Fan Art Friday: Beautiful Battle Droid

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’s image was so funny to me because of the incongruous mix of roses and a B2 super battle droid.  So I decided to play into this and make this picture as pretty as possible!

I used mostly “rose” colors: peach, pink, red, yellow, etc.  Then I threw in some green for leaves and some light blue to balance.  My favorite thing was trying to make the roses look like stained glass by outlining the petals in a darker shade.

Check out Kiri’s darling rose-loving battle droid here.

Next month, in preparation for The Last Jedi, we’ll do a close-up of R2-D2 (who is, of course, the real star of the Star Wars movies :D).

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Fan Art Friday: Boba Fett Mandala

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.

For this picture, I simply started with the idea of Boba Fett’s armor colors, mainly green with some warmer tones as accents.  I used three different shades of green for the helmet outline tessellations and the outside leaves.  I used red for what looks like the outline of Fett’s ship, the Slave I.  Last, I added some golden details to the edges of the leaves.

For not having much of a plan except “green” going in, I really like how this one came out.  I’ve always liked the idea of Mandalorian armor, how it expresses tradition as well as utility.  There’s been so much cool stuff written in Legends about Mandalorians, and Boba Fett specifically.  I couldn’t find any information on where the color scheme for Boba’s armor comes from, as it is different from both his father Jango’s and his father’s mentor Jaster Mereel’s.  Any know/have a guess?

Speaking of Jango, check out Kiri’s mash-up mandala of Jango and Boba Fett here!

Announcing a Little Jedi

As many of you who have read my recent posts have apprehended, B and I are expecting a son at the end of November.  Everything we do is geeky, so why would having a baby be any different?

We’ve already bought/received baby clothes with dinosaurs on them, a Star Wars baby calendar, and a geeky baby memory book.

One of the most exciting things for me so far has been the sonogram.  For my research job, I often look at echocardiograms, that is, sonograms of the heart.  I was so excited that they could see the baby’s heart movement; it looked just like the images I study to calculate heart function parameters.  Although the technician kind of laughed when I told her what machine we use to take the sonograms; it was the same kind she’d used when she first trained decades ago.  That’s research for you.

Right now, B and I are trying to decide on a name.  Naturally, we have several from Star Wars in the running:

Which is your favorite?  B tried to throw in some Star Trek names, like “Tiberius” and “Montgomery Scott,” but I nixed those.  Sorry.  Any other suggestions with a geeky/nerdy theme?

I will be honest, I don’t know how this blog will change once I have a kid.  Though I will be taking some time off from work, I am not planning on quitting my 9-5 research job, which will likely mean reduced writing time.  I may only be able to do one post a week, or likely even fewer.  And I’m sure a few mommy-type things will pop up here from time to time, but right now I don’t have any plans to completely change my blog theme of geeky/nerdy stuff.

We’ll just have to wait and see.  I hope you’ll all stick with me through what is possibly one of the biggest life changes imaginable!

Fan Art Friday: Han Solo

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 image has always cracked me up because it looks like Han has flowers instead of legs.

I kept the main colors in blues and reds to kind of match Han’s clothing.  The red bands kind of reminded me of the Corellian Bloodstripes on his pants.  According to Legends/EU, there are two kinds of Bloodstripes, and Han won both.

One story was that he won one set for rescuing his Wookie pal Chewbacca from Imperial slavery.  I don’t think anything official has been said in the new canon for how he got the Bloodstripes, but I’m interested to see if they will address this at all in the upcoming Young Han Solo movie.

Also be sure to check out Kiri’s interesting study of Han’s color energies here!

Next month we’ll be doing a Boba Fett mandala: