Fan Art Friday again! Woohoo! I apologize in advance for my slightly blurry photo. I didn’t realize it until I uploaded it here and I’m too lazy to go find my book again, take a photo and then add it here. #FirstWorldProblems.
Mei-Mei and I choose the same picture every month and then compare/contrast to see where we went with it. They are often so different! I like to choose a “winner” but Mei-Mei is always very honorable and never picks. You can find her version here. She had a beautiful, soft photo with Leia surrounded by pink and purple flowers. I love those color choices because we don’t often get to use our pink and purple colored pencils in a coloring book that centers around Star Wars.
For this photo, I did a subtle (very subtle) throwback to Queen Amidala’s red invasion gown. I wanted to nod my head toward her mother and ancestry so I colored the flowers on top to be gold/yellow like Amidala’s headress, and then the flowers or vines below to be orange and red, like the bottom of her red invasion dress.
I have NO idea where I got this thought from but it was fun to pretend to be a deep-thinking artist. XD
When we do character photos, I always struggle with how to make their skin colors reflect real life. You can find failing examples here with Anakin on Mustafar (I, uh, changed his race) and another one of Leia where her face was supposed to be in shadow, but it became like greyscale in Game of Thrones. But I think I’m finally getting it down! I’ve done a combination of peach and a light pink and it’s a little closer to realistic. High five!
I liked this picture because I was challenged to find something to do with the flowers and vines other than the standard green, but also challenged with coloring in her skin and I felt much better about my progress this time around.