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Forget Thyself to Marble by AerithReborn Forget Thyself to Marble by AerithReborn
"...keep thy wonted state,
With eev'n step, and musing gate,
And looks commercing with the skies,
Thy rapt soul sitting in thine eyes:
There held in holy passion still,
Forget thy self to Marble, till
With a sad Leaden downward cast,
Thou fix them on the earth as fast."

"Il Penseroso", John Milton

I can't think of a better set of poems that describe, spiritually, Sailor Moon. On one hand, Usagi is love and joy and bright enthusiasm. But Sailor Moon and the Serenities are this wonderful contradiction. The set of poems I refer to are "Il Penseroso" (quoted above) and "L'Allegro". One is about night and thought and solitude while the other is about day and life and company. If separated, I would say that it would be Mercury and Venus... but Moon is both.

Anyway, I'm not writing a paper and have been out of practice for quite some time, so ignore all that. While the title was my inspiration for this pic, I'm not convinced it's really the best title. But we'll roll with it. Yet again, I fall back on Season One as my subject... But I totally blame watching PGSM for that. If you haven't, go watch it. I was shocked at how close it was to the manga without being the same... and so much different that I wasn't sure what would actually end up happening. 10/10 would watch again.

There's something completely natural about combining Sailor Moon and art nouveau. I know a lot of people have done this before, but I wanted to do it, too. So I did. I regret nothing.

Reference used for roses and to make sure that the swords were right. Mostly manga, but with a healthy scoop of the anime.

It's a Moon on the Moon around the Moon on the Moon.
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Shinwa-Tsuki Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
Very nice!
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AerithReborn Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Shinwa-Tsuki Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
You're welcome.
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moonlight-paintbrush Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is an absolutely STUNNING piece.  Into the favorites with it!
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AerithReborn Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much!  I will try to be a good tenant in your Favorites.
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PureForestGuardian Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
This is beautiful. :)

Amazing job!
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AerithReborn Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much!
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PureForestGuardian Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
You're very welcome! ^^
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SeiyasLove Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it's so beautiful!
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AerithReborn Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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SeiyasLove Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:)))
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Lord-Azeran Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is freaking stunning. I love the way Serenity's dress is just pooling out of the moon and spilling across the floor. It's like a river of time, flowing to her incarnation. The manga elements are great too, especially since not many people are familiar with it, favoring SM's anime counterpart. Personally, I adored the manga more, and was able to pick out the details. Like the holy sword, of course, but also the pendant dangling off her choker, and her hair pins. I always loved those, since it seemed a slight throwback to Serenity. And I maaay just be imagining this, but is that gilt work on her tiara? She had it throughout her first spiel as Sailor Moon, but lost it after defeating Beryl and all the rest. If so, nice touch! 
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AerithReborn Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't stop smiling at this.  Seriously.  You were able to find just about every thought that was in my head while drawing.  I love the anime and always will, but there's just something so satisfying about all of the little manga details in fanart.  I really wanted to have Serenity being both the "memory" image and in the "real" world... so having her dress' train spilling over "like water from the moon" (this line was stuck in my head the whole time) was perfect.  And, yeah, I totally have the tiara details up in here.  I wasn't going for one particular version, though.  It just looked cool and seemed to work with the piece as a whole.  Ah, words...  Thank you so much for wandering by!  You really made my night!
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Lord-Azeran Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart: always happy to please an artist. Paying attention to details is just something I do :nod:
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redspiderlillies Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stunning!
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AerithReborn Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you!
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redspiderlillies Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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nekokawai Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
What legs!
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AerithReborn Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's the name of the series, right?  Sailor Legs?  more like Sailor Leeeeeeeegs!
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nekokawai Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
She's got the power...of legs
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AerithReborn Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
♫ You've got to beliiiieeeeeve
 in the Power of Legs!
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nekokawai Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awww the old sm songs remind me of childhood and my little cute girlfriend I used to watch it with, back in the day!
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