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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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Cyberdurc22 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Spaceman-Chris Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man, I love the details you put into these that only nerds like me would pick up on.  As usual, awesome work.
Tavil84 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Love this! I wont forgive Disney for throwing out all of the extended universe.
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  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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!
MarinistXXX Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Astralview Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice :)
scoutsIX-3 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Mara is so gorgeous! I always envied Luke.....
han44droma Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
the fact that she was sick at the time makes it even more awesome
SaryaTorn Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
If this was the front cover, I'd have got Vector Prime sooner.
FalconFan Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
PERFECT!! LOVE Mara's pose, in mid-strike, taking out two thud bugs in one sweep... Yomin Carr's stunned expression is also perfect: HE'S never seen a Jedi before, either--so it was a surprise for both of them... The angle of view is wonderful, and definitely gives the feel of this being a film-still, rather than an illustration--such great movement, too, with the flying insect weapons, the sweep of Mara's lightsaber and the swirl of her hair. GREAT choice of costuming for her, too, btw--some of us are right tired of her black, shiny catsuit! lol! THIS is much more appropriate attire for an accomplished Jedi Master on a field mission. :nod:

TheOfficialHUM3N Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013   Digital Artist
Love Mara! ^^
Ungetum Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Yes please!
Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Action! ;)
atwojay Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student Writer
Beautiful. I especially love her hair here.
fmilluminati Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Rare to see the Yuuzhan Vong, even in art. This piece in incredible.
SmyliArt Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I could never really imagine how this fight looks like but this is just the best image of it. I love the way you made the Yuzhaan Vong and i really like the way you draw Mara Jade!Great work!
Crush48 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
This is episode 8 right hurr.
Aiglos1 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
Let's hope so as far as the new movies are concerned.
ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Man but this is cool. :)

I love the work you did on the poses... and I especially like how you did the effects for Mara's lightsaber and the cuts through the thud bugs. Really captures a sense of movement and direction.
Phill-Art Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
You're really amazing. Please tell me if you use reference for the poses and fabrics, it hurts my head to think you do these 100% from your mind.
drakonnen Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
I really miss Mara Jade. Love the piece.
SpectorKnight Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Fantastic work!
kswwsk Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
So great!
lathander1987 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
cool. nice job.
Yunaris Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
I love the trail on the lightsabre, great job. :)
spacezillazon Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome job looks good,good update
Michael7S Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012   Interface Designer
:omfg: WOW! :wow: :deviation: :+favlove: :)
MarkoOne Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
P0LITICALLYINC0RRECT Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Student General Artist
holy crap shes fighting the Yuuzhan vong!
superjuca Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
One of the problems I have with the NJO and the YV is that I thought that Bio-Tech-Weapons-etc were already a part of the SW universe. The Verpine, the bacta making aliens (forgot their name).... The SW universe difficulties with the YV seemed forced....
Maphisto86 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Love the outfit you illustrated for Mara Jade. Much more functional and unique then the obligatory catsuit people seem to want to give her. Apparently the people over at the site called Club Jade think so too. :thumbsup: [link]
AnuPdin Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Whoooooa! this entire series u hav done is awesome! almost exactly like the way i imagined while reading the books!!
LimbsforWings Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Student Artist like star wars...
Samurai-Poet Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow! Awesome!
JasonRoll Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I've always wanted to see this scene illustrated...Very nice!
RedHandedJill44 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have loved this image ever since it was first released. I can't wait to see the others you did!
TrevorDeal Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
As a fan of The New Jedi Order novels I just fell in love with your page. How didn't I see all these! Amazing work on the series!
ZeonCrisis0930 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
I always did want a lightsaber katana. I would also want a film series based on what happens after Return of the Jedi but I'm also afraid that George Lucas will mess that up.
DragoRoku Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Excellent work!
Giruveganus-aevis Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Totally Awesome! I really liked it!
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