All right, so, normally I don't do photomanipulations because, well, they end up turning less into photomanipulations and more into full scale elaborate digital art and then I STILL have to remember what stock went into it. But I was perusing this contest www.deviantart.com/journal/Unu… and one of the pictures was of fine model Danny as a Jedi and there was another fine picture of a lady who looked like I MIGHT be able to turn her into a Jedi as well, and you see...
I come from a certain era of Star Wars fans. I was born after the original trilogy, my first Star Wars was The Phantom Menace on VHS not too long after it came out on home video. I pretended to hate it because I was ten years old and the girliest of girls, but I sneakily enthusiastically watched the Clone Wars and pretended I was into it for the romance and then I was hooked. I became a Star Wars fan between AotC and RotS, the looooong wait, when I was a young teenager just pushing into the world of science fiction and fantasy for the first time. I lived in the EU. I read literally every book I could get my hands on. A sequel to Star Wars without Mara Jade, Jaina and Jacen Solo... it's not my Star Wars. The Force Awakens might have been fabulous fun but it is not my Star Wars. It was a kick in the gut to have it all thrown out. I might enjoy the Star Wars yet to come but it is not my Star Wars, I will never forget my Star Wars, because if it weren't for my Star Wars I wouldn't be writing, I probably wouldn't live in Winnipeg with the fabulous cowriter by my side that I have today, because it was that EU, fanfictions from that time, that pulled us together.
I'm older now. I'm way more critical. I doubt I'd love the EU if I read it today. But memories are something worth cherishing, and a couple of the pieces of stock available for the contest inspired me to do a small piece to commemorate that.
Jedi don't go lightly.
I will not forget, and I know there are many other fans in my age group, who met the same Star Wars, and loved it.
The art style is heavily influenced by the book covers from the same time period. Take a look at the New Jedi Order covers to get a sense of the coloring and art style.
Yes, I swear there are stock images in this photo, though much of it has been heavily painted over. Let's play find the stock!
Contest stock used in the background:
malleni-stock.deviantart.com/a… (snow used on the right)
cd-stock.deviantart.com/art/Se… (birds on the right, some of the background water on the right)
piratelotus-stock.deviantart.c… (it's hidden in the forest on the left, a bit tough to find after adding the stars)
Non-contest stock used in the background:
malleni-stock.deviantart.com/a… (tree in the background on the left)
eirian-stock.deviantart.com/ar… (faded trees in the background on the right)
streamy-stock.deviantart.com/a… (mountain behind the forest)
austriaangloalliance.deviantar… (broken ice on the right)