Note on animation: Loops three times then fades out to let the music finish. Hit refresh to replay.
My entry for
Round Two - Civilian.
Qualification Entry: [link]
Round One: Pin-up: [link] Writeup: Favorite color:
Elise enjoys all colors, and the way they interact. She loves that simply adjusting the way in which colors are arranged can change their importance and their impact. But if she had to pick, she'd probably go with purple, teal, pink, and yellow. She can't narrow it down any more than that! Favorite food:
Anything her aunt Miriam cooks! Like a typical teenager, Elise likes pizza and junk food. She also loves trying new foods whenever she gets a chance. But more than anything, she loves her aunt's cooking. It's not just the food (although her aunt could really pass for a gourmet chef); it's the love she puts into at, as cliche as that is. After losing her parents, Elise really began to appreciate all the little things about the people she loves. Aunt Miriam puts a tremendous amount of care into her cooking, so Elise really considers it a treasure. Clothing:
Elise likes bright and colorful things, of course. She likes to dress casual and comfortable, and never wears anything that she wouldn't mind getting a little paint on. She generally wears t-shirts (over long-sleeved shirts in the winter) and skinny jeans with a lot of stretch to them so they're more comfy. She tries to pick t-shirts that let her express herself, and when she can't find designs she likes, she makes her own. She also dyes her hair on a regular basis, and changes the color every couple of months. Personal, non-senshi history:
Elise was born in the small town of Pleasant, Indiana, the only child of Valerie and Beauregard Franklin. Valerie and Beau met on the job; they were government scientists, researching alternate energy sources. She was his supervisor, and it was far from love at first sight, but when they finally saw eye to eye they just "clicked," and after a few years were married. They treasured Elise, for the odds that they would be able to have a child were small, so they considered her a miracle. So, when she began to pick up crayons and draw at an early age, they supported her talent fully and did their best to help it flourish.
Elise was a very shy child. It was hard for her to make friends as a little girl; she'd usually end up friends with the outgoing and bossy girls in her classes/on the playground, simply because they were the only ones to approach her (and she certainly wasn't going to approach anyone on her own). She sank herself into the world of her art, and as she grew older, into books. It was a quiet, peaceful existence, and one she was very happy with.
But one summer day when she was twelve years old, all that changed. Elise was visiting with her aunt on her mother's side, Miriam, in California, doing the whole Disneyland thing, when they got the call that her parents had been in an accident, and they didn't make it. The funeral, the mourning, it was all a blur. She went with Miriam and packed up her things and moved with her back to Prism City in northern California. Miriam, also a very artistic soul, helped enroll Elise into a local school of the arts, hoping that she could work out her grief through her art.
Once she recovered from the shock of her loss, Elise felt like she'd come awake for the first time in her life. She decided that no longer would she drift through days silent and meek. She would take control of what she could, and live her life to the fullest because, as she had just seen, there are no promises about how long we have on this earth. It was amazing how much she changed. She began noticing the little things, and how much beauty was everywhere in the world. She was no longer afraid to talk to people, and began making friends. She really began to feel the joy in simply being alive. And she excelled in her new art school. Sure, sometimes she was sad. Sometimes she missed her parents so much she could hardly stand it. But she always tried to remember the good times, and to remind herself that her parents would want her to be happy.
That winter was the first time she noticed something "off" about the colors, and the moods of the people around her. However, there were only a few days during those months that it was really noticeable, and by the time spring came around she had convinced herself that it was due to the loss she'd suffered, and the fact that this was her first winter in a new city. However, the next winter came about and the effects were sustained and severe, and she knew there was something more to it. She tried to keep up hope, but soon it began to effect even her. Not knowing what else to do, she opened up the paint set her parents had given her, their last gift to her before their accident. She planned to paint something spectacularly colorful, to try to combat the shroud of gloom that had descended. She took out her paintbrush, held it up high, and shouted: "Please! Help me put color back in the world!" She wasn't sure why she did it--maybe as a pep talk to herself, or maybe she was asking her parents for help--but to her complete surprise, she transformed into Sailor Spectrum!
But that's a story for another round. The Story Behind the Video
Elise is generally very happy these days, but sometimes she misses her parents sorely. She made this video on her own, as an attempt to cope, and watches it whenever things get really tough for her, and adds to it whenever important things happen to her. Oddly, the video has recently gone missing... she will be making a point of going through her things and looking for it. To be continued... Art Notes
The civilian round is always a special challenge to me... how do you make potentially the least interesting aspect of a super-powered character more interesting? This is what I came up with. I wanted to show all the most important aspects of Elise's life, and I couldn't do that with just one image. I managed to pare down the list to five images, and I put my Flash skills to use. This was REALLY difficult for me... I have never used so much vector in my entire life. ;_; Almost everything was done in Illustrator, with a few effects added in Photoshop, and all the text and timing added in Flash. I was ahead of the game with this contest until this entry.
Also, yes, I know the song is overused for this kind of thing... but the reason for that is that it's so dang *appropriate* for this kind of thing. >_<
Song: Green Day - Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) [Instrumental]
Rose Poster in Elise's Room: [link]
Stickers on her walls: [link]
Carpet texture: [link]
Uno is copyright Mattel
Sparkles brush: [link]
Bubbles brush: [link]