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What Is Life As A Jawa?

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I’ve been fascinated by Jawas for a very long and since seeing them come back into the fore of pop culture thanks to The Mandalorian, I’ve been intending to understand what life as a Jawa is and to explore their culture and character in depth through the platforms of art and illustration.

I’ve also always wanted to participate in Inktober and successfully manage every day of the month-long drawing challenge, but I’ve never quite managed to succeed and pull it off.

My plan this year, is to tie my interests with my ambitions and use them to drive each other forward, partaking in and completing Inktober, whilst also kick-starting my exploration of Jawa life.

The series of sketches I create throughout the month will be loose, exploratory and experimental in nature, and the content will contain a few comedy elements too, this project overall will form the foundation for further exploration and later on, more detailed artworks.

Be sure to Join The Journey as I explore the world and culture of the Jawas and together, we can discover much more about these mysterious creatures from the galaxy far, far away…

What Is Inktober?

Created by artist Jake Parker, Inktober is a month-long drawing challenge with the aim of helping people to improve their skills and develop positive drawing habits.

Throughout the month of October, any participants create an ink drawing or sketch, following the daily prompt list and then posts the result online.

What Is Life As A Jawa?

Life As A Jawa is the title of my upcoming project that will dig into and explore the sorts of things Jawas get up to in their daily lives.

This project will begin October 1st and I’ll be releasing a brand new ink sketch every day for 31 days, all adhering to the prompts for Inktober 2021.

This project will contain comedy elements, a little horror and some sadness and will be presented as rough, loose ink sketches.

Materials I’ll Be Using

As tradition dictates, I’ll be working with Sakura ink brush pens throughout the entirety of this project. My underdrawings will be created in pencil which will later be erased.

My trump card, however, will be using gel pens to add a touch of colour here and there, this was inspired by a recent scribble session I had using gel pens on toned paper. 

Speaking of which, each of my Inktober sketches will be drawn onto Rembrandt tan toned paper. 

Drawing materials for inktober - sakura ink brush pens - gel pens - toned paper- photo
My weapons of choice for Inktober

My Approach To Inktober

In an ideal world, every piece would be a fully-fledged ink and wash drawing, highly detailed artworks that could be displayed as soon as they dried. Unfortunately, due to time constraints and creating one for each day, that approach wouldn’t be manageable so these are sketches.

Sketches that can quickly explore the form, capture the moment, and tell the story. 

I have treated the Life As A Jawa project s=in a similar way to a book illustration project; 31 stand-alone pieces that start with planning out the prompts and figuring out how I can tie them to my Jawa theme. 

Then drawing a series of thumbnails and scribbling ideas, solving problems such as simple ways to capture the forms of my subjects with ink.

The beauty with this project too is that although I’ve planned it out before diving into each sketch, it’s quite organic, I might think of a different angle for a prompt and then quickly change it up if it feels like a better fit.

A sketchbook photo of illegible thumbnails

Life As A Jawa Warm-Up Ink Sketch

Every project worth its salt must begin with a warm-up sketch, and Life As A Jawa is no exception.

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#LifeAsAJawa warmup sketch

Join The Journey On Instagram

Although I will post the results of the Life As A Jawa Inktober project here on my website, the main platform I’ll be using for the daily sketch posting will be Instagram.

Follow me on Instagram @JGloverArt 

7 Jawa Facts Every Star Wars Fan SHOULD Know

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For a more detailed breakdown of these insights, take a look at my recent article 7 Jawa Facts Every Star Wars Fan SHOULD Know.

Collectable Limited Edition Art Print Coming Soon

When Inktober comes to an end and this part of my Life As A Jawa project comes to an end, I will then be working on a much more detailed ink and wash drawing that explores the concept further, and in more depth.

This piece when it’s finished will be released as an exclusive art drop as a collectable limited edition print, in a run of art prints limited to 20 prints.

Be sure to subscribe below in order to be the first to hear about this exclusive Star Wars art drop.

Exploring A Galaxy Far, Far Away

Equipped with my pencils, charcoal and brushes, I regularly set out on long journeys into the galaxy and I always return with a new selection of Star Wars artworks, and I love to share the beauty!

Join Me In Exploring A Galaxy Far, Far Away And Never Miss A New Artwork.

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Japanese Geisha With Scenic Backdrop – Charcoal Drawing

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Still continuing in my exploration of the Geisha of Japan, I am trying to capture the beauty and modesty of these fascinating women with my charcoal and create drawings and art that can live up to their own artistic prowess.

For this artwork of a Geisha with a scenic backdrop, I have begun working out an ever so slightly stylised art style and using a vignette approach to the backdrop. This piece will make a nice addition to my existing Japanese Geisha Art collection, which is just beginning to take shape now.

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Nude Geisha Girl – Figure Study – Oil Painting

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Nude Geisha Girl Model Life Drawing Painting Figure Study Art
Nude Geisha Girl – Oil on Canvas – 10″ x 8″

Elegance of Rain

A Flower in the Meadow

Nude Amongst the Blades

Nude Geisha Girl Oil Painting

While not strictly a Geisha, this piece was worked on and created as a figure study with an emphasis on capturing the female form through oil paint. The Haiku was one that I thought of while in the process of working on the artwork.

This original painting is currently available on my Etsy shop

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Jedi Master Yoda – Preliminary Drawing

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Finally…

Here we are at last with the third preliminary drawing; the one that was left as a bit of a surprise, unless of course you follow me on Instagram in which case you would have seen the work in progress.

Master Yoda!

I don’t know what the appeal is for me that draws me to the wizened old sage-like characters in literature and film but nonetheless, both Yoda and Gandalf seem to fit into a category that captivates my imagination.

If you missed the first two preliminary drawings you can find them by clicking the links –

Passage of the Marshes

The Grey Pilgrim

Anyway, here is the drawing –

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Jedi Master Yoda – Graphite on Strathmore 400 Toned Paper – 8″ x 10″

Now that I have the three preliminary drawings I can begin the oil paintings, I have transferred each drawing to its canvas and they are ready to go, all I need to do is snatch moments here and there to get started.

The next post for this project will show the start of the painting process so don’t forget to subscribe to my blog to stay updated, the subscribe/follow button is further down this page!

Until next time, farewell!

JGlover

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Once Through an Ancient Archway

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Back in May I  had the privilege of working on a commission for two incredibly imaginative producers; Mythril Spectre and Paths, creating an album cover for a new dungeon synth album packed with music that not only tells a story and evokes emotions, but that is also transportive; taking the listener away from their current location and immersing them in a realm of untold imaginings rich with lore and awaiting exploration.

I did post the artwork back when it was completed but now that the album has been released here is the artwork again accompanied by the links to listen to and buy Once Through an Ancient Archway!

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Once Through an Ancient Archway – Charcoal on Canford Paper – 8″ x 10″

The Album Lore as written by Mythril Spectre

In regularity I’ll find myself reminiscing, casting, through the fog and boggy stench of my mind to myriad memories of my time as an adventurer. I spent decades of my life marching through storm battered nights, scratching the nettle welts left on my hand after going on the long Autumn hunt, sharpening the dull edge of my blade after forcing the soul of a rampaging marauder in to the cleansing judgement of the Seven.

I have seen the beauties of the world (he chuckles) and I have seeded some of the beauties of the world too. I have seen the best in men, and the worst. Seen some of the finest men gasp their last breath and the worst take them.

However, the tale I tell tonight, is not one of them. On my last night as Chief of the Alt Eterriu branch of the Crimson Wolves Warrior Company involves none of that. I will leave you with my strongest memory and, in that, the most important lesson.

I was just a young lad, first few months of the guild, brave, but reckless, confident in carelessness. Me and a few of the lads were on our first leave and were restless. We had spent our whole lives leading up to these moments we wanted more. The hunger was insatiable, no drink could quench, no arse could distract. No.

So we decided to go find a piece of action, I remembered the old, near forgotten catacombs on the outskirts of Eterriu Shire. Where the old city was. It had been overrun by undead, used as fun for a dark wizard and had been left to rot and forsaken to the ever shifting sands of time.

So we set out for there, two days of drunken wandering on an overgrown trail, I tell you, I swear on my wife’s Boar Pastry, that I am still picking thorns out of my arse to this day. Poor Nechtan here almost got dragged off to his death by some infernal hags a day in.

Finally, after much scratching, flea bites and vomiting, we approached the entrance. A once beautiful ivied arch way, boarded up, some strange runes I’ve never seen before painted in blood up both columns welcomed us to the defiled resting place of my dynasty.

Now, none of the lads knew this at the time. It was, however, something that had haunted my sleep for my whole life, dark magick this is. My Mother said, it was this place which cost my Father his life, driven to despair having lost his arm (and his mind in doing so) to this place. To me it was time to claim back my honour and lay my father’s weeping spirit to rest.

I’ll not bore you with the usual. Unlike my father who ventured with my Uncle, a fool and barely trained in combat, the new inhabitants of the catacombs were no match for a trained company, the marauder responsible, was waning in power and barely sustaining himself and the corpses of my family in being so. My mace crashed against his chest within the hour and launched him near 10 foot with the force, he was so frail.

The magic was broken, the remaining unholy puppets of my family without arrows and fragments of iron stuck in them collapsed to the ground. Finally, at peace. In honour, of our victory, we broke open the cask again and drank deeply.

Now, I don’t know, if it was some resonant magick or the effects of the ale, but I will always remember the strangest single occurrence in my life, even thirty years later and having participated in over a thousand quests, I still remember, as if it was etched in my heart.

I remember me and the lads staring at an ancient archway, my torch in hand, however, it wasn’t the beauty of the archways captivating us, it was a the pale blue shape of a maiden standing in the archway. Sublime, not overwhelmingly bright but enough that we could see her gesturing for us to come. Despite Nechtan’s meeting with Eterriu’s finest, drink seemed to compel us to follow and we were Kings of the Shire, in our heads, for that night.

We entered into a large decrepit dome, the defiled crypts of my departed loved ones lining the walls, the sight made the tears near flow from my eyes. The spirit, however, was not beckoning to this, but some ancient musical instruments strewn in a raised platform in the center of the dome.

Now, me and the lads, as you know, always loved a bit of music, so we felt compelled by the spirit and the fact she hadn’t tried to chew our throats, picked up and began to play a few of the laments (since none of us can actually sing as you know and we didn’t want to anger any more of the dead we left that section out).

Now, it started off a low key affair, the guys seemed a bit too far gone to notice at first, but my eyes never left the spirit, in fact, after the second song it really started to catch my eye. It slowly began to dance it’s way around the dome, cutting in and out of my sight, stopping at each crypt in turn as it done, at first the reasons why it was doing so were unclear but that soon became apparent. After a few songs there was no longer merely one spirit in the dome, in fact, they were crawling out of the woodwork, so to speak. Spirits of all sizes and shades were now surrounding us, some dancing too, others merely witnessing, but I can say that they was a definite feeling of joy in the air from all of them.

The drink continued flowing and I could feel their joy and relief through me. Whether it was the magic or the ale, it was a real feeling that resonated through my body and my own spirit. It was near unreal. At last, we played a final lament having reached the end of our drunken recital.

However, it didn’t end there.

With sweat dripping down my fingers, a fine, yet dusty lute in my arms. I expected to hear no sound. Instead, what I did hear resonates in me to this day.

Music.

And it enveloped me completely.

The spirits were all in formation around the platform on which we stood holding musical instruments of their own, some recognizable, some looked like they were from another realm entirely.

The result, however, was of this and it became me.

As I stood in awe. Not just sweat now dripping down me, tears in amongst the falling fluid. The Maiden Spirit who originally guided us here had made her way through the throng of serenading souls. she clasped my hand in hers and took me into the mass of energy surrounding us.

All I can remember is waltzing, in warmth and lights of all colour engulfing us. A high of which no herb or ale could replicate. An energy that flowed through my spirit, I felt an overwhelming sensation…

I woke up.

I was on my back at the entrance of the archway, morning light piercing the cracked roof. The others were on their feet, slightly worse for wear but very much on the go, far more than I was at least.

Shall we get going? they said.

I took one look back at the archway and the darkness beyond, physically never looked back.

Mentally though, I am always there.

With my final words to you as Chief of this Company. My lesson is to you is look to your future, it is will be truly bright, let your mind lead you there.

But keep your heart in the past and in your heritage.

It shapes your now and your future.

-The Final Words of Gartnait, Fifth Chief of the Crimson Wolf Warrior Company.

Once Through an Ancient Archway

JGlover