skip to Main Content
Por Emmy & Pauline Dala Senta

Colored pencil painting: Sailor Chibi Moon

Last year, Gabi Xavier (contributor of our blog) and I worked on the Sailor Drops project. If you are new here, you can find out about the project in our first post about our Sailors. All my Sailors were drawn with colored pencils, and the six most recent ones have watercolor in the background. The Sailor Chibi Moon was the one I used to record my whole painting process.

Sailor Chibi Moon sketch on final paper

Line art ready to receive colors.

As my skills in editing videos are kind of limited (and I couldn’t afford the editor this time) it took me a while to put together this material. But today, finally, I can show how I painted the main 5 Sailors in the series, and also Chibi, using traditional techniques.

In the image above we have the sketch which I traced to the final paper using a decal of my own sketch (could have used light table). I usually sketch on paper of lighter weight, until I’m glad with the composition, and then trace the basic shapes on the final paper. From there, I redraw everything in detail  with very light strokes, and adjust everything I possibly missed in previous studies.

First step: colored pencils

I like to start by the main parts, which in this case is the face, the hair (♥), then to the skin and clothing. I always define the color palette before starting the painting, and try to use only the selected colors throughout the painting.

Sailor Chibi Moon in progress.

I like to lean my hand on a sheet of tracing paper, which protects the piece from the contact with my hand so that I avoid unwanted spots or smoky in painting.

I was supposed  to add glazes at the end but it bothers me a bit to see the unfinished eyes. So I took the white Posca and made some sparkles in the eye and accessories here (before I even start the background).

Sailor Chibi Moon in progress.

Sailor Chibi Moon is practically ready now, we just need a magical background for her .

Second:  background with watercolor

The background is the fun part, although I felt unsure doing it on this paper (totally inappropriate for watercolor, a very smooth double-sided). As the ink was drying very fast, easily spotting, I had to beat my records regarding wash speed. Good thing I’ll sprinkle stars on the background. A great resource to conceal the stains.

Sailor Chibi Moon in progress.

For the background, I made a “frame” with tape to delimit the painting inside the sheet, so I was able to leave the same margin for all Sailors. I did not taped the paper to the table, because the weight of the paper was high enough to not bend with water.

The most important discovery I made with this work is that if the colored pencils on parts are sufficiently saturated (when we put so many pencil layers that nothing of the paper is visible through this painting), watercolor usually will not adhere to those parts.That is, I can spread my wash on her hair and then remove the watercolor from it with a paper tissue.

Knowing that practically changed my life! For I can now make the backgrounds without fear of overlapping parts already painted with pencil, without watercolor mask or the need to “deviate” from those elements at the risk of leaving that white space between the subject and the background. (I have nothing against it in paintings in general, but for the results I’m going for that does not actually work).

With the dry bottom, I take the tape that I used on the edges (to make this white frame only), and circled the moon (in the sky) and the other moon (symbol in background) to make them more apparent. I was not sure if the yellow was going to work for this pink palette but in the end I liked the result, it was a good addition.

My art desk right after finishing a painting.

And, finally, the result on my desk (a complete mess, with “stars” all over the laptop. The tripod on the table was what used to record the video that is down there

In the end the table is not very organized or clean (image below). Especially with the last stage of the background, which is white ink sprinkled with a toothbrush to create the stars. It is a good idea to protect everything that should not have stars before doing this (in the video at the end of this post you can see it better).

And finally…

Like I said earlier, here is the speed painting:

I tried to make everything in a way so that I would not have to edit it too much in Photoshop, so the printed versions are virtually identical to the original. I really hope that, with practice, I do not need to edit anything at all. Still, I feel that from the first to the last Sailor I did, I have clearly improved — persistence! This is the result:

Sailor Chibi Moon finished.

The process is quite complex, so this was the summary about 4 to 5 hours of painting If you are interested in a more detailed video, or have questions about any step, let me know here in the comments.! I will be very happy to help :)

If you like this art, it will be available at the Fantastic Art Shop, my online shop with prints and limited editions (including this Chibi here), bookmarks, stickers and originals. Join our emails list to receive an official message when the shop is finally online, and you’ll get a discount code too, of course! Cheers,

Related Posts
Filter by
Post Page
DIY Tutorials Misc Reviews Drawing tips Inspiration
Sort by

Pintura em tecido estilo aquarela — Tutorial

Há um bom tempo estou devendo um tutorial para uma parcela importantíssima de pessoas que acompanha. Hoje, finalmente trago para você um


Pintura em Tecido: Testando Materiais (2)

Como eu tinha dito, essa é a parte II do meu


Pintura em tecido: testando materiais (1)

Então eu decidi me aventurar na pintura em tecido. Encontrei uma camiseta toda branca perdida nas minhas coisas e não resisti: tive que dar uma c


Inktober 2019 — vamos participar?

Neste último post de setembro, vamos falar de Inktober — o desafio que consiste em fazer um desenho por dia durante todo o


Guache Talens Ouro Claro e Ouro Escuro — em busca do dourado perfeito

Depois que aprendi variadas técnicas de pintura tradicional (todas em papel, ainda não passei por telas / óleos / etc), acredito ter encontrado me


3 Materiais de desenho extremamente úteis que poucas pessoas conhecem

Quem me acompanha desde a época que o blog era dentro do meu site (, já deve ter lido em algum lugar que eu fiz mais de uma dezena de c


Graphitint — os grafites coloridos da Derwent

Olá, pessoal! Eu sou a Pauline, e a minha primeira resenha aqui no Hartn é sobre meus novos lápis de cor favoritos! Os lápis


Lápis de cor aquarelável (Faber-Castell x Derwent x Caran D’Ache x Koh-i-noor)

Este artigo é uma avaliação das principais características de quatro marcas de lápis de cor aquareláveis de uso profissional. Minh


3 blogs artísticos inspiradores e indispensáveis

Entre as melhores coisas da internet, para mim, sem dúvidas está a infinita quantidade de fontes de inspiração e conhecimento que


Minha arte, há alguns anos e agora

Nos últimos meses de 2017 eu, finalmente, cheguei no mais próximo do resultado que sempre imaginei para meus desenhos. Finalmente começo a co


Emmy Dala Senta

Ilustradora ✨ que deveria estar vivendo na Terra Média 🦉

Deixe um comentário

Notificar-me de
Back To Top
×Close search