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Kwaidan is an RPG game based on the japanese folklore.. It is a sigle player adventure, settled in Japan during the early 20th century. The main character, Akira, and his companions, are trapped into the ghost realm and have to find their way back home..


Environment study - Hibiki's tomb in the enchanted forest.


H I B I K I

Hibiki is a spirit that inhabits the woods. She looks like a young girl from a past era. She is an ancestor of Akira and, during the ghost festival, the only occasion in which spirits can contact the livings, she send a letter to Akira and the others asking for help.

Exploratory sketches - Different visual styles of Hibiki, the ghost girl.

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Hibiki - Tournaround and expressions.


Hibiki - Basic attack and gesture study.

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Hibiki - Walk cycle, run, jump.

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TAKESHI Takeshi is a 12 years old boy. He is part of an old samurai family. Takeshi always wants to prove himself in his father's eyes, this is the reason why he is stubborn and ready for action, even when the situation is very dangerous. He always brings with him his katana.

Takeshi - Preliminary sketches.

Takeshi - Study from reference of the character's attack.


Takeshi and Hibiki - Quick gestures studies.

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Environment study - Takeshi's house. is placed in a treecovered area next to Ogimachi village, where the whole story begins. It is the house of a wealthy and very traditional samurai family.


T H E S H I N T O M O N K

The Shinto Monk is the most powerful creature of the forest. Actually he is a Kitsune, a fox spirit that changes its shape in order to cheat the protagonists. The kids meet the Monk at the very start of their journey, but they face the Kitsune only at the end.


T H E K I T S U N E

Shinto Monk - preliminary costumes studies

The Fox cheats Akira and the others, convincing them to defeat and imprison the other spirits in jars. For every spirit they trap the kitsune grows stronger, and once all the spirits are captured she can control the ghostly world.

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Kitsune - Color thumbnail.

Kitsune - Tournaround and costume test.

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T H E T E M P L E

The Temple is very welcoming: torches and incense sticks are everywhere and the monk that lives inside seems friendly and kind. This place is also the final destination for our heroes: they will reach it after having defeated the other spirits for the last fight with the Kitsune.

The Temple - Environment sketches and proportions test.


T H E C L O T H E S S H O P

The Clothes Shop is in the Village. Here Akira and his friends can purchase new clothes and upgraded skins.

Environment study - Proportions and final sketch.


M O B S

The ghostly world is full of frightening creatues: Yokai and monsters that haunt the forest. Our characters will meet them in different parts of the woods and some of them will try to deceive the kids, that can choose either to fight against them for a reward, or join forces for the final battle.

G I A N T C R O W

This creature lives in the deep and woody part of the forest; he's strong but slow for his huge size, and it is an incredibly aggressive tank. The Crow's weapons are his piercing beak and the sharp claws .

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F U T A K U C H I O N N A

Futakuchi Onna - Preliminary sketches.


The Futakuchi Onna is the spirit of a woman who let her children die of starvation to satisfy her own hunger.. She has a big mouth behind her head and she constantly needs to feed her.

Futakuchi Onna - Sketch from a silhouette.

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K A S A O B A K E

This weird creture lives near rivers and swamps. It is spiteful and moody: sometimes it has an aggressive behaviour, some other times it gives treats to the visitors of the forest. As a Mob, it is incredibly fast, but it has no physical strenght at all. It would rather use magic powers such as paper talismans and little but hurtful lightnings.

I N C E N D I A R Y F R O G The incendiary frogs, like the kasaobake, dwells in the swamps, This mob has a medium size, and during a fight it can use both the physical strenght and some magic tricks in a pretty effective way.

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Visual Development of the well-known short story by Oscar Wilde in which an old and grumpy ghost bothers tirelessly a honest american family .


Canterville Manor - Different manor proposals.

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Canterville Manor

The Castle is very old but elegant, with a Victorian vibe; It is a three-floor building, spacious and full of hidden passages and a lot of books.

Canterville Manor - Faรงade study and floors plans.


The Ghost Parlour Bedroom is Sir Simon's Secret place. where he prepares all his wicked, scary plans against the residents of the Manor. All Sir Simon's teasures are hidden in here.

Sir Simon's Bedroom - Various studies and ideas.


Bedroom floor plan

Sir Simon's Bedroom - Sketches, ideas and various objects from the bookshelves.

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T H E B A R T E N D E R

When he was strong and - more or less young, this peculiar bartender wanted to become an alchemist. As he never excelled in his studies he started doing strange mixes of alcoholic cocktails.

T H E S A L O O N L A D Y The Saloon Lady is a nice and exuberant woman. Before being transformed into a (still cute!) zombie, she used to sing for the customers of her saloon and serve very strong whiskey.

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"Dead doesn't mean ugly!", uses to say to herself the saloon lady while doing her makeup. She does not even stop singing! Well, sometimes one of her eye or one of her limbs falls down to the floor, but when you're happy inside nothing can harm you!

The Saloon Lady - Story beats.

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L I F E D R A W I N G S


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v a l e n t i n a n a p o l i t a n o +39 3926928566 valentina.napolitano.banjo@gmail.com Rome, Italy e d u c a t i o n 2017-2018 Master in Art Direction @Idea Academy,

Rome 2017 Advanced Make-up and Beauty @Simone Belli Make-up Academy, Rome 2013-2017 Bachelor in Philosophy @Sapienza University of Rome 2009-2012 Three-years diploma in Comics and Illustration @Scuola Internazionale di Comics in Rome

w o r k e x p e r i e n c e

2017 - Concept Artist at Myth Press for Incubus, RPG (2018) 2014-2016 Comic Artist at Rackham Cafè 2014-2016 Illustrator at Niriides Collective 2013-2014 Comic Artist at Faq Tales for Bad Dreams (2014)


s k i l l s

Traditional media (watercolors, acrylics, inks) Photoshop Indesign Procreate Sketchup

l a n g u a g e s

Italian : mother tongue English : B2 level French : A2 level

i n t e r e s t s

Beside drawing, I love travelling and keeping a journal, listening and playing music, taking pictures of whatever I like around me.. I adore art, literature, philosophy and theatre.


T H A N K Y O U ! you made it this far! Thanks a lot for the attention and the time ! I'll be very grateful for every advice you will give to me about my work. with love,


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Valentina Napolitano - Portofolio 2018  

Visual Development

Valentina Napolitano - Portofolio 2018  

Visual Development

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