I’m still at it, and I still want my show back
and may or may not still be mad at The Last Jedi for booting it off the TV schedule. Also, I will not be seeing The Last Jedi, because when Chris returned from the theater today, he told me the movie wasn’t something I’d like. If he’d thought that I would like it, I would have gone to see it, probably, but my initial misgivings were justified and I hate being right sometimes. So that’s that.
Back to Rebels. I am very scared that someone is going to be killed off before/during the Season 4 finale. Most of the fandom is betting that the victim will be Kanan. If that is the case, I will probably cry. On the other hand, that seems like such an obvious plot device, that I wonder if the filmmakers will actually go with it–and due to Kanan being a mentor character (though he’s also a protagonist in his own right), the fandom predicted that he would be killed off in every new season. Which didn’t happen. Kanan was put through a physical and emotional shredder each season, definitely, but he’s still with us.
And yet there’s just enough uncertainty that I’m very scared. And going into a nervous breakdown over the hiatus. I may also be taking this way too seriously. 🙂
To balance out all this nail-biting panic, I like to draw funny stuff–because, let’s face it, the SpaceFam is just as quirky and realistic as any family here on earth. So Hera discovers, with some annoyance, that the rest of the crew hijacked her grocery list. And kudos to anyone who can figure out which handwriting belongs to each character! Answers at the bottom of the page. 🙂
Mama Hera comforting her Space Baby (i.e. Ezra). For some reason, the Prince of Egypt soundtrack perfectly fits the Rebels show–at least in my mind. I’m not sure why–the animation styles are totally different; the stories are different (parallels exist here and there, but you have to stretch both situations to get them to match up), they were produced by different studios, have different voice actors, etc. However, after listening to the Prince of Egypt soundtrack 383 times, and watching Rebels 135 times, I gave up wrestling with the logic and just ran with the idea. 🙂 These particular lyrics are from the number “Deliver Us” (and if you listen to nothing else from the soundtrack, listen to that song!), and they sound like the kind of thing Hera would say.
Also, have I mentioned Twi’leks are hard to draw? Hera still looks a little disproportionate to me…
Ezra is such a cutie. 🙂
Another Rebels/Prince of Egypt crossover. I almost gave up on this piece because after Attempt #224 to draw Hera correctly, I was almost literally blowing steam out of my ears (did I mention Twi’leks are hard to draw?!?!?!?!). But then I looked up some Rebels screencaps (from cap-that.com), and studied the reference photos closely–and tried again. Had to erase and redraw Hera’s face a few more times, but it wasn’t too long after that she looked semi-correct. And so I’m content. 🙂 Actually, I’m glad I didn’t give up on this piece because it turned out beautifully! The lyrics are from the number “When You Believe”–and quite frankly, that song fits Hera perfectly.
Somebody stop me from doing these crossovers. Actually, don’t, because they’re too much fun! Kanan vs. Inquisitor #1, a minion of the Empire trained to hunt down the remaining Jedi. The lyrics are from the Prince of Egypt number “Playing with the Big Boys”, and that song actually does fit most of Kanan’s interactions/fights with this guy. (So maybe the soundtrack doesn’t fit the whole Rebels story, and does match individual situations…)
Buuuut I don’t want to draw the Inquisitor again, ever. He’s freaky to look at and even freakier to draw. Emmet was incredibly helpful, however, as I muscled my way through this, critiquing how I depicted our dear Sith employee, and how well I’d drawn the lightsabers, and the overall look of the piece. (I used a screencap from cap-that.com as reference. And I may or may not have looked at nearly all the Rebels galleries or checked 2,385 screencaps for other art references.)
Kanan’s messy hair was oddly satisfying to draw. Maybe because it never falls out of place in the cartoon, a break from reality that drives me a bit nuts? (Actually, it’s because individual strands of hair would be too hard to animate, but whatever.)
So um…what can I say about this? A scene from the Season 2 finale “Twilight of the Apprentice.” I can’t decide if I love this or hate it because KANAN DESERVED SO MUCH BETTER HE’S BEEN THROUGH SO MUCH AND DESERVES THE HAPPIEST OF ENDINGS ahem, was that out loud? But on the other hand, the artwork turned out really well, though I added or removed aspects from the scenery for dramatic effect (e.g. Kanan’s lightsaber is actually not in the frame during this shot of the episode).
(Referenced from a screencap from cap-that.com.)
I randomly wanted to draw Sabine with her Season 2 hair–she gets a new hairstyle/color each season, though I noticed there’s always blue/purple in the mix somewhere…
(Referenced from another screencap from cap-that.com., and I may or may not spend too much time browsing their Rebels gallery for reference/inspiration…)
Emmet pointed out that I need to draw Captain Rex, to add to my collection of profile portraits. So I did. 🙂 I now draw these portraits facing the opposite direction as the characters appear in the reference photo–that is, Rex was facing the other direction in the screen cap. It’s a good exercise to train my eye to assess the proportions and shapes of the face rather than just copying directly from the picture.
(Referenced from another screencap from–you guessed it–cap-that.com.)
And then Chris said I needed to draw Asohka Tano, so here she is! And I am beyond thrilled with how this turned out–I was honestly scared to attempt Asohka because of the complexity of her head and the patterns/stripes on her face and head. And they’re not even 100% accurate, but her features (a) look like Asohka, and (b) I didn’t want to spend half the night erasing and refining stripes. So Clone Wars fans, please don’t murder me. 🙂
(Referenced from a screencap from cap-that.com.)
On a totally different note, I mentioned in this post that Christine Smith gave me permission to draw art inspired by her story’s aesthetic, and I have now finished a couple pieces of concept art! You can read about her story here, and read snippets from the draft here!
This is graphite and white pencil on toned pastel paper. It was also my plan B, because I had finished a gorgeous drawing of this exact same scene in one of my small sketchbooks. I was pleased with it, so the next step was to pull out the page and scan a copy into the computer.
So then this happened:
I was less astounded by the rip and more by the fact that I’ve literally never torn my paper taking it out of the sketchbook. In 6 years of drawing, this was the first accident of that sort. (Priorities, no?) Taping the paper proved impossible–the rip was too visible, and so I finally traced the old picture to create new line art and rendered the scene on pastel paper.
Ruins in a forest. There was a mishap with this one too; I started painting the scene, but didn’t lay down my values correctly. To get the lights and darks to stand out as they should, I added layers and layers of paint…which eventually turned the layers “chalky” and not transparent the way watercolor should be. Hoo boy. Though I’d been painting for hours, and it was 4:00 p.m., I prepared new line art as soon as I realized my first picture couldn’t be saved. And started painting Version #2 with some trepidation–but it turned out much better!
At least until the scanner ruined the quality of the colors.
So, have any of you readers seen Rebels? Do you have a favorite picture from this batch?
Okay, the answers for the handwriting mystery: the items “waffles” and “caf” (coffee, basically) are in Hera’s handwriting. Then the others take over; the explosives and paint requests are Sabine’s handwriting; the droid restraining bolts request is in Zeb’s handwriting; and the earmuffs and meilooruns request was Ezra’s (though that last item was also a prank). And Kanan’s handwriting is at the bottom of the page–not requesting a grocery item, but a little peace and quiet aboard the Ghost. 🙂