Meet Saya. According to her co-creator, Yuka Ishikiawa, bringing her to life was not easy.
The hurdle, Ishikawa explained via Twitter, is "quite high." The CG schoolgirl model needs to contain a certain softness as well as the purity of her age. In short, it needs to look like a real person.
Mission accomplished, no?
Ishikawa works as a freelance CG artist with her husband Teruyuki. Their portfolio (here) is filled with impressive faces and battle gear.
If you've spent anytime online, you've probably seen stills of highly realistic CG art. Ishikawa, however, is making an independent CG clip with Saya. So, of course, this character is slated to move. We'll have to wait to see if that's as natural as the way Saya looks.
Ishikawa is also making armour and other types of equipment for the Saya project.
"Since we've been working on this between jobs, it's been somewhat hard," Ishikawa says. "We're going to give it our best when making it."
No doubt, the thousands of people who retweeted these photos on Twitter wish her luck.