Fan Art Friday! Anakin’s Progression

I’m really proud of this picture I did. I picked it when I was working my way through the machete theory prior to TLJ and was learning and appreciating Anakin’s downfall so much more.

The reason I like this one so much is because I think I finally got the skin coloring and lips of Anakin to a somewhat normal point. If you look at my past Fan Art Fridays, you’ll notice that often times I completely mess up the skin tone and it comes out way different than what I originally meant. This time, I even remembered to put a dash of red in young Ani’s cheeks so that it gives him a rosy glow from the podracing.

I always wonder what Qui-Gon sensed about Anakin. I feel like he had some kind of Force intuition about him…not just that his midi-chlorians were off the chart. Perhaps that cemented his intuition, but I wonder what he specifically felt. He knew he was the chosen one after bringing him before the Council, yet his feelings had to have been long-ranged. If Qui-Gon saw the shadow of Vader lurking in Anakin, would he have brought him back to Coruscant? Would he have made those bets on the podrace and tried so desperately to free Anakin?

This picture is so poignant because it shows us a stark dynamic between being a child and being adult, and worse, the difference between innocence and the extreme loss of it. We see Anakin when he’s podracing, possibly one of the most joyous moments of his life – doing something he loves and saving the day for his friends. The we see Vader bearing on top of him – filled with hate and anger, creating misery in his wake.

Around young Anakin, we also see life – plants and flowers billow around him. The contrast with Vader on top is empty. Even the blue vines/swirls don’t touch him. He is alone and without life.

I liked this picture and the story it was trying to tell.  I liked the way it made me think and reminded me of how things can go so wrong, so quickly.

Also, don’t forget to check out Mei-Mei’s version when you have a moment!

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Fan Art Friday! Peekaboo! Where’s Artoo?

Can you tell I have a baby in my life? Honestly. I just wrote peekaboo in the title of a blog post. Shoot me now.

I’m glad Mei-Mei picked an easy picture this month to color.

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I realized while coloring this that I always, in my head, thought of Artoo as a “blue” droid. But he doesn’t have that much blue! I think it’s because it’s his only defining color that I think he’s blue. Just like I think BB-8 is orange, but he’s not really. He has very little orange as well. The dominant color of most astro droids is white (if that can be considered a color).

I was pleased with the way this picture came out for most part. I stayed true to Artoo but did the background with colors I don’t use very often so I felt satisfied that unused pencils got a chance to shine.

I picked the quote on top because it stuck with me the entire time that I was coloring this in. Sometimes I like throwing in a quote here and there and this one is one of the funnier ones Threepio says to Artoo.

When you check out Mei-Mei’s picture, she mentions that a lot of fans were disappointed that Artoo didn’t get as much screen time as some had hoped. I was fine with it, but I think it will be interesting to see how his story progresses along with Luke’s. They’ve always been tied together, along with Artoo being with Anakin. Artoo is a member of the Skywalker family – something I had never really considered until this drawing.

We will be taking a break next month as Mei-Mei just had her little baby boy and will reconvene on the first Friday of February 2018. The picture will be the one of Darth Vader and Anakin in the podracer towards the end of the book.

Fan Fart Friday! Super battle droid smells the roses

Yes, you read that right.

We have a whiteboard in our house where every week prior to this first Friday, I will write “FAF!” I do this to remind myself that I need to color our monthly piece, otherwise I’ll completely forget.

Every month, my husband asks, “What’s FAF?” And every month, I say, “Fan Art Friday…where I have to color in the Star Wars coloring book and do the same picture that Mei-Mei (the blogger friend I’ve never met) does and we compare/contrast.” And every month he goes, “Oh, right okay,” and then forgets by the next month where we do this whole exchange once more.

Two days ago, I looked at our whiteboard and found some new wording:

I rolled my eyes but then I couldn’t stop giggling. So now I can’t get Fan Fart Friday out of my head. I may be forever scarred/changed by this.

This month’s picture was chosen by Yours Truly because whenever I passed by it, I thought it had to be some sort of huge joke by the editors/artists/authors. In my mind, Lucasfilm had a survey that said, “We are creating a Star Wars coloring book to jump on the adult coloring craze. Please cast your votes on what you’d like to see in it.”

And some doofus thought it would be hilarious to have a Super Battle Droid surrounded by roses. Little did they know that LFL would actually approve this picture!

(Okay, I know that’s probably not how it went at all, but in my head, that’s what happened)

So here it is! What a strange, obscure picture. I’m really neutral on this, other than I think it’s hilarious. It reminds me of the book, The Story of Ferdinand. I read it when I was a child and it was about a bull that did not want to be in the ring, but instead, outside smelling the flowers. That’s what this Super Battle Droid wants to do as well…sit and smell the roses, not kill people!

Don’t forget to check out Mei-Mei’s rendition as well, once it’s up. Not sure if we’ll be doing another one any time soon just because Mei-Mei’s little boy is due at the end of the month! Make sure to congratulate her. We’ll see if she ever wants to return to this world of coloring.

Happy Fan Fart Friday!

 

Fan Art Friday! Han Solo’s color energies

I have a client that is an Executive Leadership Coach. She’s excellent at what she does and I tend to pick up quite a bit about personalities and traits from the program she uses – Insights Discovery. I even got to do my own profile test and it labeled me as a Reforming Director with lots of red energy.

The program is based on the work of Carl Jung and uses four color energies to help describe your personality, help understand your daily life and how to interact with other people.

Here is a brief description of each (information attributed to fullcircletd.co.uk):

  • RED – Positive, Affirmative, Bold, Assertive Competitive, Decisive, Strong-willed, Demanding and Task/Goal focused.
  • YELLOW – Social, Dynamic, Demonstrative, Expressive and Creative
  • GREEN – Still, Tranquil, Calming, Soothing Sharing, Patient, Amiable, Caring and Encouraging
  • BLUE – Showing no bias, Objective, Detached Cautious, Analytical, Precise, Questioning and Formal

This information was on my mind when I began to color in this Han Solo picture. I thought Han was a combination of red, blue, and green. I believe he has yellow too, so I added that in but blended it with other colors since I do not think that it’s his overriding color.

I surrounded Han with blue energy because I thought that could be his dominant color. Blue is known for people who are more cool, calm and collected and they are not easily frazzled as their desire for analysis helps them to see multiple outcomes to one situation, helping them feel more prepared. Han is also notorious for trying to show no bias – even when he clearly has a bias. He likes to act unconcerned. Grey often has blue as its base so that was a deliberate choice as well.

I added some green because even though at first read, you may think that Han does not have green energy, I believe he does at his heart and soul. You just have to dig a little bit to get there. If you go to the webpage above, it lists more in depth explanations, saying that green people tend to be, “…slow or reluctant to modify their personal values despite the apparent logic of an argument or situation. You may tend to avoid decisions that could involve violation of their values or risking the unknown.” It also says they “want others to be able to rely on them. They will defend what they value with quiet determination and persistence.” I thought that showed up more in Han as he evolved in the Original Trilogy, and perhaps in TFA as well.

Finally, I added some shades of red in the flowers because I think Han does have red energy, but even though my gut reaction is to label him as a red – I believe that there is less red in him than I first thought. Though assertive and competitive, I believe Han is not as easily excitable as a dominant red energy person may be. I’m red energy – and Han is definitely unlike me.

I’m pleased with the picture and how it came out. The only fault I can find is with his lips – I definitely chose the wrong color! They don’t look natural; it looks like lipstick. But other than that, I enjoyed the psychology I used behind the picture.

Be sure to check out Mei-Mei’s version when you have the chance!

 

What do you think of my analysis and use of colors with Han Solo?

Fan Art Friday! Anakin’s Fire

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!