Today’s spotlight is on Passion, an art student who combines her talent for manga style art with Star Wars–and the results are stunning! Find more of Passion’s work on DeviantArt.
Tell us about yourself.
Sup, baes! I’ve come from the kingdom of cheese (Wisconsin, of course) and I am a third year college transfer student who’s studying illustrations. Art has become part of me after seeing the artworks my older siblings and cousins drew when I was a kid and thought to myself, “I wanna draw something like that.” I began drawing manga-style when I was around 9 after viewing a “How to Draw Manga” book that was lying around in my relatives’ house. Now that I’m going for an art major, I shall continue to improve my skills.
When and how did you become a Star Wars fan?
Technically, I was quite the misunderstood/late bloomer fan when it came to Star Wars. Anyway, when I was around 7-8 years old, I remember helping my older sister make cookies when all of a sudden, my dad turned on the TV and Star Wars: Episode I was on. The only scene I remembered was when Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon Jinn fought Darth Maul on Naboo. I didn’t fully understand the storyline as much at that time, but I was interested in the lightsaber battle scenes. Up around my middle school years, I came over to my cousins’ place and watched a little bit of Revenge of the Sith. The only thing I remembered was fangirling over how hot Hayden Christensen was as Anakin. Around my junior year of high school, my love for Star Wars finally bloomed after watching Star Wars: The Clone Wars–both the movie and the TV series. I got so hooked onto the show and began to do some research on Wookieepedia. That’s when I was able to understand the storyline of Star Wars a lot better. I was also a frequent visitor to StarWars.com. I began to draw a little bit of fan art of The Clone Wars from time to time. When Star Wars Rebels was announced (especially the character introduction of Sabine), that is when I began to fully join the Star Wars fandom. There wasn’t much manga-styled Star Wars fan art online, so I wanted to contribute the best of both worlds into my drawings.
What tools do you use to create your art?
For digital art, I use a Wacom Bamboo Fun tablet, Clip Studio Paint PRO, and Photoshop CS5. As for traditional, I use Copic Markers, Marvy Uchida markers, and sometimes watercolors (Sakura KOI brands). I would often use Sharpies or fabric markers to draw on tote bags or wearable art products.
What is your favorite Star Wars piece that you have created and why are you fond of it?
Out of all the Star Wars pieces that I’ve drawn, my most favorite one is Sabine in a spring kimono. After doing some window shopping on Tokyo Otaku Mode, I came across some anime figures wearing yukatas (summer kimonos) or regular kimonos, I felt the urge to draw a Star Wars character in one…and Sabine was the one I chose. After drawing it, I was happy how it turned out; I combined a somewhat tomboyish Mandalorian girl with something gorgeous and girly. It’s almost as if she’s ready to go to a festival.
My other favorite piece was the manga page of Kanan vs. The Inquisitor. After watching “Fire Across the Galaxy”, I felt the urge to recreate that scene. I wanted to show the emotions the two are feeling at that very moment.
Lastly there’s the piece, “When Hera Isn’t Home“. It was based off of the meme “When Mama Isn’t Home” and there were so many fan arts flooding all over the net that I quickly doodled it up to join the bandwagon. That piece has gotten much attention on Tumblr among the fans, and it’s one of my most funniest I could think of, even though it was somewhat poorly drawn but I needed a break after studying at that time.
What’s the best and most difficult thing about being an artist?
The best thing about being an artist is to show people what you’re capable of doing. Being an artist is also a way of connecting and getting to know other people that enjoyed your works. Drawing can also be a way to visually show others what’s on your mind.
The most difficult thing about being an artist is the whole expectations vs. reality thing. In my mind, I’ve got this incredibly awesome piece I wanted to draw, but when I got out my tablet, sketchbook, etc. I was like, “Where do I even start?” or “How should I draw it?” Sometimes, whenever I see another amazing work from someone, I usually attempt the drawing or coloring style, but it gets complicated for me and I usually give up. I often tell myself, “Show them what YOU can draw/do. Don’t try a whole new style just yet, or else, it’ll just be hard on you. Just take your time.” Sometimes I doubt myself on whether my skills are worthy of working for an illustration company, but that question is something I want to tackle. I chose the art major for a reason–to learn more about the elements of art as well as using those skills to perfect my skills. I’ve already come too far to give up on my love for drawing. All I just have to do is keep on trying until I find a style that’ll suit me.
Star Wars Rebels is currently in its second season. What are your thoughts? How do you think the series will progress?
Thank goodness I watched The Clone Wars to later understand what was going on in Rebels. The suspense was strong in “Siege of Lothal” that I can’t wait for season two to come out! I just hope that we’ll get to know more of each character’s back story and how they came to join the crew as well as the character/plot development as the fight against the Empire goes on. As the series progresses, I hope we get to see a grown-up Ezra just like how Ahsoka had grown in The Clone Wars…as well as everybody else! And like what fans are excited about: AHSOKA VS. VADER! Is it Fall yet?!
Are you looking forward to the future Star Wars films? After watching the trailer(s) for The Force Awakens, what are your hopes or worries?
Being a late bloomer to Star Wars, especially the films, I have to remind myself to watch the two trilogies to prepare for Episode VII. I really don’t know what my hopes or worries are just yet other than the fact that Han, Leia, and Luke are returning though!
How else do you express your love for Star Wars (cosplay, fanfiction, etc.)?
I can’t really seem to think of anything else on how I express my love for Star Wars other than drawing fan art. Sometimes, I do create fan-made Star Wars music videos, like my Star Wars Rebels version of the first Attack on Titan OP credits, “Attack on Empire”, but I hadn’t done one lately due to lack of time or my laptop crashing on me. But for me, drawing fan art of Star Wars is good enough at the moment.
Any final thoughts?
I used to be a crazy anime fangirl (not to the point where I’m at the weeaboo level), but now I’ve come to realize that I can’t just live on anime and manga alone. I searched for other non-anime fandoms and that was when Star Wars came into my life. As an artist whose drawing style is manga, Star Wars has inspired me to combine both worlds together into something fans can enjoy, and hopefully, I can also inspire those that want to draw as well.
May the Force be with you all!
Thank you so much for sharing your talents with us, Passion! Best of luck in your future endeavors, keep up the fantastic work, and may the Force be with you!