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Awakened (Light) by mkmatsumoto Awakened (Light) by mkmatsumoto
I'm happy to finally have the time to finish the second half of my tribute to the next chapter of the Star Wars saga: Episode VII! This time I have created the work after watching the film (a hundred or more times by now), and I'm glad my first design might appropriately fit some themes that might be explored in the these movies.

My concept for the "Awakened" series is all about balance. Both characters have powerful ties to the light side and dark side of the Force. I'm very excited to see both Rey and Kylo's story arcs and what will happen in the next two episodes, as well as all the great things to come from Star Wars!  

www.michaelmatsumoto.com

If you want to follow more of my work (sketches, etc.), look for the links to my social media (Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, etc.)
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newagehulk Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2018
You have captured not only the new mythology perfectly, but done the whole series justice.  This is a ground breaking piece of art.  It captures the religious nature of star wars perfectly. This along with the Kylo piece are just modern masterpieces and they are not merely fan art.  I am moved and would be love to hear more about your thought process.  simply stunning.
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mkmatsumoto Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018  Professional Filmographer
Wow! I'm glad you like it so much! Appreciate your support!
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nymeriadire Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2018  Student
wow amazing and beautiful :) :)
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:iconmkmatsumoto:
mkmatsumoto Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2018  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much! Keep your eyes peeled for a center piece coming soon! :D
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:iconnymeriadire:
nymeriadire Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2018  Student
your very welcome :) I will ;)
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Justiceavenger Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016
Very Stylish.
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Simpsonsfanatic33 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016  Hobbyist
Awesome
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:iconvin113:
vin113 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent work
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TheTraitor44 Featured By Owner May 5, 2016
I love Rey. As well as the background
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Neuromancerpro Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Student General Artist
OMG O.o
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DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Too cool!
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IlovElsa123Official Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2016
I have no words to describe how amazing this is! :D
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RedVioletPanda Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2016   Digital Artist
This is awesome!
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ayylamo2016 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016
really badass!
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NathanAardvark Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2016  Professional General Artist
nice pic! She's the balance to the force! Seriously.. a new order.
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Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible work- I love the composition, and all of the contrasts on each side :clap:
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13nin Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
La la la la I think I've fainted. I am a dummy! Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap 
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Keldain Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2016
Great picture!  :D
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alithking Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2016
WOW! cool and stunning art work, congratulations!
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ElsaTinuviel Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Student Writer
*dies*

You made my day.
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juliasnight Featured By Owner Edited Jan 23, 2016
I love you. 4 Realz
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Aphetoros Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016
Is there any way I can order a print of this?? I'm in love and need a poster size on my wall.
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SamuraiShinai Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016
Haha, this is AWESOME !! Between good & evil stands Rey and... she looks BAD-ASS !!
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MarcusThomas Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Student General Artist
Absolutely gorgeous piece. Love the style
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JustinPosada Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I honestly can not WAIT for this print to arrive.  Also looking forward to companion pieces!  I'll display this with epic pride in my Launch Bay... my Star Wars Man Cave... LOL
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mithrildesigns Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016
I love this image of Rey. It's really different than any others I've seen. All the elements are reallyn basic, but it hints at so much more.
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RainbowFay Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your picture title. It suits it and I love your picture too.Love 
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mailkaze Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016
Awesome, congrats!
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BRUTALBERSERK Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016
Perfect *-*
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Thome216 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016
Love that. She looks perfect!
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Manda-of-the-6 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Student General Artist
Love how you made the hilt blades of the red lightsabre draw to Rey's face on one side and replicate the Death Planet ray (heh "Rey" and "ray") Excellent piece of work! :heart:
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flybyart Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Excellent composition and probably the most accurate Ray I have seen. Nice backdrop and the levitation is a nice touch too.
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RukiWolf43 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Hobbyist
HOLY SHIT THIS IS AMAZING!!
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BattleFries Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
This is an absolutely amazing work of art!  I do think the 'halo' around Rey's head should have either been blue or a balance of blue and red, but it is still wonderful.  The hovering pose is inspired, and I am curious as to how you decided to draw her like that and how you actually pulled it off.  Regardless, it looks superb!  Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us, and May the Force Be With You~!
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AlexGhost Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Epic. :3
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rsand21266 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015
I want to take this around the neighborhood and ask people "Do you have a moment to talk about our Lord and Savior?"
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JustinPosada Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
YES!
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BattleFries Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Heh.  I love this comment and feel approximately the same way.  Thanks for giving voice to my inner Jedi evangelist.  ~_^
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RedLionKnight Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous! I love it :)
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idgurl28 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015
This is simply GORGEOUS - Rey shining like she's glowing in stained glass. JUST. WOW. Thank you for sharing this!
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modji-33 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome, and i luv the description too :D (lol ' to stop me exploding from happiness')
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amam2217 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
This is beyond fantastic. Holy crap.
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The-ill-Jedi Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015
This is beyond gorgeous!!
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MajinNeda Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015  Hobbyist
Gorgeous!
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JupiterGrace Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Now I am having crush with her XD
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CarameliaBriana Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Student General Artist
The Force is strong in Rey.
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CrouchingAllosaurus Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015
Her grandfather has it... her aunt has it...
Her FATHER has it...
(But hey, that's just a theory.)
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CarameliaBriana Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Student General Artist
Maybe
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Tucana81 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015
Joli !
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Advent3546 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know a thing about Ray but I have a feeling I'm gonna love her.
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