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Azuri cast poolside by solipherus Azuri cast poolside by solipherus
It's about time I did a full color illustration of the entire Sea Princess Azuri cast!

This started as just this little thing for myself 'cause I've always wanted to put a bunch of them in a pool for no reason. X3 Then I showed my editor randomly and he thought it would look great on the back cover. :D So I colored that sucker up and turned it in and boy I tell you, it was haaaaaaard trying to figure out all their colors!

Thalo especially was difficult, I musta changed his color scheme fifty bajillion times, with a hundred slight variants on each one. But this one came out on top as my favorite, this sort of blueish-purpley indigo blue... It looks blue to me, I know some people define that as purple. XD And since his name is Thalo (I pronounce it "Thay-low") which is derived from phthalo (yes I spelled it right) which is short for phthalocyanine which is a blue and sometimes green pigment.... I think it suits him.

It was interesting 'cause I'd always meant for Orcan skin to be dark, you know black and white like a real killer whale, but with the way I drew their faces that just would NOT have worked in print. I had to compromise and tone average Orcan skin at 30% gray, which made them look plenty dark on a black and white page yet light enough so you could still see their facial expressions. But then an interesting thing came up...

When I tried to give them outfits that had different colors, anything in a mid-range tone just blended right into their skin. And if I gave their outfits dark tones then suddenly they were wearing things that were blacker than black.... wait what? XD So I guess it's probably better that now they're more colorful and lighter than pure black. Now they have a small range of blues and purples and grays so they still look like one race (except Azuri of course, the Pale Princess. I gotta color her pale dad sometime....)

Scample.... Okay I know I colored her as blue and yellow somewhere in my gallery. I think the pink suits her, I'd always kind of thought of her as pink until Matt one day said that's the color of COOKED shrimp, ack! XD But even so... I still think the pink still suits her best. Her tail which you can't really see is a dark brass/bronze like on her chestplate there.

Wow these are long comments.

Oh, and as for the logo... Ha, I was just playing around with it, they made the logo in-house so I don't have a digital copy of it to slap on there. That's not what it'll look like on the books!

They're putting the cover together this week. I can't wait to see it when it's done!
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postapelly Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Finally! I get to see what they all look like in color. I don't know why I always thought Mica was an orange color. They all look nice though. Wonderful artwork.
iamsarahjo Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
i read the first chapter of this back in jr high in a tokyo pop mag. it stuck with me and popped into my head this week (i'm a senior in highschool now). i think i'm gonna have to get a copy of each volume and read it =] the more i look up on this and the more i look at ur stuff the more i like it. i'm kind of rambling but u did excelent on characters, sets, and ur artwork is to die for.
solipherus Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, that is so sweet of you to say! ^_________^

The books are out of print now, but I think you can still get them for really cheap used on amazon. They were only $4.99 to begin with so I'd hate to see you overpay! ^_~

I've also heard some libraries have them, though not all of them do. It never hurts to look.
iamsarahjo Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
your welcome =] i'm hoping to find them 2nd-hand some where. i'll just have to look around. you are a great artist.
Kyuuen Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
Wonderful picture.
SandyThorn Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
OMG!!!! :):) :) :B i love this book :)
Taya123 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011
Long time no talk Soli! :D

You know i never saw this pic before...but i gotta say...I love it!!...Mica was ALWAYS my favorite...<3
WinterxBoundxFey Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
omgomfg i owned this graphic novel i had no clue you were on this siiiiite!!! i loooovelovelovelove this book!! how many volumes are out right now>???????
Charming-Manatee Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Student
love those illustration
AngelAquino Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010   Digital Artist
I absolutely LOVE Sea Princess Azuri, even if I haven't even read the 2nd volume yet. XD Never imagined their color scheme like this (except for Azuri, of course) but it fits them perfectly! Hope to see more wonderful works~
TheWindCharmer Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Student Writer
Whale tan!
TheMorrigansChild Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Today I found out what Unagi means. I giggled.
TrinitySilph Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely work, as always =3
I picked up a copy of Sea Princess Azuri (volume 2) at Anime Evolution last weekend and I have to say I'm quite disappointed to think it was forced to end so soon. Your art is wonderful and your stories even more so; you've got something really special here.
EmpressOfDestruction Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
8D omg this is epic!
I love Sea Princess Azuri =w=
cyan-king Featured By Owner May 31, 2009 did they get in that pool...XD
Yuriqueen Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YAY famous ppl on deviant i love your work
suzume-no-iwa Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008
I love your work! Honestly though, while reading your manga, I can never see the Orcans in such fantastical colors. My mind always pulls them together in more natural tones; like I see Thalo with tanned skin and chocolatey-brown hair. Please forgive my mental mutilation of your work! :stupidme:
forgotten-light Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007
okay you are absolutly amazing, i just read the first book and it was to die for!!! It was nothing but love for me :D
AmbrMerlinus Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2007
Yeah, Azuri's dad... What's up with him? :D Can't wait to see/hear more about him. I especially like how Mica came out, he's my favorite character. :aww:
Kaibib-Angel Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how you color your artwork digitally. :heart:
qitelremel Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2007  Student
Thalo looks goooooood... :D
mcaputo123187 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2007
THIS IS SOO AWSOME!!!:XD: I wish I could find ur manga (I ask them and they nerve have it TT_TT) a perfect pic for the summer ^^*
TheTeaMaker Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Most book shops will mail it to your house if they don't have it in stock, no charge for shipping. You pay at the store, give them your address and boom. I'm not sure how many stores do this but I know Waldens book store will. Good luck and God speed.
tigsie17 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2007
Interesting concept! I always wondered what they'd look like in color. :D

I'm terrible. I can't decide which guy I want to root for yet.
maverynthia Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
UNAGI!!!! I love that guy...
OrangeBlueCream Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2007  Student Digital Artist
FoxmoonMerfolk Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2007
Hey if you wish to cosplay as some of your characters one day, look us up for a tail! Your version of merfolk is awsome! :)
Ryan (Editor and Creator of the Foxmoon DA
ayuICHI Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, very very nice... Everyone's so bright and colorful >3<!!
MiwaDake Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007
I more than love this!
Mermaid-Kalo Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
huzzah for color! X3
I just love the bright colors make this so playful. tee hee I just can't get enough of Unagi's mad scientist fin/hair X3
Rainbowchibiles Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
i really like your artwork
katymoon05 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
CUUUUUUUUUUTE!!!!!!!!! Lovelovelove!
WhiteCabbit Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007  Hobbyist Artist
whens the second manga coming out?!...

I want to see what Prince Ugani does to Thalo....

also i would have thought that since Mica is half dolphin he would have been a grayish silver or light blue....don't know why though....

I look forward to the second manga great job!
solipherus Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
It's coming out in... I think they said October, I'm not sure.

The dolphin Mica is based on is literally black and white, the Commerson's dolphin. There's some really great photos of them here on DA from the exhibit at Sea World in San Diego if you do a search.

AJAngelique Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh wow! breath taking color job!
it was worth all the work, all your characters look amazing! unagi actually looks hawt and scampi is really cute, pink really does suit her ^_^

i have a copy of volume 1 that read often and I'm looking forward to getting my hands on volume 2, keep up the awesome work!
KanonDreamer Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007
How cute! I love all the colors!
aishakitty Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007
Awesome. All the color really pops out. Yay!
Estell-chan Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007
I already preordered the book and I can't wait to see it. I just love the scene it looks like so much fun.
Vankala Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007
Very beautiful, as always! :D
Alopias-vulpinus Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007   Writer
they all look so happy all together!
oOnyaOo Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
FAB! I love the whole shinyness of the whole picture!
QueenLeaShanneen Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007
Totally gorgeous! I love the green guy! He's hot! :D
victortky Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007
Beautiful!! Love the colours and the pose! The design and drawings are so nice! The faces are impressively drawn and coloured!

Nicely done! Love it!
querulousArtisan Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful! I love Scample! I always thought of her as pink as well (but a softer pink.)

And I love Azuri's mom! ^^

I love how you draw your females, and the fact that they look healthy!
Cow-Demon Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007
WOOAA. COOL. HAHA. Know I know their colours! *runs off to draw sum fanart*

MattMoylan Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I like the four-armed girl.... extra arms are win ;)
solipherus Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Lol thanks. X) I love drawing them, discovered pretty quick that if you draw each set doing something as if it were the only set, then they somehow don't look awkward at all. Those dieties with all the extra arms that just shadowed each other always kinda wigged me out...

MattMoylan Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the tip! I have my own four-armed race in my personal project Messiah. I'll keep that in mind. :)
blix-it Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007
apwieff aaaaa! <3 <3 I love I love! :D I can hardly wait for v2 to come out! >< wraaa!
shadowcat9279 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh this is a great pic! Looks like it was fun to do :D
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