Also known as Brace Yourselves Because Christine Is Going All-Out Fangirl Now (you have been warned! 🙂 )
So, in my last artwork post, I mentioned I’d been sucked into two different fandoms; the second is Star Wars: Rebels, and that is the one I’m passionate about at the moment. Actually, I’ve been a fan of Rebels for some time, but what sent my passion into overdrive was the news that Season 4–the final season, moreover, and the one no doubt most heartbreaking–is on hold until after the release of The Last Jedi.
I’ll be upfront: I do not care about The Last Jedi, because Mark Hamill hinted he did not like how Luke Skywalker was written, and now because it preempted my show. We’re not pleased, oh no Precious, not pleased at all. In fact, I meant to boycott the film, but then changed my mind and told Chris I’d go see it if he thought I would like it. Though I’m betting Chris will come back from the theater and say, “Well, you’ll like this aspect, but you’ll definitely not like this one.”
In the meantime, Rebels is on hiatus, and I’m going nuts. I’ve tried filling the void by looking up screen caps, head canons, and fan art. And by creating head canons and fan art of my own. And creating a Pinterest board for the show. And binge-watching the available seasons. And noticing new things about the characters and themes. And talking enthusiastically about the show to anyone who listens. Did I mention I want my show back?
Oh, and did I mention fan art? *drops folder; sheets of drawings spill out*
Kanan Jarrus is my favorite character. Also, he has a unique face structure that I wanted to capture in a realistic art style. #artistproblems Anyway, Kanan never finished his Jedi training (he was still a Padawan when Order 66 happened) and now lives in hiding from the Empire. Well, sorta, given that his crew and motley space family causes trouble for the Empire wherever they go. Way to keep a low profile; then again, nobody except his crew knows his true identity, and he apparently hasn’t used his lightsaber in years. So, way to hide in plain sight.
Kanan is cool because he maintains an odd combination of being relaxed and tightly wound (the latter more so when he doubts his abilities or he’s worried for someone). He also has a protective instinct for the younger characters, yet trusts them to do their jobs (provided they’re not being reckless). When they’re are being reckless, expect a hilarious yet-totally-relatable facepalm. And then expect him to jump into the thick of things to pull the kids out of trouble. While being a Deadpan Snarker to the nth degree.
Internally, however, he struggles with a lot of insecurity and scars from his past. His master sacrificed herself so that he could escape during Order 66, and he was still a teenager when that happened. 13 years later, he still struggles with survivor’s guilt, believing himself a coward for running, even though his master ordered him to when the clones turned on them. He also has massive self-confidence issues when it comes to training Ezra, is clearly stressed about the job, and repeats sayings/advice from the Jedi masters without fully comprehending their meanings.
Despite all that, Kanan is Team Dad and a father-figure for the younger characters, and though he gets stern or cranky when he’s worried for them, he is also very understanding. His nickname in the fandom is Space Dad. And I love it. 🙂
This is Ezra Bridger, street rat-turned-Rebel-fighter, youngest member of the crew, brave but reckless, determined but afraid of losing who he loves. He’s tough and resourceful, but on the other hand, doesn’t always think things through. Totally thinks he can handle business himself, but totally needs Space Dad Kanan to help him out a good deal. Ezra’s fan nickname is Blueberry, because his hair often looks blue in the light, but I’ve dubbed him Space Baby. 🙂 (Even though he’s about 14 when the show starts.)
Just get used to Rebels fan art until I get my show back. 🙂 This is Hera Syndulla, pilot of the small Rebel crew, Team Mom to the younger characters, one of the most determined and resilient characters, and devoted to the idea of resisting the Empire. On the other hand, she is definitely a mom-figure to the younger characters, sympathetic but firm, supportive of Kanan but also steps up to the plate herself to get stuff done. She also pushes her crew to step up to the plate, and usually has a lot of faith in their abilities. Unless they’re acting stupid. Then expect her “mom voice” and a well-deserved rebuke. On the other hand, don’t mess with her crew, especially the kids, or it will be the last thing you regret. Hera’s fan nickname is Space Mom, and my sister Enkie dubbed her “Mama Hera” when we were first watching the show.
This character is Sabine Wren, and though I accidentally drew her looking vulnerable here, she’s really tough, both a demolitions expert and an artist. Which is an interesting combination. Actually, Sabine is vulnerable beneath her tough exterior; though still a teenager, she made a lot of mistakes that resulted in her family’s disowning her. And Sabine is an odd combination of cautious and reckless because of it, and she does have trust issues.
I still need to draw Zeb and the droid Chopper, the last two members of the crew, but I can’t find a picture of Zeb that I like enough to use as reference. Once I do, the last two members of the crew will get their portraits done. 🙂 In the meantime…
…have a happy Kanan. Happy Kanan is good. 🙂
I tried to add Hera in the picture, but her features weren’t turning out right. Twi’leks are hard to draw. Maybe I’ll go back and try again later, but for now, this picture goes in the
folder of shame unfinished pictures folder.
Kanan warming up with his light saber before starting to train Ezra. But he’s not too sure of himself, hence the stiff pose. As I re-watch the show, I noticed that Kanan is good at using his light saber to deflect blaster bolts and cut through stuff–but he’s not so good at sword-to-sword combat with various ex-Jedi/sSith characters. Which is good continuity, given his backstory.
On a totally different note, I am thankful for my brothers’ help with this drawing: Chris critiqued my depiction of the light saber and patiently put up with my thrusting my sketchbook in his face every few minutes to get feedback. And Emmet posed for me so I could sketch Kanan’s left hand (and also pointed out that Kanan’s light saber comes in two pieces that have to be connected before he can use it, so I filed away the information for future reference. 🙂 )
Ezra in a pensive mood. I can’t believe how well this one turned out; faces from the front are hard (though I’ll get better with practice), and on top of that, I used a screencap from show–which is animated–for reference. Long story short, this is my new favorite drawing. 🙂
Strike that; maybe this one is my favorite. 🙂 I wanted to draw Sabine’s brightly colored hair from the moment I started these portraits…but I also wanted her to be recognizable in my initial drawing by her face structure, not her iconic dyed hair. But here, I let myself go all out–and her colored armor was also fun to draw! I love that Sabine paints/decorates nearly everything she encounters.
One thing I love about Rebels is the protectiveness Kanan has toward others…particularly his Padawan. And the Les Mis lyrics fit the dynamic, so here’s Kanan, thinking over the difficulties the kid will face in joining the Rebel crew, and wishing a better world for him. Meanwhile, Ezra is conked out because he actually feels safe now, as opposed to be constantly being on alert while living on the streets.
This was supposed to be a doodle and ended up being a detailed drawing. Ezra is so cute and adorable. Even when he’s being fierce. I just want to give him a hug.
So now I’m curious: have any of you readers seen Star Wars: Rebels? If so, what do you think? Favorite character? Favorite episode? (Twilight of the Apprentice is mine, hands, down, from Season 2, even though it also breaks my heart.) Any predictions on where Season 4 will go?