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.
Sailor Pluto, also known as Setsuna, the guardian of time and also Sailor Chibiusa. Being in a lonely place, I figured she would feel more confident being free hence why her clothing is limited and free flowing but she is still burdened by the weight she has which is the guardian of time. Arrows are a theme to show the power of time travelling and there are also clock themes in her design. Her tiara also shows a half moon and half sun to show that she is of both day and night because time is always constant.
My redesign of Sailor Neptune, I wanted to have sea Goddess like qualities, so there are a lot of tear drop shaped items, and dangling/draping pieces that she wears. Her ribbons fan out to create a fin like texture.
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!
In 2015 I redesigned fifty something characters from popular media, can you name all these characters!? It’s really helped with my technique and got me more comfortable with using ink.#GloryOfDessa book one is now available to purchase at WWW.GLORYOFDESSA.COM also available at orbital comics in Leicester Square! 130 pages drawn, coloured and written by yours truly!!