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The First Encounter by wraithdt The First Encounter 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!

I have another one for you Mara fan's. This one is from the first book of the New Jedi Order series called Vector Prime and it shows Mara Jade dueling Yomin Carr. She's the first Jedi to ever encounter, duel and defeat a Yuuzhan Vong in single combat, albeit with great difficulty. This was an enemy unlike any other the Jedi has faced before and one that is formidable even to an experienced Jedi like Jade Skywalker. On top of looking like a pure badass the one thing that makes Yuuzhan Vong cool to me is their use of living bio-weapons like thud bugs (thrown projectiles) and the amazing amphistaff, which is a whip, sword, spear, and venom shooter all rolled into one and its apparently so tough that it can resist a lightsaber cut.

I think some of you may have already seen this image already as it was one of the preview images from the Reader's Companion but I'd like to mention that this is the updated version of the one floating around the net right now. I made some changes after some sharp-eyed fans pointed out that her lightsaber was the wrong kind and so I gave her Anakin Skywalker's lightsaber, which is more consistent with canon. I also noticed that Wookieepedia has the old version of this image. If anyone would be kind enough to update it with this version that would be great!

Copyright of Lucasfilm Ltd.
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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BrigadierDarman Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
It's things like this that are among the reasons why I will NEVER accept the new trilogy. :)

Great work.
Centurion1337 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
Well, if the new trilogy, this stuff right here is just fucking moot...
thebingbang Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! You did this one?!? found this on Google and was just blown away! Great piece! 
Nascent-EVO Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
Rikuthedragonslayer Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
HARDGRAVE87 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
awesome looking battle great job. 
Spaceman-Chris Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really like your interpretation of Mara.  The way she seems to be casually swatting away those thud bugs fits perfectly with her cool demeanor.

I haven't seen this before but I noticed your comment about giving her the correct lightsaber.  Thanks for making continuity nerds like me happy!
paulobarrios Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
spectacular !!!
drakenimmortal Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
He looks like the Daidact, enter Master Chief stage left with guns blazing ^_^
Love your artwork, been a long time sinc eI've seen such quality Star Wars material.

Like us all I'm just hoping the saga doesn't get any more screwed up ^_^
Darthxbox Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very well done!
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