I have a new coloring book! My sister got me a nice book of original anime girl pictures that I have been enjoying, and here’s my first completion.
I picked this one to start for two reasons:
- I’m so excited for spring and flowers and nice weather that I really enjoyed coloring this picture with blooming trees in the background.
- This girl reminded me of Sakura from Cardcaptor Sakura (of course) because of her hair and her school uniform, and the trees in the background even look like cherry trees (called sakura in Japanese).
Here’s a close up of not-Sakura. I made her eyes brown to differentiate her a bit from the real Sakura, who has light colored eyes. But I did the hair in Sakura’s color. I’m still considering this fan art haha.
I wanted the background to be very soft colors to contrast with the boldness of her outfit, but it was a bit too much for my phone’s camera and you can barely tell I colored the background at all. Here’s a shot of the cherry trees so you can appreciate my subtle coloring. 😂
I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of the images in the book over the coming months. There are so many cute ones I can’t wait to share with you.
Here is a fun little elf sketch from my high school sketchbook! I drew this in conjunction with a short story I wrote around the same time, “Celestial Balance.” The elf in the story has curly hair, but there was no way I was going to be able to draw that!
Keep reading for the story!
Another Cardcaptor Sakura sketch from my high school sketchbook!
I imagine that she’s calling to some birds as she sits in the tree. The cute little sundress is very summery, and the shoes are ballet-inspired (I was a dancer).
It’s interesting that there are no Clow Cards anywhere in the picture. Normally my Sakura drawings are battle costumes, but this one is just an everyday scene.
I think I traced some of this, but I don’t remember exactly what. I love the expression though; it’s very Sakura-chan!
More Cardcaptor Sakura fan art from my high school sketchbook!
The Fly card is one of my favorites, and it’s one that Sakura uses often, too. I loved that it gave the staff wings, and later the Sakura Card version gives Sakura herself wings in a beautiful two-page spread.
Gosh, I just love her expression in this one. I’m not sure what happened that she is hanging off of the Fly staff, but I suspect one of her friends is in trouble down below. Kero’s expression is cracking me up, too.
In the very bottom corner you can see I signed it “Mei-Mei.” I’ve been going by this pen name for at least half my life now! 😀
I hesitate to actually call this fan art, because it’s an original drawing and not actually fan art. But all my sketches have gone under this series heading, so I guess this one can too. 😉
In any case, I hope you all are getting into the spirit of the season!