aku-aku: v.. To move a tall, flat bottomed object (such as a bookshelf) by swiveling it alternatively on its corners in a "walking" fashion. [After the book by Thor Heyerdahl theorising the statues of Easter Island were moved in this fashion.] source: LangMaker.com. Aku Aku also has another meaning to the islanders: a spiritual guide.
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8 of 52: Mie Vexel
Posted by dav at 2007 November 16 03:59 PM
File under: Art

I was doing a search for Hello Kitty images (for another project) and ran across an image at vexel.net (btw, I really like their bamboo-themed banner). I'd never heard of vexel graphics before although it reminded me of that old Duran Duran style. I ended up following a link to the artist's site and her page at Deviant Art and contacted her to see if she'd do a commission piece. I was thinking it would be cool to have an image of Mie in that style. Before she got back to me on her rates, I considered that maybe I should look into doing one myself as this week's art thing. I assumed at first that it would be much too hard, but realized I should at least try. With a little research I found a pretty good tutorial and realized my Photoshop skills were probably up to the task.

So I started with this image:
Mie at Silveira

Then using the tutorial as a guide I made a basic vexel Mie:

I made sure to have a no hair version so I could play with hair styles a bit:

Then, since I <3 SuicideGirls, I added some spiky hair:

And then some red highlights:

Finally I gave her a lip ring and lightened the skin tone a bit:
mie vexel

If you have Adobe Photoshop, you can download the image file and play around with the layers to make your own custom Mie.

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