Comrade Punynari decided to hold a contest for artists to design a new mascot for his site, Moe Passion. He used a moe character generator (more info on his site), to design the mascot, but wanted something with a little more artistic liberty to fit with his site’s main theme – being a blog of a US sailor and otaku.
His design was quite interesting, and very impressionable to me, so I gladly took on the challenge. That and he also wanted to draw on a Navy motif gave me just the inspiration I needed in order to make his mascot Sakura more unique. Drawing this style was definitely out of my comfort zone, as I don’t do a lot of moe feeling characters. That and I’ve still yet to grasp the subtle nuances of the loli-moe proportions.
I’m quite happy with the results, even though I think the line quality could use a bit of work. She definitely captures the loligirl heart. Moe~
The results are in, and I was runner up. However, I was flattered and honored to have been a contender amongst some very good artists, Chun and Tonee. Congratulations go to Chun for winning the contest!
In closing, here’s a youtube video of the job being done.
Incidentally, someone on Neogaf decided to host his own little contest for the upcoming release of Sakura Taisen V So Long My Love. He requested a banner for the official thread. I was also runner up in this contest, by 3 votes.
Here’s the banner I made:
Fortunately for me, someone else in the thread decided to motivate more participants by providing prizes for the 2nd and 3rd place winners as well. So all in all, it’s been a very good week for me. 🙂
Oh yeah, my copy of Final Fantasy XIII arrived this morning. However, it sits here at my desk, still unopened. I had anticipated that it might not have arrived until after (or as my luck usually happens, the same day) Resonance of Fate came out. Now the question is, which one should I play first? Or should I play neither and finish off Touch Detective 2.5 (I’m already on the third chapter)?