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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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EndorTheDarkThief Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
Darth Fluffy
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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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:iconfred--lang:
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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iva-is-me Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
That's a good way to think of it, AND an explanation I'm satisfied with. Thanks. :D
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:iconfred--lang:
Fred--Lang Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yep!  :-)
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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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:iconfred--lang:
Fred--Lang Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
*haha* YEAHHH!
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:iconaxcido:
Axcido Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconfred--lang:
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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:iconfred--lang:
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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:iconfred--lang:
Fred--Lang Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Then my work is done.
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:iconcarudo:
Carudo Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Ewoks can be cool!
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:iconfred--lang:
Fred--Lang Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yep! They just have to be murderous little creatures and then things get serious. *haha*
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GokuMartin Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
I think the Empire is gonna be really embarassed to have a fucking Ewok in their ranks...
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:iconfred--lang:
Fred--Lang Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, but he's not *with* The Empire. They're much more embarrassed to have an Ewok slicing them to bits!
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GokuMartin Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
He's a Sith. The Sith serve the Empire.
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:iconfred--lang:
Fred--Lang Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The Sith serve themselves--check out his backstory from the original piece! It's pretty neato, if I do say so myself! ;-)
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GokuMartin Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
But they work for the Empire.
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:iconcarudo:
Carudo Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nope, man, the Empire work for Siths.
Go see all episodes again + check Knights of the Old Republic - it's kinda great material about siths.
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ugosantana Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
I want to see this on film!!!

Great, man!
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:iconfred--lang:
Fred--Lang Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wouldn't it be a great story?

And thanks!
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Agentghostclown Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is an awesome image to a very possible thought, and I very highly think that there could be force sensitive Ewoks, mainly because the idea is awesome itself. Also if there were the jedi of the old days when they rounded up force sensitive children for Jedi training they over looked the Ewok moon of Endor, leaving an entire little culture of possible jedi alone just because they were a primitive and looked down upon species. Exactly like you said since their race is always being oppressed by some sort of evil force the force sensitive ones would more than likely find the darkside through the sith temples on the moon (because there has to be at least a few), and once they find the temples and are indulging the ancient ways of the Sith the more than likely have resources to build a lightsaber by delving into caves or diging with their simple but effective digging tools for excavation any society complex enough to build tree top homes to keep themselves away from predators must have developed minig skills. I am sure there is more that could be said but I'm going to wrap it up there. This would be an awesome story for someone to write
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:iconfred--lang:
Fred--Lang Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, it'd be cool to see it made into a story!
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Agentghostclown Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I would attempt writing it with your permission but my writing skills are somewhat sub-par when it comes to fan-fictions or ideas that aren't my own.
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MichaelPrescott Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
"Step inside or go away!"
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:iconfred--lang:
Fred--Lang Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hah! Thanks for taking the time to write a critique. All points are well-taken--thank you!!
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SeanE Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Darth Fuzzy... :P
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:iconfred--lang:
Fred--Lang Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
YEAH! :-D
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JonathanGlapion Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
nice job!
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:iconfred--lang:
Fred--Lang Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I sure do appreciate you lookin' around here--thanks! I appreciate the comment!
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Andromeda-La-Dea Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
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OMFG *jaw hanging open* This is mind blowingly epic on many levels. I'm speechless. Thank you so much for sharing! :hug:

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:iconfred--lang:
Fred--Lang Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Means a lot--thank you, my dear!
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PH3Photos Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Professional Photographer
HO-LY-SH-*T FRED. I am STUNNED! Well done, and that doesn't seem to even cover how amazing this piece is. WOW.
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:iconfred--lang:
Fred--Lang Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, man--thanks!
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axerabbit Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Brilliant!

Love the art, but the concept is so perfect that I almost can sense Dark Horse calling you up to ask you to work on the comic for them. The lighting and attention to background details make this piece really SHINE!

Keep 'em comin'!
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Fred--Lang Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Call 'em! Write 'em! DD me and mail that to them! *haha*--thank you for the comments. Very much appreciated!
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dwaynebiddixart Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Dude. I am just speechless. I am just now delving into digital painting and just...wow. Amazing my friend. Amazing.
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:iconfred--lang:
Fred--Lang Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. This one represents a big step ahead for me.
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dwaynebiddixart Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I hope I can follow in your footsteps
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