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7 Jawa facts every Star Wars fan SHOULD know

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Hello and welcome, or more appropriately in Jawaese; M’um m’aloo!

When it comes to Star Wars and the different creatures and species of the galaxy far, far away; Jawas are one of the most mysterious, curiosity-arousing and secretive of all the races in the universe.

These rodent-like natives to the desert planet of Tatooine certainly hold a surprising amount of mystery and there is no question bigger than “What do Jawas look like under the hood?” but once you start digging, that’s not the only unknown part of their culture.

With this article, however, it seemed worthwhile to dig into 7 Jawa facts every Star Wars fan should know, and if you didn’t already, here’s 7 quick-fire facts that you can use to show off your deeper knowledge of Jawas, Star Wars and the mysteries of the universe…

  1. No one knows what Jawas look like without robes
  2. Jawas use scent as part of their communication
  3. Each year there is a gathering of the Jawa clans
  4. Sandcrawlers are not made by Jawas, they are scavenged vehicles
  5. Jawas live mostly in desert fortresses, not in Sandcrawlers
  6. “Utinni” is an exclamation of surprise
  7. Jawas rarely carry any weapons
How did we get into this mess - C-3PO & R2D2 Land on Tatooine - Watercolour Sketch - Star Wars Art Illustration - WIP winsor newton cotman watercolor

The Watercolour Sketch Series – Part I

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Memory Lane has been a popular destination of late…

Over the past few weeks I have been working up a series of watercolour sketches, it wasn’t really intentional, just a quick little bit of doodling some mornings before work and it soon became a part of an occasional routine.

Serving as the inspiration behind these sketches, i have been using nostalgia as a vehicle to take me down Memory Lane and revisiting iconic characters/scenes/stories from my childhood.

I have every intention of continuing this series and I have a ton of inspiration to draw from and endless artworks to create for this series. Star Wars for instance will be revisited several times, as will many of the other ones!

Anyway, let’s get into the artworks –

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Nocturnal Sun -Oil on Canvas – Fantasy Oil Painting Palette Knife Imagination – Imaginative Realism Landscape Art Illustration

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Nocturnal Sun – Oil on Canvas – 11.75″ x 15.75″

For quite some time, I have say here and typed out several lines of poetry, then deleted them. Several short, two sentence storylines, then deleted them. I can’t settle on a singe idea for this painting and have therefore decided to leave any story or meaning down to the viewer’s discretion and imagination.

This painting was a total step out of my comfort zone, I used palette knives as my weapons of choice, and painted solely from imagination, this is a painting that I felt my way around as opposed to hours of studying reference photography.

Once I had it completed, I posted it to a few groups on Facebook to garner some feedback and ideas for a title. I had a lot of different titles to choose from before settling on ‘Nocturnal Sun’ – as chosen by Panagiotis Zacharatos (who won a free print in the process of giving me the title I chose).

So pretty much every stage of this painting has been a totally alien experience and process in comparison to my normal methodical approach to my artwork.

This original artwork is available to buy!

Nocturnal Sun – Original Oil Painting – Sale – Etsy Shop

Have your say!

I would be very interested to hear what stories you would assign to this piece. What do you feel when you look at it? What do you think is happening or has happened? I’d love to hear any short stories relating to this artwork and to get those creative juices flowing!

The Farewell Speech!

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Bilbo Baggins, The Finding of the One Ring – Ink Drawing – JRR Tolkien The Hobbit Art Illustration

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As usual, it all started with a sketch…

For a very long time now, since my last re-read of The Hobbit, I have been wanting to explore in depth the character of Bilbo Baggins; of all of Tolkien’s characters Bilbo is the one that I feel akin to and relate to the most.

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Bilbo Baggins – Rough Concept Pencil Sketch

Before I had made the second mark on paper, I knew that I wanted the final piece to be an ink drawing; ink is a medium that I absolutely love but don’t get to work with enough and thus my experience with the medium is somewhat lacking.

However, knowing that the final piece would be inked, informed my sketching process in a different way than usual and thus made me adapt to a different way of drawing to my usual charcoal and blend method.

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The Journey to Weathertop – Strider Leads the Hobbits Through Midgewater Marshes – Preliminary Drawing Illustration Art sketch LOTR Tolkien

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“This is where we leave the open and take to cover,” said Strider.

Here we are, returning again to Hobbits, and a marsh, and a plan for a future oil painting with a heavy focus on the landscape this time around. My last painting of a similar scene was ‘The Passage of the Marshes’ but I intend to take this one in a different direction.

This new piece is inspired by The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, Chapter XI – A Knife In The Dark. In this scene we join the four Hobbits; Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin as they follow Strider to Rivendell, before that though is the journey to Amon Sûl (Weathertop) which takes them through the Midgewater Marshes.

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“Good Morning!” – Middle-earth Sketchbook Illustration – Bilbo Baggins & Gandalf the Grey – The Hobbit – There and Back Again, a Hobbit’s Tale – Art Drawing Sketch

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“Good Morning!” said Bilbo, and he meant it. The sun was shining, and the grass was very green. But Gandalf looked at him from under long bushy eyebrows that stuck out further than the brim of his shady hat.
“What do you mean?” he said. “Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?”

J.R.R. Tolkien; The Hobbit; or There and Back Again

Just recently I kicked back and did something that I haven’t done for too long…

I pulled out my sketchbook and blew the dust off it as though it was an ancient tome that I had recovered from the depths of a barrow and before the the tiredness overtook me, I started sketching.


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‘Travelling Boots’ – Still Life Alla Prima Oil Painting Sketch

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“It is looking at things for a long time that ripens you and gives you a deeper meaning.”

– Vincent van Gogh

It seems appropriate to start this post with a quote from the post-impressionist master himself, as it was watching the recent biographical drama about the latter years of his life ‘At Eternity’s Gate’ that inspired me to create something bolder and looser than my usual work.

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Jedi Master Yoda on Dagobah – Star Wars Oil Painting Illustration Artwork May The Force Be With You

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“In a dark place we find ourselves, and a little more knowledge lights our way.”

– Yoda

That quote is incredibly apt when it comes to the journey that I have just taken to a galaxy far far way in order to create my latest artwork ‘Jedi Master Yoda on Dagobah’.

I took a very different approach to this piece than I usually do with my paintings; this time I wanted not to work from a single reference image and fall into the usual trap of becoming a slave to the reference and instead worked from a variety of different ones.

It all began with the drawing!

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

The Last Flight of the War Drakes – Original Oil Painting Sale – Dragon Fantasy Art Illustration

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The Last Flight of the War Drakes

The horns of the fell war blew a cry to awake

Through the night and the day, to the fight of an age

Over mountains and pastures the flight of the drakes

To the end of an era, to the light that’ll fade

“To the war! To the war!” cried the chief of the Wyrms

Every winged beast and creature full of evil that lurked

In the world at that time had a reason to purge

The fair people of Earth, and then see that it burned

The last flight of the War Drakes was the one and only time that the great dragons had ever been known to band together as a unitary force; they flew with intense fury and vengeance to the battlefronts of the Fell War leaving a burning trail of destruction and death in their wake.

They flew to their demise and apparent extinction once the Eldar caused the ‘Burning Sky’ ending the fell war and eradicating every evil creature present.

Thus concluded the last flight of the War Drakes.

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The Last Flight of the War Drakes – Oil on Box Canvas – 8″ x 10″

The Farewell Speech!

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Until next time, farewell!


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Viking Longship at Sea – Speed Paint Oil Painting Illustration

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Sound An Alarm! Vikings Are Coming!

Some of history’s greatest seafarers, an inspiration to all those with an adventurous spirit, or a plundering one for that matter.

I decided to try something new with this small piece; a speed painting.

I really struggle to get a good amount of time in for a half decent painting session, working on one of my more thought out artworks and as a result, most of the time end up not painting at all. With that in mind, I had a couple of hours spare and decided to just go for it and try my hand at a speed painting.

Anyway, here it is –