Imagine Jabba the Hutt in your mind. You see him, right: this big, lumbering, gangster slug? Now…what color is he? Green? Orange belly? But, wait, is it an orange belly? Or is it yellow? Or a weird tan? And what shade of green is he? I’m thinking of three different shades in my head.
And so began my drama with coloring in Jabba the Hutt. I had an image in my mind’s eye and when I went to actually color him, I realized I couldn’t replicate what I thought he looked like. So I turned the internet, and instead was faced with about 4 different Jabba the Hutt’s, all similar, but also slightly different.
I mean, look at this wonderful comparison done by LucasRamos13 on Reddit (Maybe it wasn’t done by him, but he posted it):
THEY ARE ALL SO DIFFERENT.
How am I supposed to produce an amazing work of art with all these nuances to his coloring?
With that aside, here is my own Fan Art Friday, in which I try to bring Jabba the Hutt back to life. I believe my subconscious was going for TPM Jabba as that is the film that had one of the biggest influences on me when I was younger AND I’ve probably seen it the most.
Alas! My soul! I do not do this great gangster justice!
But other than that, the rest of the picture was quite satisfying. I used a lot browns on top to represent Tatooine, and then on the bottom frame that surrounded him, I did unleashed my artistic genius by closing my eyes and picking out a color pencil. It worked out quite well! 😉
Overall, I enjoyed this post. Jabba is a fun/wonky character and I hope to do more of him in the future (are there any more pictures of him? We might be done with Jabba, but it would give me a chance to try to get his coloring right if there is another one!). Don’t forget to check out Mei-Mei’s rendition. Is her Jabba more accurate? (I say yes)