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Shadows of Endor by Fred--Lang Shadows of Endor by Fred--Lang
This is my first ever full digital painting. Whew, what a learning experience this was.

The idea:

I have always wondered how the Ewoks felt about the many casualties visited on their small moon by The Empire. So many dead--entire families, erased by evil.

What if, then, there were Force-sensitive Ewoks somewhere on the planet?

What if, in his grief and anger, one of those Force-sensitive Ewoks began to find the power of hate through the Force?

What if, in the back of his mind, a voice called to him, promising that he could have the power he desired--to strike back at those who had destroyed his life--his mate, his children, his village?

Traveling to a dark abandoned temple in a forbidden shadowy glade, he finds a Sith Holocron--the final epitaph of a long-lost Dark Lord--the voice that has called him here.

This is the story if Krikksaa, Ewok Dark Side Force User.

And he will use his hatred and power to cut down as many of The Empire's lackeys as he can...or die trying.

SHADOWS OF ENDOR.

*No, there's no such book, movie or comic book. I just like the idea, so I decided to make it my first digital painting. I even made the logo. Super fun.

Randomly influenced by Ralph McQuarrie's cover for the novel Splinter of the Mind's Eye as well as the Great Owl from the animated film "The Secret of Nimh".

Enjoy...
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:iconmichaelprescott:
Great stuff, Fred. The subject rocks, it's both funny and frightening. For your first painting, I'm really impressed. Really impressed - you've clearly been working very hard!

I love the sheen on the Ewok's sleeves, the texture is really good, the fabric looks very natural. I like the way the walls are rendered so simply, the way they pick up the light.

The far background is simple and very effective, and makes a great silhouette for the character.

The helmets are fantastic; it's a complex shape, and you've done a great job of rendering them.

So, things to improve.

The red sheen on the stormtrooper helmets seems to be in the wrong place - it looks to me to correspond to a light behind the viewer, not to the lightsaber. The saber is more or less above them, so planes that are about 45 degrees should be picking up the most red light. Instead, it's surfaces that are nearly vertical (foreheads). (Do you know about incident light angles and all that?)

The worst offender is the nearest helmet, right at the bottom. He'd be picking up red light on the top, not the front at all.

The Ewok is picking up a ton of light from the background, but the stormtroopers don't seem to be. The tops of their heads are at a flat angle, like the surface of a pond, so we should be seeing a lot more blue light on them; you have just a bit of edge lighting. The Ewok would be blocking this light for the centermost helmets.

There seems to be some depth confusion. The Ewok's loin cloth drapes behind the rearmost helmet, but his foot is astride one that's (judging by its size) quite a bit closer - and yet his leg doesn't look stretched forward.

At first, I thought he was standing on the shoulders of a crowd of stormtroopers, not a pile of helmets. I think the chief reason is the rightmost helmet - the way it leans to one side makes it look like he's trying to see around the others. The helmet between the Ewok's legs sends the other message, though, so I figured it out. Perhaps if some helmets had been facing to the side they'd look less intently focused on the viewer, less like his entourage.

Anyways, despite this - I'm blown away!
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iva-is-me Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Now that there is a comic book with such a name, I have to be noisy and ask...was its title inspired by your creation in any way?
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Fred--Lang Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
We will never know--and since I don't own the Ewoks in any way, I couldn't complain if I wanted to!

I'll just hope that my little painting had something to do with it and pretend it's true.  *haha* 

:-D
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Ayght Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
I wanted to play a Sith Ewok in an Empire game years ago.
The game master said Ewoks aren't 'force sensitive' and 'not to be silly'.
He will be receiving a link to his image so I may rub his face in its awesomeness.
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Fred--Lang Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
*haha* YEAHHH!
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Axcido Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Fred--Lang Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
*haha* Thanks! I prefer the edited version of this, but this one keeps getting lots of faves, too--! I'm happy either way!
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RXero13 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
...Would you be offended if someone attempted a custom figure of this?
I would really love to add him to my collection of figures even if he's not cannon or a part of any SW lore besides fan-fiction, he's just incredible and would go nicely with the Ewok collection I have thus far ...Problem would be finding an Ewok toy I'm willing to not only open, but also destroy...
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Fred--Lang Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I wouldn't be offended a bit--and I can't use the image beyond self-promotion here anyhow. Can't sell it, can't really market it. It's all owned by Disney / Lucas now, so go ahead!

Just let me know what it looks like when you're done!
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The-Confuddled-Hint Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I want to laugh and shriek in terror all at once....no all we need is gungans with lightsabers and my nightmares will be realized
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Fred--Lang Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Then my work is done.
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