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Encounter on Dathomir by wraithdt Encounter on Dathomir by wraithdt
Hi guys! This is a new set of 12 artworks I did for the new Star Wars Essential Reader's Companion. Although the dateline for this book was a lot tighter it nevertheless was an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

As with the last book I will be posting them in the order of sequence as it appears in the Reader's Companion. Enjoy!

This scene is from The Courtship Of Princess Leia and it is the first proper depiction of Teneniel Djo, witch of Dathomir and future Queen Mother of the Hapes Consortium. Luke Skywalker, who was checking out the wreckage of the Chu'unthor, is caught off guard by her sudden appearance and barely dodges a kick to the face. This is totally an unfair match-up but Miss Djo has no clue who she's dealing with.

For those who don't know there is actually an existing depiction of Teneniel Djo but it is a black and white sketch done back in the 90s. The publisher felt it was not reflective of how she's described in the books and so we gave her a little update and sexed her up just a wee bit so this result of it.

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Published by Del Rey, an imprint of Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.

You can get the book here >> [link]
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Butterflybarna Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2018
Wow, awesome scene 👍
17ransokadj Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Is she a force mystic?
PevenFactory Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
"I'm your mother! Go to your room! " XD
GraciousGoodSevens Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2018
Those Dathomir witches sure are daring!
Devil-Mech-Irons Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dat bitch is screwed.
JustLurkn Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018
But she has the high ground!
Devil-Mech-Irons Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
(I knew someone would say that)

  But she ain't no Jedi.
ZeroColaArt Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018
But she's Teneniel Djo! "Witch of Dathomir", "User of the Spell of Storm", "Head knocker of Luke Skywalker"!
Devil-Mech-Irons Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Dreali85 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2017
I love this,that book was great and had the best highstakes Saabac game ever...spoiler Han wins a planet AWESOME!
LETMESEEBEUTY Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2016
Classic cool and gorgeous 
der-spassvogel Featured By Owner May 14, 2016
Totally awesome!!! Love seeing the classic characters done up like this!! 
Legoranger Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016
Does it connect to 7?
PracillaHemerson Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Student General Artist
That book is one of my favorites, and i absolutely love how you drew Teneniel Djo!!!! Good job, mate!!!
avadaxxxkedavra Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
i loved this book so much!!!!! this is exactly how i pictured teneniel :)
Ayzman80 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
I've read the books, and its lovely to see some artwork that abids the greate story, thanks for the time you have spent on pleasing others, may the force be with you
bykeyva Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice......Love it...Clap Clap 
DiHA-Artwork Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is my favorite illustration from that book. Very nicely done!
XizerTheGrey Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
Now That's a woman!
Lightwind9 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
Nice picture. This novel is one of my favorite Star Wars books :)
paulobarrios Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
equigoyle Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOOOOVED this book!  One my favorites, and one of the most nostalgic for me.  Great depiction of a very memorable scene! 
medusa86 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
Awesome! I actually bought the book after I saw your artwork.
Leia1987 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of the best Starwars artists out there!! Two tumbs up dear! :D loooooove seeing people drawing the "old" characters from eps. 4,5 and 6.
MarinistXXX Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Just hot.
L3ynx Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Oh man. You are making my day by having done these pieces of artwork. Just like th Entechment one, this is one of my favorite Star Wars stories, and one that I get a huge thrill out of seeing brought to life. Thank you!

Also, from what I recall, Teneniel was a bit incredulous that a male could use the Force, living in a matriarchal, isolated society where typically only females were "spellcasters," so she was not taking Luke as seriously as someone who knew that he was a Jedi would have. He was caught off guard himself. Which is to say that the pose, as noted by others, does not bother me much if at all.
socupe Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
wow. like star wars, love this...
EmperorKarino Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome job.
sabzlovingart127 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
looks awesome!
Prakorimas Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student Writer
Well now, looks not bad!

Though Djo's position is kinda strange, don't you think?..

Anyway, I like your idea!
ArtTraveller77 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, nice. Love it.
Ahrrhd Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a truly superb work!!
Zetsubou-Ninja Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
the painting is amazing but I feel like I'm the only person concerned about her fighting pose. It's like she ran forward and then thrusted her butt towards Luke to......smother him (idk)? I assume she's going to wrap her legs around his head maybe, but even then, what trained fighter is going to attack master jedi, who is fully aware of her presence, in a way that makes her most vulnerable? His pose looks like he's winding up to bat her right out of the air, except she'll just be sliced in two even halves.
Point is, I can't help but feel that while your technique is superb, the story telling is lacking, because luke is looking ready for action and Djo just wants to shove her genitals in our face for some nice T&A.
wraithdt Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thx for the crit. Luke is suppose to be dodging Teneniel Djo's mid-air kick and he's brandishing his lightsaber but doesn't strike her. I understand that some find the composition and posing problematic and in-hindsight could've been done better.
CRUMB662 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Excellent!!!! :D
Bhirawa2468 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
that's great, man!
liasid Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
freshaire Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Wonderful depiction of their fight.
shadowfire270 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
i think she would have been a better suited wife to Luke then Mara
Valiant-Horizon Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Hell of a view eh Luke?
Red-Hag Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
i love your art...and the book you illustrated here! bravo!
Kirana Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great painting of a great scene! I get into nostalgic mood when I watch this painting :-)
Teneniel Djo and Luke - I shipped it until Mara Jade appeared ^^
And the Witches of Dathomir still kick ass!
crgone1 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Your work is amazing!
jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome scene! though a stick might not be that useful against a light saber.
lukysta Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
Amazing, dynamic, breathtaking! And that perspective its just like kick in the face! Absolutely love all the series from this!
DavidRabbitte Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Great work again Darren! Congrats on the gig.
Wedge009 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Heh, yeah, very attractive look to perhaps the most famous witch of Dathomir. It's been a while since I read the novel, but as I recall, nice-guy Luke deliberately refrained from harming her. Although she was able to overwhelm Luke and knock him out eventually, I'm pretty sure he demonstrated that he could release himself from her captivity very easily whenever her chose.

Poor little R2 could only look on from the side-lines!
Michael7S Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012   Interface Designer
:omfg: WOW! :wow: :deviation: :+favlove: :)
konvic21 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i know he's gonna get a kicked in the face because his eyes are obviously not in the battle...
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