“You have truly earned my admiration.”
At Figurama, we believe in giving back to the collecting community by collaborating with only the most renowned and skilled 2D and 3D designers. Every diorama produced by Figurama comes to life through the masterful craftsmanship of award-winning concept artists, digital designers, sculptors, painters, dreamers, and entrepreneurs, whose every move is guided by years of industry-recognized experience.
Keita Okada has won numerous awards for his digital and three-dimensional work and is a legendary household name among collectors. He sculpted the detailed kagune on Figurama Collectors’ fastest-selling diorama, Kaneki vs Yamori, and is the lead sculptor on our highly anticipated Netero vs Meruem Hunter x Hunter diorama.
Please enjoy this exclusive interview with Keita Okada to get insight into the artistry behind this incredible diorama!
As a special bonus to our collectors, every Hunter x Hunter: Netero vs Meruem diorama will include a certificate signed by Keita Okada and Shanab, CEO of Figurama Collectors.
The design of Netero vs Meruem is unique because it is a collaboration between two elements that I specialize in: rough textures and anime-inspired features and characters.
Since early childhood I enjoyed Japanese- and Chinese-styled dragons. They were my earliest artistic inspirations.
Mr. Shanab, CEO of Figurama Collectors, because he has an excellent sense of direction, high accuracy, and very good taste.
The rocks in the background of the diorama are very fine, meaning I had to use a large number of subtools because the data was very heavy. Since it became heavy, I started to merge subtools and make them into one mesh so that I could work more efficiently.
Speaking of working with music: I usually work while listening to the Starbucks Acoustic playlist on Spotify. It makes me feel relaxed like if I’m at a cafe and it’s easier to concentrate on my work.
The theme of the Netero vs Meruem diorama is “fight.” I hope collectors enjoy Meruem in this cool and kingly fighting pose against Netero as they powerfully battle over a beautiful base.
King, pride, and faith.
The most difficult part about bringing this diorama together was the background. I’m skilled at creating organic matter, but it’s challenging for me to create inorganic parts such as metallic bases and rocks.
The final adjustment was to the overall silhouette, as well as fine-tuning the minute details. I knew it was completed when I could feel a lively kinetic motion from both Meruem and Netero.
My artbook will be published in spring 2019 and everyone from around the world will be able to purchase it from websites such as Amazon. I’d like to make it one of the best artbooks available, so I’m still working on it while being mindful of timeliness as well.