Thee greatest Lesbian-Heroine-Couple-of-All-Time: Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune from Sailor Moon (also known as shameless fan-service).
I'm on a massive Sailor Moon nostalgia kick (and apparently it's old/retro enough now to be made into t-shirts at places like... Hot Topic? man...I'm old). DEAL WITH IT.
So if you've never seen the show, hey, that's okay: These two were a fairly obvious lesbian couple (90% of their dialogue contained sexual innuendos towards each other AND IT WAS AMAZING). Other than that they were just perfect together in everything they did.
Thing is, when the season containing these two characters was brought over and aired for American Television, they dubbed them in as COUSINS.
When I first got to Brooklyn, my old room mate and I wanted to pretend we were European, so we stocked up on 2-buck Chuck from Trader Joe's and had a glass with dinner every night. It made tough times more majestic.
Whenever someone in San Francisco finds out I came over from Brooklyn, they immediately ask, "Which do you like better? San Francisco, or New York?" I always say both have their pros and cons. But I seem to be really wistful about things back East now that I've been out here for over two years. Changing seasons (not so much summer humidity!), awesome subway/public transit, Dunkin' Donuts, most-up-to-date-fashion, and great corner-store sandwich shops, just to name a few!
When I was younger, I used to draw a crap-ton more sci-fi stuff. And then I looked at everything on CG Society, cowered, and felt like anything I'd sketched was trite, over-done, cliche, not done well enough, list goes on.
I miss drawing sci-fi things, so here's a doodle of a sci-fi chick.
I'll admit I have lots of favorite plants, from orchids, pitcher plants, roses, etc etc. Irises look so alien and majestic! My grandmother had them in her yard, my mother has them around her home, and if I ever have a garden (and not just a windowsill) I too, would love them in my own.
This film provided an astronomical amount of inspiration to me, not just for creating art, but for living life in general. I remember sitting down and seeing this film with two friends in High School, and was blown away because I'd never seen anything like it in my life. It set the bar pretty high for watching movies afterwards, and I've been a much happier person since!
Hear ye, hear ye, I cannot draw portraits for the life of me! And good Typography? What's that?!
My family is scattered across the world these days. My older brother and his new wife are in Singapore, my parents recently retired to Virginia back on the East coast, and my older sister and I both live in San Francisco (well, she's a little north of SF, but still!).
I. Love. This. Story! Loved it as a kid, still love it as an adult. I was OBSESSED with it.
Loved the animation, the designs, everything. What's there not to like?! It's got a unicorn, and a magician, and a witch, and a creepy king, and a brave prince, and a Molly, and a GIANT RED BULL THAT'S ON FIRE.
Quick sketch-up of a comic.
This was a conversation between my older sister and myself, just a few years ago. We used to fight horrifically as kids, but ended up getting along much better as we got older, so lots of moments like this occur now. Hopefully she doesn't find this embarrassing?
I quit my job as a production artist from a t-shirt screen printing factory back home in Dayton, NJ. I put in my two-weeks notice after I took an internship in NYC for a small Flash-games company. Upon telling my art director where I was going, and that I was quitting, she looked me in the eye, dead serious and said, "That's crazy. You won't make it. You're just going to struggle. There's no way you can make it in New York City." That internship led to me learning Flash animation, which got me hired full-time, and then I was flown out to San Francisco for an even better games job.
There's nothing truly exceptional about these aside from the fact that they're nice and sugary-sweet, but my grandmother always had them on her coffee table whenever we visited. I'd eat dozens of them and swore that the different flowers on each of the individually-wrapped candies made them taste slightly different from one another.
It reminds me of when my sister and I, far too hyper-active for my grandparents, would be forced outside into the small garden behind their house in Queens, NY, to pick all the green beans that grew up their chain-linked fence.
A few years ago, I spent some time in Japan, because the Boyfriend was working over there. We had a discussion about what we'd do if/when there is a Zombie Apocalypse. Come on. You've all had that discussion, I know you have.
Well. I decided, surely, SURELY, this could make a nice comic-short. And maybe, I'd actually start and finish it. So to start off with the characters and what they'll look like, I
ended up sketching out comic versions of Randy and myself. Just practicing facial expressions!
Never has such a serious character/villain made me laugh (and cry!) so much. Anyone that's gone through adolescence can relate to this guy. Aaaaand he's voiced by Ruffio's Dante Basco. BANGARANG.
If you haven't seen the animated series yet, I highly recommend it; it's won a bunch of awards for a reason. I actually refused to watch it for years, and then I had to create a game for it at an old company, so I had to watch the series for reference. The series was great, the game? Not so much hehe
EDIT: Quickie sketches for Runner Ups.
I wanna include Terry McGinnis from Batman Beyond, because, well, he's Batman. In the Future. And he gets yelled at by Bruce Wayne all the time.
Also Sailor Moon. When I was 11 years old, I woke up early, turned on the
TV one day and found out there was a female super-hero that wasn't overly
heroic (sorry, Wonder Woman and She-Ra). She was more realistic. She was awful at homework, and
clumsy as hell, and cried all the time. But she still saved the world, and as a
child (who am I kidding, as an adult too) that's still an awesome
I used to draw her all of the time as a kid. Hilariously, I hadn't drawn this in about 15 years, but I still knew her costume by heart!
I kind of think this particular drawing-day subject is full of crap. Because every one of my favorite books has been developed into a film. From Lord of the Rings, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (Bladerunner), Harry Potter, to even children's books, like Roald Dahl stories, or one of my faves - Bridge to Terabithia. I went through most of my bookshelf with much frustration.
I chose Socrates In Love(spoiler), which my boyfriend gave to me a few years ago when he was abroad in Japan. It's an incredibly sad but honest story about a high school boy and girl named 'Saku' and 'Aki' respectively. This has been adapted into a movie as well as television drama and a freakin' comic. BUT HEY I NEVER SAW ANY OF THOSE, SO SCREW YOU 30-DAY DRAWING CHALLENGE.
This was a tough one. Funny enough, I've recently heard relationships between men and women described best as this: Friendship between women is like a garden that constantly needs tending. If you don't tend it enough though, it ends up withering up and you have to start all over. But when tended properly, the blooms are absolutely gorgeous and wonderful. Friendship between men is like a giant tree. You can ignore it forever, but it grows on its own and it's always there and doesn't resent you for not tending it.
I've had issues with deeming someone that 'tip-top' placement as a best friend these days. Having a best friend should be something natural, it should be someone you admire, look to, and have a great time with no matter the situation. Someone you trust, and someone you will always be there for.
The last person I called my best friend was my room mate from college, Alicia. She dropped out when she realized there were greater and bigger things calling to her in the world, and it wasn't artwork. I can only hope the best for her, and while we have lost touch over the years (my losing her phone number and her not using any social networks doesn't help), I want to treat this friendship like a tree. It doesn't need much tending, it keeps growing, and it's always there, no matter how much time has passed. Here's to you, Alicia, where ever you are, and whatever you are doing.