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….


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.


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.