Fan Art Friday! Leia and the Death Star

Hey all – Kiri here!  This post was scheduled before I added a new member to our family.

Mei-Mei and I are trying to do a once a month matching page from the Star Wars coloring book we have.  Last time, we both did this interesting, intricate design that highlighted the light side of the Force and the Rebellion.  See Mei-Mei’s here and mine here.

I love seeing the differences between what she creates and what I create.  Though we both start off with the same black and white picture, our interpretations are different and show the uniqueness of both our views.  Mei-Mei is also way better at this than I am as she seems to have practiced more, whereas this is my first venture into coloring books since I was probably 10.

Mei-Mei suggested the picture this time of Princess Leia sitting on some kind of balcony and viewing the Death Star in the sky above.  Here is what I ended up with:

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This is what I was attempting:

  • I thought it would be cool to take Leia out of her standard white dress that we all associate her with.  Then I thought it would be even cooler to make it reminiscent of Padmé’s handmaiden dress in Episode I.  This did not go as I had planned.  The blues didn’t really fade in and out as I was hoping and instead it just ends up looking like I had done half of her dress darker and the other half lighter.  I tried to convince myself that it looked like I had done it on purpose, but nope.  Fail.
  • The only thing I do like about the blue is that I stayed true to my original thought that her outfit was going to be the only blue in the entire picture.
  • I liked the idea of having this take place at night.  I thought that would be an interesting twist.  Meh.  Still not sure if it was the right decision.
  • It took me forever to find the right skin color for her.  When I finally found it, her skin ended up a weird color because I had been experimenting with so many different ones on her face that it just looked…not entirely right.  I should have experimented with her little hand peeping out, not her face.  Fail again.
  • Then I tried to add these shadows and grey to her face because she was looking out at this eerie Death Star at night.  Bad choice again.  Now she has weird grey lines over her face.
  • For the flowers, I randomly picked out colors and went with it.  Those were probably the most boring to do and I wish I had more peach and yellows than pink and purples.

Overall, I’m probably being harder on myself than I should be but I was coming off of the last interpretive picture with lots of confidence.  Coloring a well known character had me frustrated and annoyed because nothing came out how I envisioned it.  That said, it was still a lot of fun and was relaxing as well (I’m consistently surprised that this coloring book IS actually a stress reliever).  But I’m sure Mei-Mei’s is better.

Now, for next month!  Mei-Mei here’s your challenge.  It’s actually pretty easy…I wish I could say that I picked it with a lot of deliberation, but I didn’t.  I did my standard open-the-book-to-a-random-page-and-see-what-I-land-on.  Lol.

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12 Days of Christmas…with some Star Wars spice

On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
A Tauntaun on a cold Hoth

tauntauns on Hoth

On the second day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
2 Tooka pets
and a Tauntaun on a cold Hoth

Tooka

On the third day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
3 Death Stars
2 Tooka pets
and a Tauntaun on a cold Hoth

death star

On the fourth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
4 Homing Beacons
3 Death Stars
2 Tooka pets
and a Tauntaun on a cold Hoth

homing beacon

On the fifth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
5 Golden Droids
4 Homing Beacons
3 Death Stars
2 Tooka pets
and a Tauntaun on a cold Hoth

golden droid

On the sixth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
6 Eopies farting
5 Golden Droids
4 Homing Beacons
3 Death Stars
2 Tooka pets
and a Tauntaun on a cold Hoth

eopie

On the seventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
7 Varactyls swimming
6 Eopies farting
5 Golden Droids
4 Homing Beacons
3 Death Stars
2 Tooka pets
and a Tauntaun on a cold Hoth

varactyl

On the eighth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
8 Blaster pistols
7 Varactyls swimming
6 Eopies farting
5 Golden Droids
4 Homing Beacons
3 Death Stars
2 Tooka pets
and a Tauntaun on a cold Hoth

blaster pistol star wars

On the ninth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
9 Corellian freighters
8 Blaster pistols
7 Varactyls swimming
6 Eopies farting
5 Golden Droids
4 Homing Beacons
3 Death Stars
2 Tooka pets
and a Tauntaun on a cold Hoth

Corellian freighter

On the tenth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
10 Flashing sabers
9 Corellian freighters
8 Blaster pistols
7 Varactyls swimming
6 Eopies farting
5 Golden Droids
4 Homing Beacons
3 Death Stars
2 Tooka pets
and a Tauntaun on a cold Hoth

lightsabers

On the eleventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
11 Massive Wookiees
10 Flashing sabers
9 Corellian freighters
8 Blaster pistols
7 Varactyls swimming
6 Eopies farting
5 Golden Droids
4 Homing Beacons
3 Death Stars
2 Tooka pets
and a Tauntaun on a cold Hoth

wookiees

On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
12 Astros beeping
11 Massive Wookiees
10 Flashing sabers
9 Corellian freighters
8 Blaster pistols
7 Varactyls swimming
6 Eopies farting
5 Golden Droids
4 Homing Beacons
3 Death Stars
2 Tooka pets
and a Tauntaun on a cold Hoth

astro droids

I wouldn’t want to mess with whoever gets these gifts.

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate it!  May the Force be with you today and always.

This is cool…

I don’t know if you guys have seen this yet, but I fell in love.  So much fun!  It’s a Star Wars Where’s Waldo with all geeky wonderfulness.  And no Waldo…at least, I haven’t found him yet, but tell me if you do!

P.S. I have no idea how to make images attach to a separate page to see them larger with this new WP posting thing, so to see it really large, go here: http://www.wired.com/2015/11/building-the-star-wars-universe/

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Source: Wired 

I Tip My Hat to You, Joel Edgerton

I thought it would be nice to pay special attention to Joel Edgerton, if only because out of all the Star Wars actors, I think he’s had the most interesting rise.

Harrison Ford is the only other actor who has had a similar rise to fame situation that Edgerton has had, but with Ford, he shot up fast with leading roles in Indy and Star Wars and has never turned back.

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He’s actually kind of cute…

Edgerton, on the other hand, has had a slow and methodical rise in Hollywood since Attack of the Clones.  He’s worked hard to build his reputation in the film industry and I’ve begun to see him in more critically acclaimed films and stronger roles.

Now, I’m not a big movie watcher but I have definitely seen Joel Edgerton in more movies than anyone else in the Prequels, including Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, and Natalie Portman.  Note that I have seen him in more movies, not that he’s necessarily been in more movies than those three.

For instance, looking at his acting history on IMDB, here are the films I’ve seen him in (chronological order based on when they were released):

  • Ned Kelly
  • King Arthur
  • Smokin’ Aces
  • Animal Kingdom
  • Zero Dark Thirty
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Exodus: Gods and Kings
  • Black Mass

Look at the rise of the movies, the directors, and their reputation.  When glancing at IMDB, he is in an average of 3-4 movies a year.  3-4 movies A YEAR!  Do you know how tiring that must be?  Plus he recently directed a movie as well.

What got me thinking about Edgerton was how he completely transformed in Black Mass.  Being from Boston, it was a

Joel Edgerton playing opposite Johnny Depp in Black Mass

Joel Edgerton playing opposite Johnny Depp in Black Mass

must-see for me, but I was so surprised at how transformed Edgerton was.  In most of the movies I have seen with him, I have had a flicker of recognition, thinking, “Hey, there’s young Uncle Owen.”  But with Black Mass, I couldn’t figure out if that was him.  Every once and a while, I’d think, “But is it?  Is it young Uncle Owen?  Nah, maybe it’s just someone who looks a lot like him.”   It really bothered me.  When I saw his name in the credits, I began thinking about writing this blog post and tipping my hat in his direction to say, “Hey dude, I’ve noticed how far you’ve come from your AOTC days and that is awesome.”

Think about how small a part he played in AOTC.  He was hardly in it and barely talked.  Most of his work prior to Star Wars had been in single episodes for TV shows, made-for-TV movies, or shorts.  After Star Wars, he did another movie, a few episodes in TV series and then – bam – Ned Kelly.  (For those that don’t know about Ned Kelly and who aren’t Australian like Yours Truly, it’s an Australian movie with all the big named Hollywood accented (English or Australian, mostly Aussie though) actors like Heath Ledger, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, etc. It’s a fun watch, if only to learn about the most notorious Australian gangster of all time – Ned Kelly.)

I’d like to see Edgerton in more leading roles, but he seems unconcerned about that.

I think part of my obsession is, “How far is the spectrum of what you can play?” Looking for the edges of that spectrum. Not to be stuck playing a hero all the time. I don’t feel comfortable in that role, so much. Looking for those weirder, quirkier, edgier parts. They just become more fun. Often times, they’re not the leading role. I think it’s good to be able to not be the star of the movie. The upside of that is getting to play really interesting questions.

The few movies where he does play a leading role have not done too well box-office wise, but I think his acting has still been stupendous.  It may just be more about getting his name out there and getting it recognized…though again, he doesn’t seem to care about the leading role as much as I do, haha.

Finally, what made me really want to write this quick post, was when I read an article that Jane Got a Gun is finally getting released this upcoming February.  The movie has been plagued with quite a few difficulties and though I love the premise, I had kind of written it off as a never-going-to-happen.  Well, it sounds like it will be!  And guess who stars in it?

Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, and Ewan McGregor.

You’re making the connection right?  All three of these people have met up separately in the Prequel Trilogy.  Portman interacted with Edgerton when she goes home with Anakin to Tatooine to find Shmi.  Portman and McGregor obviously have a lot of interaction from TPM through ROTS.  And Edgerton and McGregor meet up at the very end of ROTS (kind of) when he gives them Luke to take care of.  I fully acknowledge Edgerton and McGregor may not have actually met up and it could have been filmed separately, but I like to believe they were all there at the same time.

How about them apples?

So even if the movie isn’t very good, I’m still going to see it if only for the fact that it’s got 3 Star Wars PT actors back in the same arena.

I’m sure Edgerton will shine as he always does and I just hope I see him in many more movies to come.

Geek out!

  1. I’ve been super busy, but there are posts in the works.
  2. Star Wars Rebels started up again this week. I will write my thoughts soon, but did you guys have any?
  3. Rumors flying like mad that the official poster for TFA will be released on Sunday, tickets will go on sale Monday after a new trailer Monday evening during MNF.  And there’s supposedly a new logo as well. Guess we’ll have to see about that.
  4. There could possibly be a 7pm showing on December 17th (which would be great for all of us who are not night owls!).
  5. Some theaters might do a marathon beforehand starting at 4:00pm on December 17th.  Ugh, no thanks.

We are in crunch time for TFA.  I’m starting to feel the excitement.  I have, unfortunately, stumbled upon some spoilers on Instagram of all places, so I know a little more than i wanted to.  But the general plot is still as thick as a Dagobah mist for me and I don’t know 95% of the movie.

LET’S DO THIS.

kylo ren