So I was skimming the Clone Wars concept art book yesterday, which I own but have never really looked at, and I didn’t share what is probably my favorite part from it. (I only have it in hardback, not digital, and I don’t have a scanner, so no pics, sorry.)
Which is that at one point, when they were still designing Cham Syndulla, he had a CYBERNETIC LEKKU. But then they scrapped that. (I told kablob17 this last night and he immediately went, “Bedlam, you’re going to do that to Cham, aren’t you?” “Noooooooooo…but now that you mention it…”)
Also I am dancing a little with glee over the fact that Cham is specifically identified as “one of the nobility,” like I theorized a while ago but can’t find the link for now.
Killian Plunkett in here also talks about how the culture of Ryloth is inspired by North Africa, and specifically Algeria and Morocco. The city of Lessu was inspired by Minas Tirith, while the village of Nabat was inspired by Beirut. There’s a piece of concept art of Nabat as an oasis-like city inspired by the hanging gardens of Babylon.