The Star Wars Gaming Network (SWGN) continues to host aspiring artists who find inspiration in Star Wars Battlefront II (SWBFII). This week we’re very proud to present the work of an artist who is a passionate Star Wars fan and a gamer. Mudasir has created the following, stunning Iden Versio piece after they saw the first previews for the game. We also had the opportunity to sit down with him and learn more about them
The Star Wars Gaming Network would like to thank Mudasir for giving us permission to use their art for this article.
Glory to the Empire
A word with the artist
1. Can you give us a brief overview of your background and your past work?
Certainly! My name is Mudasir, but you can call me Stray or Strayqrow. I do a lot of digital art as a hobby, also posting speed paintings of some of my work to youtube. Other art-related things I’ve done include making a fantasy comic and working for my college’s art journal as a copy editor and marketer. I’ve been into drawing for as long as I remember, especially drawing fanart of games and movies like Star Wars. In these last few years, I’ve aimed to continually improve my digital painting skills, work for commissioners on the side, and do some original works and more comics
2. What made you decide to create this particular Iden Versio piece?
I wanted to display an artwork that showed Iden carrying a very proud but stern demeanor in her service. I also drew her without her helmet and with light shining upon her face because at the time the campaign trailer came out, I thought “Iden is something I wanted to see more from the Empire; A more human and less intimidating type of character”. However, I still retained familiar elements of the Empire such as the red and black color scheme.
3. Can you please give us a brief overview of how you go about creating your work? What research do you do?
I usually look at other drawings to take inspiration from and see what has and hasn’t been done. For instance, I saw a lot of images of Images as Iden depicted as an elite agent of the empire but few going into the strong patriot, pro-empire, pro-military theme. After that, I look at references to get an idea of what to draw.
4. What tools do you use?
There are two free programs I use in drawing my works; Medibangpaint pro and GIMP. Medibang I use for painting while GIMP is reserved for special effects and edits. My favorite brushes to use are the acrylic brush, oil brush, and the pencil brush. There is also a third program I’ve started to use known as Design Doll, which I can use to pose 3D figures – it’s helpful in getting proportions and anatomy right.
5. What was/is the most challenging aspect of your creating artwork like this?
The most challenging thing about this work was that it was the first time doing a drawing from a new perspective. With that comes getting the lighting, shading, and proportions correct.
6. What is your experience with Star Wars games? Do you play SWBF2 and if so what do you like about it?
My first two Star Wars games were the Episode 3 game and the Kotor series. Down the line I would try out many others on my old Xbox and Xbox 360, through my most favorite and the one I have sunk the most time into will be Knights of the Old Republic 2 for its strong focus on philosophy and carrying a very dark tone. I have yet to try out the new Battlefront 2, but I really applaud the effort that was put into the graphics and cutscenes of the game.
7. Are there any other links you can share with us where fans can see your work?
Certainly! here are links to social media as well as a link to commission information, in case anyone is interested in me painting for them.
Commission Information fav.me/dc02uab
💻 Tumblr: www.tumblr.com/blog/strayqrow
🎞 YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCDEc1…
📷 Instagram: www.instagram.com/strayqrow/
🖋 ArtStation www.artstation.com/strayqrow
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