Usagi Bugeisha

You guys, I am so excited for the new Sailor Moon show coming out in July. A few copies of my little sister’s sailor moon comics were my first introduction to manga, and are what got me interested in art in the first place. I even dreamed of being a comic artist for a while! I’m sure if I looked around, I could find some of my old comics, but I’m not sure if I want to. Anyway, I’ll be at the Sailor Moon tribute show in Anaheim with bells on. Even though I’m not participating, I thought it would be nice to do my own tribute to Usagi and the series that got me started.

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Sailor Moon as an Onna bugeisha, or female samurai. I went back a little later and added some gold accents. She’s completely painted in ink, with a few gouache touch-ups. The more freedom I give myself to mix colors, the easier painting with ink becomes. I wanted to emulate some of the lines and shapes found in old woodblock prints of warriors.

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Edit: I’ve had a few inquiries, so I’ve made the original painting and prints available in my Etsy shop.

 

 

10 Comments

  1. I love everything about this illustration.

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  2. Love it! I definitely think the gold accents add to the success of the piece. What paint medium do you use?

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    1. Thank you! I mainly use Winsor & Newton calligraphy ink, occasionally mixed with Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bombay India ink. And small touch-ups in gouache from a student set I’ve had for a few years.

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      1. Wow! I use ink too but I have nowhere near the control over it as you do in terms of achieving tonal range. I’m very impressed.

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      2. I’ve definitely been forcing myself to practice over the last few months!

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      3. Well I’m just an amateur artist but one with decades’ of experience and I’m definitely impressed. I love your style as I also draw in quite a graphic, “cartoon” / illustration style (not sure how to describe it so I’m using words people have used about my drawings). I look forward to seeing what you do next.

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  3. This is lovely.

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  4. This is the coolest thing!!

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  5. love this – your painting is so neat! major jelly

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