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In The Park by Cloveras

This painting is very lovely both in terms of technique and emotion. I feel the strongest element in this painting is the expression of...

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Usagi and Luna Close up by Aricson

Thank you to everyone that has fav'ed and complemented on my first finished illustration in too long of a break from painting!  I wanted to show off some closer up details of the painting.  If you are lucky enough to be going to Comic-Con in San Diego this summer, this painting will be exhibited in the Comic-Con Art Show along with a few other of my paintings.  If anyone has any questions about technique and the materials used on this illustration, by all means let me know:)

Products, including Men's & Womens Tees and posters/fine art reproductions of Usagi and Luna can be found on my Redbubble portfolio here:  www.redbubble.com/people/arics…

I am working on more Sailor Moon fan art and have plans to do fan art of Cowboy Bebop, Kiki's Delivery Service, Macross and Ranma 1/2, so keep a look out for me:D

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Usagi and Luna Close up by Aricson

Thank you to everyone that has fav'ed and complemented on my first finished illustration in too long of a break from painting!  I wanted to show off some closer up details of the painting.  If you are lucky enough to be going to Comic-Con in San Diego this summer, this painting will be exhibited in the Comic-Con Art Show along with a few other of my paintings.  If anyone has any questions about technique and the materials used on this illustration, by all means let me know:)

Products, including Men's & Womens Tees and posters/fine art reproductions of Usagi and Luna can be found on my Redbubble portfolio here:  www.redbubble.com/people/arics…

I am working on more Sailor Moon fan art and have plans to do fan art of Cowboy Bebop, Kiki's Delivery Service, Macross and Ranma 1/2, so keep a look out for me:D
Usagi and Luna by Aricson
Usagi and Luna
Golden Hi-Flow and Fluid Acrylics on Fabriano Artistico 300lbs hotpress watercolor paper 18X24 inches.  Any questions about materials or techniques please feel to ask in the comments:)

If any of you are lucky enough to be going to San Diego Comic-Con this summer, the original painting will be displayed in the Comic-Con Art Show.

As this is my first finished illustration in many years, I would love to know what you like and what you think I need improvement in the critique option.

Products, including phone & laptop cases, prints, mugs, T-shirts and other apparel can be found here at Redbubble! www.redbubble.com/people/arics…
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In The Park by Cloveras
This painting is very lovely both in terms of technique and emotion. I feel the strongest element in this painting is the expression of the three characters expression that tells a very loving and humorous story: Hotaru's suppressed emotions seemed to have burst in a moment of intense unrequited longing for Chibi-usa, Small Lady, (or I think her real name is Usagi, right?); Chibi-usa's surprised but yielding response incites romance of two bffs falling in love with each other; and Helios's bewildered expression adds a charming fun to the piece (which could be really heartbreaking if done in a serious tone).

Technically your proportions are solid, and the illusion of depth and weight in the figures are well executed. I love that Hotaru's upper weight is sort of pushing Chibi-usa down clumsily into the kiss. I love the body language too, Hotaru's body is stiff and tense, while Chibi-usa is light almost airy with her left foot almost dancing up. The detailing and lighting on Hotaru's dress is beautifully done. I love the bright and romantic color scheme of both the dresses: violets and pinks go very well encircled in greens and blues.

The design also flows well with the girls off center encased by the marble pillars and surrounded by roses and other greenery. Very romantic setting
for a first kiss:)

OK, now for what I would like to see improved in this painting. I really only have two criticisms on this wonderful piece. The first is draping of fabric. Both Hotaru's and Chibi-usa's dresses don't seem to be structurally draped correctly off the girls bodies. I can't put my finger on it exactly, but the flow and folding of the skirts off their legs could be improved, such as a fold or soft crease where Chibi-usa's leg is bending up.

My second suggestion is completely my opinion in terms of style, which you can rightly dismiss and forget if you want: I would like to see is a more painterly approach, and less of a comic or graphic design approach, especially with such romantic subject matter.

Please take a looks at Akemi Takada: www.pinterest.com/RachellGueno…

Takada's anime illustrations are so romantic and have such beautiful painted depth of details, features and anatomy that I would love for you to start to render more in your work, especially in faces and the landscape. This opinion is why I am rating your technique only three stars. If this painting was done in a traditional medium, I would give you a four on technique, because your design, figure construction and color pallet work well and also because I think digital has so many tools to create texture and fail-safes to play with, that it requires a higher bar to impress. Again this is all just an opinion of a traditional artist;)

Thanks again for creating and sharing such a beautiful and fun piece of fan art:)
Usagineckredo by Aricson


Making major changes in acrylic is not as difficult as many artist fear.  Granted traditional acrylic artists do not have an easy redo or history options as digital artists have, but if you know what materials can help to reverse blatant errors, blunders or accidents, you can make just about any correction without any disruption to your surface and your viewers won’t notice any cover-ups.

I asked a fellow artist a critique of my Usagi painting before having the painting professionally digitized, and I was so grateful I did, as she pointed out I failed to notice how masculine her neck looked with obvious anatomical errors.

    1)      So the first thing I did was I went and scoured my photo-reference files to find a better reference material as close to the pose I had designed with my obitsu doll.  After finding a better piece of photo reference, I went back to the original sketch and reworked the anatomy in Usagi’s neck to attach tendons correctly to her clavicle and feminize the structures.  I then went onto the painting itself and transferred the new neck onto the painting itself from the sketch using the old rubbed graphite-trace method.

    2)      After establishing the new anatomical structure in Usagi’s neck, I took a very abrasive  erasure (the Perfection 7058B Faber-Castell erasure) along with a softer Magic Rub pencil erasure and a Sakura electric erasure to dry lift as much of the pigment off the hot press watercolor board, taking care as not to gouge or pillage the surface.  The electric erasure was used very sparingly as the surface was not gessoed.  If I had gessoed the surface, I would have just used the Sakura and then re-gessoed.  After lifting as much acrylic pigment as I could with the various dry lift approaches, I softly brushed off the pigment with rubbing alcohol using a foam makeup applicator brush and a concealer brush.

    3)      After lifting as much of the pigment as I could, I then airbrushed a white foundation to cover the unwanted pigment splotches using an Iwata CM-B airbrush at about 7 psi. I used Holbein’s Aeroflash Super Opaque White with a tiny bit of Aeroflash Luminous Orange into the white to cancel out the cool color shift that titanium white paint does which normally has an ugly greying effect when painted over warm flesh tones.

    4)      After smoothing out the new lights with the Super White mix, I went in with my semi-transparent flesh tone mixtures to re-establish tone, values, temperature and structure. I still have a little bit of subtle blending of temperatures to do.

If anyone has any questions please feel to ask!

Usagi and Luna WIP 8 by Aricson

I am close to finishing Usagi's hair and completing this painting! I am rendering her hair with a mixture of Golden High Flow acrylic Sepia, Ultramarine Blue, Titanium White, and a tiny amount of Diarylide Yellow applied with a #2 and #4 W&N Watercolor brushes and a 0 Isabey Kolinsky spotter brush.

I am sculpting out the strains working light to dark, occasionally adding a little highlight of opaque application of titanium white and diarylide yellow.  I'm not looking at any reference, just making up the strains as I go.

I hope to have this painting, my first finished painting in nearly five years, in a week or so!

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Aricson Tarasova
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Current Residence: San Diego, California
Favorite musical artists: Ysa Ferrer, Yulia Savicheva, After Forever.
Favorite style of art: Magical Realism
Operating System: Windows 7
Favorite cartoon character: Usagi Tsukino, Spike
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Maiko-Girl Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks For Faving CharacterDesign9 Colored by Maiko-Girl
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gnarlygnocci Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
omg thanks for the watch @.@ I HOPE U DO MORE ART WTF UR DRAWING SKILLS ARE MAZIN
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Aricson Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!  I am working hard on finishing Usagi and Luna by the end of January. I will have t-shirts, hoodies, mugs, prints, posters, stickers, Iphone/samsung phone cases, laptop skins, tote-bags and more items available on my Redbubble portfolio of Usagi and Luna.  I will be using a high-res large format, industrial scanner to convert the painting to digital, so the reproductions will look amazing! I will be posting links to my Redbubble portfolio in the comments section of the finished painting when I upload it here on my Deviant Art page.

I have kinda kept my DA page inactive and haven't been painting/drawing for the past few years, but with sites like Redbubble and Patreon, I am so excited to be back creating art that I love and that can also produce revenue so that I can afford to spend more time creating!

I also plan to be uploading painting and drawing tutorials, offering high-res jpegs of my paintings, and other perks to my patrons on Patreon by the end of the year.

I will be painting more Sailor Moon art through out this year.  Are you a Sailor Moon fan too?  If so, who is your favorite sailor guardian and would like me to paint?

Thanks again for your wonderful comments and likes and please keep watching for more uploads from me very soon :)
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gnarlygnocci Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
O.O REDBUBBLE SO EXPENSIVE THOUGH!! but hmm ill think abt maybe buying ur stuff

wow >< i would love to see more tutorials!! 

omg draw sailor uranus!! >< love her
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Aricson Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hakura x Michiru for sureWink/Razz  Hakura is definitely the most badass of the sailor senshi!

You may want to check out making a patreon page for youself. I'd be a paid patron to get exclusive cosplay photos and other content from you.  Check out Sakimi-chan's Patreon introduction video to learn more about it: www.patreon.com/sakimichan
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leekenwah Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
cheers for the watch :)
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Thanks a lot for the watch! :)
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WolfGirl-HanHan Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
I have received your books, I wanted to thank you again, they will be great help.:D
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Aricson Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome. I hope to see you at the 2012 Comic-Con :)
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WolfGirl-HanHan Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
Yes, but I do not know if I can come next year, I wish, but even Anthony's not sure if he's going.:(
Even if I don't it should be okay.^^
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