Fan Art Friday: Happy 4th of July!

Another sketch from my high school notebook.  I don’t know why these Chinese and Japanese characters from Cardcaptor Sakura are celebrating the US Independence Day, but hey, I gave them cute costumes.  Li Syaoran is Uncle Sam, Sakura is the Statue of Liberty, and Meiling is doing acrobatics in a festive parade-watching outfit.

I hope you all here in the US have a great holiday weekend (if you’re really lucky this year it’s four days :)).  Even if our country’s not perfect, we have a lot to be proud of and thankful for.  We can celebrate and look forward to an even better future together.

Fan Art Friday: Anakin’s Passion

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 had so much more fun with this one than I did with the last.
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I wouldn’t say this is my favorite or anything, but I like some of the stuff I did.  I started by doing the green circles in varying shades of green, and I love the way it came out!  Then I did the flame-looking designs in some warm shades.

I wanted to incorporate some more blue, like from Anakin’s lightsaber, so I did the bottom designs in varying blue shades.  But I think this area came out reminding me of Flounder from The Little Mermaid haha.

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As a side note, am I missing it, or does Anakin not have his Padawan braid in this image?  I guess it could be swinging behind his head or something.

I’m glad I picked this image, because although Anakin from Episode II is one of the most lackluster characters of the whole saga, I think this image really shows his personality and characteristics well.

Check out Kiri’s great version here to see her “transitional” Anakin!

Fan Art Friday: Sakura calls on JUMP

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Another Cardcaptor Sakura sketch.  Here she has her staff from the second story arc, with the Sakura cards, and she has just used the JUMP card (maybe still in her hand).  The costume is my design.  She has cool boots, and some kind of tulle coming out from an underskirt.

I really like her hair in this one!  And the cape.  I was obviously trying to indicate some movement during her jump.

This is dated 2003 at the bottom.  This is when I was in high school, almost 15 years ago!

Fan Art Friday: May the Force Be With You

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 hope you all had a good Star Wars Day yesterday!  I wore R2-D2 socks at work 🙂

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For this pattern, I was going to do my normal three- or four-color palette, but I got bored partway through and kept adding more colors.  I was originally going to do all the X-wings in blue, but after I did one, I changed my mind.  I remembered that many of the Rebels’ and Resistance’s fighter squads are named after colors, so I went with a rainbow theme to showcase all the different squads that helped take down the Death Stars (and Starkiller Base).

Some of the well-known squadrons include:

  • Blue Squadron (present at the Battle of Scarif)
  • Black Squadron (Poe Dameron’s group present at Starkiller Base)
  • Red Squadron (Luke Skywalker’s group present at the first Death Star)
  • Gold Squadron (actually a Y-wing group, but also present at the Battle of Scarif and the first Death Star)

I’m sure there are more in Legends, also!

I also started doing the swirly parts as gold and green, but got bored partway through and switched to blue and green.  Hence, this month’s picture is very colorful!  Kiri’s is also very colorful; check hers out here!

You can also see a red pencil mark at the bottom of the page; that’s from when I was coloring the picture on the opposite page!  Oops.  Hilariously, I accidentally made a mark on the other page while I was coloring this one…

For next month, I used Kiri’s trick of opening the book to a random page.  But this one looks pretty interesting:

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Fan Art Friday: Judge me by my size, do you?

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 we are featuring Yoda, looking young and spry.

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I like this one much better than last month’s!  I started with a color scheme of yellow (for the flowers), green (for Yoda), and brown (for his robes), and then added some blue to the background for interest.

Above Yoda’s head is the symbol of the Jedi Order.  That, plus the lightsaber in hand, makes me think this is Prequel Yoda (as I said, he also looks pretty spry).  I remember being really awed in the theater when Yoda busted out his lightsaber and started jumping around.  As a shorter-than-average person, Yoda is such an inspiration!

I didn’t quite get the “glowing” effect I wanted on the lightsaber, so I tried to make the Jedi Order symbol glow, and I really like the way it turned out.

Here’s a step-by-step of my progress: