One Piece's creator illustrated a stunning sketch for the Summer! One Piece's Wano Country arc has now reached its climax with the newest chapter of the series, and while it's currently the most intense the manga has been for some time, one of the brief reprieves heading into each new release is the cover art for each chapter. Either series creator Eiichiro Oda uses the cover art to tell a story outside of the main events of the series, or he goes all out with a flourish and full color spread featuring each of the series' characters.
Chapter 1011 of the manga series continues the intense climax of the Wano Country's third act, and while the content of the chapter is certainly intense it's a far cry from the actual cover. Featuring a stunning look at each of the Straw Hat pirates enjoying some soft serve ice cream, the official Twitter account for the series shared a behind the scenes look at how this sketch came to be with a special video showing Oda's process. Check it out below:
明日4/26発売の少年ジャンプ21-22合併号ではONE PIECEが巻頭カラー！今回も制作過程動画が尾田さんより到着！このあと紙とペンとコピックのアナログ画材で作画された完成画像が巻頭カラーに！明日をお楽しみに〜！✨ pic.twitter.com/qw95gYH3B2— ONE PIECEスタッフ【公式】 (@Eiichiro_Staff) April 25, 2021
Though Eiichiro Oda's series is currently one of the longest running series in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, it's also one of the most unique as it's filled with a wide variety of characters with wacky designs of their own. With as much planning and dedication that goes into each new chapter, it's still quite a sight to see even a famed creator like Eiichiro Oda goes through several different phases of planning before the final work.
The Wano Country arc is now at it's climax, and it's starting to look more like it's in the endgame than ever with the newest chapter. But what do you think? How are you liking One Piece's manga these days? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or you can even reach out to me directly about all things animated and other cool stuff @Valdezology on Twitter!