Mirai Dakimakura Progress
And here is the progress for the Mirai dakimakura. Azami-sensei has done a fantastic job!
I've approved these sketches and sensei is now going to scan and then outline in Photoshop. The outline is called "Senga" [線画] which will give me a better idea of what the final illustration is going to look like.
Once the senga is approved, sensei will then proceed to paint mirai-chan starting with her pichi pichi birthday suit. The clothing and facial expressions are different layers. The whole process will take just 3 days given sensei's other current commitments.
The original size is about 4000px x 8000px at 600dpi. Color is CMYK which is required for print. Once the illustration is done, it will be printed out on paper to check the dimensions and then the data will be sent off to the factory in China.
The factory will then make some samples which should be ready for me to inspect by the 30th of March.
Unfortunately I don't have a say in the retail price of the dakimakura as I'm only licensing the use of Mirai-chans character. I have a feeling that they will price it at the market standard of 10,000 yen. Character licensing is turning out to be an interesting business. Am hooking up with folks at Disney tonight so will ask for more about this industry.
Need your feedback again regarding the dakimakura - lemme know in the poll if you are interested and we will order the first batch based on your numbers. The dakimakura cover should be available at the same online dealers that you get your figures from. They will also stock the actual pillow stuffing too.