Book One of JOJOVELLER contains an exhaustive guide of all the Stands featured at the time of the artbook's publication. Each page is dedicated to one particular Stand, containing a short commentary from Hirohiko Araki about the inspiration(s) he's had for the Stand or for its user.
Each page also includes a picture of the Stand, basic information about it such as its user and its statistics, and a description of its powers as well as its feats.
It's the main character's Stand, so I made it a simple, combat-oriented type. It's designed to look like a guardian spirit. The shoulder pads look like Fist of the North Star? The spiral patterns symbolize the Ripple and the concept of infinity.
I gave it a bird-like head, modeled after a phoenix, so the heroes' silhouettes wouldn't look too similar to one another when they're side by side. It's a pretty simple ability, right? The design might be influenced by Enki Bilal's characters.
It's the Stand of the previous part's main character, so I wanted a departure from the humanoid appearance. Ultimately, it got more scenes to show off, but I was trying to make a Stand that wasn't very combat-oriented.
I wanted some color balance between the allies and enemies, so he ended up green. And, Jotaro mentions this too, but green kinda reminds you of melons (laughs). At that time, I was really into green, and a lot of my illustrations were also heavy on the greens!
Star Platinum looked like a human, so I made this one European armor plus robot. Contrasting punches with a sword! Both Polnareff and Chariot are fun characters to draw. They're classic-style, and highly mobile.
I just had the simple idea that it would be easy to have a fight against a fish-man in the water. I imagined Stands to be a combination of the inorganic with life energy, so a lot of them appear to be a fusion of living creatures with machines.
A gun Stand to fight against a sword. I thought it would be novel to have the gun instantly appear in his hand, instead of being drawn from a holster. Its appearance combines the designs of a revolver and an automatic pistol.
Wouldn't it be scary if the reflection in a mirror moved differently from the original person (laughs)? As for the design, it's a mummified man. I added some mechanical elements so it doesn't seem biological.
Our typical horror item, the human-faced tumor. The design is a modified form of an Indian Buddha statue. In JoJo, you don't need to keep inflating the enemies' strength, so it's easy to add some irregular enemies.
A scary natural phenomenon of the desert, bringing down a verdict of death. It's a great Stand, because you just draw a skull, add some holes, and you're done! Fundamentally, I start drawing without thinking about how the enemies will get defeated, so there's a lot of times where I'm in some trouble because I make them too strong (laughs).
This isn't a tournament fight, so you can have a weak, tiny enemy right after a huge, powerful enemy. I'd say its appearance is something like the robot from Short Circuit, crossed with a tick or a fly.
When you have a Stand representing the sun, I think this is really the only option (laughs). I depicted him as a really strong enemy to make you think the fight's going to drag on for several weeks, but it's all a feint and he gets knocked out right away.
This one has a motif of an African shaman's traditional dress. It looks like it's wearing a straw raincoat or something. The host is a woman, but I didn't make her very feminine so it would be more unexpected.
I wanted to add a pet to the team at some point. Whites and blacks are easy to depict in manga, so that's how I chose his breed. The design is a fusion of dog and car. And, because it's sand(man), I added some Native American elements.
I heard about someone drowning from a cup of water in a wash basin, and thought it would be cool to have someone drown in a desert. N'Doul was based off of Zatoichi. In my mind, Zatoichi is just a scary guy, rather than the hero.
Up until this point, I had only been thinking about various ways to attack, like with fire or water, and it was around this point that I wanted to bring in an ability that could add some suspense to the story.
I thought I could create a cool story by making an enemy with precognitive powers. This was around the time I got married. Not that I have precognition, but I was thinking about my own future while I was drawing this Stand.
I do wonder what would happen if a person became a magnet. It was around this time that I was writing about Nikola Tesla in the manuscript to The Lives of Eccentrics, and I was pretty interested in electromagnetism at that time.
I've turned people into magnets and into kids. Its design comes from the Nazca lines and the opening to the anime Tetsujin 28-go. Seeing that shadow stretch across skyscrapers left a deep impression me.
Modeled after a military robot. The cool part is how it looks like it's half man and half puppet. It was at this point that I started adding hearts to my designs, which eventually ties into Josuke's Stand.
It's a Stand that I designed as a boss initially, to contrast with Star Platinum's color and other traits. By countering Star Platinum's super speed with time stop, we get a battle between two characters with similar abilities.
It's really strong, with no limit to its powers. If Okuyasu were smart, he'd be unstoppable (laughs). He's impulsive and only sees what's right in front of him, so there are blinkers like you see on a racehorse to block the sides of its eyes and give it a narrow range of vision.
I think the idea for this came from G.I. Joe action figures and the like. Anyway, I wanted to make a Stand unlike any other I'd done before. So, this Stand is an entire army that emerges from a single soul.
A suspense story where you're trapped by a psychological attack, in Stand form. This extortion ability puts a lock on your heart. I gradually shrunk the host down so it would be easier to have him interact with Koichi.
Did I ever have one of these dolls on hand? If anything, I was more interested in drawing how tricky its host was. Judging by the screw on its forehead, it might have been based off of the copy robot in Perman.
A horror that's close to you in your daily life. Like Misery, maybe? In shojo comics in the 80s, girls were objects to be longed for, but from the 90s on, there were more stories with strong girls in lead roles.
I made this one to draw a story about Joseph and Josuke, and that's all there is to this Stand. It's a Stand that turns things invisible, so is its physical form invisible as well, or does it just not have one?
It's an ability that turns people into books, so I figured it didn't need a physical form of its own. For the characters that appear in Part 4, I tried to depict only their interactions with Josuke, without clearly defining whether they were allies or enemies, good or evil.
An idea I came up with because I wanted to draw the suspense of hunting rats. I just wanted to make it look like a tool. It's a bit of a fusion between a retro cannon and bones, to give it a creepy feeling.
Its design is a worker bee. If you look at its back, there's an abdomen. You've had those times when you're collecting coupons, and you wish you had just one more, right? I combined that with the image of bees collecting honey.
A cat and a skull... It's a simple design, but I really like it. The design of the gloves and belt are nice, too. When you consider a bomb-based ability, you can do just about anything, so it was tough to work with.
I envisioned a guardian spirit protecting a young boy. The design might have come from the robots from Mr. Mitsuteru Yokoyama's manga or something like that. That's why it's got the rows of rivets and the mask over its mouth, and stuff.
I wanted to draw the character of Mikitaka Hazekura. He's a self-styled "space alien", but it's a mystery whether he's that, or a Stand user! Within the worldview of Jojo, aliens are just barely acceptable.
A tracking Stand. The way it splits up like a daruma otoshi toy leaves an impression on you, doesn't it? Did I have a thing for net patterns back then? It looks like a 3-D object, even though it's a flat image!
When I was a kid, there were these, well, free spirits around. They would live in caves, turn abandoned cars into their personal homes, and stuff. For a moment, that sort of survival lifestyle might seem fun (laughs).
I had the concept of the Egyptian symbol of life, the scarab, and the ladybug is also a beetle. Then, I needed a symbol of peace... so, angel wings or something? It has a slender silhouette, to go along with its host.
Is that a leotard, or full-body tights? Either way, it's covered in vinyl from head to toe. I saw this sort of fashion in a movie or something. It has an unorthodox ability, so it's not suited for combat.
The design uses dots to differentiate itself from Kraft Work's lines. Because it stabs things with its saber and deflates them. I think I put more focus on the Stand users themselves rather than their Stands in Part 5.
They got their name because it sounds like "Six Pistols." Six bullets... They each have slightly different faces, and drawing them got a little complicated. I might not remember them too clearly anymore (laughs).
I try not to give similar silhouettes to Stands that appear together. On another note, now that I look back on it, I might have been obsessed with giving Stands gritted teeth around this time (laughs).
I begin by thinking about the situation. Like, you have people turning flat, people turning small, that sequence of physical phenomena. As for the design, maybe this one was also influenced by Enki Bilal's characters?
With inspiration from Michael Jackson's music, I thought it would be cool to go inside the mirror. This one also has a design based off a Venetian mask. Yes, some of them do have these tengu-like noses.
A turtle is like a house on legs, right? Like, doesn't Gamera look like a spaceship? The pattern on the shell also looks like a jigsaw puzzle, and I had the idea of slotting a special, fancy-looking key in there.
I was going to draw the lower half of its body, but then I thought, wouldn't it be fine without one? In the end, it came out with an unusual design that worked pretty well. The eyes all over its body are because I thought maybe there was a supernatural creature like that...
Pesci showed up because I wanted to depict a relationship between a leader and his underling. Like, "I've got what it really takes when push comes to shove!" For the ability, I thought it would be cool to fish on dry land. The reel is a skull to symbolize death.
This one was also made with a focus on the situation. I thought it would look cool to have a drawing where a guy skates down a road. I gave the host glasses so his face would leave an impression when you caught glimpses of it through his suit.
It was shocking how, in the movie Total Recall, there was a guy with an extra face on his belly, with its own personality... For Diavolo, I thought he would look punk if his hair had a leopard pattern.
Teleporting from one material to another... It was Venice, so I gave it water as a medium. I had the idea that it would be cool to have a shark inside a puddle of water. The design is an ancient, armor-plated fish.
I was thinking it was about time for me to make Trish a Stand user. The design is based on a cat, and I also added arithmetic symbols because I thought it would look cool. Because Trish is a girl, I was careful to give it a soft silhouette.
It's an ability that steals iron from your body... so it's modeled off cells or red blood cells, maybe? And also the Hattifatteners from the Moomins. I discussed whether it would be possible to make a nail out of the iron in a human body.
Much like the idea of skating across the ground, this one swims through the ground. The Stand covers the body like a wetsuit, and the surface is covered with scales so it can move through the ground more easily.
Mozart began writing his Requiem when he got a commission from a mysterious visitor. Here, we have a pitch-black messenger, creating an image of death. The visitor's gender remains a mystery, so I gave the Stand an androgynous fashion.
Just an evolved version of Gold Experience's design. It retains some points from the original design, while also bearing the arrow. Also, it's kinda like a flower that's grown up and bloomed... so maybe that's why its head is opened up too (laughs).
The story of Michaelangelo influenced me. He didn't plan out his sculptures as he carved, he saw a figure that was already inside the rock. It was nice how the story ended on a trailing note, wasn't it?
There's more focus on how Jolyne has to tear her body apart to fight than on the design. For its fashions, I tried to keep it from looking like any previous Stand. I like the python-patterned shoulder pads!
Kind of looks like Pocoloco's Stand from Part 7, doesn't it? Like, it's someone you can make small talk with when you're lonely. I think its design is a mummified monkey. I really like the hairband that its host, Gwess, wears.
I heard about a child being born in a women's prison, and thought I maybe I'd be able to do a story about that. I believe that in this year, the Chicago Cubs won a regional game, which is why Emporio is a baseball kid.
Designed to look like a sort of plant. There's a plant that looks like this and flies around. It grows in the tropics, so it's pretty large and fluffy. Then, I modified it to seem more like a satellite or stealth fighter.
The symbols representing the bases in DNA, and my image of an executioner. Digital media had become standard, so it extracts large amounts of information as disks. I really like its design, and Pucci's as well.
Sticks Kiss's stickers onto things... That's all (laughs). Again, I was careful not to make the Stand's silhouette too similar to those of her allies. Ermes's position in the story is kinda like a female version of Polnareff.
I needed to lift someone up to make them commit suicide, and I thought it would be cooler to use propellers instead of rope. Characters in JoJo are generally optimistic, but this guy's optimistic about attempting suicide (laughs).
It looks more like a mutant or a space alien than a microscopic organism. That design might be an alternate version of Hierophant Green? I just tried to draw something insectoid or reptilian. It looks like a chameleon.
It wears a welding mask. It's a creepy debt collector, so I hid its facial expressions. Miraschon's hairstyle is nice, too, isn't it? I thought it would be creepy to have someone spying on others through their hair.
As the name suggests, this Stand ignores gravity and hops around. I think I came up with this one after hearing the song, too. It wasn't really necessary to make it remotely controlled, so it became like a suit partway through.
This is another Stand where the situation came first... This stand can dive in and swim through all sorts of stuff. Kind of like Oasis, right? Aesthetically, it has diving equipment so it resembles a diver.
It crawls along the ground like a jellyfish, and approaches you without being detected. Maybe it's because I was writing a prison story, but there's a lot of Stands in Part 6 that attack you psychologically, like ones that make you dream or ones that control your mind.
At this point, multiple Stands show up at the same time, so there's a strong mystery element. Its host is just a walking lump of muscle. For the Stand, I thought it would be weird if meteors fell from the sky. That's all.
This Stand is ultimately neutral, and always speaks the truth. Feng shui was a big thing at the time I was writing this. You'd see it on TV and stuff. As for myself, I'm only superstitious at most. I don't believe in feng shui.
Memories were a common theme in entertainment at the time, and this Stand went with the trend. It has a humanoid design that emphasizes the brain, and since it doesn't fight in melee combat, so I guess that's why it doesn't have hands to punch with.
Their abilities are pretty much the same, but each Stand has a slightly different physical form. The Stands' design comes from the giant anteater, I think. I like how the eyes pop out on this one, too.
Something like a mascot character... designed with an axolotl in mind. I knew I was going to make it grow, but I haven't really drawn these sorts of cute and fluffy Stands a lot, so it was refreshing to draw.
I think I probably got the idea for this Stand's design from a native African artwork. The netting over its host's face acts as sunscreen or insect repellent. It's a piece of knowledge he used to participate in the race.
From somewhere in the distance, it launches with infinite range and hoists you up. If it's going to appear from thin air and hoist someone up, I thought it would leave an impact to have winches shooting out of drifting feathers.
A Stand that sprays stuff with a Pshhhhh to let you transform, or something like that (laughs). When you hear the word "spray", shaving cream usually comes to mind, so it became a tool that can be sprayed with a Fshh.
Turning back time just six seconds... I wonder if most people would even notice? Design-wise, it's a Stand that wraps around the body. It looks like the Major League Training Brace, or maybe some sort of tube-shaped device.
When you think about this Stand's concept, it must be that the great tree is the Stand user, and all the phenomena that occur around it are its Stand ability. It has a succession of watchers, and each one of them is named Sugar Mountain.
A Stand where its ability was the main idea. For the design, I think I focused on letting its head have an impact. It feels like a distorted metal mask. I feel like I was picturing plants for the legs... They end in roots.
There was that submarine game, right? The coordinate grid came from that. The words "chocolate disco" keeps getting repeated in the song Chocolate Disco, so the host doesn't speak any more than necessary, either.
The design was created to match up with Josuke's outfit, rather than its ability. Maybe I imagined a sailor's uniform combined with the floatation devices in a lifevest. Its ears have grown a bit longer since it first appeared.
It's got the image of a stethoscope. It can listen in to figure out what's happening on the floor below it. And, its head is a lemon juicer... Well, there's that thing that's shaped like a spaceship. Its host is a surfer, so he wears a wetsuit.
For story reasons, I wanted to make it clear at first glance that it was definitely a Stand and not a human when its helmet came off. That's why I took away its neck and embedded its head into its torso, to give it unusual visuals.
A GPS Stand that shows you the way. The idea started with those bad GPSs... Like, you've had those times when your car's GPS keeps giving you the wrong directions, right? The fear of opening things was the theme for the chapter where this one first shows up.