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.

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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:

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Fan Art Friday: Colorful Clone Trooper

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.

I was not feeling particularly inspired for this one, so I picked most of the colors at random.  I think it came out pretty well, considering.  I’m not crazy about the red designs on the sides; I think they look like crab claws.  My favorite part is the blue halo part around the trooper’s head–I think it looks like he’s going into hyperspace or something.

You can check out Kiri’s simple and elegant version here.  She also used blue to highlight the trooper’s head.

My kid also decided to join in this month!  Here’s an attempt at Boba Fett with an excellent color palette:

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Fan Art Friday: AT-AT Blues

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.

Can you tell what this month’s mandala is made up of? It has parts from an AT-AT walker, including the feet, head, and joints.

AT-AT stands for All Terrain Armored Transport, and they most notably appears in The Empire Strikes Back during the Empire’s ground assault on the Rebel base on Hoth. Seeing the AT-AT brought Hoth to mind, so I used a lot of cool colors to represent that frozen, snowy place.

I was intending to be a little more daring with this one, but I really ended up playing it safe, using a standard limited color scheme and a lot of symmetry. But I still like the way it turned out, even if it is a bit boring.

You can check out Kiri’s summer fiesta version here.

If you want to see more of Hoth, enjoy this Bad Lip Reading of the Battle of Hoth put to song. I even analyzed the rap for you.

Fan Art Friday: The Mighty Jabba

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.  You can check out her version here.

I’m not sure why Jabba was juxtaposed with pansies here, but sure, we’ll go with it.

The flowers in the top part reminded me of the wisps of smoke coming from Jabba’s water pipe, so I colored them very lightly like smoke.  But maybe too lightly, because you can’t really tell I did it at all here!  Haha here are some close-ups so you can better appreciate my intention.

Next time we are returning to mandalas with this one that appears on the back cover:

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Fan Art Friday: Ephant Mon

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.  You can check out her version here.

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This one is nothing spectacular, but I kind of liked that it is simple.  Ephant Mon is a very colorless character, both literally and metaphorically.  He has grey skin (like an elephant) and a very neutral robe, so I put in some happy, spring-like colors to liven up the picture.

Ephant Mon is a very overlooked character from Return of the Jedi; he is one of Jabba’s cronies and appears in one scene in the palace.  His name is literally a corruption of Elephant Man; as a kid I got him confused with Max Rebo, because I thought he looked like an elephant, too.  In Legends stories, Ephant Mon was the head of Jabba’s security force and got his own short story as part of Tales from Jabba’s Palace, called “Old Friends: Ephant Mon’s Tale.”

I have no idea why they felt the need to include him in this coloring book, but I like it!  I had a good time coloring this one because I am watching the end of The Clone Wars before it leaves Netflix.  I had never gotten to see the Lost Episodes.  And there will be more new episodes when TCW moves to the new Disney streaming service!