Let’s just get it out there and talk about the elephant in the room: Anakin’s skin color. Yup. Total fail/mess up. BUT I HAVE AN EXCUSE. My colored pencils are one of those big “50 different shades!” boxes of colored pencils. As such, sometimes the colors look a little similar on the outside but when you actually draw on the paper – they come out way different.
I had two such pencils lying near each other. One I was going to blend into Anakin’s clothing and the other was for his skin. I used the wrong color (clearly). Then I tried to rectify the situation and as I am possibly one of the worst people with art and therefore do not know what happens when you blend two colors – I came out with green. So then I tried to rectify it again and I think he kind of came out looking like some versions of Toad from X-Men.
Ah, well. You win some, you lose some, right?
Barring Anakin’s skin color, I’m actually quite pleased with what I did. I thought the circles behind him reminded me of water and since we definitely had fire, I wanted to create a feeling of conflicting emotions within Anakin since this is a “transitional Anakin”…i.e. Anakin from AOTC where he’s not quite good, but not quite bad either.
Below him, I did some foreshadowing and made the red veins look like Mustafar, the planet that seals his fate as Darth Vader. I used different oranges and reds throughout the picture. I think I’m most pleased with the flame. That’s an example of blending colors gone right.
Overall – a cool picture and I had fun doing it and playing with different themes from Anakin’s life.
Be sure to check out Mei-Mei’s picture once she has it up!
Unfortunately, Mei-Mei, we are moving houses so I won’t be able to participate in the next few. Can I start back up in September? Let me know!
A few administrative items right off the bat.
- I’ve been very sick for the past week so if my post seemed a little grumpy yesterday – I apologize. I don’t mind May the 4th that much, but I am beginning to get a little tired of it as it does not seem to really correlate with true Star Wars dates. That said, I do try to celebrate it and find it cute that I have a lot of friends text me.
- I will be traveling internationally next week (Croatia!) and some of the following week and won’t be blogging. BUT never fear! I wrote a lovely guest blog for The RebeLibrarian which should be going up next week. I will try to reblog it here when I return.
Now, onto Fan Art Friday which I do with Mei-Mei every month. Except months I forget, lol! (I’ve gotten better because I now put it in my calendar with a reminder, good job Kiri).
I want to apologize to Mei-Mei because I found this picture to be incredibly boring. I saw it while flipping through after I had re-watched Rogue One and thought it was appropriate. But it very repetitive and I had to force creativity on it which was fun, I suppose, but still not fun enough. Most of the time I like the mendalas because you’re not constrained by how things should look, but this month’s was a bore.
All that aside, when I Forced (omg I just capitalized Force out of habit but it’s too funny so I’m keeping it like that) my creativity into this picture and did a bunch of different colors, I found it to be more fun.
I kept the Death Star and TIE Fighters industrial grays, the X-wings are red (for obvious reasons), but then I switched up all the other colors. There was really no rhyme or reason to the green, orange/yellow, and blue. I just kind of went with what I thought would be fun. I added pink and mahogany to the little circles but did not find that to be a good choice. The circles are positioned too close to the red X-wings so it clashes a bit.
Can’t wait for next month’s as this one was a huge yawn. Don’t forget to check out how Mei-Mei interpreted hers!
I had so much fun doing this picture. I didn’t do my normal, random let-the-book-fall-open-where-it-will-and-pick-a-piece but instead I found this while working on last month’s Leia portrait and fell in love because there are lightsabers! We all know how much I love lightsabers (so much that I think that could have been another reason I didn’t like Rogue One as much as the Saga movies).
I also figured out the best lighting for taking these photos is at 6am.
Originally, I didn’t look at the lightsabers too closely so I was going to do green (my favorite color lightsaber) and red. But when I actually began to work on it, I realized that they were two distinct character lightsabers: Obi-Wan and Anakin.
Well, there was no question to what I would do after that. When I did not realize whose lightsabers these were, I was going to make the mandala/background very industrial with greys and blacks. But no way – I had to make this Mustafar themed!
I believe that’s why I had so much fun: it’s rare in these pictures that I have been able to use a lot of orange, reds, and yellows. Because of that, I didn’t let myself go choose anything but shades in that range. I used as many different fiery hues as possible and they ranged from brown-red to golden yellow.
I kept the end half-circles on the mandala for my industrial look and I’m happy with that choice.
I have to say – this picture was up there for me in my favorites because 1) lightsabers, and 2) all the colors I got to use that I don’t normally pick.
Don’t forget to check out Mei-Mei’s interpretation of this picture!