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.:: Character Notes ::.

Name: Hokori, Sailor Pride
Age: 18
Birthday: June 27th
Color: The 8 Colors of the Rainbow (Yes, 8, not 7 ... 8)
Main Attacks, Labrys Strike: Forms a fairly large ethereal Labrys (double edged axe) which is launched towards the enemy.
Ultimate Attack, Rainbow Fireflies: Summons multiple glowing balls of energy which explode upon impact. Viewable in the image above.

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.:: Artist Notes ::.

The elaborate design of this picture took some time to finalize. From her locket, also the character’s transformation device, which shows the 8 colors of the original Pride Flag, to the gloves and boots, also reflecting the flag, each detail reflects one symbol or another of the gay community.

The triangular shape of the character’s fringe as well as the inverted triangle marking on her cheek, are reference to the pink triangle which original intended as a badge of shame, yet has nowadays become an international symbol of gay pride and the gay rights movement.

The pink triangle is only second in popularity when compared to the well renowned rainbow flag, who’s colors, even though nowadays were dropped down to only 6, were original 8. The colors, pink, red, orange, yellow, green, turquoise, violent and indigo, represented sexuality, life, healing, sunlight, nature, arts, serenity and spirit respectively. I used these colors over the gems in the character’s locket, as well as her gloves and boots.

As a small inside joke, I also placed a set of fairy wings on the character’s back, as a mockery of the derogative term “fairy.”

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.:: Final Comment ::.

There are so many reasons why I personally –had- to draw this picture. I won’t really go into that. What I do want to get into however, is thanking 3 people for being such an inspiration and such help to me.

First off, *iamymai for creating the first Sailor Gay Pride, which is what started this idea in the first place. I congratulate her for her work and thank her for being such an inspiration.

Secondly, one of my bestestestest friends ~whisperelmwood for being so sweet, kind and lovely to me all the time, and for helping me out to correct some minor details. She listens to my ranting about my own work constantly and keeps me going more than she could ever know. Much love to her for everything she does for me! :heart:

And last but not least, the one and only !DracheaRannak which is one of my all-time favourite artists here on DeviantArt. I have watched and studies his art style for many seasons now, and I have to say that almost no one I have come across has nailed the classical anime style scene in series such as Sailor Moon and Saint Seiya (two of my most favourite anime ever) as much as he did. Through watching his work and reading his 2 tutorials over and over, I have learned how to color and refine my work as much as possible. I cannot thank him enough for sharing his work with us all, and for being such a sweet and kind person to me, listening to my ramblings on msn and whatnots!

Big hugs to all 3!

Now before I start giggling like a foaming fangirl, I’ll leave you with the picture.

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.:: Credits ::.

Even though I did edit that text/poem found in the background, I did NOT write it myself. Unfortunately, many people have posted this poem online, both in and outside of DeviantArt, and even though I tried my best, i could not find the original writer, hence, am not able to give the appropriate credit.

I truly apologise for this.

I also would like to credit !DracheaRannak for his tutorials, without which, I couldn’t have possibly achieved the result above.
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For the Vector Colouring Book project.
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support fucking shit
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I first heard about the news over dinner while reading twitter feeds ; A lil homage for Steve Jobs, taken via instagram [link] yesterday ... w/ my iPhone4.

RIP.
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A couple things that do not sit well with me are bullying and suicide...how have I not heard of Spirit Day before today?
I wanted to somehow make a quick submission for dA before Spirit Day got any closer to ending and I chose to do a simple portrait with Hana wearing purple. Wish I could think up of something better :T

Hana © *dCTb
All work done in GIMP
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Gentleman cat is not impressed by your cat facts :iconfeellikeasirplz:
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This is a page from my cover feature/interview in Bizarre Magazine. It's actually an Alice in Wonderland issue, but I thought this one was rather approriate for valentines day too :p

Photo: Allan Amato
Outfit: Jane Doe Latex
Hair/MUA: Johanna Dalemo

(PS The rest of the magazine images are on my site here: [link] :))

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My Website: [link]
Facebook fan page: [link]
Twitter: [link]
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Yay!! of course I had to do a Kuroshitsuji special :love:

Y sigo con mis practicas de Sebas Chan, me gusta como quedo Ciel pero a Sebas Chan le falta alguito ¬¬ jojo, en fin, como es tipo tarjeta creo que se me paso la mano de efectos pero bueno jajaja

Past year special

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More of my Kuroshitsuji arts :heart:
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Tools: SAI, Photoshop
Kuroshitsuji © Yana Toboso
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I've been wanting to make a Squishy Spyro for a long long time, and I just couldn't resist making him a corny-little valentines Squishy for the 2014 Valentines Day Exchange 
"You set my heart on FIRE. Be my Valentine?" Did anyone else enjoy running around and setting EVERYTHING on fire in the original Spyro games?
I hope you enjoy it c:
I'll probably upload a plain-version Squishy later...

Reblog him here!

More for the 2014 Valentines Day exchange:
Squishy Valentines Lopunny: Be Mine by x-SquishyStar-xSquishy Valentines Day Sylveon by x-SquishyStar-x


:icondonotuseplz::iconmyartplz:
All artworks are © Melissa Caruso 2013. Please do not use, edit or redistribute in any way without my permission. This includes blogs and other image sharing websites. Thank you ♥
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//edit: Woah man 4,000+ views in a day
NEW RECORD :iconfreddierageposeplz:


AW YES

Some quick silliness for this Cat April Fools thing eVe

Anyone want this as an icon? :U

HERE
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