Peridot and Lapis

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I was at Dakucon (an 18+ anime convention in Colorado) this last weekend and got this commission. The characters are Peridot and Lapis from the cartoon Steven Universe. The cartoon is a coming-of-age adventure story that follows the protagonist and a team of magical guardians that are based off of crystals.

I drew them wearing the same costumes as Haruka and Michiru from Sailor Moon. Sailor Moon. For those of you who don't know, Sailor Moon was a popular show that first aired back in the 90's. It features magical girls who represent the planets in the solar system. It was a show ahead of its time as it openly depicted a lesbian relationship between Sailor Neptune (Michiru) and Sailor Uranus (Haruka). However, in the english dub, this was unfortunately censored and the characters were presented as "cousins."

Process

Sketch

I started this image off with a rough sketch of the characters.

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Lines

I normally don't ink images that I intend on turning into fully rendered illustrations. I initially intended on just doing this drawing as a simple lined/flat colored piece. But I really ended up liking it down the road, so I later finished it off into a painted piece. I did this one with thin, crisp lines.

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Base Colors + Shading

I flatted underneath the lines and did some basic shading. I also dropped in a background. This step is where I define light sources and start to figure out what color pallet I want.
peridot_lapis3.jpg

Rendering

After laying down base colors, I merged the layers, did some layer effects and proceeded to the final rendering stage of the drawing. I deepened shadows and started to really polish off the image.

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Final Image

I adjusted contrast and made a few minor edits to get the final version of this drawing.

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That's all for now. Hope you enjoyed the process explanation!

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They indeed look like Sailor Moon characters because of their outfit. You got it very well specially with the color shades. Very good! Though, they look taller and more adult. The Sailor Moon characters look like still kids to me while these are teenagers. 😃

Thank you for sharing your drawing here. It is interesting to see the progress up to a colorful art from a dry black and white.

What software are you using for your drawings?

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I currently use Clip Studio Paint.

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I see. Thanks.

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I think it's great that you dressed them up like the sailor soldiers. Sailor Moon was really bold for its time =).
                     
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I like how you color them into 2 different color i.e blue and green @kytcordell. Seldom artist paint human figures into such color. You have a good imagination and knew how to apply it. Nice try and result is beautiful. Thank you for your explanation on your thought.
Actually, i curious to know why you color them into blue and green? Is it some special meaning or inspiration?

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They are cartoon characters from Steven Universe. The original characters are blue and green. I just adjusted the shading to match the lighting scheme for the drawing.

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Thanks for letting me know.. This is first time I heard on these 2 carton characters. But I like how you drawn it. It look so different from the original version :), you have changed the peridot character. and into sailor moon.

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I like your initial sketching. It looks sweet and erotic.

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When I first saw the title, I was thinking of gemstones and what a nice surprise it was to see the 2 lovely sailor moon characters kissing in the colours of peridot and lapis! That is a brilliant interpretation of the gemstones I think. I enjoyed reading and viewing your art process and I think you are talented. I like the colour choices and shading of the 2 characters and interlacing their colours between their skin and hair and garments.

Really wonderful art commission work, Kyt !!! Love the process and the final picture is so lovely <3 <3 <3

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Of course I remember this beautiful and very popular Anime “Sailormoom” from my past. It was the time in 80’s when we first see it, I liked it very much because it was about friendship and family, they were for each other there and were fighting for good. I like the way you created the Peridot and Lapis, and the scene is really very romantic, very gentle and caring couple. Like the costume, but only I do not really like the color of their skin. I can understand that this is because of the characters who such colors but just do not look healthy :)

OMG you combined two of my favorite series. Sailor Moon and Steven universe. I'm sure that if Rebecca Sugar saw this piece she would be as delighted as I am. Great work

I live in venezuela and I had the opportunity to see Patricia Acevedo, actress of dubbing in Latin Spanish of Serena From sailor moon and Lisa Simpsons. In addition, the Latin voice of Stevene Universe is interpreted by Venezuelan actors. Leisha Medina is in charge of giving voice in Latin to Steven.

Oh man, I always wanted to go to anime convention. I'm just a casual who watched Naruto, Bleach and Death Note...but still, anime isn't for kids! And I hate all people who say that haha :D

You've done amazing work with hair, to show that peridot is actually a guy. I kinda hoped to be both of them girls as I find it hot hahahah :D But nope, your hair work caught me before I could be happy haha :D

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This is something new to me. I've always pictured your works to be consistent with the webtoon you're running. It's good to see some themes outside your usual works.

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