Moon wips

Two figures adds a whole new dimension of difficulty! I’m pretty happy with it so far, but I think I’ve spent 50% of my time on it repainting her face over and over. One of the iterations will take, I’m sure of it….

Mars

Red is one of my least favorite colors to paint with. I almost never use it. I think Mars was a bit of a challenge for that reason; I kept finding my paints shifting towards browns and purples instead. Overall, though, I’m really happy with how this one turned out. In the original sketch she was standing, but I changed her to “float” like some of the others do and I think it was a change for the better. I find it hard to draw action poses and “impossible” poses (like flying), so this was a good exercise.

Jupiter

I started (and finished, too, I think) Jupiter the day Jim flew to CA for a meeting. Painting is a great way to redirect anxiety into something productive:


I’m very quickly becoming a fan of painting in the dark stuff and then adding light areas on top. This is a complete reversal of how I used to work (light to dark) which was really a rather bad approach the more I think about it. But using color in general is something I almost never did before I started at ILIAS in 2003, so I can’t be too hard on myself. Learning is a process:

All done! Jupiter was one of my favorites and I’m happy with how she turned out.

Painting these characters is fun: their designs are still familiar to me 15+ years later, which lets me focus on experimenting with colors I don’t normally use. Sailor Moon got me interested in drawing seriously and there’s lots of good nostalgic feelings going into these paintings.