Fan Art Friday: The Phantom Menace

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.

I kind of enjoyed this one, mostly because I was able to do it almost entirely while my kid was napping.

This mandala has The Phantom Menace written all over it.  Amidala’s headdress, the Trade Federation’s droid control ship, and the dueling lightsabers all reminded me of the first prequel movie.  Although the lightsabers are generic, because it reminded me of Duel of the Fates, I colored one green for Qui-Gon and one red for Darth Maul.

Check out Kiri’s version with some lovely colors (and Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan’s lightsabers) here.

Next month we’ll do the slightly obscure Ephant Mon (near the back of the book).

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Fan Art Friday: Sacred Spaceships

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 is actually our first picture of 2019!

This image has two components: the trapezoid shapes are Lambda-class shuttle wings, and the round shapes are TIE fighter viewports.  So it’s a mandala of Imperial spaceships.

I chose this one because it reminded me of a stained glass window, specifically a Gothic rose window, like the famous one at Notre Dame in Paris.

Rayonnant Gothic rose window (north transept), Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral
Zachi Evenor based on File:North rose window of Notre-Dame de Paris, Aug 2010.jpg by Julie Anne Workman [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
That’s why I used a bunch of bold primary colors, but whenever I do that in these pictures I never like it as much as when I use weirder color themes.  So I think this one turned out ok, but not my favorite.

Be sure to check out Kiri’s completely different, industrial monochromatic take on the spaceship mandala. I love the direction she took for it!

Fan Art Friday: Let it Snow!

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I hesitate to actually call this fan art, because it’s an original drawing and not actually fan art.  But all my sketches have gone under this series heading, so I guess this one can too. 😉

In any case, I hope you all are getting into the spirit of the season!

 

 

Fan Art Friday: At last we will reveal ourselves to the Jedi

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.

I have complicated feelings about Darth Maul.  How could such a cool character only get two lines in The Phantom Menace?  Why did The Clone Wars essentially replace him with his brother, Savage Opress, only to bring him back to life in a dumb way that is now canon?  Why is he from Dathomir, instead of the Zabrak homeworld of Iridonia?  Why did they bring him into Solo at all?

Yet despite all these questionable story decisions, I still have a fondness for the Sith apprentice with the awesome double-bladed lightsaber.  He has plenty of great storylines that have been told in books and on TV, and great actors behind his portrayal.

I had fun with this picture.  I didn’t have any grand plan for it, I just chose colors as I went along, starting with Maul’s portrait and working outward.

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In fact, I have reached the point where I need to sharpen my pencils again.  I discovered that the four colors I use the most are: jade green, aqua green, red, and golden yellow.  Obviously, I used several of those here.

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My shortest pencils

Check out Kiri’s subtle, dried-up color palette of Maul here.  As she points out, this was the very first page in the coloring book.  Kind of funny we’re only now getting around to it after a few years of doing this!

 

Fan Art Friday: Drizzt Do’Urden

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Kiri and I will be back soon with our Star Wars coloring book.  In the meantime, have a picture of the most famous dark elf ever.

In college I went through a summer where I read every Forgotten Realms book by R.A. Salvatore featuring his most famous creation, the drow Drizzt Do’Urden.  I blame my husband for getting me hooked (he lent me all of them).  You can clearly tell this is Drizzt because he is dual-wielding scimitars.

I haven’t kept up with the Drizzt books from the past 10 years or so, though Salvatore is still writing about him.  I kind of lost interest after a dozen plus novels.  But Drizzt still has a special place in my heart.