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Sailor Hawaii

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I swear the colors looked brighter in Photoshop. Apparently there is no web-friendly file type that is truly colorful. Oh well.

I was inspired by this out of the blue! For some reason I was thinking about Hawaii as I left work today, and I wondered if I could somehow pull off giving =DianaHold's Sailor X v2.08 ([link]) skirt a pattern-- namely, the infamous "aloha" hibiscus pattern. I found an image that suited, and I decided to try and make a "tropical" version of the Star Sailor uniforms.

I wanted to give it MORE and MORE of a Hawaiian feel though, so I replaced the brooch with a hibiscus flower, and added a plumeria choker pendant and tiara "gem." The flower in Sailor Hawaii's hair is a Luna Hibiscus, recolored to be a bit more orange than the original photo (which was pink). I thought, a Sailor Senshi in that climate wouldn't have tall boots, a three-tiered skirt (unless the top two tiers were sheer), and long gloves, so I tried to make the Sailor uniform as "summery" as possible, because I think that sort of relaxed, seasonal wear is what's usually associated with Hawaii. I do wish I could have given her flip-flops or sandals, though!

If I had to give her a backstory, it's that she has to find the five pieces of the Plumeria Power Stone for some mysterious reason... maybe along the way she'll meet Sailor Aloha?

Actually, I thought about going hog-wild and trying to make Senshi for all 50 U.S. States. But if I did that, why not some cool countries, too, like Sailor Japan (*snert* She'd probably look like Rei!), Sailor Canada, or even Sailor Jamaica (yah, man). And then there's the question of territories (Sailor Puerto Rico?)

Maybe it's overkill, but making this one was fun, even if getting the pattern onto her (white) skirt was hard. Any suggestions for that? (I used Quick Mask in Photoshop.)

Oh, Sailor Moon et. al. are the property of Naoko Takeuchi, Toei, and Kodansha... the Sailor X v2.08 KiSS Generator is linked above, by Diana; I am just the proud owner of a lunatic mind that likes to come up with Otaku Senshi like this one. :)
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mimineko828's avatar
Props for creativity! Great job! How did you get the hawaiian pattern onto her sailor fuku? Its amazing what you can do with some imagination and :SailoXv2:'s Sailor Generator! I :heart: how her tiara and chocker "gems" are flowers! :D
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It took some doing, but basically I made a mask of the original skirt and then, with that layer selected, Layer Cut the Hawaiian pattern into it. There are better ways of doing it, but I just wanted to get the pattern in there and post the doll already; if I spent a bit more time on it, I bet I could make her look even more awesome!

I thought if any Senshi ought to have flowers on her seifuku, it ought to be Sailor Hawaii, who's got plumeria and hibiscus as practically state symbols!
mimineko828's avatar
Its a gorgeous doll! I wish I had photoshop! You put a lot of effort into this. Sailor California is awesome too! Are you still planning on making a senshi for every state? It would be a lot of work, but it would be nice to see them all... Keep up the awesome work!
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The hard part would be figuring out what's something unique for each state that I COULD do. It's true I could look up stuff like the state bird, flower, and so on, but that doesn't mean it's the impression people get of the state, or the image it projects.

But it'd be a fun idea!
mimineko828's avatar
Hope that you go for it! :D
kittyocean's avatar
What a lovely and original design!!
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SailorXv3's avatar
That's the coolest thing ever!! But you could have kept the shading alive by playing around with the blending options for the layer with the flowery pattern. Multiply, screen and overlay come to mind. ;)
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Aahh, good point. What I did was create a Fill Pattern and use the Quick Mask to get a selection area. Thus, I actually OVERWROTE the existing skirt layer, rather than putting the flower pattern in an area of its own. But I'll have to definitely try what you suggested for my next one!
SailorXv3's avatar
Looking forward to it! I'll have to write a tutorial for stuff like that some time! :)
the-sweet's avatar
Oh, definitely, I want to know how you got that lovely gradient effect on one of them before. I mean, I know how to create gradients and the like, but getting it so it looked like natural shading? That was pretty cool.
SailorXv3's avatar
That was easy! You really need to start playing with layers in Photoshop! They are the key to everything! :D

Create image of your senshi with blue skirt. Save it and open it in Photoshop.
Now go back to UltraKiSS and change the skirt color to white. Save the image, open it in Photoshop, copy it and paste it into the previous file.

You now have two layers: One with blue skirt and one with white skirt.

Now choose the eraser tool, set it to brush mode (not pencil) and choose a big size - 65 pixels is probably quite good for this purpose - that will give you a soft edge. Now start erasing parts of the white skirt. You might need to switch between varying brush sizes - you'll get the drift while you're at it. ;)
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