In spirit of #SWisagirlthingtoo making its way around Twitter, I thought now would be the perfect time to make a post I’ve been wanting to write for a while. Star Wars up until recently has not given much attention to its heroines, perhaps with the exception of the iconic Princess and General Leia Organa. It is incredibly sad that it has taken this long for the franchise to realise that characters such as Leia, Padmé and Rey (as well as the many animated heroines we have met such as Ahsoka and Hera) have been and will forever continue to be definitive factors in the way many girls have and will grow up.
When it comes to Star Wars, I loved Leia and I love Rey, but they are both not the heroine I connected with. I connected with former Queen and then Senator Padmé Amidala from the highly criticised (although increasingly less so) prequels and then again in the animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Any Padmé fan knows that loving her as a character most often means you’ll often be told that in the end she did ‘nothing but cry over Anakin’ or is in no way comparable to her daughter, you’ll find it frustrating that no reference is made to her at all following Episode III and you’ll know that she has little to no presence in merchandising even when you are more than willing to throw coins down Disney’s way for her.
But Padmé deserves to overcome all of the above. Padmé constantly has to battle against both what people expected her to be (arguably a Leia clone) and the often restrictive and limiting definitions of what makes a “strong female character”, especially in pop culture. Regardless, here is why Padmé is such an underappreciated and amazing character.
It’s my first time posting on Tumblr, and I want to share on this first entrance my current work in progress, which I’m enjoying a lot!
It’s my first time trying this style, and I admit that when I started my idea of the final result wasn’t as good as it is. (I found some drawings that I used for reference, most of them were by Daniel Nyari, and of course, I did not think at all that my result would be to like me after seeing his works.)
For me, it’s kind of special because I have seen how this character evolves - when I’m doing some new project, difficult or not, if during the process I have a good time, it creates a kind of bond with him and I start to love it lol.
I want to show how this oc was at the beginning because it’s funny to see how cute and dumb she was against her new look:
If you like it to see how this character evolves I’ll be happy to share it with you guys!
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