The release of my second Fairy Tale book is close by and I put together stain glass window, inspired images to tease the story. I used watercolour and ink. The new book will be called BREATHE LIGHT, the first story being called Breathe and the second Light. I wanted to write a story that would bring comfort to people and I look forward to sharing the stories I’ve written! You can still purchase my previous books and items at www.mikeyespinosa.bigcartel.comThe main characters Hana, Tala and Mayari. The names were taken from goddesses in filipino culture.LIGHT – A story of twin goddesses of the moon who rebel against their oppressive father, god of the sun.BREATHE – A story about a little boy who will either save or destroy humanity
Last year, I visited a place in Cornwall called Lizards Point, it was beautiful to see mountains, hills and a beautiful sea I would never have expected to see here in the UK. It was very reminiscent of the time I went to St Ives in 2009 to learn how to paint landscapes, so this painting feels like a love letter to that time. I painted using acrylic paints.
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.
These are old pieces I did when I finally was confident enough to call myself an artist. This series I call the Emperor and King. These pieces celebrate the male body.
I worked on this painting for a lady who once worked in Washington as a nurse and was taken back by the cherry blossoms that were there. For once she took the time to stand back and pause to appreciate something and she wanted that to be recreated in a painting.
I imagined her looking up and noticing the blue skies and how it compliments the cherry blossoms to create light hues reaching towards the sky. I wanted to create awe and grandeur to the viewer as the branches spread across the sky.
I painted these three pieces for someone in Philippines who wanted to be reminded of the fields in the countryside of the UK. Yellow ochre was my main base to create this image.
The sky was first, I used white to help create a gradient for the sky and the extra white to add clouds .Once the clouds and sky was finished, I added the flora using yellow paint so that the green would not look disconnected from the hues of the sky.
The finished pieces include a small house, a fence and tulips to add focal points.