A “re-draw” challenge, or “draw in your own style” challenge, isn’t a brand-new trend to take over social media. In the challenge, digital artists take on the task of re-drawing a screenshot of an animated series, or sometimes simply another artist’s character, and fearlessly put their own unique style on it as an homage. Sailor Moon has long been a favorite subject of art challenges, and the latest one is sweeping social media faster than you can say “Moon Tiara Action.”
It all starts with a screenshot that appears to be from Sailor Moon S, the third season of the original television series.
Sailor Moon’s look of concern and silent appeal to someone off-screen looks like she’s mid-battle and it’s not going well. Others see the expression on her face as quiet determination. Either way, this single screenshot has captured artist imaginations around the world. The “Sailor Moon Redraw” challenge has since taken off on Twitter, Tumblr, Deviantart, and more.
Seeing the artists’ wildly different styles, yet each one beautiful, highlights both the talent of the challenge takers and their love of the source anime. Here are just a few of our favorite takes on Sailor Moon, AKA Usagi Tsukino.
I thought I’d participate in the #sailormoonredraw challenge! ✨ pic.twitter.com/XHvSnKIqSZ— jazmin anita | art (@jvzmina) May 19, 2020
Sailor Moon screenshot redraw ! pic.twitter.com/uxwYUcKFH8— Ao ⭐🦆 (@_AoClover) September 22, 2019
Here’s my #SailorMoonRedraw pic.twitter.com/3mqQhpoqba— Sina Grace (@SinaGrace) May 19, 2020
I love her #sailormoonredraw pic.twitter.com/wSAr2Xh0sz— 🍌 Misa (@bananamisart) May 19, 2020
Q: If all of your friends did the #sailormoonredraw, would you?— Becky CloOOoOoOonan 👻 (@beckycloonan) May 19, 2020
Me (yelling): IN THE NAME OF THE M-- pic.twitter.com/Y5A33l2ZFR
セーラームーン描いてみました。#sailormoondraw pic.twitter.com/4BHmhpNDm1— 本田“帝国”和彦 (@fxstc1996) May 18, 2020
quick #sailormoonredraw— kurt 🧷 (@kurb0i) May 19, 2020
back on my bloody nose and band-aids shi#artph #procreate pic.twitter.com/DMKr1sI7YU
Something during work break haha 😂— Cioccolatodorima (@cioccolato_kun) May 19, 2020
Good Afternoon!#sailormoonredrawchallenge #sailormoonredraw pic.twitter.com/Lo7dPf2OUB
As a Sailormoon fan I feel obligated to participate in this challenge.#sailormoonredraw #sailormoonredrawchallenge pic.twitter.com/qNt7XZImlA— Silverjow (@silverjow_art) May 19, 2020
hard to balance anime style with detail/realism but this was fun! #sailormoonredrawchallenge #sailormoonredraw pic.twitter.com/zB7cVI1ety— yue (@yueko__) May 19, 2020
Please accept my offering 🙏🌙✨#sailormoonredraw #sailormoonredrawchallenge pic.twitter.com/BASiNB2EXE— XELA 🦋 VArtist @ Patrons of the Arts July 8-9 (@Xelafina) May 19, 2020
完全に自分の絵でセーラームーンさん描いｔ。 pic.twitter.com/j5Xrj3x4A1— 鬼頭えん🏴新作配信中 (@kitoen2173) May 19, 2020
セーラームーンは私にとって絵を描く原点。— みゃーこ👾 (@mya_co_) May 18, 2020
Alright. Took a moment to add some colors to this. 🙂 #sailormoon #sailormoonredraw pic.twitter.com/pJj3P4iAUQ— Stanley Artgerm™ Lau (@Artgerm) May 18, 2020
Naturally, some artists took the challenge outside the box–wayyyy outside the box–by mashing up Sailor Moon with another beloved fandom or giving a funny twist to their version. It is the internet, after all.
okay it's #sailormoonredraw but it's Edelgard in the Holy Tomb#FE風花雪月 #FE3H pic.twitter.com/rQydQa3PB5— kacchan | DND (@angerykacchan) May 19, 2020
Sailor Titan... and she’s ready to transform #redrawsailormoon #sailormoonredrawchallenge #sailormoonredraw #annie_leonhardt #ermioneart pic.twitter.com/nDG57zxBV8— ermione-Doujinma#H8 (@ermioney) May 19, 2020
"In the name of the moon, I'LL F**KIN' KILL YOU!!!"#sailormoonredraw pic.twitter.com/w9uXeqafAa— Seven/七寶🍓 (@Babyseven_77) May 19, 2020
Okay I had to do this one too #sailormoonredraw pic.twitter.com/g6DUrgJYbI— Claire (@Clairetonic) May 19, 2020
Popeye the Sailor Moon #sailormoonredraw pic.twitter.com/PbW4LK3xjQ— Mikk🍣#Power2Powerhouse🏭 (@MikkuSushi) May 18, 2020
Take a look through the hashtag for more artist interpretations of the Sailor Moon Redraw challenge. Do you have a favorite? Tell us which one in the comments.
Kelly Knox is a freelance writer in Seattle, WA who writes for Star Wars, DC Comics, and more. Follow her on Twitter.