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MTS 14 - Round 2 - Civilian Lost Star by mishihime MTS 14 - Round 2 - Civilian Lost Star by mishihime
You may be thinking, this style looks a lot different from my last entry and you'd be right. Since this is the civilian round, I wanted this piece in particular to reflect the inner side of Iris' character. Her life is drama, performance, art, music, culture, all these ideas embrace feeling and I wanted to romanticize this portrait the way she sees life. This is why everything looks so painterly, like it has been worked by a French impressionist from the 19th century. Speaking of Impressionists, sometimes they were inspired by dancers and painted portraits of ballerinas, so this also ties into Iris' love of theater.

Iris was the Greek personification of the rainbow and I will keep alluding to this whenever I draw her. Hesperides 5, with its warm climate does appear a little more colorful (and has a different atmosphere) than our Earth. However, I'd like to think Lost Star herself sees things a little more vibrantly in her mind. Lost Star is like a prism that reflects all the light and fires it into a thousand different colors. She was raised in a nurturing and caring world where people respect and preserve beauty. The priorities of the people are different from our world. Emotions are not seen as weakness. Art is not seen as a childish hobby. Creative people are seen as useful, because they keep morale up, ease people's stress, draw people together and fuel a physically / mentally healthy society. The stigmas from our world do not exist there, so the people can be bold and fully express themselves without fear of being looked down upon. This freedom to feel like you can fully open yourself up and express what is in your heart would be extremely beneficial to Iris, because her powers (like most senshi) are directly tied to her emotions and Star Seed (Soul).


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Art & Character © mishihime 2015.
Sailor Senshi © Sailor Moon / Naoko Takeuchi
Part of Miss-Top-Senshi 2014.


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NeonGlitterTrash Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
Mishi, I'm blown away! Seriously, this is beautiful!  I absolutely adore the light texture and the shadows framing her neck. Also the whimsical paint slashes in the back are such a gorgeous touch to the piece that I don't know what else to say.
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mishihime Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm really glad you like the painty look. It's amazing that I can even make stuff look like that in a digital program. I'm so thankful to live in this age sometimes. As an artist, I am practically unlimited by the tools I have and of course the internet led me to you too. ^_^ I'll have to show you Krita sometime, you could do even more with it, you're super creative and not afraid to take your art in different directions.
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NeonGlitterTrash Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
I will have to say that it is very impressionist like, and I can tell the difference of it in the last picture you did which is pretty awesome.

I know! It's crazy to how many tools we have and what we can do with them.

Oh my goodness you are amazing, same here, you truly are an inspiring artist and I don't just say that to boost egos. If I hadn't then I wouldn't meet the awesome Sailor Sun and the rest of your pretty original characters.

/Goes to look up Krita./ Oh wow! Is that like SAI? I really like the fact that it has a nice workspace.

I'm learning to push my art forward, you have been really helpful with getting me out of my comfort zone. I like it when people push me to try other things. :3
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mishihime Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Krita is still a bit awkward for me. It's more like Photoshop / Illustrator just with a ton of built in brushes. For my entry I used a combo of Sai / Krita. Sai has a few options for texture on their brushes but it's not the same as Krita. Krita's brushes look like real live traditional supplies. There's everything from pastels to sponges and stuff. It's still kinda unstable on my computer and I have to keep the brushes small otherwise there's a huge delay. I imagine they are working on these issues.... but it's free so it's worth a shot if you want to experiment super quick. Really, I jump back and forth between all my programs and I only really use Photoshop for the end (boosting colors with vibrance, and saving my files, effects, stuff like that.)
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NeonGlitterTrash Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
Ah I see, thank you! Yea, I have photoshop right now and it eats up a TON of processing space. I want to get rid of it, but I am super comfortable with it now that I am scared to use anything else. So now I really want to try get Krita but I am not sure how much space it will eat up. (If I were to download it with Photoshop would that be a bad idea?)
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mishihime Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not sure how much ram you have available, but it cant hurt to try it out. I use it all the time and just consider Krita and Sai additions to my arsenal so to speak. Basically, since I only have 3 gigs of RAM and Windows 7 likes to eat 1.5 gb ish just to run the OS i'm limited on memory too. I usually am okay if I make sure other programs aren't running. If I have my browser, I only have one or two tabs open. What eats up memory quickly is having a lot of layers. I usually flatten / merge a lot of layers together periodically and try to keep the files small.

In case you're wondering about hardrive space, my Krita program folder is only 270mbs so that's pretty small imo. As long as I keep the brush sizes down it seems to work fine even on my old computer. :p It's a little weird to get used to, but it's not to bad. Most graphics programs are sorta modeled off Photoshop, so like Sai for instance, has a lot of the same features and hotkeys. Both Sai and Krita can import PSD files too, it's just not all the layer effects will work (unless you flatten the layer) so it's best to save those for last. Basic layer modes like 'multiply' work in both programs it's just the fancy stuff like drop shadow stuff like that can be a little iffy. You get used to it pretty quick and it doesn't seem to be an issue for me really. :p

Of course it's up to you. Photoshop is a pretty amazing program in it's own right. :D
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NeonGlitterTrash Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Thank you for telling me this! (Sorry for not answering, I forget to reply back!) I am always interested in new programs considering Photoshop's software is fantastic, but it does take up a lot space. That and I always love using new brushes (that way I'm not sifting through peoples brushes in order to find ones that I like.)
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WanderingKotka Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
The colors here are simply stunning!  The pastel-like texture is a fantastic choice for the subject.  Gabi's right, there's definitely a bit of Degas to this!  The pose is so lovely and feminine too.  

Beautiful work!
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mishihime Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep! You and Gabi are right. I totally studied up on Degas for this. I remembered his "Four Dancers" painting from other art history courses i've taken. I wanted a dash of that plus a little whimsical fantasy. This time in Iris' life is really high spirited despite the war and I wanted that to show through. :D
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iLantiis Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The way you improve with each work is impressive! I love this piece!
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mishihime Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! But how do I top myself the next round? AhhhhhH! ^_^
You put a ton of work into your entry too. Four figures? Damn. That's really tough. My limit is like three.
I was actually going to draw Tyche with her face towards the sun and her long hair pulling back in the breeze, but I'm not totally done with her design yet hahaha. Maybe i'll have to take a cue from you and draw more of my characters .:p
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iLantiis Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG four senshi was overkill :X
It took so long to do - I will be crushed if I don't make it to the next round lol
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mishihime Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm pretty sure we're safe ... for now? >_<
But what the heck are we going to do for a "holiday" theme? D:
I didn't write the culture well enough to know all the the holidays, let alone the seasons, or how their calendar works! D:
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iLantiis Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
://// Me either lol
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AutumnEmbers Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Reminds me of Impressionism. I like it. :) is her home planet this colourful too or did you just make it colourful to invoke mood?
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mishihime Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Her planet is more colorful than Earth but this drawing is an exaggeration of reality. It's like how Isis sees things through Rose tinted glasses when she's performing. :D Hesperides has a lot of plant life, so there's a lot more pollination and the atmosphere is slightly different.
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AutumnEmbers Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Neat. =) Is this after she's done performing? hehe
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mishihime Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeaaaa. Although a lot of performances do take place outside, the big play in the story was actually in an inclosed theater. This scene is after the play has ended when she has gone to relax by herself. I wanted to have Sailor Tyche in it and make it more of a romantic scene but it didn't end up that way.
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AutumnEmbers Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Have I seen that other senshi yet? I think you'll have time to draw more later hehe, it sounds like you have a lot of ideas. :)

I'm glad you're doing well in the contest.
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mishihime Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tyche is sketched out here but no final picture as of yet. :3
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AutumnEmbers Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh right, that's where I remember seeing it hehe.
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NinjaFalcon90 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I really like the colors!
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mishihime Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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purenightshade Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
Lovely background!
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mishihime Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :D I worked hard on it. <3
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GabiStar Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
The tulle effect is Degas-esque! Gorgeous!
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mishihime Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The tulle was super difficult for me to make. I had to do it a bunch of times to get it to look right. My secret? I used a bar brush in Sai with a fabric texture overplayed on it.
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MCMXC2 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
How beautiful! <3
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mishihime Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank youuuu! <3
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