Hello again everyone,
How are you? Are you doing well? I sure hope that you are! Happy Holidays to you all!
My goodness, where to begin?
Truth be told, I'm a bit bashful to unveil this new deviation of mine.... but what can I say?
It is, in fact, a carefully crafted gift; one requested of me by my boyfriend
I suppose this image is, in part, a Christmas present, in addition to being a soon to be six month anniversary gift as well. Wow.... It's hard to believe that it has been that long since the two of us have been seeing each other. Part of me still feels as if we've just met. There's still so much to learn about each other, so many places to see, things to do. And yet, in other ways, I feel as if we've known each other much longer than that span of time. Even though I had mentioned him and the impact he had made on me in the journal entry I had posted a few months back (one in which I will need to revise with an updated version when I am able) many of things that I had spoken of then still hold true now.
He is a wonderful man; most certainly one of the kindest, sweetest and most considerate men I have ever known, and I believe myself to be quite lucky to have him in my life. *^_^*
I could go on and on, but I suppose I should begin discussing this rather suggestive piece, eh?
I have slowly but surely introduced him to the world of anime or Japanese animation; a world that I was surprised to hear that he was quite unfamilar with, despite his interests in animation as a whole. I've shown him a number of titles that I thought he might like such as Big O, or The Guyver, and so forth. But of course, I also had him sample the titles there were most important to me, namely Yu-Gi-Oh and my first love, Sailor Moon. Not thinking that he would be truly interested in either series, I was doubly surprised to see that
had taken a liking to the fiery maiden, Rei Hino aka Sailor Mars! I suppose that makes sense, however.
has a great love of fire, (as seen in his own work) and Mars is able to control those powerful flames with a mere wave of her hand! He also claims that she reminds him somewhat of me, but I am unable to see the resemblence in any shape or form.....
Nonetheless, when I asked him what he wished for me to give him as a gift this holiday season, he told me that he wanted me to depict a seductive, yet still tastefully elegant Mars, wearing nothing but lacy undergarments.
I will admit to making some weak attempts to dispute his request.... I had never depicted a female character in such a manner, and I was a bit uncertain if I could do it or even if I wanted to do it; especially given that it was a character from such a beloved series! And yet.... given
's generous nature, how much and how often he gives to me, I felt that I was unable to deny him this. And so I worked steadily to complete it before Christmas and or anniversary this coming week!
To discuss the mechanics of the piece, I suppose I should say that I was initially at a loss on where to start...... In terms of the pose and such, it was helpful to view a number of catalogs, such as Victoria Secret, or Fredricks of Hollywood.
assisted me, also, even using examples in those pages, to help describe what he wanted. Once upon a time, I did portray the character Chi from Chobits wearing a "sexy" nightgown much like the ones seen in the catalogs,
so if nothing else, I was looking forward to depicting the lacing found in such garments. I still wanted her to appear recognizable as the character of Mars, so I kept her Tiara and choaker, while holding her well known attire in her hand. However, as it is my preference, (especially in this case!) I chose to render Mars appearing more as a woman, rather than a young school girl, hence the smaller eyes, full lips, and longer face.
I was uncertain of what to do for a background initially, so after combing through my various Sailor Moon related art books, I found a still image from the first Sailor Moon R opening theme, when Mars posed in a flame colored background. Given her connection to fire, (as well as
's too!) I felt that that background would be simple yet quite effective for the overall feel of the image.
I suppose that's all I can say.... Despite the slight embarrassment, due to the subject matter, it was nice to complete my first painting after several months, and I like to believe that this painting still has a feeling of elegance class attached to it; as if even Mars herself was only eyeing and beckoning towards her beloved.
Anyhow, thanks for looking everyone! I hope my productive will increase in the new year, and for those who are still waiting on commissions, I ask that you please see me through until after the holidays at the very least. I hope to begin work on such requests the moment I am able to! I still thank you very very much for your time, patience and of course your interest in the things that I do! Even now, it still means the world to me! Once more, I wish you all the happiest of holidays! Until next time then!