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so I just finished reading the Thrawn Trilogy and had to do a thing because wow Grand Admiral Thrawn was really great (I finally broke my no-EU-after-ROTJ thing after a lot of recommendations for it, and now I just wish I'd read it earlier!!)

I really appreciated how he was basically the exact opposite of Vader, yet made an incredibly badass antagonist and by the end I just wanted to see him continue throwing his military prowess against the New Republic and treating his subordinates with reasonable working conditions and holding Art Appreciation Thursdays :D

[begin wishful thinking] and what COULD HAVE BEEN the potential awesomeness of an Enemy Mine situation in the future and combining Imperial tactics with the new Jedi Order against a mutual enemy (like the Yuuzhan Vong?) and just. WE COULD HAVE HAD IT AALLLLLLL I mean what even was that ending sure it was fitting but STILL [/end wishful thinking]

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Star Wars George Lucas
Thrawn Trilogy Timothy Zahn
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EragonJediGirl357 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015
BEST. SW. VILLAIN. EVER.
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shorelle Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AGREED :D
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EragonJediGirl357 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
I'd love to see a movie with him... but only if they do it right!
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zachani Featured By Owner Edited Mar 10, 2015
Is it weird that I freakin love Thrawn as a character?
Like, the other characters (Luke, Leia, Han, ect) are all suffering and I'm all, "No..."
Then
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Thrawn dies and I am like, "OH CRAP NO NO NO NON O NO NONONONONO" 

My mind: Dang it Zachani he's the villain. We care not for villains! 
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shorelle Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhh I feel your pain D: In hindsight I should have expected it since he was the main villain of the trilogy, but I was also so cut when he died. (and in such an abrupt way too!)  I JUST WANTED HIM TO STICK AROUND AND BECOME A RECURRING VILLAIN NOOOOO :nuu:
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zachani Featured By Owner May 1, 2015
I know!!
Book be like, "Bam dead kay see you next book bai."
Thrawn's all like, "It was so artistic." *dies*
Pellaeon: "Wha––?!"
And I'm standing next to him like, "Yeah I'm with mustachio admiral here, WHAT THE HECK JUST HAPPENED?"



(when I read I imagine myself in the scenes, just invisible or some shtuff like that, judge me lol)
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DC-26 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015
Simple.  Perfect.
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shorelle Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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EmpressofDiamonds Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Why does he look like Hikaru Sulu?
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shorelle Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha oh man, I hadn't noticed that but it was totally unintentional! :XD:
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EmpressofDiamonds Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, well. It's sort of cool. I never thought of thinking of him like that.
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doodlebugRP Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Student
Well, have hope. Pellaeon eventually becomes Grand Admiral, and learns a little of Thrawn's skill... and then, as chief of state of the Empire, signs a treaty with the New Republic.
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shorelle Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhh, excellent! I need to read the EU that follows this plot thread after the Thrawn trilogy.
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Kaisermerlin Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I Love this Proträt of Thrawn <3 Thrawn is my Favorite SW Character :D
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shorelle Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! He's such a great character :D
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Kaisermerlin Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That very true i must cried about hi dead ... it was good that it was described briefly , but I think that the death was unworthy for him . :c
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shorelle Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah! :C I wish he had survived, or had gone another way... there was so much potential for future plotlines!
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Kaisermerlin Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yet thats very true :c
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SonicClone Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
Fantastic.
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shorelle Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Nemonus Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Very cool! I love the pointed shape of his face here - it's unique from other square-jawed fan interpretations but very fitting. The stark background that looks like a picture frame is also really great.

I see below that you said the bigness of the EU is a bit intimidating, and I totally get that - I sortof dived into the New Jedi Order as a new fan, which I very much do not recommend, because it was quite confusing. lol However, something like the Imperial-Republic alliance you mention does occur during the New Jedi Order series, along with some familiar blue aliens.
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shorelle Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh thank you so much! (and yep, the background was vaguely meant to resemble a picture frame! :D)

Oh yeah, that's what I was afraid would happen and I'd start at the wrong place/have no idea what's going on - but whoooa I'm really intrigued about this Imperial/Republic alliance in the books! (and more Chiss, yesss :D) Will definitely need to check it out!
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Nemonus Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
You're welcome! I'm really probably a bad one to talk about how to get into the EU, since having survived being thrown-feet first myself I simply recommend finding whatever you can and learning on the fly - but the NJO is a decent next stop after the Thrawn trilogy. It makes an effort to explain itself to new fans pretty well, with some things you've just gotta go with - Leia has three kids, Luke and Mara are married. It's long, though.

But anyway, whichever you read next I hope you enjoy the trip. :3
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Stagsleap Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful. I love seeing artists render Thrawn with a look other than "Loaf-that-looks-like-all-the-other-dudes". I feel like a many official SW artists tend to draw men who all look the same. I hope you continue to draw Thrawn in the future!

Yes, it's a pity that the Thrawn Trilogy was only...well, a trilogy. Zahn does attempt to atone for his mistake by writing some other fabulous stories with Thrawn. The Duology is wonderful, and the Chiss make delightful appearance. "Side Trip", a short story, is also a great read. "Outbound Flight", mentioned by Evolvana, is another chance to get more Thrawn. :)
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shorelle Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much - I was sort of worried about drawing Thrawn differently to the official art I'd seen, so I'm really relieved/glad that it turned out okay! :aww:

And I totally agree, I wish he story could have gone on for longer - I would love to learn/read more about the Chiss so thank you for the recs! I didn't realise there were more short stories about him either! :D
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Evolvana Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
Thrawn is so awesome and badass :) yes, you should read Specter of the Past and Vision of the Future (Hand of Thrawn duology), and Outbound flight (with young Thrawn!), they are very interesting and add more background to the character.

I really "fell in love" with the character after reading Hand of Thrawn. I thought he was already badass before, but with his background, he's even more fantastic.
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shorelle Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Totally agree there! :D And thanks for the recs, I'd heard about the duology and will add it onto my list now (along with Outbound Flight) - definitely want to learn more about his background!
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Evolvana Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
You will see, Thrawn is not physically there in Hand of Thrawn, because it happens after the Thrawn trilogy, and you know how it ends for him :(

But his aura is still there, everyone is talking about him, about things he did, what he had in mind, and so you learn a lot about him :)
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Temeraire101 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thrawn is awesome. He' one of my favorite Star Wars villains. One, because he was just such a badass that even the Emperor went against his only-humans policy and made him a high ranking officer, and two, because he focused on strategy rather than brute strength, which was refreshing to see the Empire (or it's remnants) get, as in the movies that's what it seemed like the Empire focused on. 

Anyways, fantastic job! As always, I look forward to seeing your next works. :0D
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shorelle Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhh that's so true! It was such a refreshing change from the Empire we saw in the movies, and it also makes me curious about what he thought / felt about being the only high ranking non-human (and working for an emperor who was very clearly xenophobic)

And thank you so much! :love:
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Temeraire101 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That is true. We never really got to look inside Thrawn's head. It made him a better villain, because of all the mystery around him, but it brought a lot of questions as to what made him tick as well. 
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Princess-Anakin Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Student General Artist
I don't know Thrawn well (I know the jist of the story, but I don't know how he acts and stuff) but I'm kinda also No EU after ROTJ too XD (except that I'm reading Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor because it's written by Mathew Stover XD) 
BUT I really love how you did his skin. Blue skin is hard, in my opinion, to make it look real and flesh like. A lot of the official Thrawn art he looks very pasted in and smurf like, but here his skin looks fantastic! :)  
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shorelle Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much Rin! :huggle: Yeah, I quickly realised the difficulty of colouring blue skin and how I was only used to colouring very specific/human colours for skin! I'm so glad it looks okay though ^^ 

Ooh I'm tempted to read that too, mainly because it's written by Stover... what do you think of it? :D
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Princess-Anakin Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Student General Artist
You're welcome! :hug: Being able to color blue skin makes me envious! <3 (gotta need to know for Bane, lol) 

Well, I'm not far into it, so far it's good but not Stover good. It doesn't have many lines that jump out at me, but there have been a few scenes that I've loved. I'm hoping that once I get more into the book it'll be more enjoyable. :) 
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rarefreak Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
hail to the chief! :-D one of the best star wars characters to be sure!
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shorelle Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! And I totally agree! :D
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KnightlyWordsmith Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
I love this! Thrawn was such a cool villain, although personally I think pretty much any character created by Zahn is just awesome. If you enjoyed the Thrawn Trilogy you'd probably like Zahn's Hand of Thrawn duology as well. It had the same complex story line that weaves together perfectly.

Though, if you ask me, the best EU novels are definitely the X-Wing series. Sometimes they have a kind of simple story line, and they're covered with a liberal dousing of cheese, but the characters are incredibly loveable, and the novels have some real emotional depth at times, especially once you get to Wraith Squadron.
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shorelle Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much, and thanks for the recommendations too! :D I need to check out this duology, I was so sad when I found out Thrawn wasn't going to be around in any more EU novels (which tends to happen with every main villain, but it was still sad :<) And I agree, Zahn made a lot of interesting and awesome characters throughout the trilogy!

Thanks for the rec/details about the X-Wing series - one of the things that's kept me from starting much EU is that there's so much of it, it's hard to find where to start!
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KnightlyWordsmith Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
My favorite Zahn character, without a doubt was Talon Karrde, but unfortunately  I find he's often shunted aside in favour of Thrawn and Mara.  

I know what you mean about the daunting task of starting EU novels. I felt like wherever I started I was going to end up spoiling other novels, but at one point I was finally like "Ah the heck with it, I'm just gonna jump in and start, spoilers or no". 
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MidoriNoHonoo Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Student General Artist
I really love Chiss characters, they have an air of coolness about them in general, but Grand Admiral Thrawn is by far heads and shoulders above, a brilliant antagonist who could be respected, where as Vader or Palpatine were feared. 

This is a great piece of art, it really captures his calm, analytical coolness, very well done, keep up the wonderful work! ^w^
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shorelle Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I'm really glad that that came across, and yes you summed it up perfectly with the respect vs fear analogy! I want to find out a lot more about the Chiss now :)
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MidoriNoHonoo Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Student General Artist
You're most welcome! ^_^ Aye, this really captures the essence of Thrawn, I'm sure the man himself would take great interest in your art as well! ;P
He really is one of the coolest Star Wars characters conceived, you have to hand it to Timothy Zahn, he knows how to create memorable characters, his portrayal of Imperial characters in particular, where as in the movies Imperials are generally bad people, Zahn's characters are far less black and white, character's motives may be dark, but their methods are respectable (and vice versa), I really love morally ambiguous characters, Thrawn, Gilad Pellaeon, and Mara Jade being prime examples. :meow: 
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