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Princess of Strategy by Delight046 Princess of Strategy by Delight046
Done with 92% watercolor, 5% acrylic, and 3% colored lead...of some kind.

This picture was 99% done last week, but I put off uploading it because LIFE and RESPONSIBILITY dictated that I do other things...like mow grass before it rained again. I tweaked it to be passable today, and decided to upload it. :)

I wasnt expecting to do a mercury picture so soon, but hey even I can surprise myself. I had a love hate relationship with that chess board though. I used to play chess in highschool, but discontinued when I got to college due to lack of time....so seeing tuxedo mask in a "check" is kinda amusing to me. The placement of all the evil queens on the chess board still irks me visually, but meh whatever...I know for the next time I draw a chess board.....

Other Talented Princesses I've done...
Princess of Music by Delight046 Princess of Astronomy by Delight046 
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moonlitinuyasha1985 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2017
She does come up with good strategies. :D
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shinjiasuka4ever Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Great symbolism here, love her dress!
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rachelillustrates Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Love her expression and the symbolism in the chess pieces :aww:
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Delight046 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Professional General Artist
:D Thanks!

I like most of em too! ^^
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rachelillustrates Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Welcome! :)
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PureForestGuardian Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015
Awesome!!! And I absolutely love the chess pieces - very clever!!! :D

Great job! ^^
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Moon-Shadow-1985 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015
You know, I would have pegged Princess Pallas as the 'Princess of Strategy', and Princess Mercury as the 'Princess of Intellect', as Hermes/Mercury was the god of intellect, wit & cunning, and Athena "Pallas Athene"/Minerva was the goddess of war and wisdom. 

What do you think? 

P.S.:  Who do you have planned next in your "Princess of..." series? 

:)
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Delight046 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Professional General Artist
I actually view Mercury as a really intelligent and smart character, thats capable of coming up with a plan B in the event plan A fails. She has the analytical mind to do so. I guess I didnt really pay as much of attention to Pallas for her wisdom in war/battle...but I understand why you would peg her as a Princess of Intellect rather than Strategy. ^^

For the princess series, It looks like Princess Venus will be next (she's 79% done). Jupiter is sketched, so I'll probably start on her next or as Venus is drying.

I may be MIA for awhile. I have....one...two... *counts on fingers* 4 non-sailormoon projects that need to be completed by the 16th of July (or earlier), and they are ALL large projects. One of them is 70% done, the other 3 I haven't started yet, so I'm going to be spending the next week or two (depends how fast I can make the paint fly) working on those projects. 

I'll still check DA, but may not upload things for a little while. :/
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Moon-Shadow-1985 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015
I wish you good luck & swift progress. 

How is Ninja Kitty & co.? 

:)
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Delight046 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Professional General Artist
Well I'll try for swift progress. My health seems to like to get in the way. Been kinda sick with some bug. ):

Ninja kitty & co are well. Little Marble calico kitty hasnt been feeling the best (I'm not sure if she's having a period, or miscarrying), so I've been babying her, Ninja Kitty, and Ninja Kitties mom with canned cat food....which makes all of them happier.
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Moon-Shadow-1985 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015
I hope she's feeling well soon. 

Over here, we've been enjoying lightning storms.  Three in one day.  (two thumbs-up). 

:)
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Delight046 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
She is feeling better. But she's soo hungry for affection, that it can be kinda annoying. She even lets me carry her long distances (cuddles/pets) because she wants attention so bad. Marble is such a sweetie tho.

Except she was naughty the other day and killed a baby robin just because it moved...and didnt bother to eat it. :<


The weather here has been pretty nice....which is uncommon for July, but it's great to have cooler weather, instead of "Turn on the AC because it's too hot!". ^^
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Moon-Shadow-1985 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015
Back on Sunday, my mother & I were at my little brother's, with a fridge and freezer's worth of food for him, and stuff for his cat, Mr. Cat.  I also bought a tube of bubble blowing mix with glycerine in it so they don't just pop.  And the big tom cat proves to be quite the scaredy-cat.  Maybe you could get some to entertain your cats, too... 

Hope that Marble starts behaving soon. 

And we have had two more thunder/lightning storms, but I am still wishing for the ones back one Wednesday, they were epic. 

:)
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Delight046 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
I've considered it, but these kitties are outdoor kittehs, soo whatever I give them has to either be biodegradable, or something I can easily find. Actually there is a cat toy outside, but none of the kitty's play with it. :/ I would put white rubber mouse outside, but I dont know if I would ever see it again....
I'll keep thinking of ways to entertain the kitties. Maybe make catnip babies or something and see if it affects them.

Do you get thunder/lightning storms in England often? When traveled to Oregon about 10 years ago, they had a major electrical storm and my aunt/cousins were freaked out, because they normally do not have storms like that at their altitude (can be considered more dangerous because of the mountainous area).

In Iowa we get electrical storms fairly often in spring to early fall, so it's kinda no big deal...except we have to pay attention to severe thunderstorms that can turn into tornadoes. ^^

Actually a long time ago, I managed to snag an awesome picture of lightning (I've tried since then and none can match the beauty of this picture).
.: Lightning is awesome :. by Delight046
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Moon-Shadow-1985 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015
How come she's not been sorted into a Gallery folder, yet? 

:)
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Delight046 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Professional General Artist
I havent been on my laptop computer for a couple of days, and I haven't figured out how to move thkngs via DA mobile app either.

Eventually, get to moving her to a folder. Promise. :)
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Moon-Shadow-1985 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015
I just thought that was odd for you to have just left it there... 
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Delight046 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Professional General Artist
There. Fixed. :P 

I've been busy, like....ridiculously busy. I have a family reunion to go to this weekend, So I was doing household chores plus baking some gluten free fudge cupcakes (for the reunion). I did spend some time with watercoloring Venus while the cupcakes were baking, but thats about it. :/

Hows life going on your side of the globe?
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Moon-Shadow-1985 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015
Not much, a bit of late spring cleaning, my older brother's birthday 2 weeks ago, Father's Day (I took my dad to see Jurassic World).   

:)
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Delight046 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Professional General Artist
Yay spring cleaning. I havent really done much on the at home cleaning/organizing, but my room got 2 over the door organizers (one for shoes the other for dresses) which helps ALOT. :3

Oooo! That sounds fuuun! I still have yet to see the movie. :< How was it? :D
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Moon-Shadow-1985 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015
Excellent.  And, they've left an opening for more hybrid dinos in any sequels.  And I do wonder what as become of Site B since the events of Jurassic Park 3, too. 

:)
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Delight046 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Professional General Artist
Not to mention writing via samsung tablet takes forever and a half. I need a blue tooth keyboard for this thing....
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UniMieli Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Hobbyist
Great job! I like that chessboard is a star chessboard, not just regular chessboard :D
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Delight046 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Professional General Artist
Ahahaha, thats because when I was drawing out a chessboard it turned kinda wonky, so I extended the lines to dissipate (go to infinity?).  Which was much more pleasing to the eye than a plain floating chess board....floating in spaaaaace ^^;;

Straight lines are the bane of my existence... :<
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UniMieli Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  Hobbyist
Oh, I see, I see... :) 

Don't worry the picture looks great :)
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sailorcelestial Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks good!
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Delight046 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thankies~
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lynniedindindin Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015
Very clever idea with the chess pieces! I can recognize a good amount of them but do you mind sharing what/who all the pieces actually are?
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Delight046 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Professional General Artist
White chess pieces:
Neo Queen Serenity (Queen)
Chibiusa (pawn)
Chibichibi (pawn)
Princess pluto (pawn)
Artemis (knight)
Moon castle spire (rook)
Tuxedo Mask (King)
Princess saturn (pawn)
Neo crystal tower spire (rook)
Pegasus (knight)

Dark chess pieces:
Mistress9 (queen)
Nehelenia (queen)
Beryl (queen)
Black Lady (queen)
Obscure nephrite (pawn)
Obscure jadeite (pawn)
Obscure kunzite (pawn)
Obscure zoicite (pawn)
Obscure dark pawn 1
Obscure dark pawn 2
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lynniedindindin Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015
Thank you! :D
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Delight046 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Professional General Artist
You're Welcome!
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thepolishgirl Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow, such a brilliant concept.  And the chessboard!  AAAAHH!  Just super!  And all the little chess figures.... wow...  I love the whole gallery of Talented Princesses ^___^
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Delight046 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Professional General Artist
Weeeeeelll, the placement of the chess pieces could have been better thought out, but hey....hindsight is 20-20, I'll know for next time. :)

I'm glad you like my ideas/concepts for this project. :D
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thepolishgirl Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do, I do - I adore it ^__^  Yes, in hindsight we are always so wise, aren't we?  Keep up the good work.  You're very talented with the paints :)
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Halowing Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful and wonderful!!!!
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Delight046 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks~
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Halowing Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome~~ ^^
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mayuralover Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really love this piece! A chessboard made of stars and the pieces look amazing! I just realized, the dresses on each of them have those pleats on the side, right?
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Delight046 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Professional General Artist
Some of em do. I was torn about drawing coloring the white chess pieces the colors of the actual gowns, and just decided to give generic dresses with pleats. ^^

I'm glad you like it though!
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EclecticRat Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! That is stunning and impressive for watercolor! At first glance I thought the chessboard was just part of a pattern of her dress. X3
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Delight046 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Professional General Artist
hahah, yeaaaaah mercury doesnt get a chessboard pattern gown. That would be kinda.....odd. XD

Although it would make a lot of sense.....since she likes playing chess and all. lol...
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(thumbs-up). 

So, who do you have planned next? 

:)
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Delight046 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Professional General Artist
I'm working on a couple pictures at the same time. Venus is drawn and started coloring, Jupiter is drawn, Neo Queen Serenity is mostly drawn, and I drew a outers picture in regency attire....

Clearly I multitask.....more than I should....
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Moon-Shadow-1985 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015
And maybe there's a place in your heart for the cute little un-named pink kitty from the Parallel Sailor Moon short story?  And what do you think about a Partners portrait (Luna, Artemis, Diana, Phobos & Deimos, & the cute little un-named pink kitty from the Parallel Sailor Moon short story) all together? 

:)
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Delight046 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Professional General Artist
Phobos and Deimos are not kitties though. O.o why would they be with the kitty familiars?
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Moon-Shadow-1985 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015
Because they are All Guardians/Parnters to real Sailor Senshi, bearers of Star Seeds that, though not in the Sailor Crystal class, approach that of Sailor Crystals in terms of power, and thus are assigned to certain Sailor Senshi (Luna = Sailor Moon/Princess Serenity, Diana = Sailor ChibiMoon/Princess Lady Serenity, the cute little un-named pink kitty = Parallel Sailor Moon/Parallel Princess Serenity, Artemis = Sailor Venus, Phobos & Deimos = Sailor Mars, etc.). 

Guardians/Parnters United, see?  A group portrait for them all? 

And I suppose that you could always make your own OC Guardians/Parnters for other Senshi (i.e. a rooster for Sailor Mercury, an eagle for Sailor Jupiter, etc.)?  And, of course, options from the planets' of Chū/Chuu, Mermaid, Cocoon, (since Coronis & Mau are already accounted for).  See what I mean? 

:)
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kagura-deadly-beauty Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely beautiful! I love what you did with the chess pieces.     :D
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Delight046 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I'm glad what I did with them too. Although the dark pieces kinda need more detail. :/
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kagura-deadly-beauty Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome! Yes they were a bit dark. Maybe something that could help with that is do them in a dark gray (for the parts that are darker) that way you can have the lines for the details in black. I know that's what some people do for their clothing HA's on another site I'm on.
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Delight046 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Professional General Artist
I tried to lighten them up a bit by using red (make them more sinister) but yeah, a lighter gray may help more.....
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