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:

Fan Art Friday: Artoo Awakens

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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I chose a simple picture this month so I would be able to color and schedule this post ahead of time.  Also, R2-D2 is one of the few characters that appears in all Star Wars movies thus far, and I’m looking forward to seeing him again soon on the big screen.

Although The Force Awakens introduced the wonderful BB-8 as a new favorite droid, many of us were disappointed with the very small role that R2 had in that movie (only barely more than Luke himself).  Hopefully we will see more of him this time around in The Last Jedi.

So much of the advertising materials for TLJ have featured the color red prominently, so I chose red shades for the decorative details, and then just tried to color R2 as realistically as possible.  Of course, since I can never take anything too seriously, I added a little “beep boop” near his head.  R2 always seems to have something to say about any given situation.

Check out Kiri’s version of the “overweight glob of grease” here.  We’ll see you again in the new year!