This image started out as a rough idea for a tattoo I wanted to get in the future, and while browsing some minimalist poster designs I got inspired to add some flair to this old idea. Many different medias feature blood moons in different ways, and this one was inspired by cheesy horror movies and the game Terraria. It actually started as a Japanese red sun, and I was going to draw a bridge in which fish would leap over to become dragons in the sky. This idea comes from the legend of the Dragon Gate, an old Chinese tale that describes fish that leap over a waterfall to obtain dragonhood. As I was coloring it in however, I realized it held a more eerie, almost vintage aesthetic to it that really reminded me of old horror posters. I decided to stick with it and altered the palette to be a bit dimmer and more of a flat red gradient rather than the previously red and orange gradient.
Browsing through a wide variety of minimalist art and posters gave me a broad yet somewhat inconclusive idea of what I wanted my end product to look like. Some pieces were plain text with a single shape, others were surprisingly detailed with shading and lots of colors. I wanted my end result to be minimalistic yet interesting to look at, and really bring focus to it. Limited colors that were close to each other in hue, clean lines and shapes, and making sure I didn’t add too many details where they weren’t needed. I considered adding buildings or trees in the background and realized that the more I added the less minimalistic it’d be.
This piece was made completely with Grafx2, a free pixel art program. I made the moon with a circle tool and shaded it in by hand. The bridge, outlines, and water reflections were all done by hand with the help of a copy, flip and paste. The text was made by the program as well, it features hundreds of fonts and allows for various colors, effects and sizes! I wrote out “BLOOD” and MOON” separately so that I could stack the words on top of each other. I considered having both words stretch out across the image but thought the text wouldn’t stand out enough and would feel forced.