Fan Art Friday: May the Force Be With You

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 hope you all had a good Star Wars Day yesterday! ¬†I wore R2-D2 socks at work ūüôā

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For this pattern, I was going to do my normal three- or four-color palette, but I got bored partway through and kept adding more colors. ¬†I was originally going to do all the X-wings in blue, but after I did one, I changed my mind. ¬†I remembered that many of the Rebels’ and Resistance’s fighter squads are named after colors, so I went with a rainbow theme to showcase all the different squads that helped take down the Death Stars (and Starkiller Base).

Some of the well-known squadrons include:

  • Blue Squadron (present at the Battle of Scarif)
  • Black Squadron (Poe Dameron’s group present at Starkiller Base)
  • Red Squadron (Luke Skywalker’s group present at the first Death Star)
  • Gold Squadron (actually a Y-wing group, but also present at the Battle of Scarif and the first Death Star)

I’m sure there are more in Legends, also!

I also started doing the swirly parts as gold and green, but got bored partway through and switched to blue and green. ¬†Hence, this month’s picture is very colorful! ¬†Kiri’s is also very colorful; check hers out here!

You can also see a red pencil mark at the bottom of the page; that’s from when I was coloring the picture on the opposite page! ¬†Oops. ¬†Hilariously, I accidentally made a mark on the other page while I was coloring this one…

For next month, I used Kiri’s trick of opening the book to a random page. ¬†But this one looks pretty interesting:

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Fan Art Friday: Judge me by my size, do you?

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 we are featuring Yoda, looking young and spry.

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I like this one much better than last month’s! ¬†I started with a color scheme of yellow (for the flowers), green (for Yoda), and brown (for his robes), and then added some blue to the background for interest.

Above Yoda’s head is the symbol of the Jedi Order. ¬†That, plus the lightsaber in hand, makes me think this is Prequel Yoda (as I said, he also looks pretty spry). ¬†I remember being really awed in the theater when Yoda busted out his lightsaber and started jumping around. ¬†As a shorter-than-average person, Yoda is such an inspiration!

I didn’t quite get the “glowing” effect I wanted on the lightsaber, so I tried to make the Jedi Order symbol glow, and I really like the way it turned out.

Here’s a step-by-step of my progress:

 

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: 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 Padm√©’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. 

Neither the Empire nor the Jedi are good at libraries

As you were watching Rogue One, did you hear a little voice in the back of your head? ¬†Maybe it said something like: “Wait. The Empire doesn’t do cloud storage? All their info is located on Scarif? ¬†And then they just blew it up?”

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Then you told that voice to shut up because you were too busy having fun watching an awesome movie to worry about the Empire’s inadequacies in data storage.

But in case you want to explore that line of thought further, check out this post about digital archives in Rogue One (a lesson in what not to do).

Some of the author’s points include:

  • the actual physical storage and recovery system is inefficient
  • there are no layers of security; once you’re in, you’re in
  • the Empire and Rebellion apparently use the same file formats
  • ineffective use of metadata

He goes on to point out that the Jedi were no better.  Jocasta Nu, in particular, I always thought was a terrible librarian.  On her watch, whole star systems were deleted from the archives, not to mention that she was totally condescending and unhelpful to the Jedi trying to do research.

Incompetence/stupidity can be lame as a plot device, but I think Star Wars does pretty well with it. ¬†I admit that I did kind of like that Tarkin blew up the archives to cover up everything (and undoubtedly blame it all on Krenic). ¬†The Empire is the kind of government where things don’t have to work well, they just have to work in your favor.