Darth Maul – Fan Art

Done Maul

Oh my word!
Honestly, I really should do more full illustrations like this! They looks so much more… more!

I really like Darth Maul as a character and have done for the *longest* time!
I figured though that he is such a popular character, the last thing people wanted to see was my shitty rendition.
Then my art got a bit better, to the point I figured it was worth a shot at him.

That and drawing more dynamic poses is always going to be a win.
And backgrounds!

Yay
Practise~

Anyway, some rare fan art – which I really should do more of as well – of Darth Maul; the best thing to some out of The Phantom Menace and Star Wars impressive poster boy!
Zabrak tattoos are a bitch

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Darth Maul

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I’ve wanted to do something with Darth Maul since the beginning of time; I only ever drew him one other time and that was way back in 2012 for a fund-raiser I did on facebook for Motor Neurone Disease. darth_maul_by_jennrushby-d5ebvgl
It was great too finally get to draw the best thing to come out of The Phantom Menace and it not be a complete botch!

I’ve been wanting to try doing more dynamic posing – which is really hard as I am somewhat stuck in a comfort zone currently; also facial expressions are still a bit tricky, but I’m working through both problems.

I’m going to have a bit of a play with this some more when I get the chance to get on the PC and draw – but I wanted to share this sketch on here especially because it is relevant too the whole ‘Fangirl’ aspect of the title.

I really should do more fan art of the objects of my fangirlly-obsessions as they actually feel pretty few and far between these days.

Hi gang

It’s been a while again, and the usual apologies are going out to those who enjoy my updates.

What’s have I got to say for myself thus far…?

In exciting news, something called “Rambo the Video Game” has been brought to my attention, it seems to be a little bit on the dubious side and I am really trying not to get too overly excited about it. Mostly because I already know that it is going to be average at best.
The plot line follows the movies – this in itself is a bit of a down side for me; where are the new stories? Ultimately where is the imagination?
Graphically, it looks okay I suppose. Not sure what I am expecting here, but in the latest video Rambos face looks rather laugh worthy.
And finally first person shooter – nothing against them but they just aren’t my favourite things in the world.
So I am trying to reserve judgement on the game and already failing.

What else?

I finally managed to make it through the second (first) Star Wars trilogy and am enjoying playing The Old Republic again; it’s been great to see a bit more of the Imperial Agent storyline again.

And in BIG news, I was alerted to this little gem: Eternal Crusade
Very early days for this one, but Fangirl does like her Space Marines, so it’ll be well worth keeping an eye on; seeing as there is currently very little information available.

A New Hope

The film this week, I settled down to watch rather begrudgingly. 
As the title suggests it was Star Wars: A New Hope. 

It’s fairly obvious that I like Star Wars, as it’s been shown in previous posts, but it seems that whenever Star Wars is brought up you just cannot avoid the divide between the newer Star Wars films and the older ones. I don’t exactly sit on the fence with this issue either – I’m all for the new stuff. It’s not that I hate the older films, they are still good.

While I understand completely the limitations of technology, it’s not the space flights and fights nor the ‘computer generated’ effects that cause me to prefer the newer films. It’s the one thing that really wasn’t held back my technology, because the means to create such a thing has been around for centuries.

The fight scenes.

There is this one part of the film – the tension is built and the lead up is fantastic. Shooting troopers with blasters, the excitement of seeing the main cast getting crushed, the build up as Vader and Obi-Wan meet, you expect something special… more than special. And then… you get this slow paced really, let down battle between the two.
I’m not expecting the world here, but the filming just seems to go right out the window, giving close-up shots with little to no spark. Compared to the rest of the film, it’s just a little bit dull. Which is a shame.

I don’t think I want to get into this argument! Maybe I do sit on the fence a bit more than I thought, maybe that’s all I really need to do.
Maybe, there doesn’t need to be a divide between old and new? We should all just hold hands in a big circle and share how much we like Star Wars as a collective, rather than bitch and moan about how one set of trilogies doesn’t set our souls on fire as much as the other.

A thought on the extent of Fangirling

I came across something on Tumblr earlier today, it was a little comic strip about Star Wars: The Old Republic about how all Zabraki players choose to look like Darth Maul. It was a critique about how unoriginal players of games can be.
Let me see if I can find it for you…

(Credit for the comic goes to Zombie Roomie)

I’ve recently been back playing Star Wars: The Old Republic, and I confess, I do have a red and black Zabrak character; an Agent. I have mentioned him in blog posts of yonder times.

It got me thinking, which did I make such a character and what is his story and the likes.
Well, before my agent came a character named Khasul.

(The king of the Khasul)
 
Khasul came into being because my partner and I wanted to make a bit of an evil sith-lord character. Although the more I think on it, it would be rather humorous to create a really nice with-lord, just because.
And I can honestly hold my hands up and absolutely without a shadow of a doubt say that Khasul came into being because of Darth Maul! If there is anything in the films that is really worth going to town on the fangirling over, it is Maul. The man has less lines in the film than I have fingers, but he is still awesome. I mean, just watch the scene where he, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan fight again and try to tell me how that isn’t a thing of beauty.
So, with the whole Legacy aspect to Star Wars: The Old Republic and having all our characters connected. It was only natural that Khasul have a sibling.
(And you’re the dirty rascal) 
I’ve shared pictures of Thaeli before and probably said similar things about him and his connections before – so it’s not worth repeating myself. He is a great character to play as and the storyline of the Imperial Agent thus far has been very entertaining.
Does it still make a player unoriginal if they’re inspired by a starting point and extend a character beyond it? Yes, it is in part that Thaeli exists because of Darth Maul, is that such a negative thing? I agree completely that Khasul is little more than a Maul clone, but is that the case for all red and black Zabraki players? No at all; not all red and black things originated from Darth Maul! It’s just a case of being prepared for that comparison when speaking with others.
I believe I have spoken before on inspiration and it’s strange weaving ways of working – I’ve stated that I believe it is fine to be inspired by other, pre-existing things as long as we’re able to hold our hands up and admit to it. Especially if it runs deep in our creativity. The more that we try to hide these things, the more irksome they become – do not hide your inspirations, acknowledge them or they’ll only end up biting you on the ass later. Claiming originality when it is not there… just irritates others.
(Thaeli – the non Darth Maul, Darth Maul inspired thing.)

 

Just a couple of art things

 

Just a couple of sketchy things today.
Thought I may as well share them on there, seeing as I made my previous blog post about him.
Not really done much else to report.
Might try doing some writing later.
Then again.
I might not.

 

A little something on a Galaxy far far away

I’ve been elsewhere lately. Sorry.

For some reason, I’ve always reserved judgement on the world of Star Wars. For a few reasons itleft a bitter taste in my mouth.
I wasn’t alive for the first rush and fangasm it caused when it was first released, and when I saw the “new” films I just couldn’t attach myself to it; aside a brief fascination during one holiday at Wells-Next-to-Sea thanks to a plastic head of Anakin Skywalker that once contained sweets…

I always thought I would hold-up that barrier between Star Wars and Star Trek and pitch for the Trek side of things

I am now going to hold up my hand and say, I was wrong.
Not that I am now batting for the other side, but I can honestly say that I have let them both well and truely into my heart.

Thanks to non-other than Star Wars: The Old Republic.

I am a sucker for online games (Even though I am anti-social as fuck and never group with people) I love the fact that you can create an identity, and really run with it. Creating a character to fit in anothers world. Character creation has always been a personal favourite.

Thus, Thaeli was born

My Imperial Intelligence Agent, a Zabrak – The same species as Darth Maul, who lets face it, was really the best thing to come out of The Phantom Muppet!

It’s interesting to wander around the server and the Imperial Fleet and see that pretty much all the other Zabrak players are force users (Including Thaelis younger brother Khasul) leaving him pretty angry and pissed off at the world for being the underdog of his species; but still managing to be pretty badass in his own right while faithfully serving the Empire.

What I also really like about the Agent character is the fact that you specialise in deception, subtulty, seduction and assasination. To the point where the character changes his voice while undercover. It’s the attention to small details that I like. Once again, well played Bioware.

I part of me feels like I should extend and be creative with this character beyond what is offered in game — which is actually considerable for an MMO, especially with the Legacy (A kind-of mini-guild thinger) we shall see. I am still crawling myself out of the strange pit that I have been in at the moment.