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Elan and Vergere by blue-but-beautiful Elan and Vergere by blue-but-beautiful
"Your tears refresh, my pet" - Elan to Vergere.

One of my longer WIP's, the priestess Elan, and her familiar, the mysterious Vergere. Both from the New Jedi Order book series.

Rendered in Painter and Photoshop.

All things Star Wars belong to Yun-Lucas.
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JenariJoe Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
How have I never, ever seen this one!? Amazing, her dress is great! She must have been cold :P
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blue-but-beautiful Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks, it's a bit of an old one now, but I still have the original lines floating around somewhere.
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SkullSlyce Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011
Excellent stuff. The way Elan's dress looks on the floor, it looks more like a liquid.
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blue-but-beautiful Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks :D I did intend for it to have a bit of a fluid feel, same method of colouring :)
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LUKE-GEDWEY Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009
Great job on the detail.
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blue-but-beautiful Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks, out of all the practice pieces I did with the tablet this one remains my fave. Did this with no layers *d'oh!*
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g45uk2 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cant believ i missed this before, Vergere is one of my fav charachters from star wars, any plans to do a pic of her on her own?
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blue-but-beautiful Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanks, and thanks for faving this too :D
Yes, I have done a quick portrait in profile of Vergere, it's wayyy back in my gallery somewhere. I would like to redo it however, in digital medium next time. At present I am working on a large piece for the guys and girls over at theforce.net, but it would be nice to revisit Vergere, watch this space!
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AbKi Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008  Professional Artist
The hair and cloth flow looks really soft! Lovely!
Like the foreshortening too, that's a bloody brave pose to draw. =D

And of course the subject is awesomecool. :giggle:
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blue-but-beautiful Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks, this is still one of my fave pieces I did, using the old version of painter. Painter X is superb, but lacks some of the old brushes I really loved :(
Especially the ones that helped me in creating the soft fabric and feathers!
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AbKi Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2008  Professional Artist
Doh. Maybe there is a site somewhere with all the old brushes on, surely you can't be the only one to miss them!

I really liked painter when I had the demo, it was too short. =D
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blue-but-beautiful Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008  Professional General Artist
Yeah I actually preffer it in many ways, to photoshop, I get on a lot better with it, but Photoshop does have it's uses.
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Tenwood Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heya!!
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blue-but-beautiful Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2008  Professional General Artist
hehe hello there, I have now added you too :D
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Tenwood Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Righteous! :)
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kryz-flavored Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008
i think i love it...sexy elan.
and vergere! yay for vergere.
that window is way cool, too.
props on the awesome coloring job. digital paint=scaaaary.
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blue-but-beautiful Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008  Professional General Artist
Oh yes indeedy, and the digital colouring has been a massive learning curve, but I would say this - if you do try it, persevere and do not give up, it sometimes pays off better than you expect :)
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kryz-flavored Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008
ah, that's where this comment went...hiding on page 2. sorry for the double-ish post.
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kryz-flavored Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2008
i think i love it...sexy elan.
and vergere too. yay for vergere.
and the window is way cool.
props on the awesome coloring job, as well. digital paint=terrifying...
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Dracunnum Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, very good! :omg:
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blue-but-beautiful Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008  Professional General Artist
thanks muchly :D :hug:
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DaftRabbit Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008   Photographer
!!!! W O W !!!!

Ok, first of all, this is definitley my new desktop background lol.

The ritual markings on Elan are great, such fine detailed work there. The hair on both her and Vergere is also impressive. I also really love the design you went with for Elan's garment. But what really fascinates me- and I don't know if this was intentional or not- is the perception of the image. I am referring to the fact that, like in the books, when Vergere's character is introduced, and most of the way through the series until a certain point, Vergere is always lurking, always in the background. In the Vong culture, she was considered insignificant, almost amusing. But as those of us who have read the series know, Vergere's subtley was a blanket for her strong presence in the force, and her huge influence she could have on people... especially a certain Solo kid. In the image, Elan jumps out at you first- very detailed, very elegant, very bold. Then your eye drifts to the back and you say, "and who is this interesting, yet insignificant little one here?" If it was intentional, it was genius. Plus I love the look on her face, partially giving that "Vergere smile" which intrigues Luke Skywalker, frustrates Jacen Solo, and infuriates Nom Anor. =P

You don't disappoint Blue. /wink
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blue-but-beautiful Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008  Professional General Artist
"Ok, first of all, this is definitley my new desktop background lol." <---?!?!! :blush: wow ty!

I did intend Vergere to be a subtle - as subtle as a fosh coud possibly be anyway - but constant presence, she is a bit of a lurker throughout the novels. I'm glad you like her facelift too, since we have had a few more up close pics of her i've tried to incorperate some of the aspects seen in those pics into this one, she definitely has that elusive smile, she's persistently smug without appearing overly confident.

Thanks for the lovely comment :hug:
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
Wow... :clap::clap: All the time you put in really shows up wonderfully here--a fabulous piece! I love the clothing/drapery--gorgeous!--and the surroundings are so deliciously "organic," just as they would be! :clap: This is one of the first fanarts I've ever seen of Vergere--you were faithful to her proart portrayals, but still gave her a wonderful, individual touch! A wonderful depiction of these two very enigmatic characters! :clap:

FF
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blue-but-beautiful Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much Falcon Fan :D :hug: I always enjoy your in-depth comments. I actually gave Vergere a bit of a face-lift from how I originally sketched her in the line art, I must have redone the space around her eyes multiple times lol - even fosh can't get enough of that botox :rofl:
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008
"even fosh can't get enough of that botox"

:rofl:

**wipes away tears of laughter**

Too great! :hug:

FF
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CorranFett Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
Really sweet job finalizing this! :clap: :drool:

The colors, textures and shading are spot on, really good job. Especially Vergere's hair looks stunning in full res! :D The only and only tidbit would be the kinda blurry background, but it doesn't disturb the general vibe of the image.

And heh, it's neat to see some hot Vong for a change. ;P They're usually rather creepy.^^
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blue-but-beautiful Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks Corran Fett! And hey, YV can be hot when they want to be :p ;)
Well, at least Elan was always discribed that way lol.
I didn't want to overburden the background with too much detail, so I left it somewhat soft on the focus. Thanks again!
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TheLastUnicorn1985 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AWESOME!!!:wow::wow::wow:
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blue-but-beautiful Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! :hug: :D And an awesome thankyou for the fave too!
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TheLastUnicorn1985 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ur most welcome! it's my pleasure!:hug:
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Y-eskii-lass Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
I'm sure Kecen's already told you what I said!! Wow, it must be cold in there!! Hee! Seriously, nice breasts! Vergere must be jealous of them maguppies!!

Love her gown and you did such a great job on that membrane portal!!
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blue-but-beautiful Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008  Professional General Artist
:rofl: She hasn't, but thanks for clarifying hehe. It must be the weather here that's inspired it, it's freezing! Thankyou, and lol maguppies? That's a new one on me *adds it to the dictionary of random names for bit's and pieces* ;)
The gown took the longest to colour, but i'm pleased with how it turned out. Thanks again!
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kecen Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
Shhhh don't you remember the IM chat we had?
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blue-but-beautiful Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008  Professional General Artist
Yes but I don't remember you saying Kara had said that, lol.
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JediSeeker1 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008  Student General Artist
yay! you finished it! and I love it! I love the detail in the breast area. all the males must have loved her! :drool:

I also still love Vergere! she has some brilliant color to her. I'm just going to have to :+fav: this one!

Great Job Blue!
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blue-but-beautiful Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much JS! lol they probably did, or did they..considering humans found her attractive, makes me wonder if YV didn't - their ideas of attractive being completely different and all.
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JediSeeker1 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008  Student General Artist
very interesting!
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Vongchild Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazingly pretty and detailed. @_@ I don't think Elan and Vergere have ever been interpreted so homoerotically before. Or at least, that's the impression I'm getting. XD

Elan is racked! XP
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blue-but-beautiful Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you VC :D And yes there is a hint of that portrayed here, with purpose too :blush: I always thought that "Do you mean that Vergere is something more than a companion?" "She is that, as well" conversation implied a little more than was let on :p

And yeah, she is a bit isn't she! lol.
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CDS-03 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful! :clap: I love the hair on both of them!
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blue-but-beautiful Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks very much :D :hug: I really like sketching hair, though Vergere's feathers were a bit of a chore ;)
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CDS-03 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome! I like doing hair too, but yeah, I can imagine that something so textured would be a lot of work.
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kecen Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008
Gah, Vergere's hair is so soft. Elan is the post girl of Murkhrana's taverns.

I still wonder if the the Yuuzhan Vong had wing art painted on their ships...
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blue-but-beautiful Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008  Professional General Artist
Vergere took an entire evening to do layer by layer, I don't think the details show up quite like I wanted them to on this size, the original is up for download though :D
And wing art eh? Perhaps in blood ;)
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