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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Kyuuen Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
Wonderful picture.
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SandyThorn Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
OMG!!!! :):) :) :B i love this book :)
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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
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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>???????
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Charming-Manatee Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Student
love those illustration
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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~
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