January 2018 was an odd month for my art. I started a bunch of drawings soon after New Year, and then forsook them in favor of other projects (which I will post about later, probably.) Then, in the last week of the month, my sketchbook exploded with ideas. And all I could do was scribble frantically to keep up, and also render my drawings at least a little, so they would look halfway presentable on the wilds of The Internetz.
(I don’t know why that spelling amuses me. It always has.)
You know how artists draw spheres to practice depicting light and shadow? I much prefer yarn balls. (Or pumpkins, but I think I’ve mentioned that.) And you get to sneak some color and texture in the practice subject as well.
Then I wanted to try my hand at drawing Kanan from the front like I’ve been drawing Ezra. And once again, I got carried away with the shading and details.
On the flip side, I got lazy with his armor and sweater and didn’t bother to render them much. You can’t tell from my Rebels art, but in the show, Kanan wears this ugly green sweater. All. The. Time. Seriously, it has the oddest pattern, and is the oddest two-tone shade of green. His armor is also green, which fact eventually created my personal headcanons that (a) green in his favorite color, (b) the sweater is just comfortable, and (c) that he wears it all the time because the ship stays colder than he would prefer.
See what I mean? Ugly sweater.
Also, I cannot draw his armor properly. And one day, I will work harder at drawing hands properly. But it is not this day. 🙂
Kanan has a unique face structure that’s kinda hard to draw, and so I’m working on perfecting my style here. And I drew him smiling because he goes through so much in the series (and before) that he needs some time to chill and be happy. Kanan deserves a happy ending. Please have mercy on us, Dave Filoni.
(All these drawings of Kanan were referenced from screencaps from my favorite website, cap-that.com.)
In other news, Rebels has a return date (finally!): February 19th. So maybe I will shut up about this show once it comes back…
Eh, who are we kidding. I’m never shutting up about Rebels. *evil grin*
Joe and Frank Hardy, from the old 70s TV show. The Hardy Boys is one of four TV shows that I actually like (the others being The Big Valley, Star Trek, and–you guessed it–Rebels.) My sister Enkie particularly likes The Hardy Boys, and she’s been watching it a lot recently. So I drew this for her as a birthday gift.
After one long stretch of drawing, I assessed it, and thought to myself, “Joe’s face still looks weird.” And, no joke, I instantly imagined Frank’s voice in my head, “Oh, he always looks that way.” Which is the kind of banter the brothers have in the show. 🙂
While I was drawing the picture of Frank and Joe–as a surprise present, remember–like an idiot, I left my bedroom door open, my sketchbook open on my desk, and my reference photo pulled up on my computer screen. Meaning, that anyone, including Enkie, could walk by and see what I was working on. So I simultaneously started this picture of Luke Skywalker, so that if asked, I could honestly say, “Yes, I started a sketch of the Hardys, but then switched to Luke for now.” (Referenced from a screencap from cap-that.com.)
Only I finished Luke’s portrait in a matter of hours, so I had to start a new “decoy project”…
…which turned out to be Qui-Gon. I stuck with a looser, less polished sketching style–okay, maybe it’s not that loose and sketchy, but it’s not as detailed and some of my previous drawings. (See Kanan, above.) And I actually like this style better.
This one was also referenced from a screencap from cap-that.com; although funny thing: whenever I draw someone from the front or near-front, the eyes always end up looking in a different direction than in the reference photo . It’s happened with every portrait of Ezra; it’s happened with those portraits of Kanan; and Qui-Gon is the newest victim. It’s weird. I can’t figure it out. (The reference photo also didn’t have that small smile; I added it because I wanted to.)
And here’s the thing about Qui-Gon, guys. If we can buy that Darth Maul survived literally being sliced in half (he shows up in The Clone Wars and Rebels), why on earth couldn’t Qui-Gon survive a lightsaber that didn’t even go through his heart (technically)? I mean, unless he had, like, heart problems or something that he hid from everyone, and the result was instead stress + lighsaber impaling + some chronic condition that actually killed him…and now I made myself sad.
But if Qui-Gon did survive, the Jedi Council would probably refuse to tell Obi-Wan about this, reasoning that if he absolutely had to train Anakin (a questionable enterprise at best), then the last thing Obi-Wan needed was distraction.
Logic was never the Jedi Council’s strong suit.
So they would try to keep Qui-Gon hidden and keep him from contacting Obi-Wan. Qui-Gon being Qui-Gon, however, would have none of this.
The stuff I think about while preparing dinner or doing dishes gets strange… 🙂
So the story behind this is that I wanted to draw Hera in a dress. Only I couldn’t think why she would wear one–not that she would be opposed to dressing up, but there would have to be (a) a good reason, and (b) no responsibilities in the way.
I also couldn’t think up what style of dress she might like. I’ve seen fan art that depicts her in some rather revealing clothing, but I really don’t see that happening. Hera is practical and clearly values function and room to move in her outfits–so the tight, backless stuff would probably go off the list very quickly. Plus, given that Twi’lek females are valued for appearance more than anything else, I could see Hera not wanting to contribute to that stereotype and/or compromise her dignity.
After racking my brains to figure out what she would like, I gave up and just drew whatever came to mind. That’s how this sketch turned into an accompaniment to a mental fanfic I created, in which Hera needs to infiltrate some swanky upper-crust gathering, and also needs a disguise. Trouble is, the only dress she could find in the markets was a very revealing monstrosity of a gown; and so she had to figure out a way to cover the gaps, and make the thing look halfway decent and respectable.
Apparently, the answer is lots of scarves. 🙂
Ezra, conked out at the table in the common room. (I drew this while watching The Hardy Boys, interestingly enough.)
Ezra again, only this drawing was referenced from a screencap from Prince of Egypt. I found a shot of Moses in almost this exact pose with dramatic clouds in the distance, and the whole thing reminded me of Ezra. (Though he turned out looking a little too old, and I may redo this one at some point.) I’m still figuring out why Prince of Egypt fits the Rebels characters so well…
So that’s what my sketchbook has looked like for the past few weeks. And with Valentine’s Day approaching, I’m considering what fictional couples to draw for the occasion, so stay tuned for that! 🙂