QPop Shop invited me to make a piece for their new show Sea Dragon Brothers: Tatsunoko Pro Tribute Art Show. The Tatsunoko Brothers created many memorable animated shows such as Speed Racer, Time Bokan series, Gatchaman, and Super Dimension Fortress Macross (known as Robotech in the US).
I chose to work with Robotech because it was the series from Tatsunoko that I had watched most as kid. However, I should say i was actually inspired (my wife and fellow illustrator) Laura Galbraith‘s love of the series, especially the romance between Rick Hunter (Hikaru Ichijyo) and Lisa Hayes (Misa Hayase). This piece depicts a moment from one of her favorite scenes, where Rick has just come to rescue Lisa (Misa) from the Alaska Base after a Zentradi attack. There’s an awkward moment when they are both squeezing into the single seat of Rick’s fighter, when he realizes that Lisa has to sit on his lap and he get’s sorta embarrassed.
I usually don’t don’t focus on romance much. Usually more action and goofball stuff. Was difficult for me to try to capture the right subtle emotion on the characters’ faces. Still not sure i got it right. Do they look really angry to you?