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'96 "Rei Ayanami in plugsuit" sketch by AdamWarren '96 "Rei Ayanami in plugsuit" sketch by AdamWarren
As the latest part of my effort to post a new (to you) piece every (week)day, here's a very old sketch of Evangelion's iconic Rei Ayanami, drawn circa '96 for inclusion in a long-ago dojiinshi "Sketchbook" of mine put together by very kind friend of mine. For a sketch from the Olden Days of Yore, it's not bad, really; most of my random drawings from that timeframe have held up rather less well, I have to admit.

Medium (I'm guessing, here): 2B lead, probably—as the original's much more lightly penciled than my modern-era sketches, which usually feature 3B or 4B—on linen-finish cardstock, definitely.

BTW, here's the front cover [link] and back cover [link] from the ol' dojinshi.
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:iconlemutantdistrict:
LeMutantDistrict Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
She's an ugly cunt asuka's better
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FeMaCaRo Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing indeed :o
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GarrettByers Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013   General Artist
Always one of my all time favorite drawings of yours! From the pose to the subtle lighting this piece still amazes and inspires me! :D
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Jessica-Lorraine-Z Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
I love Rei <3 This is such a cute interpretation of her ^.^
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anti-tanX Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
fantastic, I love it. You're the greatest.
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Anguiad Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
I really dig how you blend your style with the traditional manga style.

Oh, and I love Rei :D
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Artist-Azar Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
1996? Amazing.
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inu-sessh Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
I never thought I'd see you do something anime-styled. It looks good! :3
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chuquin Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow is amazing.. rei in your style....
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DarkerEve Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
The classics never die, great work on Rei :love:
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CodyMau Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
The detail you put into the plug suit itself really stand out, really looks like your style but I can tell it's Rei. Nice work.
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blackleathergod Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
love the shading.
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PsychoAndy Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
I miss when you drew noses like this. Fantastic work, sir!
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Thornblade Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
just love how you draw faces man
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Psycho-Dragon-Girl Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Student Artist
I love her feet...I don't know why...they are just pleasing? The line work looks really cool in this pose :D
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develboy1994 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
from who series ? is she beauty
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adony Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Geez, I never go darker than HB; I hate the lead rubbing off on my palm!
Nice line work, great shading, but you knew that.
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antareschan Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember this one!
Legendary, as it is. :3
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ZeroBR Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Nice!! :D
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Kingoji Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
My God. I actually love this.
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Deverefro Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Professional
Daww, so cute =3

Awesome as usual!
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Aplos Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
oooh
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moxiee Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I remember hanging this on my wall when I was a kid.
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Tazirai Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it. nothing else to say but love it.
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Steel-Raven Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
Found this sketch of yours some time ago on another site, still amazes me to this day. there is just something about the way you draw these characters that inspires.
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Agent-0079 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
Love it. It definitely still holds up well today
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Neumatic Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a really great mix between Sadamoto's style and your own.
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Oooff Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
Wow! That is amazing!
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MaKo85 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This was actually the very first piece of your work I saw (back in those yonder days), been a fan ever since :heart:
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Cylor Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm somewhat mortified to have never seen this before.

The shading and light effects are really brilliant, and elevate this from being just a very solid illustration to something really exceptional.
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mandolia Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Those were the days.
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Twinsnake-Coatl Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
Glad to finally have it here. This drawing has always been one of my favorites.
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YusakuJon3 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
   I can say this about the advantages of using a softer graphite pencil: you can really vary your line weights and make for some nice shadow effects in it.  The only drawbacks I can see in it right now is that you should be careful how you handle the page, as any heavy pressure could smudge the pencil and make for a very ugly mess.

   Lovely Rei, by the way.  Definitely has that expression (or lack thereof) down pat...
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RobHawkins Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional
And it's almost my birthday, how'd you know?! Love your pencil sketches like this, Adam!
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RobHawkins Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional
And it's almost my birthday, how'd you know?! Love your pencil sketches like this, Adam!
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HeatherMaii Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
Sooo amazing!!! :heart:
Good job:)
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shanejayell Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Looks good!
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marsbase21 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
:deviation:
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InfiernoWorks Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
Im more an Asuka fan, but this Rei is Great!!!
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michealdark Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
Very, very good!
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o0Kyozu0o Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I saw it in a German magazine a long time ago, when I heard about your works for the first time, and since then I love your drawing style - it's such an awesome mix :DD

Very beautiful Ayanami!
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o0Kyozu0o Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I saw this in a German magazine a long, long time ago, when I heard about your works for the first time :3
and I love them since then :DD

really great work! <3
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jackmackhack Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
Oh man! I've seen this floating around online. Only in nowhere near this good quality or resolution. This is definitely a very awesome find here.


Didn't you also do another B&W evangelion picture that featured both Asuka and Rei? I've seen a couple of old low resolution versions of it floating about the internet. [link] Is it possible that could be the subject of one of the weekly/daily postings?
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Robaato Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I definitely remember this one!
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rudeboy308 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
A great version of Rei herself, plus the lighting really works. Nice work, and I appreciate this new effort.
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Novagaze Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
Wow, your style is more flexible than I had initially realized. That's the mark of a great artist.

Think you could do some more sketches in this style? Maybe even a few of your old favorites, Kei and Yuri?
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jhohcable Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Boy 1996 the good old days............... sort of. :3

It looks like she's showing more emotion in this drawing than she did in almost the entire show. INCONSISTENCY EXPECT A STRONGLY WORDED LETTER etc. :(
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Dasutobani Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Filmographer
It's funny, but it doesn't look like your style really has changed all that drastically in the past 16 years. That's probably a good thing. ;)
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chriscopeland Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Dude, can i just take this time to say that you are one of the most underrated artists as far as bringing ANime Influence to the attention of American audiences everywhere. I think it was around this time 96 or so that i found your work, and as a 16 year old that had become accustomed to Jim Lee and the rest of the American artists, it was you and Joe Mad that really captivated me in ways that i cant even put into words.

THis is just a MASTERPIECE and now even as a professional Storyboard artist and designer in TV animation, i am still in awe of these works and the rest that you do. You are a big reason why i do what i do, and i cant thank you enough. This is an amazing piece and thank you for everything, PEACE!
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Paka2 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
<3
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