Hello there everyone ^_^
How are you? I hope that you're all doing well!
For those who celebrate it, Happy Thanksgiving to you!
Let me also say Happy Holidays to you all, in case I don't get a chance to later!
Anyhow, where to begin?
I have here a piece I've been working on for QUITE some time!
Between other projects, and while other life related things have been keeping me busy, I've been working on this image for several months actually! This is my finished painting, my contest entry for the
In short, the contest for the above group required that the artist draw the original characters created by the founders of this club all together in one image. I began this image by drawing each character individually as seen by the sketches that I posted previously in my Scraps gallery:
I have a few different versions of the girls than simply those listed above, as I altered and tweaked their designs to fit my own style, while also honoring theirs. For anyone who's interested though, please visit the links and my scraps gallery itself. ^_-
As for the final image as seen above, I have here, as a group, (starting from left to right) the five original characters belonging to the leading members of
1. Eiou Mutou, created by
2. Gis Hidaka, created by
3. Anzu Mizaki, created by
4. Toni Moore, created by
5. Kahana Ryuusaki, created by
Gosh, what can I say about this piece....? There's so much that went into the design of it.... @_@ Well, I guess I can say that I began with the very simple idea of the girls having a sort of Conga Line type pose. From there, I decided to put them all in evening wear, which added a new challenge to the image!
Using various fashion catalogs, I designed dresses for each of the girls. I wanted to do so by using colors often associated with the original creators designs, while also keeping each dress design unique. I also wanted to be careful not to use the same colors within the gowns in order to make each girl stand out individually.
Starting with Eiou Mutou, I decided to keep her in dark colors, as seen by the images that I used as reference. However, I wanted to add some pink, which was seen in her hair as well as various blouses that I'd seen her wear too. I continued this trend with pink accessories and ribbons.
Next up was Gis Hidaka! It was a tough choice narrowing down a color for her, but I thought she'd look stunning in red, which would match nicely with her curly locks (curls that I added for this special occasion mind you!
) I'd seen Gis in red previously in her own work, and I always thought she looked her very best in such a color.
I also added some gold trimming to the dress to match her golden/ruby accessories!
Following her is Anzu Mizaki! I also had a bit of trouble narrowing down a color scheme for this character. She too was often seen in reds and black, which I didn't want to reuse so instead I opted for the pinks and whites seen in some of her earlier designs. However I didn't want her dress to be TOO white as I didn't want her blending into the curtains.
So instead I choose to make her dress a very very pale pink, mixed with white and pink trimming. And since she always wore black within her outfits, I at least added a touch of black within her beaded hair clips, bracelet, and the matching beads on her dress. Since this is a special occasion, I also curled her hair, so that her usually slightly longer looks were a bit tighter as it framed her face.
Moving along, I have Antoinette (Toni) Moore. Once again I opted not to use black, a color that she has also been seen in, for the reasons I have already stated. In addition, her hair (which I also wanted to curl!
) is black anyway, so I didn't want her blending into a dress design of the same color.
Though Toni is often seen in yellow, I took a few liberties this time, and decided to put her in a golden brown dress that matches her eyes. I felt that doing so would go nicely with her complexion as well. However, I did add a lighter gold trimming to her gown which is a bit of an homage to the usual yellowish gold color of her attire. This is also topped with matching accessories.
And finally I have Kahana Ryuusaki. Seeing that she too was often seen in red and white, I decided to use the new "Dark Magician Girl" outfit color scheme that this character has been seen in, in her own artwork. The creator herself, as well as
referred to it as a "Chocolate Raspberry" color palette, so I decided to borrow this idea for this dress design. The dress itself is similar to the pinkish color seen in the creator's image, while her scarf has that chocolate-y brownish color to it. Of course this is topped with matching ribbons within the dress and her hair as well!
Since I was spending SO much time on the girls themselves, I opted for a simple background this time. I originally wanted to just put them near some fancy curtains but I wonder now if maybe it looks more like a stage??
had mentioned to me that the girls look as if they were competing in a beauty pageant, so I guess the background can be open to interpretation!
I did want to be sure to use a color that wasn't in the dress designs, so I chose a bright purple, with some white fabric mixed in.
Well everyone, I guess that just about does it! I hope you like the image and I especially hope that the creators enjoy the piece as well! It was an honor designing this for you and for all of your fans!
As always the piece was hand painted, using opaque water color paints! Take care now, everyone!