I’ve started doing a few flashbacks posts talking about some of my favourite pieces from my back-catalogue; first up was my fan art illustration of Willow Rosenberg from Joss Whedon’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer; then Captain Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation. And lastly I shared Malcolm ‘Mal’ Reynolds of classic sci-fi/western Firefly. Today, it’s all about another fan art piece, this time of Usagi Tuskino from the manga/anime Sailor Moon.
I’m a big nerd; you can see that from a number of my wish list posts. I’ve been a manga and anime fan since my early teens. Although my interest has waned a little in the past few years, it still has a big place in my heart.
One of the first shows that I adored was Sailor Moon; I may have been a fair bit older than the target market, but it is a lot of fun, and the uncut Japanese versions of both the manga and anime are far darker than it looks from the outside. (Though I have to admit I haven’t watched any of Sailor Moon Crystal yet …)
After starting with a few pieces of fan art based on live action series, I wanted to create my own version of an illustrated/animated character. Usagi-chan was an obvious choice for me as I knew her hair and pose would be a lot of fun to recreate. I also wanted to play around with backgrounds a little more, adding fun watercolour effects, and felt that as a star field would be perfect for Sailor Moon, this was the perfect time.
Just like Willow, Picard, Malcolm Reynolds and Princess Bubblegum, I’m really ecstatic with how she has turned out.
So I decided to create A4 and A6 art prints, along with a greeting card version with an additional banner of text; "You’ll always be my hero". This is the perfect card to give to a friend who you’ve always admired and to whom you look up to.
I currently have five fan art illustrations in this line of art prints and greeting cards. Sailor Moon is joined by; Joss Whedon creations Malcolm ‘Mal’ Reynolds from the short-lived sci-fi/western classic Firefly, and Willow Rosenberg from Buffy The Vampire Slayer; Captain Picard from sci-fi epic Star Trek: The Next Generation; and Princess Bubblegum from the animated show Adventure Time (though she still needs the greeting card treatment).
And like most of my products, you can also buy the Usagi Tsukino / Sailor Moon illustration on a number different products over on my Etsy, Society6, Redbubble and Art Rookie stores, from cushions and cards to mugs and rugs.