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---English - Rosa
Japanese - Mei/メイ
(Take your pick, I imagine this'll be like that whole Hilda/Touko thing all over again...)
Princess Leia, Sailor Moon, Donut Girl(?)...these were the nicknames I often heard about the new trainer girl for Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 (BW2 for short).
Doesn't matter what people called her, I was more intrigued about the theory of both trainers wearing wetsuits underneath their clothes and anyone that didn't think I'd take advantage of this theory is a fool among men. A FOOL!
Anyway, the wetsuit design is a carbon copy of that Rage Cartoon-thingie someone posted on /vp/ from PokéMemes -- so credit is due to that young lady that photoshopped the outfit, whomever she is. There's no scuba gear in the actual BW2 game however, so thank goodness for fanart.
Some might know that I'm not really that fond of those mouth based rebreathers (Update: I've been told that they are known as "Air Fins" [エアーフィン] apparently - [link] , [link] so you CAN get them in real life, which is kinda cool for some people I bet)
the Pokémon anime and the Ranger games use, so I had Shoxxe repurpose them in a way more suiting to my tastes (he wouldn't be the first to do so either, but at this point he sets the new standard for any future UW Pokémon pictures...) -- surprisingly with a bit of inspiration by Kikumaru Bunta's Nausicaa hentai of all things (Gelbooru searches can yield a lot of...interesting stuff) to design the breather mask.
I wanted to capture Yusuke Ohmura's design (his stuff's different Sugimori and Unno's stuff somewhat...) when I colored the eyes, ranging from full on starry glints in two shots to just a plain circle in the bottom right and of course did the standard cheesy CG background effects I usually do for concept sheets -- this time with a neat underwater effect. Even used different colors to shade between UW and non-UW to give that submerged effect.
Surprisingly, her hair was fun to shade...