Did you watch Sailor Moon as a kid? Sailor Moon celebrated her 20th anniversary last year! Which makes me feel pretty darn old.
I fell in love with Sailor Moon when I was 12: a beautifully drawn feminine fairy tale anime that had butt-kicking superheroes, how couldn’t I? I had no idea what anime was at the time but it blew my mind! It aired on the WB in a morning block of cartoons… I think it was Garfield/Dragon Ball Z/ Sailor Moon.
You can see the influence Sailor Moon had in my art in paintings like Love Birds. All fluff and fun wrapped in a pink sugar coated package. Sometimes I reminisce and return to my roots when painting. Do what you know, right?
In middle school, when I first started drawing, it was all Sailor Moon all the time. I loved the manga, I had never seen anything like it. I would draw and paint trying to copy Naoko Takeuchi’s style: delicate lines, lace textures, and white ink.
I was introduced to art nouveau through Sailor Moon.
That summer I started collecting comic books so I could emulate the style even more. I wanted to be a shoujo manga artist all through out middle school. Inevitably I found more comics to enjoy, more artists and authors to love and emulate.
My illustration portfolio is full of sweet, girly, fantasy illustrations. They are all based on things I loved from my childhood but not as obvious tributes as Love Birds. I wonder if anyone else can trace their entire artistic journey back to the start.