Fan Art Friday: Sakura Spring

I have a new coloring book!  My sister got me a nice book of original anime girl pictures that I have been enjoying, and here’s my first completion.

I picked this one to start for two reasons:

  1. I’m so excited for spring and flowers and nice weather that I really enjoyed coloring this picture with blooming trees in the background.
  2. This girl reminded me of Sakura from Cardcaptor Sakura (of course) because of her hair and her school uniform, and the trees in the background even look like cherry trees (called sakura in Japanese).

Here’s a close up of not-Sakura.  I made her eyes brown to differentiate her a bit from the real Sakura, who has light colored eyes.  But I did the hair in Sakura’s color.  I’m still considering this fan art haha.

I wanted the background to be very soft colors to contrast with the boldness of her outfit, but it was a bit too much for my phone’s camera and you can barely tell I colored the background at all.  Here’s a shot of the cherry trees so you can appreciate my subtle coloring. 😂

I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of the images in the book over the coming months.  There are so many cute ones I can’t wait to share with you.

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Fan Art Friday: Social Distancing Mandela

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.  It’s been a while, but we’re finally back!

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My feelings about this image changed dramatically as I went through the process of coloring it, which kind of mirrors my general emotional state right now during our current health crisis and social distancing.

When I saw this mandala, I immediately had a color scheme in mind and was excited to get started.  I did the first, central bit and really loved it.  Then as I kept going, I started questioning my choices and about halfway through I really hated it.  Then when I opened it back up to do the very last bits, I was able to see it more as a whole and now I like it okay.  I wouldn’t say it’s one of the best I’ve done, but I’m happy with how it turned out.

Also, I am unclear how this image is related to Star Wars?  I asked my husband and he was also unable to give a satisfactory answer.  Some of the pieces look industrial, like ships or vehicles or something, but I can’t peg exactly what they are from.  Any guesses??

 

 

 

Fan Art Friday: Celestial Balance

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Here is a fun little elf sketch from my high school sketchbook!  I drew this in conjunction with a short story I wrote around the same time, “Celestial Balance.”  The elf in the story has curly hair, but there was no way I was going to be able to draw that!

Keep reading for the story!

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Fan Art Friday: Remembering Leia

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.  We’ve been doing this since 2016 and still haven’t run out of pictures to color!

I just got a new set of colored pencils for Christmas, so I was eager to try out all the new colors.  It was nice to be able to have a different color palette, but I felt like I did a lot of blending to get it to look closer to how I wanted it.  The new pencils are really nice to color with though!

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This isn’t the best picture because I had bad lighting and had to do some photo editing to make it look better.  The background is actually shaded with a light blue though it doesn’t show up well here.

ETA: Here is a slightly better picture, though I left the original for posterity 😀

I picked shades of pink and purple for the flowers for a couple reasons.  First, these feminine colors seemed appropriate for Leia here.  Although she didn’t have any agency in choosing this outfit (ugh), Leia does show that it is possible to be feminine and badass at the same time.  Remember, she kills Jabba while wearing this bikini!  Femininity can be powerful.

Second, these flowers look like Forget-me-Nots to me, which can be pink, purple, and blue.  I thought this was also appropriate as a tribute to Leia as well as the actress that played her, Carrie Fisher.  I was so pleased with how they were able to include her character in The Rise of Skywalker in order to give her a fitting send off.  The use of previous footage and visual effects worked so seamlessly, and it was wonderful to see Leia as “Master Skywalker,” even if just for a bit.

Also, check out Kiri’s version that uses the botanical details to reference Queen Amidala’s famous red gown.

Fan Art Friday: Center Switch!

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.

Anticipating the release of The Rise of Skywalker later this month, I picked an image with the original Skywalkers: Luke and Leia on a speeder bike chase through the Endor forest.

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This one was extremely busy and I didn’t quite know how to handle it. I did the background designs in earthy tones, like the Endor forest flying by. Then I wanted something to stand out from that, so I went very bold with the flowers and other top designs. The blue reminds me of the air rushing by as they are speeding along.

Check out Kiri’s excellent version of the siblings here.

This scene always made me laugh a little. Like, how did Luke even know how to jam their comlinks? But then again, if an Ewok can figure out the speeder, I guess it can’t be too hard.

I can’t wait to find out how the stories of Luke and Leia (and their family) end later this month!