Kiri and I are postponing our coloring book pictures this month, so I’m bringing you an original drawing. Just as with Cardcaptor Sakura, I enjoyed drawing Queen Amidala because I could invent elaborate outfits for her. This one seems a bit medieval-inspired. The writing says “Queen Amidala” in Japanese katakana, though I made a small mistake in “queen.” The date is 2006, when I was at university. I was beginning to study Japanese and probably practicing the characters I was learning.
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.
We meet Amidala as Queen of Naboo in Episode I, and I have always loved her dresses and makeup. So I always enjoy coloring Amidala. I wanted to use the core colors of red, gold, and black from her outfit, which fit the poppies perfectly.
But I also wanted to incorporate other colors. I hit upon using royal blue, mixing blue and purple. Purple has been associated with royalty since Roman times, so I thought it was fitting thematically.
The monarch of Naboo is the head of state for the planet (the governor of Naboo being the head of goverment). It is actually an elected position, and I always thought it was strange that the people of Naboo seemed to frequently elect teenage girls to the position. Amidala was elected at the age of fourteen. In my experience, teenage girls are not always a font of calm and logic, but the queens seem to be the exception to that rule.
Check out Kiri’s version here (and read her thoughts on Amidala’s stoic facade).
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.
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):
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).
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!