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Ink work - Biro art - Napcap, Duncecap, Madcap from Ni no Kuni, Wrath of the White Witch (game)


Ni no Kuni, Wrath of the White Witch, poster, Ghibli Studio, game

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch


As much as I like watching anime and creating art, I also enjoy playing games. When I used to work in an office, I didn't have much time to do both since I just wanted to relax after work. Now that I'm working from home, I can manage my time more effectively and indulge in my hobbies.


I played Ni No Kuni Wrath of the White Witch on the Nintendo Switch and was my first RPG game. The art and design was beautiful and full of charm. This is expected since it was Studio Ghibli that created the animation for the game. I love being in control of my character, 'Oliver'; immersing myself in the world of Ghibli as I level up and defeat bosses. It is an excellent game that required some grinding, but what RPG doesn't have that? I've purchased the Ni no Kuni 2 game on PC and looking forward to playing it soon.

What makes the game interesting are the 'familiars' - creatures that you serenade to be part of your team. The more you grind and fight, the familiars level up with you. There are lots of different familiars that can be found in the game and almost all of them are adorable. It's akin to Pokemon in a sense where you've got to catch them all!


Ni no Kuni, wrath of the white witch, oliver discovers mitey, gif

Above: Oliver, the boy, discovers his first familiar, Mitey.

Feature character - Napcap, Duncecap and Madcap


There were lots of familiars in the game, but the one that I thought was the most adorable was Napcap. It's a mushroom that looks like it belonged in bed since it looks so sleepy and this dozy mushroom is just way too cute. When he levels up, he turns to Duncecap, then Madcap or Nightcap. I couldn't decide which cap version to draw, so I decided to draw all levels, apart from Nightcap.


Reference

Familiars Napcap, Duncecap and Madcap from Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch game. Familiars designed by Studio Ghibli.

Above: Still shots of Napcap, Duncecap and Madcap from Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch


Look at Duncecap... I mean, how can anyone say no to that cute face? Also, Is it just me or doesn't Madcap look like Mei from Totoro?

Madcap familiar from Ni No Kuni Wrath of the White Witch game looks like Mei from My Neighbour Totoro

Above: A comparison between Madcap and Mei from My Neighbour Totoro

The drawing

Familiars Napcap, Duncecap and Madcap from Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch game. Familiars designed by Studio Ghibli.

Above: Napcap, Duncecap and Madcap from Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. Anna Legaspi 2021

Tools used

  • Mechanical pencil

  • Rubber or eraser

  • Bic Cristal Original Fine

  • A5 sketchbook paper (170 gsm)

  • Music from my Jazz Anime by Anna Legaspi on Spotify to set the mood. I also listened to the podcast Serial Killers.

Process

Familiars Napcap, Duncecap and Madcap from Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch game. Familiars designed by Studio Ghibli.

I've done a freehand drawing of the Cap trio, then lightly traced the outline with a biro pen. Since the reference was quite flat and basic, I decided to add more detail than what was on the reference. I've even added extra 'spots' on them for good measure. I liked the way the spots 'raised' from their faces which adds more depth to the drawing.


If you look at image that shows the steps I took in creating this drawing, you'll find that I couldn't quite finish Madcap in one go. I had to jump to the others and return back to Madcap to finish her. The reason for this is because I felt stuck and wasn't sure what to do with Madcap's top head. I find that redirecting my attention to a different part of the drawing helps when I feel stuck.

Up Next


For next week, I'll be drawing Nel, one of the Arrancar from the anime, Bleach. Thank you for taking the time to read about my thoughts on Ni No Kuni 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.


Remember, It's not about creating the best art, but creating art that makes you happy!

All the best and until next time!

Lots of love and positivity,


Anna