This is my first attempt at cell painting. I realized somewhere in the process that no animator in his or her right mind would try to animate a costume with such an elaborate print, but I considered the whole thing experimental, so I'm not terribly worried about that. It was designed to be a still image, after all, not part of an animation. I'd like to do an animation someday, but I'm not really sure where to begin. If anyone reading this can direct me to any good resources or has any advice, by all means email me.
I'm happy with the way her skin and hair turned out, but her dress looks a little messy to me, and I didn't get to spend as much time in painting as I would have liked. I hope it doesn't show as much in the reduced form you see it in here. I also would have liked to do a background on a seperate sheet, but unfortunately I ran out of time.
As with Jinko's outfit, I make no pretense as to the cultural accuracy of this costume. The design came mainly from what I thought would look cool.
I'm not sure why, but I never got as good a grasp on Aoi's personality as some of the others. It's strange, because I'm fire and sun-aspected myself. I sometimes joke that I'm solar-powered, because when it's dark or rainy for days on end I get depressed and lazy. Anyway, for the haiku I rsorted to focusing on her appearance. The words fit together well; I just wish I could have come up with something more meaningful.
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Character copyright Diana, 2002
Image copyright Bridgie, 2002