Ayami Kojima

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Ayami Kojima
小島 文美
Known forcharacter design, illustration
Notable work
Castlevania series

Ayami Kojima (小島 文美, Kojima Ayami) is a Japanese artist. She has often worked in video games as a character designer and is most known for her work on the Castlevania series of video games with Konami. She is self-taught and enjoys reading shōnen manga.[1]

Style and media[edit]

Media which Kojima has often employed in paintings include the use of molding paste, Conté Crayon, acrylics, India ink, gloss polymer medium, stumps and finger smudging.[citation needed]

Generally speaking, the sketch and composition is laid out using the Conté crayon. Shadows are darkened monochromatically using both Conté and India ink. The color composition is then blocked in using diluted acrylics. The three-dimensional textured aspects in the majority of her paintings are created using molding paste and a palette knife. During the addition of stronger colors additional water and the artists' fingers (smudging) are used to create the glowing gradiation which is apparent in much of Kojima's artwork. Once the base paint is finished, metallic paints are applied with a palette knife. Glows and highlights are enhanced using a gloss polymer medium.[citation needed]


She worked on the packaging artwork for physical copies of the game Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night for those who donated 100 dollars or more.[2] She has said she could "only offer a small amount of time" for the project.[2] The game was released in 2019.


Video games[edit]

Art books[edit]

  • Santa Lilio Sangre (2010) (ISBN 4-87031-923-3)



  1. ^ a b c d Bozon, Mark (2007-01-18). "IGN: Castlevania: The Retrospective". IGN. Archived from the original on 2007-11-02. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
  2. ^ a b Porter, Matt (2015-05-26). "Ayami Kojima Joins Bloodstained Kickstarter Backer Rewards". IGN. Archived from the original on 2015-05-26. Retrieved 2017-05-17.

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