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Ranna Kerensky by JarrodOwen Ranna Kerensky by JarrodOwen
One of a series of images commissioned by a client of one of his favourite BattleTech characters. Turns out she's not quite the ice cold killer I had been led to believe she was back when I drew her portrait for CGL some time ago. Despite being a formidable opponent on the battlefield, she also possesses a sensitivity and creativity which makes her rather unusual among mech pilots - an aspect of her which I attempted to capture in this image.
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c0rwyn Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2018  Professional Writer
really cool. = ]
Lady-Pilot Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2017
Great! This creature is awesome!
thormemeson Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is that a Simia Vespertilis Glorieii or the Surat?
JarrodOwen Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Been a while since I did this, but I think the client called it a Surat, the name sounds familiar.
thormemeson Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Surats are small friendly simian like creatures that are natives to the clan home worlds they make popular pets but can be trouble makers. 
LoricTheMad Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2018
That particular surat's name is Jehu.
thormemeson Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh really?
MTJpub Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016
Lovely piece. Her pet could not be more adorable.
Umbraevus Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
An aspect of her which you did capture in this image. It looks marvelous!
ayakolove100 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 3, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Is that a tablet😕
Azuregos Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015
I love the scene and the angles you used. And that creature is such a nice touch! Masterful artwork - love it a lot!
IisaDewshine Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
TALENT OVERLOAD!!!!!!! ClapClapClapClapClapClapClapClap
Kaiserholt Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
Ah, so the wing structure is also striped red and white. Interesting, didn't realize it in Lethal Heritage.
OrphanedSoul Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I think you got it! Superb image!
spectrelead Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
So that's her pet surat. Looks like it's having happy. :) Great job and hope to see more BT characters from you.
Adamant356 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
I love the lighting in this piece, and great work on including Jehu - I haven't seen a surat illustrated before :D
Legion1a Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Lovely image :)
drepp Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
I believe that's correct, nckeo. To the best of my knowledge, the surat is referenced all over the place in Battletech fiction but has never been illustrated. Or if it has, I've never seen the picture.
nckeo Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
First time seeing surat being drawn![link]
Lovely .
drepp Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
As the person that commissioned this piece, I'd like to first do a victory lap for owning it. ;)

All jokes aside, I wanted to reply to what The-Colonel-382 posted. The character caught my fancy from the first reading of the Stackpole novels. I loved the clash of strong warrior with such gentle undertones. However, as you noted, the past art of her has been terrible, either in artistic quality or in failing to really "catch" the complexity of a woman that's both a trained killer and also an artist, lover, pet owner, and prankster.

That's what motivated me to seek out some commissions of her. I saw Jarrod had done the most recent art for her, and I could tell from first blush that the potential was there, but the character hadn't been sufficiently explained to him. It turns out I was right. After sending him a few passages from the prose, he got to work. I'm beyond pleased with the final product.
67thy Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Tharkad Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Thanks for sharing this with us - you don't see much BattleTech fanart around these days of the "classics". :)
The-Colonel-382 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013

this has now become my FAVORITE picture of Ranna. Your other picture you did for CGL is a close second.
In all the other artwork I have seen of her she either looks to alien or looks like she is going to rip your throat out.

It is great to see one of the, in my opinion, pivotal characters in The Blood of Kerensky trilogy given her dues.
JarrodOwen Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, really glad you like it!
Foxi-5 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
Such a beautiful picture! Lighting is fantastic, skin tone, depth, foreshortening, critter and texture. Sooo good. Even the lit details on the window are awesome. May I ask how long does something like this take?
JarrodOwen Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! How long? Hmm, that's difficult to say. It must have been 20 hours or more for this particular image. There was quite a bit of experimentation involved, elements of the image that were drawn up in the initial stages but ultimately weren't used. Sometimes you have a clear idea of how the image is going to look from the very beginning and the process is much smoother, not quite the case with this one. Reminds me that I still have a lot to learn!
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