2014: Sailor Moon Inner Senshi

2014_sailor moon

I did the sketch for this one on paper, which was pretty rare for me back then. I remember it being one of the first things I ever posted to my Tumblr account.

Back then, the only senshi I actually liked in this image were Venus & Jupiter. In 2021, they’re still the only two I like. Also, this drawing suffers from the same problem I mentioned in the Draw Every Day in June post: too much contrast between the midtones, highlights, & shadows.

Maybe I’ll redraw this sometime. It would be a good way to see how much my skills have evolved over the years.

2021 Sailor Moon Fanart

In late March, I was playing with the palette generator on coolors.co. A couple of them seemed fairly Sailor Moon-themed, and I saved those palettes with the intention of drawing all the Sailor Senshi using those palettes.


I started with Sailor Moon, of course. This only took 1 hour to complete, likely because I wasn’t thinking about light sources, or shading, or highlights.

Then I moved on to Sailor Chibi Moon & Sailor Mercury. They also took 1 hour.



I still feel like the palette I used for Mercury is too blue.

For Sailor Mars, I decided to do something a little different: no lines! I also used an actual reference for this one.


Somehow, this didn’t end up taking too much longer than the previous three: one and a half hours, instead of one.

For Sailor Jupiter, I went back to lined artwork.


The colors in this particular palette remind me a lot of the colors in old comic books.


For Venus, I actually could not figure out a way to draw her tiara that actually looked good. The solution: have her appear as she was first introduced: as the decoy princess.

That completed the inner senshi. Once I’d finished Venus, I started thinking that I was getting a bit uncreative. Limited palettes are pretty nice, but unless I wanted to draw the outer senshi like I did Mars, there wasn’t any way for me to add shadows or highlights.

As a result, the outer senshi are quite different in style: no limited palette, shadows and highlights, and (rather simple) backgrounds.


Saturn was the first I did in that style, and she turned out a lot better than the others, in my opinion.


I wanted to do something more dramatic with Uranus, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to draw her with her sword or if I wanted to draw her doing an attack. So, naturally, I did both.


I did the sketch for this one on paper (in my sketchbook). My pencil sketches usually turn out to be looser than my digital ones, and I think that helps during the inking stage.

I felt comfortable enough with this one to add highlights to Neptune’s hair. I’m so glad I did – it probably would have turned out to be a bit more boring if I hadn’t done that.


The sketch for Pluto was also done in my sketchbook. I…actually have very little to say about this one. I feel like I didn’t do anything new here.

Nostalgia Time: Anime/Manga

I think the first anime I started watching regularly as a kid was Pokémon. Or maybe it was Digimon Рboth were on Cartoon Network and so tons of people watched them, along with other anime like Dragon Ball Z & Yu-Gi-Oh. For some reason, I never ended up watching those last two. I have no idea why!

Two other animes I was introduced to through Cartoon Network were Cardcaptor Sakura & Hamtaro. I had a ton of Hamtaro toys at one point.

Aside: Yu-Gi-Oh was popular enough that people would bring the cards to school and play during recess. I’ve heard various things over the years about this still being a thing, which would be baffling as this means kids are still playing the same card game almost twenty years later.

The first anime I recall watching regularly was Sailor Moon. I was never able to read the manga – I’m not even sure it was available in English in a non-flipped form when I was a kid – and I was never able to finish watching the anime. The fifth season wasn’t even aired in the United States!

I was finally able to watch the entire anime (in Japanese) when it was added to Hulu a couple of years back. I also ended up finally reading the manga. Thankfully, I still like it.

My public library actually had a pretty decent manga section. I read things like Saint Tail, Dream Saga, Cyber Idol Mink, & Corrector Yui when I was in elementary school, then Bleach, Rayearth, Black Cat, Death Note, and Hunter x Hunter later on in middle/high school. If any of those manga had an associated anime, I’d try to watch it, too – whether through DVDs from the library or illegal streaming sites.

I don’t watch much anime or read much manga anymore. My tastes have changed as I’ve gotten older, not to mention that my free time has dwindled. I genuinely don’t have as much time for entertainment now as I did when I was a kid.