Super Sailor Venus {Progression Shots}


Super Sailor Venus {Progression Shots}

I will post the full picture of this sometime this week, but I wanted to show you my basic process. For now I will show you my progression that I have posted to Instagram.

I start out with a sketch, and fine tune it until I see fit. Next I move in with fine liner pens, usually a single weight like .01, and ink the entire picture (minus the circle in this case). After that I erase the stray pencil marks (again, in this case, minus the circle) to make a clean black line.

How I do color:
I start off with light shades, and I generally start with the skin. With markers, I always start light and work my way to dark, leaving white for extreme hot highlights. I look at myself in the mirror, or at photos of friends and other references to see where light and shadow naturally land, then add darks to the skin accordingly. I generally add a pink flush of color around the cheeks and eyes, so they don’t look dead. Unless they are, in which case, nix the pink in the cheeks, and maybe add a light green?

Lastly, after color, I go in and touch up ink work, sometimes I add special effects with paint and pastels or, in this case, colored pencils. I like to add thick and thin lines to add dimension and depth to the image, make parts I want to pop really pop, and really, it just adds a cool, graphic feel.

Tools used: Sketch paper, Copic/Prismacolor marker, Micron pens, brush pens.


Games you should Play: Bravely Default


Games you should Play: Bravely Default

I promise I have a good reason for posting about video games on my page. It is no secret that I’m a huge nerd, I sell video games for a living. Recently, I’ve been playing Bravely Default, a new game by Square Enix for the Nintendo 3DS. It was released in the states in February this year.

The reason I chose to post about it here, is because it is one of the most visually stunning games I’ve ever played on a Nintendo hand held. I love the art style of the characters, I absolutely love the hand drawn and pieced together animated backgrounds, and the story is awesome. Visually, it is one of the most stunning games I’ve ever seen. The city of Florem, so far, is probably my favorite town thus far, with its extremely bright, vivid color.

It is also no secret that I tend to criticize and appreciate movies, music videos, and video games for their art styles and directions, so If you were expecting more of a review on the game, I apologize, but if you enjoy a good JRPG, give Bravely Default a try. I promise it wont disappoint you.

For a full review, click here!




OK, I’ve been following this artist for a long time now, and every time she posts I get super giddy because I’m so excited to see what she’s made recently. She has such a cute anime style and just makes some of the cutest character concepts. She busts out several drawings a week, it’s insane. I wish I could pump out the amount that she does in a short amount of time.

Based in Poland, she is predominantly a digital artist, and creates character after character, and has also been writing a comic that she posts on Deviant Art every now and then.

So if you appreciate a good anime artist, check out her work.


Movies you should see: Wolf Children by Mamoru Hosoda


Movies you should see: Wolf Children by Mamoru Hosoda

One of the very first things that got me into the art world was my love for Japanese animation. I started drawing Sailor Moon at the age of 9, and never stopped. I kinda fell out of the loop with anime once I got into college. I don’t find too many gems anymore, but this movie is one of the best anime movies I’ve ever seen in my life.
People are already praising this man as the next Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke) Mighty big shoes to fill, in my opinion, but he is certainly well on his way in that direction.
Basic synopsis: A woman marries a werewolf and bears his two children. After he dies unexpectedly, she moves to the country where her children can choose which paths their lives will take. Human? Or Wolf?

This movie is easily now a favorite of mine and my boyfriend’s. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves anime, and loves a sweet story about love and family.

If you like this movie, and want to see more of Hosoda’s work, watch Summer Wars!

Wolf Children trailer:

Art Talk: My anime inspiration



Today I thought I’d share a couple of the artists that have inspired my art over the years. I grew up watching Disney movies, and around the age of ten, I was introduced to Japanese anime style when my older sister showed me Sailor Moon on Toonami. (She will deny that it was her that got me started on it, considering my following 10 year obsession) When I got into high school and middle school, I met people and got introduced to other anime styles, not just the sugar happy shoujo style that is Naoko Takeuchi. Senior year I was introduced to the first artist, that was NOT anime/manga related, that really inspired me, Alphonse Mucha. My friends did a presentation on him for my senior year art seminar class and I was hooked. About a year or so later I actually discovered that he has a heavy influence in a lot of anime and manga art, as does the art nouveau movement in general. 

Examples of how art nouveau has influenced anime:

Elfen Lied’s opening theme is pretty much an homage to Gustav Klimt.


Full opening animation (WARNING: Nudity):

Ah! My Goddess artist, Kosuke Fujishima:

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Art nouveau is actually still very widely appreciated to this day. My favorite uses of it are when it’s mashed up with something super nerdy.




Art by Megan Lara. Follow her. She’s amazing.


Back in the anime and manga realm.  Images will be posted in order of artists I discuss. I love the art of Fushigi Yuugi and Ayashi no Ceres by Yuu Watase. I love the way she draws bodies and I love her unique eye style. Ai Yazawa, author of Nana, has a wonderful, hand done feel to her work which you can see in her line work in manga pages. That and she has a very stand out style among other Japanese manga artists. CLAMP, a group of female manga artists and authors, are another very heavy influence in my own art. My friends have told me that my style looks like CLAMP, Watase and Naoko Takeuchi had a baby. CLAMP has had many styles over the years, but their most iconic are the graphic heavy styles of Magic Knight Rayearth and RG Veda of the 80s and 90s. Their new style though, with Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles and Chobits are actually pretty sweet too. 


Yuu Watase: Ayashi no Ceres



Ai Yazawa: Nana



CLAMP: Magic Knight Rayearth



^Chobits also by CLAMP

Moving right along, I would go on about manga artists that inspire me, but that would be a novel. Lately I’ve been into shows like Puella Magi and Attack on Titan. If you haven’t seen either of those, I suggest you get on that. 

I apologize for the graphic heavy post! In recent years my art has been most influenced by my friends, family, artists I meet, western comic and cartoon style…I want to be a versatile, well rounded artist, not just a one trick pony. 


Art by me! 

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I’m thinking I might post a marker tutorial next?