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Star Wars: Admiral Thrawn by TereseNielsen Star Wars: Admiral Thrawn by TereseNielsen
So this was yet another Star Wars character that I was unfamiliar with until this assignment came along. I was asked to imbue the admiral with the look of a "confident and brilliant military man. Striking features and red eyes. The pose and body language should reflect that he is emotionally controlled."

Illustrated for the Star Wars miniatures: Imperial Entanglements packaging art.

I used the same mixed media approach, washes of acrylic in the background and oil built up on top for detail and glazed in for color modulation.

*** I have archival PRINTS in stock of many of my works. Please feel free to send a note if there is a particular one that interests you.
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Honeybadger4you Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2017
That was in my opinion one of the best star wars book series that came to the extended universe, nice painting!
nicholasweed Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2017
Too bad Disney Inc. decided to ignore the Extended Universe and make up their own shit. 
SuperMarioFan65 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Amazing work
CadetBrick Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
My all-time favorite character from the expanded universe!
4eyes0soul Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Grand Admiral Thrawn put too much trust in a race loyal only because of lies. You don't use a bodyguard who doesn't know he wants to kill you yet.

It would have worked if it weren't for that and the madness of the clone Jorus C'baoth.

Not "artistically done" enough.
mymypeak Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Is this an OC? This is really cool.
Omegaman120 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016
Nope. He is an official Star Wars character.
Dudeshibby Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nailed it. Solid Work
DaemonAngel Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Grand Admiral Thrawn. Lives.…
Krande Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015
Cold like a calculating chiss grand admiral while in perfect control of everything around him. Grats!
Evohunter7 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
I love it, Thrawn is one of my favourite characters. You've nailed him.
jesper1815 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
Cool - could you be interested in doing a Picture for me with an Imperial officer, and Imperial gunner and an Imperial Tie pilot? What would we look a Pricewise???
Unterliederbach Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Hi, do you have a print of Thrawn in stock? Picture really looks great.
Crimson-Dragon-King Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
MZ8zone Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
Its actually a good book series and I have to say that you did a great job representing Admiral Thrawn.
NandoOpalaVelho Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Não conheço com detalhes a história de Thrawn, porem sua espécie é simplesmente incrivel.
SithiR Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
He respects art, to grasp the gestalt of opposing force psychology? Offer a painting of the Enterprise-E, of the White Star, of the Normandy, of the Battle of Isandlwana, of the Reapers. Offer tea. Commander Shepard would show respect by offering tea. Mi'thrawn'arudo, born of the Chiss people. The Imperial equivalent of Sun Tzu. The most fanatical believer in the New Republic, if they have a SHRED of professional respect ...

::snaps to::
::martial shout in Chiss language::
Does he have a place of burial? We of the new era shall give him a place of professional honor and an eternal flame for him, though haply his body be unrecoverable. Admiral Ackbar ordered the eighteen-gun salute from his flag vessel, Home One. I know. I was there.

With equal firepower and resources, he would not leave a shred of Francis Drake, or Lord Nelson, or Halsey, or Nimitz.

How would Thrawn have contended, with equal firepower and resources, in an excercise opposite Stephen Ainsley Hackett, my comrade of the Mass Effect universe? How would Thrawn have contended, with equal firepower and resources, in an excercise opposite the respected Picard? In either case, both would have minds in tatters, and learn strategems they had never thought possible. And if by the end they did not feel mutual respect, I would be speechless with astonishment, and close to tears.
Ruyc Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
great job, by far he was the best character of the expanded universe
Larimir Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
Daisydancerina1 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
I <3 Thrawn
Mitakata Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
more thrawn please :o
nakamimiokugoddess Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
Admiral Thrawn goes hard man.
ImperialAce Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
cool drawing of admiral thrawn
Evolvana Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011   Digital Artist
This is featured in my journal :) [link]
SvenjaLiv Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
He looks pretty much exactly like Thrawn should! You've captured him really well. Great work :D
Whozawhatcha Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Sheesh. A Chiss. They can be pretty intimidating with those blazing red eyes
JustBelieveCreations Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thrawn is one of my favorite characters and you captured him magnificently!!!
PakPolaris Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
EEHills Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Definitely Thrawn here. Artistically Done! The lighting seems sort of misty. I assume that is intended.
Browncoat1969 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011

One of the best evil geniuses of all time
halnarthax87 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
I'm sure it's been said before but... what the hell.
This was so... artistically done... :P
haleyskywalker2 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
jeturcotte Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I'd like to have a not-white, undecorated, version of his jacket... maybe in dark green or grey or something
shadownickmcnick Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
thrawn is definately one of my favorite imperial "heroes" next to vader of course. how can u not respect a character as calm and calculating as the grand admiral thrawn?
Kexito Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010  Student Writer
I like t. Very well done!
TarienCole Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
The only Star Wars EU stories worth reading are the ones with him.

Great Villain, there's a reason he's at the top of the page @ TV Tropes for "Magnificent Bastard."
G-Blackwood Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010
This guy was simply bad-ass. No explanation needed. Just pure raw unadulterated bad-ass.
Arcalian Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
Yeah, as others have said, the only alien ever to serve in the human-racist Imperial Navy, because he was just that damn good.
Doffa Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
Fantastic work! Personally I think this painting looks like a younger Thrawn, it would make a great Imperial recruitment poster :D
spartan7721 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
like's art grand admiral thrawn he one rare alien species;;red glow eye,blue skin oh yes now remember #1 bestselling saga by timothy zahn in 90s.
MBPanther Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Best Villain ever!!
GeraldMason Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
Dear god, this is beautiful. I got to get myself a print once I have more money.
DarthJudicare Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it, the background is very beautiful.
gorkensgork Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
stunning work... truely amazing.. however.. i really miss a belt on him or something so it doesnt look like he is wearing a doctors coat :D.. well maybe he is supposed to? he was a scientist afterall hmm :) anyways really awesome work
arch998 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
This is an absolutely brilliant rendition of Grand Admiral Thrawn. It just imbues his presence... very well done.
SimonWeaner Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
contrast between the colors is amazing :)
brettattack Featured By Owner May 13, 2010   Interface Designer
love love love this
VengaFett Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010
I love the style of your art,and you capture people very well. Your star wars art is very beautiful.
LivioRamondelli Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
Beautiful work!
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