My entry for
Round 7 - Swimsuit
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Qualification Entry: [link]
Round One - Pin-up: [link]
Round Two - Civilian: [link]
Round Three - Sera Myu: [link]
Round Four - Gender Bender: [link]
Round Five - Death Scene: [link]
Round Six - Princess: [link] Writeup A Typical Summer Day for Elise
Elise likes to spend her summer doing one of two things: painting or surfing. Though she's only been in California a few years, Elise took to surfing very much like a fish to water. Her aunt took her surfing as soon as she could after Elise moved there, and she loved it. It was meditative and helped her heal after the loss of her parents. It was a special kind of peace, out there on the waves. She could focus on surfing and didn't have to dwell on her sadness. And once she wasn't so overwhelmed by her loss, she found it was just plain fun.
As she got better at it, she got her own surfboard, with a custom paint job to match her colorful personality. Elise was never much of a bikini girl, and after a while she even felt like her one-piece and board shorts weren't streamlined enough (not to mention not nearly enough protection if she wiped out over some rocks). So she got herself a wetsuit, and that's what she always wears to the beach now.
If she's got nothing else to do, Elise will spend the whole day at the beach. She'll get up at dawn and surf, before the waves get too crowded, then she'll stop around noon and have lunch on the boardwalk, at Surf'n'Subs, the little sandwich shop owned by Sunny's parents. Then she'll take out her sketchbook and sketch the ocean, or seagulls, or random people on the beach, whatever catches her eye. Before too long, though, the waves are calling her and she's back in the water. She'll surf until sunset, then her aunt will pick her up and take her home. Surfing is Better with Company
After the defeat of Dr. Monochrome, the Black Knight decided it was time to reveal his secret identity... not that he had too much of one. He was Brandon Kingston; he and his twin brother William (the White Knight) shared an apartment and worked menial jobs to cover their expenses. They were both having a hard time adjusting to this world. To them the Knights were who they really were, and their lives here were just a means to an end. But with Monochrome defeated, and their Princess avenged, they were both somewhat at a loss. Spectrum was their only link to this world now. William had become sullen; he had loved his Princess, and now that Spectrum had her starseed, she was truly lost to him.
Brandon, however, was completely enamored with Sailor Spectrum after their last battle, and so began to spend as much time with Elise as he could. When she invited him surfing, he was a little intimidated, but couldn't turn her down. He wasn't very good at it, but he loved spending time with her, seeing her do something she loved so much. And even if he hurt his pride falling off his board again and again, it was more than worth it to have the chance watch the sunset with her. Art Notes
Elise is *so* not a traditional swimsuit kind of girl. Most swimsuits are so impractical, and bikinis... forget it. Definitely not for her. But surfing and wetsuits? That's more like it.
I feel like I've really found my style recently, so I decided to use that, rather than the super-stylized look I originally designed the characters in. I'm still trying to work out the shading for it, but I'm getting there.
Background stock: [link] [link] [link]
Song: Let's Go Surfing by The Drums