Made lineworks some time ago. Then, when all exams are passed, decided to color it. Besides, this work was a Birthday gift for my Liebe Mutter (but without blood, of course...))) You can view lines here: and process on my Tumblr: [link]
Recently I was so nostalgic about anime openings and endings which I listened to a half of life ago (I was mad about Sailor Moon, Sakura and The Little Memole))). I couldn't resist the urge to listen to J-Pop/J-Rock and found FLUMPOOL. (: So, the first influence is this ---> [link] track by them. It's called "Nagareboshi". Sorry for bad quality, I haven't found it even on English, searched on Japanese... ): Dunno why I like words "Nagareboshi" and "Sayonara"... XD
The second influence - Alphonce Mucha. Recently, after drawing this ---> I'm into Art Nouveau. I've downloaded a lot of Mucha's works and watched them for hours... *_*
While I've drawing a sketch, there were a lot of blooming trees in our country... So, the third influence is nature surrounding me.
Sure, Japanese paintings and drawings like Ando Hirosige's.
I don't even know what to say... I think the word "Sayonara" describes this drawing rather well. XD
This is the work of yours I like. It's a great mixture of art nouveau, art deco, and Russian propaganda poster art, all wonderfully put together.
The look on her face is wonderfull-- this is obviously someone who can be sensual but that you don't want to turn your back on. Her body language accentuates that. You don't have to get to the blood on the sword to know she means business.
I like the way her earrings float -- works well here. Repeating them down her sash draws things together. It's very iconic, down to the shooting star.
I also like the way the flowers resemble snow, too. It helps her embody Mother Russia -- beautiful but also deadly.
But you always want to know what I have problems with, too.
Two significant ones:
1) It's difficult to read the lettering where it gets dark and where the star's tail streaks through. I'd lighten the lower part near the letters -- same color, different shade.
2) Her breasts are too unnatural and round. They look like she has implants. Give them more weight and hang (teardrop and not sphere) -- let them fill the kimono and create a bit of a pouch effect there. A collar bone would also help (and add sex appeal, trust me).
My own preferences: 1) I like the way you pull her hair up into the top of the work, but I think it goes too much on to the right side.
2) I had a hard time following her body in the kimono. It should drape across her more sensually and flow. It seems stiff to me, sort of starched instead of form fitting.
3) I would've put the star's tail behind the lettering, so it looks like both she and it are approaching the viewer.
4) The blood could be a little less -- more subtle.
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