Fan Art Friday: It’s Time to D-D-Duel!

Yu-Gi-Oh! was one of my first anime, so of course it worked its way into my drawings in high school.

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I always liked Téa (thought I liked Mai more…).  I traced most of her face (the eyes in particular are too good to be mine), and intended to draw a card in her hand, but I forget which one I was going to draw.

I meant to add more detail to this one, too, but never finished.  Note the glove holding Star Chips from Duelist Kindgom.  The card is the trap card Gift of the Mystical Elf, but her eyes are closed as they appear on the Mystical Elf monster card.  (I don’t know why I did that lol) The Mystical Elf was one of my favorite creatures from the anime.

I never had a chance to play the Yu-Gi-Oh! collector card game, which is like a version of the Duel Monsters card game played in the manga/anime.  But I’ve been playing the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links app game a lot recently, and it’s very fun.  I even have my own Gift of the Mystical Elf trap card!

The game play is really good, though not identical to the CCG or to the anime.  Several of the familiar cards have different effects/values/etc.

Playing Duel Links inspired me to start watching Yu-Gi-Oh! on Netflix again, especially after I realized I’d never seen all the episodes of Season 2 (the Battle City/Egyptian Gods arc).

Fan Art Friday: Lightsaber battle

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.

Not gonna lie, this is probably my least favorite picture I’ve done.  I don’t really hate it, it’s just totally blahhhh.  I hope Kiri’s turned out better. (Spoiler alert: it totally did!  Check out her awesome Mustafar-themed picture here!)

The background design reminded me of a circle of  Imperial Royal Guards with their red hoods, observing the battle, so I colored it all in varying reds, which ended up being too much red together.  Also, I hadn’t looked at the lightsaber hilts yet: the left blue one is Obi-Wan’s, and the right red one is Vader’s, recreating their showdown on the Death Star.  But now the red lightsaber doesn’t stand out at all.  I tried to add some shadowing to help, but, meh.

For the rest, I tried to focus on colors of other lightsabers, so we have some Jedi green, blue, and of course purple for the one and only Mace Windu.  I considered doing some magenta for Mara Jade or silver for Corran Horn, but that seemed too difficult.

Here’s my pick for next month:

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Fan Art Friday: MTFBWY, Carrie Fisher

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, our choice honors the woman who gave life to Princess Leia, and was just as fierce and strong off-screen as well.  Carrie Fisher passed away suddenly in December, and all nerds and geeks mourn her loss.

I picked this image because Leia looks pretty badass here.  It’s so simple that I really enjoyed being more creative and less literal with this one.  I colored the swirls in a gradient of different shades of green and blue, which I think came out looking pretty cool.

Coloring Leia’s dress white would have been boring, so I went with pink!  This reminded me of the Women’s March a few weeks ago, where many women held signs with Princess Leia on them, inspiring them to resistance.  I was also inspired by Kiri’s picture of Leia in a blue ombre dress, which was inspired by Padmé’s handmaiden dress.

I decided not to color her skin because it looked more like street art or something that way.

Carrie Fisher was not just an entertaining actress and writer; she was also a tireless advocate for feminism and mental health.  I don’t think her life was an easy one, but she kept on living, and living by her own rules in particular.  She is still living, in all of our hearts and memories.

Be sure to check out Kiri’s version of this picture as well, and read her moving discussion of Leia’s impact on her life and in fandom. 

Fan Art Friday: Boba Fett? Where?

Welcome back to our monthly coloring book club, where I had a super easy month.  I was participating in NaNoWriMo and didn’t have any time to color, but luckily Kiri chose Boba Fett, which is the first picture I colored when I got the book!

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Just like with the Ewoks, I’ve always been a Boba Fett fan (and a fan of all the bounty hunters in general).  And as an EU fan, I firmly believe Fett escaped the Sarlaac pit and lives on. ~_^

I had so much fun doing this one, it made me want to do more and kind of inspired these monthly posts.  I started by coloring Mr. Fett, and then worked my way out using his same color scheme.  I added the blue and yellow parts for a change of pace.

Also, I thought the ribbon banner needed some words, so I gave him a label.

My favorite part is the kind-of royal blue of the rectangular frame.  Also, I did a lot of shading in this one.  For example, all the green is the same pencil, just with different pressure applied.  Same with the red/pink.

Be sure to check out Kiri’s interpretation over at starwarsanon.wordpress.com.

I’m too tired right now to pick something for next month, but I think it should be something from the prequels, because they need some love, too.  Any suggestions?

Fan Art Friday: Yub Nub

Welcome back to our monthly Star Wars Coloring Book club!  We skipped October because Kiri was having fun in Ireland.  Here’s our November entry:

Yes, I am one of those people that loves Ewoks.  Return of the Jedi is my favorite of the Star Wars movies; I was about 8 when I first saw it, and what little girl can resist teddy bears?

Wicket W. Warrick is the first Ewok we meet in ROTJ, and I had a lot of fun with this picture.  I looked at a picture of Wicket to get his fur color right.  I wanted to keep the colors “forest-y,” so I did some leaves and vines in green, and then the flower details in “berry” colors.  The little “art nouveau” detail around Wicket’s portrait is a tan color, which seemed both woodsy and fitting for the art style.

I’m really happy with the way this one came out and it was fun to do.  Now I need to sharpen my green pencil!  Also, check out Kiri’s awesome interpretation over at Star Wars Anonymous.