I will post the full size pictures and some print dates over the next couple of days, but I wanted to write out what’s on my mind first. tl;dr: series finished, shirts and prints soon.
I am rather emotional about finishing this series. Not just because I was working on these designs on and off for 2 years but because I can thank so much to both my work on this series and to Sailor Moon. This might sound cheesy or even as an exaggeration, but let me explain.
I am where I am today because as a kid I watched Sailor Moon. It inspired me to pursue drawing, to pick it up again, to study Japanese in Scotland, to find my new home there and end up in Japan ultimately. While Sailor Moon didn’t get me my amazingly supportive boyfriend (that was Warcraft and a whole different story), it did set me on the path that led me to most things that define me today.
I started the series with Pluto but she was one of the last ones I completed in the end. I am enclosing the first picture so you can learn from my fail, haha (hey, I didn’t touch the drawing pad for 6? years before that), the second one is from a month later. It was a good experiment that set the tone for the later pieces and inspired me to work harder, and practice more. Since the first one was based on a Mucha piece, so were the other ones (later it turned out to be rather restricting but it was a big help while I wasn’t entirely familiar with the style).
When I look at this series, I see the progress I made in the last years. Every picture was a process of learning and every piece taught me something new. If I put my first finished piece (Moon) next to the last one (Uranus), I can clearly see the improvement. I still tried to keep the pictures consistent and close to each other in style, but I am able to do so much better mostly because of my work on the senshi nouveaus. I still get weird comments sometimes because the art style is so different from the characters’ regular look (or they just don’t like my style), like “y u make her face look like an hombre” and “y so fat” but I just shrug them off now.
I put Pluto aside to work on the characters in order and I was incredibly proud when Moon got printed at RIPT Apparel - it was a big success and many of you followed my progress ever since then. I can’t be thankful enough for your support. Fun fact, I never wear my own shirts in public, it makes me feel uncomfortable, but not my Sailor Moon one. Would I do it completely differently today? Yes. But that doesn’t make me less proud of it.
I had a pretty big downhill about the series once - I think it’s bound to happen if you feel forced to do something and it happens to be the same thing over and over again. It was during my work on Jupiter and for that, it’s probably my least favourite piece. I didn’t even produce a new piece for almost a year after that. I just needed to do different things, and I am happy I did, because I am so happy with everything I put out after that, because they came from the heart once more.
I wasn’t alone in this. I owe a super big thanks to every each of you who got one of my shirts so far or even just liked my art. ninjaink was the one who talked me into doing the series and listened to my endless whining about it, often showering me with much needed artistic advice. Same goes to Sienna (who’s one of my best friends since we met at the age of 10 through the fandom, we both had embarrassing Sailor Moon inspired nicknames at the time!). A big shout out goes to riptapparel for their continuous support of the series (especially Paul, and Whitney who is not just a fan but a screen printer extraordinaire!). And of course, Naoko and Mucha, haha.
I am not sure about my future plans yet. I will keep doing (hopefully) better art, I will keep doing shirts, and some of those shirts will be inspired by Sailor Moon for sure. They most likely won’t be nouveaus tho, not for a while for sure (I might be up for a Chibimoon or Cosmos piece later….. much later), because for me, this series is a whole as it is now. It definitely taught me how to be proud of my own work, something I didn’t think of before. And it feels fucking good.
That’s all, friends.