Fan Art Friday: Remembering Leia

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.  We’ve been doing this since 2016 and still haven’t run out of pictures to color!

I just got a new set of colored pencils for Christmas, so I was eager to try out all the new colors.  It was nice to be able to have a different color palette, but I felt like I did a lot of blending to get it to look closer to how I wanted it.  The new pencils are really nice to color with though!

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This isn’t the best picture because I had bad lighting and had to do some photo editing to make it look better.  The background is actually shaded with a light blue though it doesn’t show up well here.

ETA: Here is a slightly better picture, though I left the original for posterity 😀

I picked shades of pink and purple for the flowers for a couple reasons.  First, these feminine colors seemed appropriate for Leia here.  Although she didn’t have any agency in choosing this outfit (ugh), Leia does show that it is possible to be feminine and badass at the same time.  Remember, she kills Jabba while wearing this bikini!  Femininity can be powerful.

Second, these flowers look like Forget-me-Nots to me, which can be pink, purple, and blue.  I thought this was also appropriate as a tribute to Leia as well as the actress that played her, Carrie Fisher.  I was so pleased with how they were able to include her character in The Rise of Skywalker in order to give her a fitting send off.  The use of previous footage and visual effects worked so seamlessly, and it was wonderful to see Leia as “Master Skywalker,” even if just for a bit.

Also, check out Kiri’s version that uses the botanical details to reference Queen Amidala’s famous red gown.

On Life and Death and Art

My dad passed away recently.  He was the biggest supporter of my blog here at Jedi by Knight, reading every post I wrote and often mentioning them to me when we spoke.  Even my husband rarely reads my blog!  To know that someone, somewhere was reading what I write was a huge gift, just one of many such gifts my dad gave me.

42410301. sy475 A librarian by profession, my dad is one of the reasons I was an early reader.  Our house was filled with books, and he nearly always had one or two Louis L’amour novels by his comfy chair in the living room.  He occasionally asked my opinion on YA or anime to include in his library’s collection.

The last book I gave him (on the occasion of his retirement) was Louise Penny’s Still Life, which he described as slow and character-driven.  In short, my dad was someone who understood the value of novels to enhance our lives.

My mom and I spent a lot of time in various hospitals while my dad was sick; I was a bit surprised to find something all hospitals have in common: beautiful artwork.

Artwork in a hospital?  Don’t sick people and doctors have better things to do than contemplate the meaning of some shapes on the wall?

Actually, no, I realized once I thought about it.  I see art as an essential part of life, a way to tell a truth through a different medium, shapes rather than words.  Where better to see an expression of the meaning of life than among the sick and dying?

This is artwork from the hospital where my dad died: “Ahuja Azure, Citron and Amber Persian Wall” by the famous glass artist Dale Chihuly.  It may seem like a little thing, but seeing this piece there truly helped me in a difficult time.  It reminded me that even as I was experiencing heartbreak and suffering, there is still beauty in the world.

So, one thing I will take from my dad’s death as well as his life is the positive impact of art and books in people’s lives.  He will be missed here, but my blog will carry on in this spirit–his spirit–for as long as I am writing.

 

Fan Art Friday: Center Switch!

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.

Anticipating the release of The Rise of Skywalker later this month, I picked an image with the original Skywalkers: Luke and Leia on a speeder bike chase through the Endor forest.

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This one was extremely busy and I didn’t quite know how to handle it. I did the background designs in earthy tones, like the Endor forest flying by. Then I wanted something to stand out from that, so I went very bold with the flowers and other top designs. The blue reminds me of the air rushing by as they are speeding along.

Check out Kiri’s excellent version of the siblings here.

This scene always made me laugh a little. Like, how did Luke even know how to jam their comlinks? But then again, if an Ewok can figure out the speeder, I guess it can’t be too hard.

I can’t wait to find out how the stories of Luke and Leia (and their family) end later this month!

Fan Art Friday: Sebulba

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, we have one of the antagonists of Episode I, the Dug podracer Selbulba.

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This one was not that interesting.  Sebulba is kinda brown, and his headgear is kinda brown (ETA: apparently it’s actually grey, whoops).  I didn’t have any great ideas for the background either, so I asked my husband what color he thought of when he thought of Sebulba (isn’t this the kind of question you ask your spouse all the time??).

He immediately said orange, because of Selbuba’s pod!  Genius.  So I did some orange tones for the flowers and the decorations.

And that’s about it.  I’m happy with how it looks, but I wouldn’t say it was one of my favorites, which kinda jives with my feelings about Sebulba.  He is a pretty one-dimensional character, a fine opponent for the podrace but not all that interesting.

Check out Kiri’s version of this Bantha Poodoo character here!

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: