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Sailor Meo by WanderingKotka Sailor Meo by WanderingKotka
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For the Sailor Zodiac Collab Project at :icontraditional-sailors:, where I claimed the Vietnamese zodiac sign Cat. (Cat is the Vietnamese equivalent for the Rabbit sign in the Chinese zodiac.)

Senshi Name: Sailor Mèo
Dominant Element: Water
(All Tử Vi* System senshi have one of five dominant elements. This element affects their fuku color and ability set. Experienced Tử Vi System senshi gain access to additional powers.)
Civilian Name: Mèo Thị Bian Lý (Family, Middle, Given)
Translation: Secretive Lion of the Mèo (cat) Family

Current Attacks:
:bulletblack: Sparkling Dawn Shower: A soft shower of shining rain falls on Mèo and her allies, healing them of minor injury, status ailments, or curses. This may also be used to exorcise an enemy who is possessed.
:bulletblack: Midnight Torrent: A dark wave of icy water slams into the opponent(s). This attack carries a wide range and is good for clearing a room quickly.

Mini Profile:
Bian Lý is the second-born daughter of the Mèo royal family on Planet Mèo in the Tử Vi System. As the youngest daughter, very little was expected of her other than to grow to be passably attractive and become educated enough to manage whatever royal household her family married her into. Her elder sister, Hanh Lý, was expected to become the next Sailor Mèo and was rigorously trained as such. Because of their differing duties, the two sisters saw little of each other when growing up.

Bian Lý was a studious child, given to hiding herself away to read old histories of the Tử Vi kingdoms. Serious beyond her years, she took well to her lessons in etiquette and statecraft. Her parents were quite pleased with her scholarly bent and quiet air, thinking that it would serve her well when it was time to arrange a royal alliance.
Unfortunately, a life of writing carefully-worded histories and planning elegant soirees was not Bian Lý’s fate. Soon after her 16th birthday a terrible attack was launched against Planet Mèo by a strange group calling themselves The Dark Zodiac. Their attack claimed the life of Hanh Lý and thrust Bian Lý into the role of Sailor Mèo.

Without combat training, Bian Lý fell back on her innate talent for diplomacy and extended a call for help to the neighboring Planet-Kingdoms of Tử Vi. Sailors Dần (Tiger), Tỵ (Snake), and Hợi (Boar) answered her call and with their help Sailor Mèo was able to expel the agents of The Dark Zodiac from her planet.

Now Sailor Mèo finds herself tasked with building alliances with the other senshi of the Tử Vi System and training herself to be ready for the inevitable return of the Dark Zodiac.

Design Notes:
:bulletblack: The Fuku itself is loosely based on an ao dai en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ao_dai with the addition of a Sailor collar and some underskirts. I suspect this is a level 1 or 2 fuku, with higher levels getting more "historical" in design.
:bulletblack: The standard bum-bow is swapped for a sash and the brooch is moved from chest to hip.
:bulletblack: Meo is based on a lilac point siamese cat because I have always wanted a siamese cat senshi with a quiet demeanor. I'm weird like that.

*Vietnamese for “horoscope.”
**My deep apologies to anyone with better knowledge of Vietnamese than my own. (Read: any knowledge of Vietnamese.) I did the best I could with wikipedia and google.
*** You have no idea how excited I am to have a proper OC Sailor again after all these years!
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Character and Art © K. Lebak/WanderingKotka, 2012. All rights reserved.
Sailor Moon universe © Naoko Takeuchi
Background texture: Origami Paper Textures by kasutera
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GraphicBrat Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional
Like the outfit, very nice. The background goes great with it.
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WanderingKotka Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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velvetluck Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Oh wow, she's gorgeous! Your marker work is amazing! I really like the subtle tones you've created, very well done!
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:iconwanderingkotka:
WanderingKotka Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I still feel very awkward with markers, but I'm slowly learning to ignore that and just have fun with them. (Having nicer markers now helps too. Copics layer very nicely.)
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rindaimaiou Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Incredibly well thought out and designed!
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:iconwanderingkotka:
WanderingKotka Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :) I had a lot of fun thinking up her character.
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:iconvalendra:
Valendra Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OH! I was sooo curiously waiting for this one! I happened to go for a more dramatic asian fashion sailor fuku for my rat too, I find this oddly satisfacting :3 But damn, that collar is so stylish and cool!! Great job!
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WanderingKotka Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad it's not just me who decided to go more Asian-inspired for the fuku. I'm very eager to see your Sailor Rat! Your designs are always so lovely.

And thank you! I really love that collar. I was so afraid it would look ridiculous, but it actually makes me want a dress like that!
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Valendra Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm pretty excited about mine too, because if both of them belonged to same universe, then I can totally see how they'd interact with each other. It's kind of entertaining, giving the way my girl's personality. I know it won't happen but just thinking makes me giggle and runs my creative juices running :XD:
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WanderingKotka Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad it's getting your creative juices running! Now I'm even more curious to see your Sailor Rat. Based on the classic profile for Rat, I can only expect that poor Sailor Meo will be at wit's end with a clever Sailor Rat running around!
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Valendra Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She's a typical Rat and a bit of a smartass alright. She's a very social gal though, she'll be competitive with the Cat I believe, she doesn't like to lose. I think you'd like her ^^
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WanderingKotka Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Rat does sound like a fun character! I think Cat would find that off-putting initially, but maybe over time realize that the competition leads to improvement for both of them. Plus, Cat is such a serious girl, she needs someone to help her open up and have fun once in a while. ^^;
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Valendra Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha!! I can imagine! Mine is a very petite girl and looking really younger than she is, I can see her being the "little princess" in a way. Imagining it and the reactions she might get really amuses me ^__^ Expect some doodling soon, because it's too good of an idea to pass :XD:
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nickyflamingo Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013   Traditional Artist
She has the cutest face! This is a beautiful senshi design, that humbles me so! Multi-layered skirt peaking out of that dress, soft gray hair, adorable little shoes! I love this traditional work of yours! :heart:
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WanderingKotka Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I love your senshi designs so much, so I'm honored that you like mine. :) And I'm glad you like the traditional work since I have a little something traditional for you coming up . . .
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kennasaur Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the fuku design! The colors are gorgeous, and the modified collar and sash are so elegant. c:
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:iconwanderingkotka:
WanderingKotka Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I was set on the colors before I chose anything else. I have been wanting a grey and purple fuku design for a while now. :)
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NannaDoodles Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Looks fantastic and the bio is well thought out and interesting!
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WanderingKotka Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I didn't intend to have that much of a bio for her . . . but coloring was slow and my mind wandered. XD
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NannaDoodles Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
no problem at all, i guess you just got into that creatibe process mood
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Damn... Another one of your creations with a full metric ton of thought and effort put into it, all wrapped up in a beautiful, aesthetic package. :aww:

Another winner from your end, my dear. :heart:
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WanderingKotka Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm pleased you like my little astral kitty. :)
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I do indeed! :D
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celamowari Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
What's very interesting to me is that I can see the stylistic preferences of long ago, but channeled through a newer and much improved style. Also, I just want to say how much I love seeing your "traditional" artwork.

Don't fret too much about the language - it's part and parcel with the territory. I give you props for going off into a direction probably not as frequently explored!
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WanderingKotka Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. It was an odd feeling sitting down and doing a full-size marker piece again after so long, but it was interesting to see what has changed in the intervening years.

I'm not fretting all that much, I just know that any time you write something in a language that isn't your own that there is bound to be a screw-up. :)
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BorisFedorov Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Now that's another hottie
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:iconwanderingkotka:
WanderingKotka Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Why thank you! It's good to get a pretty gal down on paper once in a while. . . . or as frequently as possible. :)
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BorisFedorov Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Too true
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Gunmetalblack Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Nice work! I like the stylised water effect on this one. :) Very well done!
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:iconwanderingkotka:
WanderingKotka Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I really like that bit too. It's always the small details that bring the most happiness. :)
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Gunmetalblack Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
It's a really great touch!
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merelei Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is seriously wicked awesome!!!
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WanderingKotka Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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