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Aunt Rita as a shooting star

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It's Aunt Rita from Daria as a shooting star from the silent film L’Éclipse du soleil en pleine lune!
This image is done in the spirit of the Daria end credit sequence.

Rita is Daria's aunt; she is her mother Helen's sister. Rita can be seen in the season 2 episode "I Don't" and in the season 5 episode "Aunt Nauseum." She is referred to throughout the series, usually jealously, or disdainfully by Daria's mother. You can read more on Rita on the Daria Wiki here: www.dariawiki.org/wiki/index.p…

L’Éclipse du soleil en pleine lune is a silent film by the famous French director Georges Méliès, and in it, the original shooting star was portrayed by actress Jehanne d’Alcy. The scene was recreated for the Martin Scorcese film Hugo. I actually combined the two looks together, from the silent era as well as modern recreation, and took some liberties into this end result. You can see the two versions from the films here: cinemathequefroncaise.com/Chap…

I got the idea to use the shooting star in my alter-ego series when I first saw Hugo, probably in 2012. I tried it and failed miserably. back then, it was the art teacher, Claire Defoe, but I just couldn't get the pencils right. I'm really glad I came back to the idea and used Rita.

This is my first time creating an alter-ego in greyscale, but this was done for the Daria end credits several times. I thought I'd give it a try for this one. I also added on some film grain to complete the old movie appearance. I kinda like it.

Pencil on paper. Digital inking, colour, and effects in Adobe Photoshop 7.

Other Daria character alter egos: bloodywilliam.deviantart.com/g…
Or you can check me out on the Daria Wiki: www.dariawiki.org/wiki/index.p…
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Today they are actually showing that "Trip To The Moon" short on the Google Search Front Page.
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This work was selected for the following categories in the  Visual Works segment of the 2016 Daria Fanworks Awards (aka "the Booties").
- Favorite Alter Ego/Crossover (Nominee)

For more Daria fan fiction & art, as well as information on the Daria Fanworks Awards, you may also wish to visit The Paperpusher's Message Board (www.thepaperpusher.net/forum/i…), a forum for Daria art, discussion and fanfiction), and DariaWiki (www.dariawiki.org/wiki/index.p…).
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PrecambrianStudiosHobbyist Writer
Ah, I've recently seen some Méliès work, and this certainly feels most fitting.
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breitasparrowHobbyist General Artist
I love it!  Her face and hair are spot-on, the pose is really nice, but I also love that it's in black and white.  Not to mention, the grainy filter gives it that perfect classic film look to it.  :D