For my nieces birthday, I wanted to paint something she loved, we had our favourite cartoons as a theme for our party. I had Sailor Moon and she had My Little Pony. My nieces favourite characters are Princess Celestia and Princess Luna who are both associated with the sun and moon. The Sailor Scouts are also protectors of the galaxy so I wanted space and the stars to be a common theme. I had the two Princesses attached to string to give the impression that they are floating or hovering around the moon. I also wanted to give the impression that Princess Celestia was making way for Princess Luna to take over the night with the moon.Firstly I had to paint the moon and the sky and later I then added the stars.Princess Luna without the background.Princess Celestia without the background.
Now that I’ve redesigned the Sailor Scouts, I wanted to have the scouts painted together using watercolour. I took inspiration from Kevin Wadas composition of the Sailor Scouts floating across the galaxy looking like Celtic goddesses. Sailor Venus redesign takes inspiration from Greek mythology and ancient buildings, the shape of the columns that held up the temples are evident in the design of the shoes. Because she is the second in command after Sailor Moon and the personal bodyguard, I wanted her to be at the front, leading the group. When I was redesigning Sailor Uranus, I kept thinking rock climber and digger. I gave her straps to emphasise this and sturdy looking shapes in her designs to show her strength. She floats behind her lover Michiru aka Sailor Neptune, always watching over her and her princess Sailor Moon.Sailor Saturn always seemed like a dangerous and lonely character. I wanted her to face outwards to show her loneliness and disconnect from the other scouts, but I also positioned her close to Chibiusa since they have somewhat of a close relationship. Sailor Pluto, the mistress of time soars above the scouts to show her power. She also playfully cares with Chibiusa who she loves and cares for.Sailor Neptune to me represented beauty and the arts and I wanted her to be expressive with her pose. Her clothing is reminiscent of fins and I added the gold droplets to symbolise movement of water.Our princess is of course in the centre with her hair fanned out showing her connection with everyone.Sailor Mercury our techy nerd was the second Sailor Scout to be found. To me that shows her loyalty to Usagi, she’s been there since the beginning (Excluding Tuxedo Mask.) She is also the the techy girl and has a key role during battles.Sailor Mars was the third to be found and I placed her in front of Sailor Moon because of her protective nature towards her. She’s a fiery personality too so I imagine she would be the first to enter the battle.Sailor Jupiter is the power house and the strength of the inner Senshi, I put her above Sailor Moon because of her over protectiveness for her friends. Sailor Chibimoon is care free and fun loving which is why I painted her with a smile and looking upwards. She is beside her best friend Sailor Pluto and close to Sailor Saturn but is behind the majority of the Scouts who love and protect her with all their might!
Sailor Uranus, probably one of the first LGBTQ characters in anime! Known for her powers of Earth, I took inspiration from miners and rock climbers when it came to her design. Using ropes and Carabiners (I think that’s what mountain climbing locks are called.)
Sailor Saturn also known as the soldier of death and rebirth. I wanted to create her image to be almost gothic. It was a little tricky to maintain a youthful and dark theme with her look so I took inspirations from Lolita.
My redesign of Sailor Chibiusa, I wanted her to have similar themes to Sailor Moons appearance, but a lot more cuter! I feel like I made her face a little mature but because I wanted to have a more young teenage Chibiusa!
I have a little friend that loves My Little Pony, I would call myself a fan of MLP so I had such fun painting this piece for my friend!
Painting her body first, and the sky around her. I did this because Pinkie Pie is famed for her curly locks and I wanted to have the freedom of painting her curls wherever I wanted to.
Of course Pinkie Pie is known for her energetic behaviour and love for foods and parties and I wanted to include this feeling in the painting with sparkles, cookies and a picnic mat! Wouldn’t you want to eat with her!
A few years back I had done art pieces for NOISEY featuring Rick Ross, Drake, DJ Khaled and Lil Wayne LINK HERE
I am a KPOP fan, but as KPOP became more an more mainstream and the industry kept popping out more bands and singers and I could not keep up. I became fans of several bands like 2NE1, Sistar, EXID just to name a few. But when I was a teenager looking for celebrities that looked like me, I discovered Wonder Girls on YOUTUBE. As well as Big bang and Girls Generation but Wonder Girls really touched me on a level! The music was fun and so were the dance moves and thats when my love of Kpop began in the year 2006. Ten years later the band have finally ended, with a few line up changes and returns I decided to create fan art to show my love for the group.Sohee, I always called her the youngest member, she was known for her cute persona on stage and her popularity was boosted when their hit song TELL ME came out and she did her aegyo phrase “Omona” (apologies if that was spelt wrong.) She left the group in 2014 to pursue her acting career and ended up in the well known zombie film “Train to Busan.”
Sun Mi was the visual of the group, model and singer she left in 2010 to continue her studies and once graduated she released a solo song before rejoining the Wonder Girls in 2015 during their revamped period.
Lim, also known as Hyelim joined the group in 2010, replacing Sun Mi. I always appreciated her dancing skills and rapping. It took me a while to get used to her being in the group but I was awed when she collaborated with Ye Eun during her solo period.
SunYe was the leader and lead vocals of the group, holding the group together all the way from the beginning until she left in 2015 to get married and start a family. The girls went to her wedding and it was great to see that they still support each other.
Hyuna is well known for her rapping and dancing and YES it is the Hyuna who released the catchy Bubble Pop song and who later joined the group 4minute. She was there in the beginning of the band but had left due to health issues before joining 4MINUTE.
Yubin was my bias in Wonder Girls and was the rapper of the group, replacing Hyuna. She remained in the band all the way through to the end. In the later years of the Wonder girls, they reached learned how to play instruments for their song I FEEL YOU and she had learnt how to play the drums.
Ye Eun, the longest member of the band and as the years went by, I grew more fonder of her. She started to write songs for the group especially during the revamped years.
I love the Wonder Girls and everything they have done for KPOP, for me Wonder Girls will always have a place in my heart!
My latest redesigns will be of the DC heroines and villain, particularly the Gotham Sirens.
Her ability to control nature and her obsession with it was something I wanted to show in her redesign. She see’s nature as the true owners and rulers of Earth and I wanted to show how manmade fabric is being held up by the plants, showing the strength of flora over man. Of course I wanted to stick true to her original design, giving her orange/red hair and slightly tinted green skin, I didn’t want her to have physical, plant like features.
Stay tuned to see the other Gotham sirens! In the mean time check out my comic GLORY OF DESSA !