The second piece in my Fan art based series - Naruto:Redux! I've been pretty excited to work on it as it's been something that i've wanted to work on for quite some time. Naruto has played a huge part in my life (as I grew up with it for over 20 years). I've always wanted to see it reimagined as a more mature/realistic/dark/scifi themed world, as if it were a narrative game! The current Naruto games are all fighting games, and extremely stylized, so I hope to continue to make progress on this!
[STORY PROMPT]: Chunin are entry level ninjas. Before a Genin can become a ninja, they must pass the Chunin Exams; in competition with Genin from all qualifying Hidden Villages.
Genin are encouraged to watch each others' fights carefully to help them prepare for fighting each other in the finals. These fights among the young talented ninja of the Hidden Villages are ruthless as the pride of their nation and victory in battle rest upon the shoulders of these young participants. This year's exam in Konohagakure (Hidden Leaf Village), is known to be one of the most treacherous and challenging exam arenas in all the Hidden Villages.
The hopes for this piece was to give the feeling of a battle arena that was made for viewers (hence the emphasis on very large protective glass as debris, rocks, and chakra could easily put viewers in danger. You can hear the generators hum as the heat and humidity rise (of course, as it's the land of Fire; Konoha!) You can almost taste the faint smell of sweat, blood, and chakra as you watch with bated breath your teammates and village opponents fighting with all of their might to do their country proud. This is the Preliminaries Chunin Exam room that sets into motion the characters of the series we know and love!
Thanks for checking out the project! I hope to continue with these as they're relatively small scenes that I can do through weekends without it getting too much in the way of work. Plus, it being fan art and a proof of concept, I can get away with less polished assets :) Cheers!
All credit to author Masashi Kishimoto & staff for such an amazing anime/manga that has been such a huge part of my life <3