Whilst many of the artists have done both game art and manga/novel art. I have decided to break it up into what the artists are most known for. I decided to actually have consistency for this page and have Japanese order for the names.
Visual Novels & Eroge
Takeuchi Takashi (武内 崇)
Type-Moon main artist. He gives his characters aura (which may be light, dark, or both). I of course knew him first for his designs in Tsukihime and then for Rakkyo and Fate. I love his artwork for general seriousness and general light feel that his art has. When drawing I often use his concept art to try and emulate it.
Oosaki Shinya (大崎シンヤ)
Nitroplus artist: Whilst Takeuchi has light and dark. Shinya is a bit darker , and I LOVE IT. Being able to enforce darkness whilst retaining moe elements is impressive
Has also done: only done games from what I’ve investigated. I really hope s/he should release an artbook when s/he can
Characters by him/her that I love: Kaigen! (pictured), Anna
Hatozuki Tsumiki (鳩月つみき)
Eushully main artist: Whilst alot of eroge feature girls in their late teens, it is hard to find some cool art of mature woman. Tsumiki draws some great mature woman. He’s especially good on making slender figures. And in all it makes a clear definition of how the characters behave
Has also done: can’t find much else
Characters by him that I love: Haishera, Selfilia (pictured).
Suzuhira Hiro (鈴平ひろ)
I would be surprised if you missed this name. A female artist who did lots of work for Navel. She has done alot of drawing including some great fanart. I’m a really big fan of her eye-design. Her characters have a nice shine to them.
Has also done: other than games she has done some light novels, notably Akikan! and Ginban Kaleidoscop.
Character by her that I love: Nerine, Melon
Chuuou Higashiguchi (中央東口)
Nitroplus artist and Propeller artist: Getting past the long name. Like Shinya he also does dark characters (face it 90% of Nitroplus game are dark). His coloring is very nice and bold. It was only now that I dscovered that Propeller’s releases have his character designs, which was a pleasant surprise.
Has also done: He has one anime involvement, the art for Mnemosyne
Characters by him that I love: Saya, Riuli, Selma (pictured)
Moekibara Fumitake (萌木原ふみたけ)
Lump of Sugar main artist. I gradually got introduced to this artist. I seriously hope Lump of Sugar never uses another artist than him. What I find fascinating about his art is that it’s very easy to look at and yet so complicated at rhe same time. The faces feel very deep (admittedly you can’t see that with this image I’m sorry). What I love the most though, is that his style has a nice sharpness that is lost in alot of moe-filled artwork.
He has also done: Actually it looks as if he has only done games.
Characters by him that I like: Mifuyu (pictured)
Koyama Hirokazu (こやまひろかず)
Type-Moon other artist. This name may be lost to you, but he has been one of the lead colorists involved in Type-Moon. He also has made some drawings of his own that look more detached than Takeuchi’s art but just as wonderful (my theory is that he got lessons from Takeuchi).
Has also done: First major character design work was for DDD (Decoration Disorder Disconnection) Type-Moon’s current light novel
Characters by him that I like: Arika’s sister, Kaie, Aozaki Aoko (his version)
Manga & Light Novel
Peach Pit (ピーチ・ピット)
Alright, I have only read Rozen Maiden by this group. But I love their artwork for all the same reasons. They have a particular way of using thin-lines and therefore making it look almost as if the character is still in conceptual design (but still l0oks beautiful of course). Their art-style has changed and their lines have become bolder and more defined (which only enhances my love of their art). I love Rozen Maiden cause of it’s gothic design and European theme.
Characters by the group that I like: Suigintou, Shinku.
Do I need to explain why I like this artist. His/her drawings are so fucking adorable I don’t know what to say. Simply, this un-filtered moe. Tinkle draws lots of gothic things (and he has done Rozen Maiden fanart). His/her most notable manga is Tsukiyo no Fromage which I suggest you look around for cause it’s dn cute.
Other things she/he has done: She/he has a few eroge credits. But is mostly known for his/her artbook releases (particularly Duel Dolls)
Characters by him/her that I like: Damn it you’re making me choose?! Ummm
Nihei Tsutomu (弐瓶勉)
An arthitect and an artist. I made post about Blame!. But I’ll just re-emphasize my feelings here. Nihei’s amount of detail in his scenery just wows my everytime. He doesn’t need to tell stories he just shows them.
Suzushiro Kurumi (珠洲城くるみ)
There are few times where I say “holy SH**….this person needs to get themselves a manga to make themselves known”. And that was my reaction to his/her art. I particularly notice the sharp edges he has in his designs. He also makes some very wonderful expressions.
Work she/he has done: No formal published work. Though part of a Doujin Circle. Main site here
Artists to be added later
Sasaki Shonen (Tsukihime manga)
Kijima Renga (WonderThree manga-ka)
Gokurakuin Sakurako (Sekirei manga-ka)
Senomoto Hisashi (AXL artist, Koisuru Otome to Shugo Tate)
Kouga Yun (Loveless manga-ka)
ideolo (game, “Scarlet Weather Rhapsody” and “Immaterial and Missing Power”)
Tsuji Santa (Nitro royale art)
Tips for finding eroge artists? Go to the Japanese wikipedia page of the eroge in question and CNTRL+F 原画 (the kanji for “original drawing”)