Manga Mondays ~ Posuka Demizu

Posuka Demizu is a Japanese freelance artist and mangaka known for detailed backgrounds and cute characters. Currently, he is illustrating the highly praised series, The Promised Neverland, which is being serialised in the manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump.

Demizu was born and lives in Tokyo, Japan. He emerged on the manga scene in 2008 with a mini-series for monthly manga magazine Korokoro. He has worked on a wide range of projects with children’s magazine and video games companies. Notably, he has worked with animation studio JCstaff on the series Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo (The Pet Girl of Sakurasou) and illustrated a comic for the popular card battle Orca Battle.

Beginning in 2016, Demizu collaborated with author Kaiu Shirai on Yakusoku no Neverland (The Promised Neverland). The series started in issue 35 of Weekly Shōnen Jump (Shueisha). It follows Emma and her friends who try to escape the orphanage they grew up in after they find out the unsettling truth behind it. Originally, Shirai planned to write and draw, but his editor felt like Shirai’s style ‘didn’t do the script justice’ and would be too hard for Shirai to keep up the quality of both. And so Demizu joined the project. Shirai had seen Demizu’s art before and loved it, but before starting the series they created a one-shot called Popy’s Wish. The outcome was better than Shirai imagined. Neverland has recently concluded three volumes with the fourth on its way.

This first collection of Demizu’s work, The Art of Posuka Demizu, was published last year in Japan. It features many of his outstanding illustrations from his career so far. An English edition is due for release in July, 2017.

Demizu’s characters are undeniably cute but are often tasked with navigating nightmarish landscapes. His backgrounds are complex, filled with details, but his pencils retain a loose quality to them. He combines the details of a drawing using colour; limiting his pallet to only cool or warm tones. He also uses contrast to direct the viewer’s attention, with the most vibrant colour being the central focus.

You can find more of Posuka Demizu’s work on his website and Twitter.

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