Fan Art Friday: Stormtrooper Calaveras

Welcome back to our Star Wars coloring book club, where Kiri from Star Wars Anonymous and I color the same image every month to compare and contrast.

This month I am welcoming fall with a Día de los Muertos themed picture.


I had so much fun with this one! I decorated the stormtrooper heads as calaveras in the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) tradition. This holiday is celebrated in Mexican communities on November 1, corresponding with All Saints’ Day. The Disney movie Coco is a good depiction of the Día de los Muertos traditions.

Calaveras are decorated skulls, often made of sugar, that are a symbol of the holiday. I love the idea of stormtrooper calaveras because the helmets look a bit like skulls. I had a lot of fun thinking up designs for the calaveras. The first one I did was the top right one, which started out a bit rough, but I got better as I went along. It was a nice change from the normal blocks of color that I do for these.

For the rest of the image, I wanted to represent the colorful spirit of the ofrendas, or altars, including the traditional marigold flowers. There is one spot that I colored blue and now I wish I had done red, but otherwise I like how it turned out.

Kiri also had the idea of using patterns in her image! I love the colors she chose this month, it came out great.

Here is the coloring in progress:

9 thoughts on “Fan Art Friday: Stormtrooper Calaveras

  1. For Tyeth October 5, 2019 / 6:19 pm

    I never would have connected Stormtrooper helmets to Día de los Muertos but it kinda makes sense now I think about it! Having seen the trailer for “The Mandalorian” and seeing the helmets used as grave markers it definitely makes sense. Really like the way each helmet has a different design.

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    • Mei-Mei October 6, 2019 / 8:01 am

      Thanks, I had fun figuring out the designs, even if they didn’t always come out how I saw them in my head lol. I have seen Day of the Dead stormtroopers before, so it’s not like this is an original idea, but I really like your connection to the helmets in The Mandalorian’s trailer. Definitely has that same feel!

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  2. pam@ichoosethis October 6, 2019 / 10:34 am

    love me some stormtroopers and Dia de los Muertos for sure!! and Coco is one of my favorite all time movies!!

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    • Mei-Mei October 12, 2019 / 2:00 pm

      I love Coco, too! I’m so glad it’s on Netflix right now so I can watch it all the time.

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      • pam@ichoosethis October 12, 2019 / 3:50 pm



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