Drawing the Tonnika Sisters
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.
Brea and Senni Tonnika were a scam-artist sister team who regularly conned credits away from unsuspecting admirers. Wherever there is scum and villainy lurking within the shadows, the sisters cannot be far behind. The sisters’ fame made them ideal icons for other women who often copied their look across the galaxy.
Star Wars illustrator Jessica Hickman explains with these easy-to-follow steps how to draw the Tonnika Twins.
Steps 1-3 are drawn lightly with a pencil. No pen, no dark lines. Finished lines and details will come at the end.
First, draw the basic shapes for their heads and bodies. Keep your pencil lines nice and lose as you decide what poses you’d like them to be in.
Next roughly draw in the placement of their eyes, nose, mouth, and arms. The twins have very high hair styles, so be sure to add those on their heads.
Give the faces a little more detail, making sure to leave the pencil lines a little light, in case you’re not happy with it and have to erase them. Put more detail in their bodies and arms too. Once you’re happy with how your drawing looks, then you get to color.
I like to color with markers, but you can use anything you want — crayons, colored pencils, and even the computer. You can even make copies of your finished pencil drawing to practice using different coloring media! I add a lot of layers with my markers before I’m ready to ink and highlight the drawing. Here you can see the rough marker stage. Add the black ink lines after you’re done coloring, so it won’t bleed when touched with the wet marker. Wait until the markers are completely dry, then go over it with the ink outlines.
The last step is inking and highlights. Use a black pen to go around their hair, faces and bodies. It can be hard to get a nice, smooth line. Practice makes perfect. Then add some white pencil to lighten up certain areas, and thicker white paint for the final, strong, white highlights — like the dots in their eyes, lips, etc. Now you’re done! Don’t forget to sign your drawing before you show it to family and friends.