star wars episode i: the phantom menace

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WIP #43

Qui-Gon Jinn as a samurai.  Pencil, Inktense (a watercolor-type ink medium), and white acrylic.  This is another one where it’s interesting to see what a Photoshop color boost (beyond a normal color correction) can do for a piece.

In chronological order:

1.) The finished pencil drawing.

2.) Coloring is complete here.  This is the raw scan without color correction, but due to my scanner’s stupidity, it actually looks more washed-out than the original looks.

3.) The finished piece, color-boosted on Photoshop.

4.) The finished piece, a detail.

Daisy Ridley on porgs, Kylo Ren and more 'Star War: The Last Jedi' teasers

USA Today

Daisy Ridley can’t escape her Star Wars fame, even as a mysterious murder suspect riding the opulent 1930’s train in Murder on the Orient Express.

While filming Murder (in theaters now), director Kenneth Branagh offered to let Ridley use alightsaber in a key scene (she declined) and co-star Josh Gad peppered her with Star Wars questions offset on video, even pulling in Judi Dench for one Force interrogation.

We, too, had a few queries as Ridley gets set to ride as Rey again in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (opening Dec. 15). Here’s what we learned.

Ridley is so pro-porgs (Rey not so much).

The free world fell in love when the chubby porg creatures made a screaming debut in The Last Jedi trailer last month. It hit Ridley, too. She lists a porg toy as one of her prized possessions.

“It’s bringing a lot of pleasure right now,” says Ridley, calling the character “adorable” and “hilarious.”

The love affair started on set with the goofy looking puppet, operated by the same crew who handle droid BB-8. “It’s wonderful to be working around practical things on set that have such personality,” says Ridley,

But Rey won’t fall for the creature’s charms. “Rey, honestly, is too wrapped up in her own journey to pay attention to porgs,” says Ridley. “Which is a sad thing.”

Snoke will provide the worst kind of ‘test’ for Rey.

Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) ain’t pretty and acts worse. “He looks mental. Snoke is an evil guy, if you can call him a guy,” says Ridley.

Last Jedi’s trailer shows Rey screaming under Snoke torture. Ridley says the torture scenes were long enough to leave her hoarse. “It was painful. My throat hurt after that one,” says Ridley.

“Snoke is one of those tests for Rey,” she adds. “And when I say testing, it’s the worst use of testing ever.”

Watch for Kylo Ren and Rey time.

Is there something special going on with Rey and the Dark Side-dwelling Kylo Ren (Adam Driver)? The two seem to have a special connection in the trailers.

Ridley choses her words carefully.

“These are two people who represent two very different sides of life, good and evil,” she says. “That’s going to be explored more in this.”

Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) does not like visitors in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ even when they bring gifts. (Photo: Lucasfilm)

Luke Skywalker is annoyed with Rey.

Rey is expecting Luke Skywalker to be thrilled to get his lightsaber back in Last Jedi. But he’s not happy to see her. “She thinks there’s going to be a warm welcome. But Luke went to this island to get away and he doesn’t want to be disturbed,” says Ridley.

Don’t fret. Skywalker takes “a tremendous journey from the beginning of the relationship to ultimately where they end up in the film.” Our personal theory: He had coffee.

Judi Dench really doesn’t know squat about Star Wars.

Dench seems to be a Star Wars nut, grilling Ridley in one of Gad’s videos on fan-minutia such as whether she had been tested for midi-chlorians, living cells in tune with the Force (from Episode I – The Phantom Menace).

She played the part well, but Dench doesn’t have Force fever.

“She was like, 'Medi…Midi-chlorians, what is that?’ Josh and I had to explain,” says Ridley, who says she had Gad had to stifle their laughs when cameras rolled.

Dench did ask Ridley to shoot a personal Star Wars video for her grandson. “Obviously he’s very interested.”

USA Today

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Turmoil has engulfed the Galactic Republic. The taxation of trade routes to outlying star systems is in dispute. Hoping to resolve the matter with a blockade of deadly battleships, the greedy Trade Federation has stopped all shipping to the small planet of Naboo. While the Congress of the Republic endlessly debates this alarming chain of events, the Supreme Chancellor has secretly dispatched two Jedi Knights, the guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy, to settle the conflict… Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)