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Aina - the girl who seeks to be loved

愛無 愛くした子


The below two paragraphs contain minor spoilers for the first 2 chapters of SPIN OF FATE; Japanese translation above differs slightly in meaning from English.

Aina was born in the lower realm of Malin where she lived with her mother. Each day was a struggle for survival, as the pair fled bloodthirsty monsters and enemy soldiers, all the while trying to scrounge together enough food and water for a growing child. The two had a a tempestuous relationship; Aina never quite understood whether it was protectiveness or revulsion that fueled her mother's harsh demeanor toward her. 


After a freak encounter with a nagamor resulted in Aina's fortuitous ascension to Mayana, she grew desperate to return to her home realm. Mayana was peaceful and idyllic, yes, but how could Aina abandon the woman who raised her to a life alone facing Malin's many horrors?

All art on this page was created by me, Ambika Nagino, using Procreate. The above image was inspired by some of my favorite manga databooks, and I wanted to try creating something in a similar style. This version of Aina underwent several revisions, and you can see the older (and far less polished) versions here.

This next image was my attempt at something more realistic, although I am afraid it turned out rather generic looking. The skin in particular was challenging, since most tutorials I saw were for flawless, glowing skin. In my head, I imagined something grittier and less perfect, but unfortunately I don't quite have the art skills to pull that kind of texture off yet. I am also not thrilled with the eyes or the scarf, but it was the best I could do with my current skill level. Perhaps in the future I'll have better versions of these, with more dynamic expressions and poses rather than 'staring off wistfully in the distance'.

All images on this page belong to me, but anyone is free to use them for non-commercial purposes as long as they provide the appropriate credit.

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