Fan Art Friday! Boba + Jango

Welcome back to Fan Art Friday, where Mei-Mei and I color the same image every month and compare whose is better. Haha, just kidding, but seriously – sometimes there are clear winners.

 

This month, mine was not a winner. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t despise it. But I also think it could have been a lot better. I have gotten methodical about my coloring pieces lately. I’ll look at it and chew it over for a week or two and think about the color direction I want to go in. Some of me likes this, and some of me doesn’t. In the beginning I colored haphazardly so the drawings always came out a surprise – good and bad. Now, I’ll have an image in my head but sadly, it doesn’t always come out the way I imagine.

That is the case with this one. I thought it would be cool to have Boba in the center and Jango surrounding him, but I didn’t realize how much all the lines intersect and go all over the place until I started coloring with the blue. And then the more I tried to emphasize that it was Jango Fett and color more blue, the more the blue took over and that was not what I wanted. I made my classic mistake of trying to fix it by layering colors on top of it and that was the cherry on top and the picture fell flat for me.

Ah, well, there’s always next month’s to redeem myself. That said, Mei-Mei’s is absolutely amazing so you should definitely check hers out!

 

Next month, we’re going to be tackling a super battle droid surrounded by roses (yes, I know, strange).

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Haiku Me Friday! It’s snowing…

Wampas and Tauntauns A cold desert in the snow The barren landscape

Wampas and Tauntauns
A cold desert in the snow
The barren landscape

I woke up this morning to an inch of snow.  Yesterday I was thinking to myself about how wonderful it was to finally be walking my dog with sneakers again because all the snow and ice had melted.  I must have jinxed it.

I’ve written about Hoth before in a Haiku but it always comes to the forefront of my mind when winter slams Massachusetts.  We live in a funny area of MA, closer to the coast, but not too close.  We’re on this dividing line where forecasters will often say, “West of I-495 should expect to see 6” or more of snow, whereas East of I-495 will see around 2-4”,” or vice versa depending on if it’s a land storm or a coastal storm.  But we are at that weird dividing line of I-495 so we never know what we are going to get.  Today is only an inch but tomorrow is 4-9” depending on what part of Massachusetts you live.  I would prefer 0” but it looks like I have no say in this matter.

My husband and I always thought we’d move out of here since we despise the winters.  But having family so close when you have children changes everything; I can’t imagine not living near our families now that we have ARM.

I think I just need to reframe my thinking, to go along with my New Year’s resolution to be more positive.  Every time I complain about snow I can think, “At least it’s not Hoth.”  Think about it – Hoth didn’t have any trees or greenery to be seen.  It was pretty desolate.  At least I have trees to look at and I don’t have to wear jackets indoors (ever notice how everyone in the Rebellion is wearing their jackets within Echo Base?).  It’s like when I had finals in college and was stressed.  I would say to myself, “At least the fate of the world doesn’t depend on me dropping a mind-twisting ring into Mt. Doom at Mordor.”  Do not think I’m joking.  I said that to myself at the end of every semester.

Okay, bring on the snowstorm!  At least it’s not Hoth.

 

In other news – I’m hosting my first annual Star Wars party in February.  I can’t believe it took me this long to make it an annual party.  I boba-fett-dancing-gifcan’t stand the month of February.  It’s cold, there’s a lot of snow, and Valentine’s Day is stupid.  Now I have a reason to be more positive!  I’m going to host a Star Wars party every February.  I’m trying to make it as chill as possible…open to anyone, light food, some alcohol and drinks, and one game.

Guess what the game is!

(Pun!)  The attendees have to guess what movie I am going to pick.  If they guess right, they get a prize.  Yup, no one knows what we’re watching until the day of.  This gives me a bit of a manic glee (probably similar to what General Hux experienced as Starkiller Base was charged by the sun) as I love having other people in suspense over something I control.

You guys are welcome to guess too and I’ll also send you a prize if you guess correctly.  But you won’t get the prize until after February 11th

 

Have a great weekend everyone.  I’m working on my books of 2016 post and I’m hoping to be more active here in 2017.  Xoxo.

Fan Art Friday! Disappointed by Boba (and bonus haiku)

After a really rewarding coloring session with Wicket last month, I was back to being really disappointed with the Boba of this month.  I feel like I didn’t have direction and should have gone with my gut feeling.  Originally, I wanted to experiment and make this dark and moody to reflect Boba Fett (I’m not sure if he’s moody, but perhaps he is?).  I wanted to try darker tones and see if I could make something visually appealing with somber hues.

Instead, I looked at my 50 different colored pencils and thought, “But I love bright colors!!!”  And went on a happy spree…and instead ended up not liking what I’ve done and frustrated that I didn’t challenge myself/go with my gut feeling of the darker tone.  I also need to stop relying so heavily on purple because though it’s my favorite color, and can work well (as with Wicket), it can dominate a picture and should be used sparingly.  I felt like that was the case with this picture where what I thought would be a tad of purple, ended up monopolized this picture.

Oh, fun fact though.  I sharpened a lot of my pencils for this and when I went to get a pencil shapener, it was facing top side down.  I pulled it out and look what it had on the front:

darth-vader-pencil-sharpener

It’s official!  Star Wars really is omnipresent in my life.

Anyway, here we go:

Too many light tones My original feelings Going dark was best

Too many light tones
My original feelings
Going dark was best

I also made a haiku because I didn’t do any in November and want to get back on track.

Can’t wait to see what Mei-Mei did for her Boba Fett drawing and hopefully she had more success or happiness than I did.  I’m surprised our pictures were so similar last month.

 

Fan Art Friday! Wicket’s Cuteness Overload

I am really happy with the way this Fan Art Friday turned out.  If you read my other ones, especially the ones with characters, there was always some problem I had with the way I colored them.  This time – I am pleased with almost everything.  I love the colors I chose, I’m happy that Wicket turned out slightly similar to how he looks in ROTJ, and when I combined colors they came out the way I envisioned in my head.

Usually I have a lot more to say about my colorings but because I’m so happy with this, there’s very little to go into.  Be sure to check out Mei-Mei‘s picture as well!  For those of you who are new to my blog, Mei-Mei and I have the same coloring book and color the same page monthly and compare/contrast.

Overall, a success!

wicket-2

I know there are fans that hate the Ewoks but I don’t get it.  I’ve written about this before, but stop with the Ewok hate!  Or, at least learn to accept them.  All the complaining in the world won’t get rid of Jar Jar or change the fact that the Empire was brought down by little teddy bears.  I still think that’s one of the coolest takeaways from ROTJ – you can be small, but change the fate of an entire galaxy.  What a great message for so many people!  And further, look what happens when you keep an open mind.

Han Solo wanted to shoot the Ewoks.  His first reaction was to shoot and ask questions later.  Very Han.  Leia and Luke decided to pause and assess the situation.  Maybe they had a good feeling through the Force, knowing with some inkling that the Ewoks could be a great “asset”.  Both did not shoot and possibly create a bad encounter right away.  Sure, they almost got eaten but they still didn’t resort to blowing up the village (I don’t know, if I was tied up to stakes with a fire getting ready to roast me, I would probably not be as calm as Luke) once they were free.  Because of Leia and Luke’s open mind, they befriended the Ewoks.

That friendship with a species they couldn’t understand helped them bring down a government the Rebellion only had a 1% chance of defeating (this fact was in the last Rebels episode so is now canon booya).  Life lessons from Ewoks y’all, life lessons.

 

Stay tuned for next month’s Fan Art Friday!  We’re doing the most feared bounty hunter….(Mei-Mei, it’s the Boba Fett drawing that’s on the left of Grand Moff Tarkin. Closer to the end of the book.)

 

Rhode Island Comic Con Recap

I am officially detoxing from The Force Awakens.  I watched some TV spot last week and decided in the middle of it that I was done until December 17, 2015 at 7:00pm Eastern Time.

So, sadly, if you are expecting any TFA speculations, happiness, and musings, you will have to wait until the movie is released.

I think what drove me to this point was the fact that we had been given so little footage and information for 2 years and the sudden onslaught of trailers, international trailer, and TV spots just made my hyperdrive break down.  Too much excitement all at once and I realized I just want to keep everything I’m thinking the way it is and not form any new opinions.  I’m in a happy limbo area right now.

But – happy one month anniversary!  TFA opens in exactly one month!  Prepare for the Star Wars world to be forever changed…for better or worse.


I went to Rhode Island Comic Con for the first time on November 7th.  The only reason I went was because Carrie Fisher was going to be hosting a big panel on Saturday.  That’s a no brainer – Carrie Fisher??  In New England??  I’m there in a heartbeat.  Mostly I was hoping that she’d be her normal kooky self and let something slip about TFA that she wasn’t supposed to.  Though I might not like the spoiler, it would be fun to say I was there when she said it.

And then…she bailed the day before.  Yup.  (This is starting to be a recurring theme with me.) Supposedly she got pneumonia and wasn’t allowed to fly.  Really?  Maybe.  Her tweet confirms this but it doesn’t sound very contrite.

Carrie Fisher tweet

BE CONTRITE CARRIE!  YOU JUST LET DOWN AT LEAST 10,000 FANS.  (RICC has around 17,000+ over two days, so that’s a good guess right? ) Supposedly she has agreed to sign up for 2016 because of this cancellation, but that won’t be as fun since TFA will have come and gone.

Once I stopped wallowing in self-pity, I took another look at the Friday panels…and realized nothing really interested me.  HA!  But, dammit, if I spend money on something, I’m going.  They did have interesting guests like folks from Sons of Anarchy (never seen it), Jason Momoa (hot, but no thanks), and Amy Jo Johnson (that would be a trip down memory lane that is no longer relevant) – but for me specifically, nothing super intriguing.

I ended up going to:

  • Under the Helmet: The Men Who Played Boba Fett
  • Behind the Masks and Uniforms: Star Wars Characters
  • Growing up Geek: Nerd Parents Raising Geek Offspring
  • Exhibit Hall

 

Under the Helmet

I never want to go to another panel that Daniel Logan is on until he either a) takes some drugs to calm down, or b) gets off the drugs that are making him crazy.

This happened at another Super MegaFest, too.  There was a panel with him and Jeremy Bulloch and he dominated the conversation.  I thought, “Well, okay, the kid is in his early 20s, so I’ll give him a break.  Maybe he’s just excited and/or nervous.”

boba fettBut then I saw Jeremy Bulloch by himself a year later and realized how much I learned about Star Wars, Boba Fett, his work and life, George Lucas, and the industry without Logan constantly interrupting with a horrible joke or crazy statement.  It was fascinating and the kind of panel I love to go to.

So when I saw Logan two weekends ago, paired with Jeremy Bulloch and two other actors who had been under Fett’s helmet (Dicky Beer and John Morton), I realized that this craziness may just be Logan’s personality and I will have to skip panels with him in the future if I don’t want to be frustrated by his constant, annoying interruptions.  I would also like to say that this is not just me – I overheard some people in another line complaining about him.

To be a bit more positive, I did learn one interesting fact from him (I didn’t learn much from the others because they were barely allowed to talk): when he filmed the scene where Obi-Wan first confronts Jango Fett, he was having trouble making the correct facial expressions.  George would tell him, “Answer the door like you just saw something uncomfortable that you’re confused by,” and whenever Logan tried, George would just say, “No, that’s not it, try again.”  So Ewan McGregor told him, “Daniel, answer the door like I’ve just let off this horrible smelling fart.”  And apparently that did it.  HA!  I found that to be a cute story.

 

Behind the Masks and Uniforms

This panel was a lot more interesting than the Boba Fett one.  There were nine people on the panel!  Nine!  And it ranged from Jerome Blake (Mas Amedda), Garrick Hogan (Biggs Darklighter), Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar), Michael Carter (Bib Fortuna), Dermot Crowley (General Madine), Clive Revill (original Emperor Palpatine voice in ESB), Erik Bauersfeld (voice of Ackbar and Fortuna), and Dicky Beer and John Morton again.

I wish we had more than an hour because with all the people on this panel since we basically got through 3 questions for each person.

I learned that Crowley (Madine) never grows a beard, but because the biggs and lukeaction figure was made prior to the casting of Madine, he was forced to grow a beard and he hated it.  Tim Rose (Ackbar) was excited to be back for The Force Awakens but wouldn’t say anything about it.  Apparently he heard rumors of Ackbar being back but never thought they would pick him since he’s so much older.  Hogan (Darklighter) was most disappointed that no one has seen his friendship scenes between him and Luke from the beginning of ANH because he said it lends more to the emotional friendship between the two characters.

 

Growing Up Geek

If you look at the actual schedule, this panel is at the same time as a Q&A with David Prowse.  I decided to skip Prowse for this panel because I was completely misled by what I thought the Growing Up Geek panel would be about.  Thankfully, I did not have to be disappointed for long because I received a text informing me that Prowse childishly told everyone he was sick and lost his voice, so would not be doing the panel and only doing autographs.  I say “childishly” because Prowse has a reputation for being a little surly when it comes to Star Wars and likes to build up this “feud” he has with George Lucas.  All his mumblings and grumblings have gotten him banned from any official LFL convention/event.  I was interested in seeing him though, but was kind of happy that he backed out because I got to enjoy the Growing Up panel without the fear of missing out.

That said, the panel was completely unrelated to what I thought it was going to be, but I sat through it anyway since I had nothing else to do.

 

Exhibit Hall

For me, the more Star Wars stuff, the better, when it comes to exhibit halls.  It’s also the prime place to spot some fun cosplay.  RICC’s exhibit hall was definitely spacious and there was something for everyone.  Lots of Star Wars Pop toys in so many exhibitor booths, but most Star Wars stuff focused on action figures, comics, autographed photos, and paintings.  No Star Wars stuff for the home, which is my favorite.

I did end up buying some tea from Tea & Absinthe though; they are always one of my favorites to see at a convention.  They make some cool looking Dr. Who tea for all the Whovians out there!

One of the best parts of the exhibit hall, and best marketing tactics, was done by Cox Communications.  They had a life size throne of swords/Iron Throne from Game of Thrones where you could take you picture on it for free.  The catch? In order to get the digital copy of it, you had to sign up for the newsletter.  No problemo for me.   I did my best Sean Bean expression as a Jedi.  What do you think?

 

Would I go to RICC again (without Fisher)?  Probably.  I thought they did a great job with providing enough Star Wars panels to be worth the trek and convention pass.   It was a good mid-size con, but I was surprised that I did not see as much cosplay as I thought I would!  I was expecting a lot more but RICC seemed a little on the tame side for costumes.  There were definitely some cool ones, also some wonky ones, but overall – not as many as I’d thought there would be.

Here’s the agenda for those that are interested: http://www.ricomiccon.com/#!events/cfvg

Do you think there was anything I missed that I should have gone to instead?

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