Introduction: The Ultimate Star Wars Drawing (that I Have Been Putting Off for 4 Years...)

A long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away, I started this ultimate Star Wars drawing. I started this right after Star Wars: The Force Awakens came out and finished it a few months after Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker released in theaters.

I've always been a huge Star Wars fan and when the newest trilogy came out in 2015, I was ecstatic, but as the difficulty of this project increased, the more I wanted to give up. Each face took about an hour or two to complete, and I felt that I wouldn't get very far after only a few hours of drawing. After awhile, I gave up on this project entirely. It sat in my room untouched for months.

As I procrastinated finishing this, more Star Wars movies came out, like Rogue One, and with that came new characters that I wanted to include in my drawing; it seems that every time a Star Wars movie was released, I found the motivation to start it again. All in all, I'm actually glad I procrastinated on this project! If I had finished it before the end of the trilogy, Rey's lightsaber would be the wrong color and I would be missing important characters, like Jyn Erso.

Overall, I'm happy I finally finished this! I hope you enjoy it:)


1. 24" x 18" paper

2. Prismacolor Color Pencils

3. Ink pens

4. Drawing pencils

Step 1: Draw Character Outlines in Pencil

For this step, I took my 24" x 18" paper and sketched out all the characters in pencil. It is important to not make too many details in this step. The pencil drawings are used for a guideline during the coloring process. I used a number 4H pencil so that my lines where not too dark. Again, these pencil markings are a reference for the coloring steps, so barely have the pencil on the paper for this step.

I also outlined the eyes of most of the characters in pen in this step. I used a 0.005 mm pen. To me, the eyes are the most important characteristic of a drawing; they show the life of the character. As you can see in the images, having just the eyes outlined makes the drawing look like a bunch of ghosts...

Step 2: Coloring Process: One Character at a Time...

Since I am right-handed, I started my drawing on the left side of the paper and slowly worked my way to the right. I did this so that my right hand does not smear or accidentally blend somewhere.

I start each character with the eyes. After outlining the character's eyes, I color in the face with an arrangement of tan, beige, peach, green, purple, and brown color pencils. Each character is about 4 inches tall and took about an hour or two to complete. Details are vital in this steps, especially after blending.

The pictures in this step show before contour and after contour. I blended the colors using a Prismacolor colorless blender pencil; I found out that this blender pencil is my favorite tool for blending!

Step 3: More Coloring!

Coloring was the longest step for this project... Each character is unique, which required a wide assortment of color pencils. My most used colors for faces were: forest green, light peach, rose, beige, terra cotta, light umber, dark brown, and black. Again, most of my color pencils are Prismacolor pencils, but I do have a few favorites from Crayola and RoseArt.

This step was the longest portion of the project. It took a lot of patience; again, each character took about an hour to finish. After putting hours of work into the project, the drawing was still nowhere complete, and I became discouraged. I abandoned this project for years because I did not feel as though it was good enough and that it was taking so long to complete! Only recently did I finish this drawing! The greatest motivation that propelled me to finish my project was the finale of the Star Wars sequel trilogy.

Step 4: “Do. or Do Not. There Is No Try.” — Yoda

Overall, I'm pretty satisfied with how this turned out! I'm glad I took my time on this, and I hope you all enjoy the finished piece!

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