... I'm done a day earlier than planned.
This was drawn for this contest: [link]
They are voting to determine the winners [link]
I was going to go for a three dimensional type of cell shading, but it would had looked too busy with all the other details. Therefore I chose a simpler method of only shading a few things (red gradients in the skin and other parts, but very minimal) so that the characters would "pop" from the busy background.
I think that, considering Takeuchi's treatment of her characters in the artbooks, cell shading would have looked strange anyway. For her illustrations it looks like a lot of care is put into the treatment of the skin. Cell-shading is typically done when there is limited time and resources (most anime is created based on limited time and resources to create the most cheaply and easily reproducible product afterall) so I think a gentle gradient works better.
This is the largest drawing I have done to date. (I think it also has the most people in it too). It's also my largest photoshop file (Oww, why is it 621MB?).
WIP ss: [link]
My favorite season was SuperS because Sailor Moon demonstrated the most courage in that season (jumping off a building to save someone else? Reckless, but brave), but I also like the other seasons for their display of friendship and companionship. I guess if I had to choose a second, it'd be Super for using the biggest variety of characters. But really, I kind of like every version of Sailor Moon: Each season there's something to like about the show, so it's hard to really pick a favorite and stick with it.
It seems to me that each version of Sailor Moon is likable because of the version before it (and after it).
I could not figure out a way to include the Moon scepter D:
Let's just assume that it was left out because it isn't canon based on the manga.
I completed a Q&A with the contest holders. [link]