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Ink work - Biro pen - Migi from Parasyte: The Maxim

Parasyte the maxim movie poster

Parasyte: The Maxim

After almost a month of watching the magic of Studio Ghibli, I felt it would be nice to have a change of vibe. Parasyte: The Maxim, is an anime series which pries into the reason why beings are born into the world and what their purpose is. It shows what humans perceive as evil and it's equal importance in this world.

Creatures of a parasitic nature have spawned on earth to cull the human population to restore balance, since humans have become parasites of the planet. The irony is that these 'Parasytes' need a human host in order to survive. They kill a human by dismembering their heads and then attach and morph themselves into the original head they removed.

Watching this series has got me thinking about what humans contribute to this planet and what we have achieved as a collective. Humans are a successful species and we have managed to take over the world, not as individuals, but our combined intelligence and capacity. As we have flourished on earth, the rest of the planet has suffered. It begs the question, 'Aren't humans the true monsters?'

I have seen a lot of anime series, and Parasyte is definitely in the top of my list. It gave me the satisfaction of watching a good anime story and it also stimulated an internal dialogue of what my purpose is in life.

Feature character - Migi

Parasites normally need to take over a human's head in order to have complete control. Migi is a parasite that failed to get into a human head. Instead, Migi only managed to take over a right hand. This was quite an interesting setup since the Migi and Shinichi (the human host), have each kept their own thoughts and faculties. This meant that they had to co-exist and share a body. I saw the stark differences in their personality and how their mutual respect for each other has developed throughout the series. Migi was on obvious choice for me.

Migi joins Shinichi's right arm from the anime Parasyte: the Maxim.

Above: Migi and Shinichi from Parasyte: The Maxim


Migi posing with his arms crossed from the anime Parasyte: The Maxim.

Above: Movie still of Migi from Parasyte: The Maxim

I decided to choose a less detailed drawing this time. I've been drawing characters with a lot of detail recently, but I wanted to challenge myself by drawing something more 'simple' in context.

The main problem I found with biro art is that it is hard to 'fill in white spaces'. I know I don't have to do that, but then my drawing feels incomplete. It's bizarre and something that I need to explore and learn more about as I practice more.

The drawing

Biro, Ballpen, Pen art of Migi from Parasyte the maxim. Black and white anime drawing by Anna Legaspi Art

Above: Biro drawing on A5 paper. Anna Legaspi 2021

Tools used

  • Mechanical pencil

  • Rubber or eraser

  • Bic Cristal Original

  • Bic Cristal Original Fine

  • Unbranded biro pen

  • A5 sketchbook paper (170 gsm)

  • Music from my Jazz Anime by Anna Legaspi on Spotify to set the mood.


As always, I start by doing a light sketch of Migi and tracing my sketch with a biro. The eyes were the most interesting, so I worked on the details on the eyes firstly. Looking back, that was a good place to start since it had the darkest and lightest parts which made it easy to get into the drawing. I then worked from the top of the drawing and worked my way down since it felt right that way.

I'm practising this technique where my strokes are following the shape of the object I'm drawing. For instance, Migi is a cylindrical shaped creature and his body thickness slims down and tapers on his eyes. So I drew a lot of slightly curved horizontal lines to try and emphasise Migi's shape. I'm quite pleased with the outcome so far and will be practising this more in future works.

I noticed how my strokes have become very light recently and I've loved the idea of building up my cross-hatching. I've noticed that if I've cross-hatched on a specific area too many times, the biro doesn't draw on it properly anymore. I'm not quite sure how to solve this problem, but I bought a few other biro pens to try out.

Up Next

I'm currently watching of The Seven Deadly Sins. After drawing Migi, I'm looking for something cute to draw. So I'm contemplating between Hawk (the talking pig) or Helbram (as the host and referee of the Vaizel Fight Festival).

Thank you for taking the time to read about my thoughts on Parasyte: The Maxim and I hope my art has made a positive contribution to your day. If you like what you've seen so far and want to follow my art journey, please follow my socials or subscribe to get emails when I've got a new post.

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All the best and until next time!

Lots of love and positivity,