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:

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Relaxing by Coloring Turtles

In the summer, my work does this thing on Thursdays where you can go during your lunch break to color or play checkers or do sudoku. You guys won’t be surprised that I always go to color. They have coloring books full of sea life, but I gravitate toward the turtles.

Turtles were my sorority mascot, so it goes without saying that I have a lot of turtle stuff, and also that my sisters purchased so many turtle things for my kid (who can easily say “turtle” now).

They have markers at work, which is a nice change for me since I use colored pencils at home for my Star Wars coloring book. My favorite technique for these pictures is to pick a set of three colors to alternate in one section, then pick a slightly different set of three for the next section. I did that here for the turtle flippers and the water.

Sometimes I don’t have time to get through a whole picture on my break. I’ve tried doing this turtle several times before finally taking one copy home to finish!

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The finished product

I also picked up coloring sheet when we were on vacation in Florida last year: more turtles!

I’ve been dealing with a lot of stress and anxiety recently, so coloring is really helpful for my mental health. I always feel better after coloring! I did this one while watching Empire of Dreams, a cool Star Wars documentary from 2004; you can check it out on Netflix.

Fan Art Friday: Colorful Clone Trooper

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.

I was not feeling particularly inspired for this one, so I picked most of the colors at random.  I think it came out pretty well, considering.  I’m not crazy about the red designs on the sides; I think they look like crab claws.  My favorite part is the blue halo part around the trooper’s head–I think it looks like he’s going into hyperspace or something.

You can check out Kiri’s simple and elegant version here.  She also used blue to highlight the trooper’s head.

My kid also decided to join in this month!  Here’s an attempt at Boba Fett with an excellent color palette:

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Fan Art Friday: AT-AT Blues

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.

Can you tell what this month’s mandala is made up of? It has parts from an AT-AT walker, including the feet, head, and joints.

AT-AT stands for All Terrain Armored Transport, and they most notably appears in The Empire Strikes Back during the Empire’s ground assault on the Rebel base on Hoth. Seeing the AT-AT brought Hoth to mind, so I used a lot of cool colors to represent that frozen, snowy place.

I was intending to be a little more daring with this one, but I really ended up playing it safe, using a standard limited color scheme and a lot of symmetry. But I still like the way it turned out, even if it is a bit boring.

You can check out Kiri’s summer fiesta version here.

If you want to see more of Hoth, enjoy this Bad Lip Reading of the Battle of Hoth put to song. I even analyzed the rap for you.

Fan Art Friday: The Mighty Jabba

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.  You can check out her version here.

I’m not sure why Jabba was juxtaposed with pansies here, but sure, we’ll go with it.

The flowers in the top part reminded me of the wisps of smoke coming from Jabba’s water pipe, so I colored them very lightly like smoke.  But maybe too lightly, because you can’t really tell I did it at all here!  Haha here are some close-ups so you can better appreciate my intention.

Next time we are returning to mandalas with this one that appears on the back cover:

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