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Drawing Sy Snootles
December 17, 2007

Ever wanted to draw Star Wars characters and vehicles just like the professional comic book artists? In this step-by-step series, Star Wars artists and illustrators show you how to draw some of the most beloved characters in the saga.

In a palace filled with some of the galaxy's most notorious gangs of bounty hunters, dancers, gangsters, and partners-in-crime, there was an eclectic group of colorful musicians led by a long-legged, spotted singer named Sy Snootles.

Star Wars illustrator Cynthia Cummens explains with these easy-to-follow steps on how to draw Sy Snootles.

Steps 1-5 are to be drawn lightly with a pencil. No pen, no dark lines. Finished lines and details will come at the end.

Step One:
Begin drawing Sy Snootles by lightly sketching a simple stick figure. Maintain the proportions of the figure. Her proportions are not like a human being. She's very short-waisted, and has long, thin arms and no neck.
Step Two:
Draw basic outlines of her body to represent her limbs, torso and head. Remember, work from large shapes to small shapes, adding the details as you progress to the end of your sketch. Add a feather on her head.
Step Three:
Start to define the figure a bit more here. You can also add her eyes. Give movement to her skirt by making it flare out a bit. Her head has a triangular shape to it and she has a long snout. Notice how the sketch is following the initial lines drawn in Step 1. Eventually you'll erase those initial marks, so remember to keep the pressure of your hand very light as you sketch.
Step Four:
Once you're satisfied with your sketch, you draw a bit more detail into her skirt, her feather, and even her face. When you're ready erase the placement lines you drew in the first two steps.
Step Five:
You can really have fun at this point. Add even more detail to her skirt, such as beads. Her skin has many folds in the creases of her elbows and knees, so add that too. Give her a stage to stand on. Or, you can add any kind of background of your own.
Step Six:
One way to color this piece is to start with a monochromatic under painting (gray). The lighter you keep the gray, the more the color will show through. This technique is traditionally done with oil paint, but can work with markers or acrylic. It's a technique known as "grisaille" and can be fun to do. Another option is to ink the lines you want for you final painting, then scan and color in Photoshop.
Step Seven:
This is what your final color piece can look like with a bit of practice. Markers were used to color it, black colored pencil was used for outlines (ink is always an option), and white paint was added to spruce it up with highlights. If you're using markers to color, as was used here, remember to work in layers (similar to watercolor washes). And as always, remember that to become a good artist, you must practice, practice, practice!

Once your masterpiece is complete, if you would like to submit it to Bantha Tracks, send it by regular postal mail to our NEW address here: Bantha Tracks, P.O. Box 29901, San Francisco, CA 94129-0901. Or click here to read our submission guidelines and find out where to send your art by email.
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