Fan Art Friday: It’s Time to D-D-Duel!

Yu-Gi-Oh! was one of my first anime, so of course it worked its way into my drawings in high school.

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I always liked Téa (thought I liked Mai more…).  I traced most of her face (the eyes in particular are too good to be mine), and intended to draw a card in her hand, but I forget which one I was going to draw.

I meant to add more detail to this one, too, but never finished.  Note the glove holding Star Chips from Duelist Kindgom.  The card is the trap card Gift of the Mystical Elf, but her eyes are closed as they appear on the Mystical Elf monster card.  (I don’t know why I did that lol) The Mystical Elf was one of my favorite creatures from the anime.

I never had a chance to play the Yu-Gi-Oh! collector card game, which is like a version of the Duel Monsters card game played in the manga/anime.  But I’ve been playing the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links app game a lot recently, and it’s very fun.  I even have my own Gift of the Mystical Elf trap card!

The game play is really good, though not identical to the CCG or to the anime.  Several of the familiar cards have different effects/values/etc.

Playing Duel Links inspired me to start watching Yu-Gi-Oh! on Netflix again, especially after I realized I’d never seen all the episodes of Season 2 (the Battle City/Egyptian Gods arc).

Fan Art Friday: Lightsaber battle

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

Not gonna lie, this is probably my least favorite picture I’ve done.  I don’t really hate it, it’s just totally blahhhh.  I hope Kiri’s turned out better. (Spoiler alert: it totally did!  Check out her awesome Mustafar-themed picture here!)

The background design reminded me of a circle of  Imperial Royal Guards with their red hoods, observing the battle, so I colored it all in varying reds, which ended up being too much red together.  Also, I hadn’t looked at the lightsaber hilts yet: the left blue one is Obi-Wan’s, and the right red one is Vader’s, recreating their showdown on the Death Star.  But now the red lightsaber doesn’t stand out at all.  I tried to add some shadowing to help, but, meh.

For the rest, I tried to focus on colors of other lightsabers, so we have some Jedi green, blue, and of course purple for the one and only Mace Windu.  I considered doing some magenta for Mara Jade or silver for Corran Horn, but that seemed too difficult.

Here’s my pick for next month:

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Fan Art Friday: Harry and Hermione

Eventually, my blog will just devolve into coloring book pictures all the time.  But it’s so much fun!  I just got a bunch of new books for Christmas, so I’m sure I’ll be sharing some here occasionally.

These are actually postcards.  Hermione is going to my sister, who got me the postcards.  Harry is going to my nieces, who colored cards for me for my birthday, so I figured I could color a card for them, too.  Also, I’m trying to turn them into nerds.

Hermione’s Bag of Holding looked like a flower to me, so I colored it to look like a thistle.  She also has golden Timeturners around her.

I thought that circle behind Harry kinda looked like the Mirror of Erised, so I colored it blue, which for some reason seemed the most mirror-like color.  For the border of Harry’s, I chose the main colors for each house: red for Gryffindor, green for Slytherin, blue for Ravenclaw, and yellow for Hufflepuff.

I have always thought of myself as a Ravenclaw (I even bought a Ravenclaw scarf when I went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter), but Pottermore sorted me in Hufflepuff.  This has led to an existential crisis on my part.  I admit, I would have placed Hufflepuff second, but I don’t know if I can let go of my Ravenclaw identity.  And remember, the hat takes your feelings into account!

Fan Art Friday: MTFBWY, Carrie Fisher

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

This month, our choice honors the woman who gave life to Princess Leia, and was just as fierce and strong off-screen as well.  Carrie Fisher passed away suddenly in December, and all nerds and geeks mourn her loss.

I picked this image because Leia looks pretty badass here.  It’s so simple that I really enjoyed being more creative and less literal with this one.  I colored the swirls in a gradient of different shades of green and blue, which I think came out looking pretty cool.

Coloring Leia’s dress white would have been boring, so I went with pink!  This reminded me of the Women’s March a few weeks ago, where many women held signs with Princess Leia on them, inspiring them to resistance.  I was also inspired by Kiri’s picture of Leia in a blue ombre dress, which was inspired by Padmé’s handmaiden dress.

I decided not to color her skin because it looked more like street art or something that way.

Carrie Fisher was not just an entertaining actress and writer; she was also a tireless advocate for feminism and mental health.  I don’t think her life was an easy one, but she kept on living, and living by her own rules in particular.  She is still living, in all of our hearts and memories.

Be sure to check out Kiri’s version of this picture as well, and read her moving discussion of Leia’s impact on her life and in fandom. 

Fan Art Friday: Queen of Naboo

What better way to continue celebrating the new year than with a Star Wars coloring book page?  This month, we are showing the prequels some love, having colored Queen Amidala of Naboo from Episode I.

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As usual, I started with Amidala, then filled in the rest in the background.  I had to sharpen my red pencil in the middle of this haha.  Amidala’s outfits are one of the highlights of the prequels for me, and this one is so iconic.

I had a lot of fun combining colors to make different shades.  For example, I added some orange to dark yellow to make the gold on Amidala’s outfit and the borders.  I added dark brown to mahogany for the pillar scrollwork.

I discovered while coloring this that Naboo actually has three moons; I think the one pictured is Rori, which looks visually similar to Naboo.

The gold decorations down her front took the longest, but were strangely fun to do.  Here it is in progress (before I layered the orange on the swirly parts):

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At first I was going to color the whole Theed palace all in green, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it because it wasn’t accurate.  So I did a cool gradient thing with the rocks instead.  It’s probably my favorite part of the picture, but I still feel like the picture as a whole would be better if I’d gone with my original plan (stronger contrasts).

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Kiri was too busy to join in this month, but hopefully we’ll see her version over at Star Wars Anonymous soon.   We’ll be back with another picture next month!