Fan Art Friday: Watercolor 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.  This time Kiri picked the last picture in the book.

When I first looked at this image, the wavy designs reminded me of water and seaweed and Otoh Gunga.  So, I started with a mix of cool colors in light shades for a kind of watercolor effect.

That was when I realized that the designs are the Imperial Guard helmets. Soooo the very bright, very red, very military-esque guards are now represented by nice, soft watercolors.

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Imperial Guard helmets in another image for confirmation

Oh, well.  I like this one anyways.

Next month, we will do everyone’s favorite Mon Calamari, Admiral Ackbar.

 

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Fan Art Friday: Cowabunga Clone Trooper

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 I decided I was tired of coloring everything in a symmetrical pattern, so I wanted to do the four Captain Rex clone trooper helmets all different colors.

For some reason, an inspiration immediately sprang to mind: my childhood heroes, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Four helmets, four Ninja Turtles.  The more I looked at the picture, the more I liked that idea.  The circle in the center even kind of looks like a turtle shell.

Thematically, it works really well also.  The Ninja Turtles may be an American creation, but they are inspired by the culture of Japan, just like Star Wars.  The style of the helmets of Vader (and consequently the storm troopers) seem partly inspired by Japanese samurai helmets.  Obi-Wan’s sojourn on Tatooine seems much like the life of a ronin.  And most specifically, the Kurosawa’s movie The Hidden Fortress was a huge inspiration to George Lucas when making the movie that would come to be known as A New Hope.

This one was pretty quick and fun; maybe not one of my favorites, but I enjoyed it.  And for the record, Michelangelo is the best Ninja Turtle.  Cowabunga!

 

Fan Art Friday: Meesa Okeyday!

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.

Ok, so somehow this ended up being one of my favorites in a while!  I usually do the character pictures fairly realistically, and I was staring at Jar Jar thinking how boring it was going to be to color him all in various shades of brown when I decided that because Jar Jar is a ridiculous character, I was also going to color him in a ridiculous way.

I don’t hate Jar Jar, and I certainly don’t hate The Phantom Menace (it has its moments), but I would be hard pressed to say the Gungan is a well-written, well-developed, or even particularly interesting character.

So I decided I was going to color him pink.  Varying shades of pink, to be precise.  Then I went with aqua with blue accents for the border to contrast the pink.

Here is it in progress:

There is actually another picture in the book that looks almost exactly like this, just with Jar Jar facing front.  Same border and everything.  Weird.

Check out Kiri’s version here, which is is basically the mature and realistic version of mine haha.  We were on the same wavelength this time for sure, and both of our turned out great.

Next month we’re going more abstract with this mandala:

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Fan Art Friday: 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.

I’m not crazy about how this one turned out, but I don’t hate it either.  I had planned to use colors that remind me of Han Solo: Blue, red, grey, brown, and some yellow.  (Kiri actually had a similar color scheme; check out hers here).

However, then I decided for some reason to throw some green in there, and now it looks like kindergarten primary colors, which is not what I was going for.  I also got bored coloring Vader all dark brown, so I started mixing in light brown and now he’s got a weird ombré thing going on.

But luckily, this image is actually in the book twice, so I’ll get another chance at it someday!

I’m cautiously optimistic about the Solo movie based on the trailers.  I probably won’t get to see it in theaters or anything, but I always enjoy a good heist story.  In fact, if you would like a good heist story with Han and Lando, check out the Legends novel Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn.  I’m lucky enough to have a signed copy! 😀

 

Fan Art Friday: Vader’s Mask

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.

My cat wanted to get into the action this month: I left my book open on the floor and decided to add his claw marks.  I think he was trying to add to the edginess or something.

I really like the color scheme I picked this time, and the execution was okay.  I did Vader’s mask in grey and it kinda turned out looking like a skeleton.  But then I decided I liked it, because it reminded me of the scene in ROTJ when Vader tosses the Emperor over the railing, and the Force lightening energy electrocutes him so you can see his skeleton.  Not sure that’s entirely scientifically accurate, but it sure looks cool.

You can check out Kiri’s version here and enjoy its great colors and shading.

Next month in anticipation of the Solo movie, we’ll do a Han Solo-inspired image.  Fun fact: this one is actually in the book twice!

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