated battle for being the most moe character. 萌え萌えキュン!

Featuring crisp lines and bright colors, the illustrations perfectly capture that same typical look, which flows right into the style and poses in which Nanao rendered all the girls, including the jewelry accessories that represent their instrument or personalities.

Yui cover art by Nanao

This one of Yui is very cute and must say I like it more than the official cover they used for Yui’s Character Image Song CD. 唯せんぱい~

Looking at these illustrations you can’t help but be convinced these are the actual cover art images of the Character Image Song albums.

Ui cover art by Nanao

Also like this one of Ui, not only does she look cute but also captures her personality a bit more with the different pose and expression, illustrating how different she is from her sister, more shy and reserved.

Did you spot how Ui’s accessory detail is a small chibi Yui head? A nice touch.

Nodoka cover art by Nanao

Wish we would have seen more of Nodoka in the anime, liked her character and think she could have had more airtime.

The story she told everyone in the last episode about her childhood with Yui felt rather forced due to the odd nature of Yui’s actions in it, making it a bit too far-fetched.

Based on vector art techniques, these illustrations are very crisp and sharp. Cute and colorful too!

Ritsu cover art by Nanao

Wonder how much love Ritsu got from the “K-ON!” fans?

She didn’t rank that high for me but even with her oddball and aloof nature, she was a central pillar of the band, as such did like it when she got her moment in the spotlights in the episode that focused on her and Mio.

Tsumugi cover art by Nanao

Mugi-chan! Whatever happened to the subplot of Tsumugi’s potential shoujo-ai/yuri interest that was conveniently put forth in certain episodes?

In the end it was never fully fleshed out, which is too bad since I would loved to see more character depth for Tsumugi, partly by developing that storyline.

Sawako cover art by Nanao

This last one of Sawa-chan 先生 is nice but not that great, feel it’s less good than the above ones.
Sawako’s facial expression is ok but her body and bosom sizes are rather incorrectly proportioned.

You can find these illustrations as well as other art works by Nanao on e-shuushuu.
The artist seems to have a liking for “K-ON!”, “Bleach” and “Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann” illustrations.

Will try and share some more images later on.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 5, 2009 9:39 am

    Azusa looks a bit older in that one though… And yea! What happened to that yuri subplot with Mugi??? As for Ritsu, she’s always been a catalyst for any comedic scenes in the anime for me ^^; So it was kinda jarring when she and Mio became all serious in episode 11 (or was it 10?).

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    February 24, 2010 10:58 am

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