FIRST THINGS FIRST
It's time to let go of these silly rules for myself.
Sailor Moon was a huge obsession growing up. During the lunch break in grade five, my sister, Jenn, and I would race home aiming to arrive at 11:58am, just as Sailor Moon aired on YTV. It was 1995, and I was 10 years old while my sister was 8.
I sometimes wonder if my sister appreciated the show as much as I did. I was a kid with a strong personality, so I often pushed to get what I wanted. From being Player One on every video game, to having her join me as Raphael when I wanted to be Leonardo for Halloween, to watching the shows I wanted during that precious half-hour break for lunch.
I hope Jenn didn't mind it all too much.
But here I am getting sidetracked.
I watched the show many times through as a child, in both English and the original Japanese (with subtitles). How the main character looked changed as the story progressed, and some of her superhero uniforms (transformations) were pretty fancy. The "Eternal" transformation, which is the look of her uniform featured here, is one of my favourite looks for the character.
Once I decided on the style, I began to plan the look of the final image. I wanted a frame, some flowers, and gems all around. What I saw in my head took some work to get onto the blank canvas, but the final result is pretty close to what I had in mind.
Do you like the roses? I hope everyone else can appreciate the time and internal cursing that went into those petals. I sketched out a couple of them, and then copied, pasted, flipped, and mirrored them around the frame. And then, when it came to inking, drew each and every petal on those pretty little flowers.
I didn't want it to be horribly obvious that the flowers were repeated, so I didn't repeat them beyond the initial sketch. However, I think that, for this type of image it would have been fine if I had.
[Insert a pun about not repeating mistakes.]
2020 UPDATE FOR REAL THIS TIME
And then I didn't do it.
It's 2020 now. It has been 6 years since I made that promise. I, uh.. decided it was time.
Better late than never, right? That's how that goes?
This may be the first time I have worked on armour, too... didn't turn out too badly if I do say so myself.
Again... Why not?
It's a bit weird but I had fun with it. It was surprisingly tough, though! I had to remind myself that it was supposed to be quick, loose, and not take me a long time. I started over after spending about a half hour on it, and then tried the next day and completed it in about an hour.
I used ArtFlow Studio, and finished up in Photoshop as usual. It was nice to both start, and finish, a piece of art in the same day.
In February I'll be switching my Ko-fi account to "Gold" and opening up a few commission slots. If you're interested, please keep a lookout! I'll be updating here of course, when it goes live, but the best place to keep track will be on Ko-fi. (And you can follow me there without supporting/subscribing, though you'll need to make an account.)
Thanks for coming along with me thus far. There's much more to come!