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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~
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