Character Design: Finding the Look of Ahsoka Tano

Ahsoka first appeared in a 2005 sketch by Dave Filoni. In that pencil sketch, she was just a shy Togruta girl peeking out from beneath her oversized Jedi hood.

Audiences wouldn’t meet the character for another THREE YEARS, and over that time she tried on different costumes and facial markings and had her named changed from Ashla, before the team arrived at the version that made it to Star Wars: The Clone Wars movie.

Believe it or not, her final look was greatly influenced by San in Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke.

An early maquette had more angular features, but George Lucas voiced some concerns over her larger alien head, suggesting softening her features to make her more relatable. This gave us the final – and much loved – Ahsoka Tano!

anonymous asked:

I know you just got this question about everyone's favorite squids, but any tips on drawing Tugrutas?

Sure! Togrutas are my fav SW species, I’ll see if I can do them any justice here! I can already tell this one will be very long so i apologize in advance lol

As I mentioned on the Nautolan post, it’s helpful to read up on the species wiki before working on anything if you feel like taking the time- http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Togruta/Legends 

I’ll be paraphrasing from there for most anatomy references.

Togrutas are a carnivorous species with a tribal/pack nature. Though it’s seldom shown, it’s mentioned on the wiki that Togrutas actually have sharp canine teeth! Togrutas are distinguished by their varying face/skin patterns, their 3-4 head tails (or Lekku) and their montrals, the hollow horn-like growths on top of their head. Their montrals give them passive echolocation. Their Lekku and Montrals can drastically vary in shape from person to person, and their skin and eye colors can be just about any color of the rainbow.

Their head tails and monrtals can be grown in sections, like shown:

Or they can be one continuous growth:

Adult Male Togrutas have been shown to sometimes have shorter Lekku than females-

but not all of them adhere to this. Male’s Lekku can be just as long as a Females and can pretty much be the same shape- 

And here’s my fav Male Togruta, Zandar! (character by my friend XombieJunky on deviantart, please go check out his work!) He’s a prime example of Fantastic Togruta, I love him

Togruta montrals and lekku get longer as they grow older, and the pattern can shift and change with time, as well as their face markings shifting in shape-

I’ve exercised this pattern shift with my OC Stitch, you can see how their montrals/lekku grew over time as well-

And here’s some more examples of Togruta younglings-

Most examples of Togruta shown have white as a prominent color on their montrals and face, but it’s not necessary to have that (as seen with that pinkish-purple guy shown earlier on this post). With my OC Tulu, I tried to go for a watermelon-like color scheme, she has no white markings-

A cool way to figure out color schemes for a Togruta could be by using a pallet generator, here’s one of my fav generators if you want to use it!


On my final point, I’ll be talking about Togruta headdress. Here’s an excerpt from the wiki on that-

“ As hunters, the Togruta showed off the pelts and teeth of their game as a sign of pride and maturation. Special pride was taken in the teeth of akul that a Togruta had taken down as an individual. These teeth often were made into jewelry such as an akul-tooth headdress or a necklace, which also incorporated metals, stones, and pearls found on Shili.“

The headdress is mentioned to be made with teeth, but that’s not always necessary. Here’s some headdress examples-

Headdresses are a cultural thing for them and can be fun to design, but it’s not a requirement. Many go without the headdress, it’s up to you!

I believe that should be all the basics of Togruta design. If you need further content, google image search “Togruta” and/or read the wiki for inspiration. Hope this helped at all, and have fun making your Togrutas!