Fan Art Friday! Queen Amidala’s Stoic Front

Welcome back to our (Mei-Mei and I) once-a-month coloring from a Star Wars coloring book. It’s fun for us to be working on something at the same time and then compare how and why they end up so different. You can check out Mei-Mei’s here.

I didn’t LOVE my picture this month, but then again, I almost always have issues with character portraits as I mess something up. This time around, it was the gold on Amidala’s headdress and dress. I was looking at her picture, saw the gold and thought, “Well that’s great! I have a gold color pencil that I rarely use!” Well, the gold came out brown but by that point it was too late to go back. So I colored everything with that rusty gold and then tried to layer on top some golden yellow. It came out decent, but now like the actual Queen of Naboo.

While coloring this picture, I was reminded of how Amidala never shows emotion. Her face paint creates a mask for her features. I always thought it was weird but while working on this I realized that it actually is kind of smart. I can’t see that working in the USA as we love to see emotion and see our leaders with it (but God forbid we elect a woman President because then I’m sure there will be crazies saying she shows “too” much emotion just because she’s a woman), but it does work. If you never show emotion, good or bad, then people will never know what you’re thinking. This picture was a reminder of how different Leia and Amidala are. Leia is also royalty but she showed lots of emotion and I loved her for it. Amidala was also royalty, though elected, and never showed any emotion – and I also loved her for it. Amidala probably affected me more than Leia while I was growing up, which I discussed in a different blog post

Back to the coloring…

In all of Amidala’s outfit, including the messed up gold, I combined two colors. Her red dress are two different shades of red and her brown fur are two different shades of brown. As Mei-Mei and I continue to work on this, I’ve realized that when you combine two colors carefully and choose the right ones, sometimes the picture has a lot more depth.

Both Mei-Mei and I seem to have gone with a blue and yellow theme for the surrounding of Amidala, so in a way, at first glance they are eerily similar but like they’ve been flipped. I enjoy Mei-Mei’s picture more than mine however because I love the way she uses two colors for a continual line. While I used yellow and blue for the main borders, Mei-Mei did green, yellow, light green and brown. While Mei-Mei went for a blue background, I had a faded blue around Amidala, but a reddish-brown around the rest of the picture.

For next month, we’ll be switching to a mandala and doing a Darth Vader one!


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!