One of my classic and most popular drawings ever. This has been one of my bestsellers at conventions for years. The characters are, from left to right: Midori, a skunk, Himeko Kikuneko, a Birman cat, Yukiko, a snow leopard and Minami, a white cat. They are all characters from my Himeko magical girl story, conceived back in 1999 when I was still obsessed with Sailormoon, Card Captor Sakura, and other shoujo manga works. This story has inspired many pictures and almost a book for my illustration class. Some of the story is even written down
The kimono designs were amazing fun to do, so much that I made a sequel to this 2000 piece in 2004. The designs are really character specific. Midori's name means green and her theme is leaves, with a side of plaid. The gold leaves are gel pen. Himeko's theme colors are blue, purple, and white, and she's fun to draw with ladybugs, so there we go
Yukiko is not magical (a muggle! hehe) and her colors are pink and purple, with a heart theme. Minami is a power water mage, and her colors are blue with hints of coral. They're all color-designed down to the shading in their eyes, so I'll have to look at their recipes if I want a new drawings to be consistent with the original 1999 designs. I used to just remember
I used Pigma Micron 005 for the inked outlines (I think, it's been a while), Prismacolor colored pencils for the color, lots of gel pen! for highlights and details, especially overlay. Done on white paper, a color I rarely use now. It's an older scan, so some of the subtle is gone.