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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Fan Art Friday: Portrait of a Queen

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.

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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).

Fan Art Friday: Shadow of Vader

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.

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We’re back after a month off with this interesting picture, which I think is one of the few in the book that combines prequel and OT images.  I wasn’t particularly inspired with this one, but I like the way it came out fine. Nothing really exciting.

I knew I wanted it to be heavily red and warm tones, because of Sith lightsabers, and Tatooine, and Anakin’s podracing helmet.  I thought using green for the leaves would be too much green, so I did kind of a greenish yellow, as if the leaves were wilting and fading.  Kind of fitting for Anakin’s fall to the Dark Side.

Check out Kiri’s beautiful image and her thoughts on Anakin’s transformation here.

Next month we’ll do a portrait of Queen Amidala: