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Star Wars: TCG - Grand Admiral Thrawn by AnthonyFoti Star Wars: TCG - Grand Admiral Thrawn by AnthonyFoti
Grand Admiral Thrawn has finally wormed his way into the LCG, and I was actually working on this illustration when the whole "Legends" thing happened to the Star Wars universe. At first I thought maybe it would just get cut from the game or something, but apparently we were right on the cusp and he got in. I definitely feel lucky for being able to slide head first under that door right before it closed, the Thrawn books we some of my favorites as a kid,
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turjun Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2018
This is one of the best images of Thrawn that I have seen.  It shows him almost exactly like I imagined him while reading the books.  Well done! Love 
Menkhar Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Narutosith Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2017
Valkyrja-Skuld Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016
Very powerful image of my favorite SW character ever.
Owenparris2015 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Now THIS is Grand Admiral Thrawn!!!!!
LittleSnaketail Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2016  Student General Artist
Where'd you get that Aurebesh from? I wanted to ask before trying to interpret them in case they turned out to be gibberish.
Faxerton30 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Now that he's canon... IM PUMPED.
Crimson-Dragon-King Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very Nice job, Thrawn is a great Imperial character
steave1425 Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
"One of my favorite EU characters" -kiprotich :nod:  
This is really cool. :)
kiprotich Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
One of my favorite EU characters. Sad that he had to die. But he /had/ to die.
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BadMillennial Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015
:iconthrawnplz::iconsaysplz:" artistically done."
Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Picture perfect :)
mikedlt Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015
I absolutely LOVE the Grand Admiral! Thank you! :jedi:
ThexSilverxWolf Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
My absolute favorite Star Wars Villian of all time! :D
Caine-of-Nod Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Impressive, Most Impressive! Great Artwork!! Really captures the essence of Grand Admiral Thrawn!!! Clap Clap Clap Clap 
Mr-Domino Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
I want this on a playmat. Badly.
RevealedFromtheVoy Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome !
Alexios2 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
One of the best, if not THE BEST, villains of Star Wars. Awesome pic, man!
FuzzySlipper Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thrawn is one of my favorite villains of all time, and I am glad you were able to keep this! It makes me sad that he is not considered part of the canon anymore.
AnthonyFoti Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
On the other hand, I think the fact that the EU had Thrawn and Mara Jade is one of the main reasons it won't be totally forgotten.
FuzzySlipper Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amen to that. I've never read NJO or Legacy, but I've read a good scattering in the time before and between the Thrawn Trilogy and Survivor's Quest, and Mara has always been one of my favorite characters. Thrawn, of course, made quite the lasting impression. Zahn did well in creating an antagonist that you almost find yourself cheering for. 
Dyluthus Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015
An incredible piece who's incredible attention to detail only makes me long the more that we'll see Grand Admiral Thrawn and his story adapted somehow to the new trilogy, unlikely as it may be with his Legends classification. A beautiful piece regardless :)
Tenchi8 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The Grand Admiral was one of my favorite Imperial officers I've read from the Star Wars novels. A very formidable tactician. Even scarier in how he uses his gift for interpreting art works and study diverse cultures to determine how his enemies think. Reading those series, was probably what inspired me to interpret art works here on DA. Though I discovered this gift in mid commentary back when I first joined DA and learned that this gift helps me to connect with artist like I have never done so before. And it's true. I learn the story and sentiment of an art work, the visual influence of the style, and pretty much what goes on in the artist's mind at the initial time of creating the art work. Many artist were blown away even found it scary on half the things I share in feedback. But I also learn much about myself in how the art work makes me feel. Interpretation is a very fun challenge for me.

Speaking of which, the vibrant colors here really expresses a believable world. And the expression of deep concentration prompted me to cut off the rest of the world around me. There is a sentiment of being part of every element, like taking apart or dissecting sections of bodies, and assembling them back together again. Understanding the mechanics and functions of things, all the while formulating a plan that can cover possible angles in accordance to the nature of things at hand. There is a certain kind of tactic where an opening is allowed, as the negative space between the ships seem to portray. Like a crocadile's open mouth, a certain space is all that is needed to avoid possible acts of aggression from the enemy especially when cornered. Providing a fighting chance, maybe the false sense of security given to the enemy, until within range, the grand Admiral flanks them from every side, quickly sealing them with a swift strike, that obliterates and devastate the armada. The entire fleet may never see it coming, but even if they suspected anything, they would not have much time left to respond. This is probably one of his most effective tactics. But I'm only basing my interpretation on what I see here in the pic. ^^

Well that concludes my interpretation. Hope you enjoyed the read. :)
Clonetrooper21 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, he was a master strategist and tactician. In the battle of Ukio, he slipped cloaked Dreadnaught-class heavy cruisers under the planetary shields and fired his Star Destroyer's turbolasers at the spot where the cloaked cruisers were at. With Joruus C'baoth's force powers, the heavy cruisers fired their turbolasers as Thrawn's turbolasers approached the shields, creating the illusion that his shots passed through the shields. It was so effective that Ukio surrendered immediately.
Tenchi8 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
That was very impressive tactic there. I remembered reading that in the story. XD
Aw man I miss reading those books. I'll have to buy them again since I lost them a long
while back. What I love about this character is that he studies the alien's art works
to understand how they think, which I thought was very interesting. Art reflects the mind of
every artist and of their interest. I often go out of my way to interpret people's art works and
learn allot from people and find it very interesting. I think that's what got me inspired to share
interpretations ever since, here on DA. ^^
AnthonyFoti Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I appreciate the analysis :)
Tenchi8 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Your very welcome. ^^
T-Tylon Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
Excellent analysis ; indeed, very enjoyable to read. This portrayed more than Thrawn itself but his perspective, depicturing it both accurately and empathically.  And i confirm what everybody aware of Thrawn's existence already know : he is one, if not the most enjoyable "antagonist" to be found in in a novel wrote up to date, yet.
Tenchi8 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. ^^

Thrawn certainly is an interesting antagonist. I feel like reading those books again
just talking about it. XD
Gundam-Warrior Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
thanks for killing off the Star Wars I truly loved Satanic Forces of Disney.
TDManiacXC626 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014
The Admiral his in the same rough pose as Pagan Min from Far Cry 4.
Zoe-the-Pink-Ranger Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
Truly this is a work of art befitting the most awesome Imperial ever. I wonder what secrets it would tell him about you ;)
AnthonyFoti Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Ha! 5/5 Would read comment again.
Zoe-the-Pink-Ranger Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015
It seemed like an obvious comment to make ;)
Arya-Tred Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, he's not a canon anymore but he's legend now :D Quite proper title for him
EEHills Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Given that Thrawn is my favorite Star Wars character, I have decided I don't care about what Disney has decided is and isn't canon.
Wtorek95 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is totally awesome. 
hellbat Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014
Evolvana Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014   Digital Artist
Beautiful artwork! :D I'm glad you made it in time!
AnthonyFoti Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
me too :D
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leoshades Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
An impressive Grand Admiral and the displays look great.
lordhadrian Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
Nice :)
Ampodayas Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is absolutely awesome. It completely captures how  picture Thrawn when I read the books. If there was ever an Imperial I wish had been an ally instead of an enemy, he has to be it.
AnthonyFoti Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I've always had a soft spot for villains that turn good later in the story. Still, it's hard to imagine that man changing his mind after all that time.
Mangatellers Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thrawn Trilogy is one of my most favorite stories of SW:EU. I feel really disappointed that Disney decided to dish out all the extra stories. I Hope we will see Thrawn in the new trilogy.

Well done for the artwork! :D
ChristineFury Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gah. So wonderfully done. The lighting is beautiful, and I love how you captured his expression. NOT enough art of Mitth'raw'nuruodo AT ALL
Wooddavers Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014 was so artistically done.... <3
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