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Kinu Nishimura (西村 キヌ, Nishimura Kinu, born sometime in 1969 in the Hyogo Prefecture) is a Japanese illustrator, character designer, and game creator. She is mainly known for being one of Capcom's main designers. Her real name is unknown (as her alias originated from her mother's maiden name) and she is affectionately referred to as "Kinu-sensei". Her bloodtype is A.

History[]

During her first year in middle school, she cleaned up Tomonori Kogawa's drawings for Combat Mecha Xabungle. She decided to pursue art for her career during her second year. While she was attending the Kyoto University of Art & Design, she touched up illustrations done by Akiman (who was a big inspiration to her) for Final Fight and Magic Sword. She was hired by Capcom in 1991 and was one of the first artists in the company to illustrate primarily with Photoshop.

Works[]

Capcom[]

Games[]

  • Street Fighter II - (also for Champion Edition-Turbo): promotional and main illustrator
  • Gaia Master - character designer, promotional illustrator, in-game artwork

Miscellaneous Capcom works[]

  • Studio Bent - All About Capcom - cover, miscellaneous illustrations
  • Capcom Design Works - published by Famitsu - cover, miscellaneous illustrations

Other games[]


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Street Fighter II series[]

Character art[]

Promotional art[]

Street Fighter III series[]

Character art[]

Concept art[]

Intro art (New Generation)[]

Ending art[]

Promotional art[]

Street Fighter IV series[]

Promotional art[]

Street Fighter V[]

Ending art[]

Cyberbots: Fullmetal Madness[]

Project Justice[]

Cannon Spike[]

Character art[]

Concept art[]

Marvel vs Capcom series[]

Promotional art[]

Capcom vs SNK series[]

Character art[]

Promotional art[]

Street Fighter × Tekken[]

Promotional art[]

Trivia[]

  • Several of her illustrations have been complied into artbooks or adapted for figurine collections.[1]
  • Kinu has stated that she is most proud of the work she has done for Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara.[citation needed]
  • She finds it easier to draw female characters. The part that she finds fun to draw is the eyes. She says that everything is decided by the atmosphere of the eyes. [2]
  • She finds it difficult to draw male characters, especially Ryu due to his popularity and feels pressure not to betray his fans. On the other hand, she finds Ken easier to draw as she only has to make him look cool.[2]

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