In Story 7, Lian has to face his greatest fear, sensing much. He is a central character in the events of this story and his choices carry over in the stories of the series to come.
To depict Lian, I created a character in SWTOR specifically for his depictions, a blue Twi’lek. This one was a simple one to do, choosing a screenshot of a background of the Jedi Knight ship that could look like a Jedi archive on Tython. Lian’s expression is with one of the game’s Emotes Moods. Basic Photoshop editing was required for colour correction, lighting adjustments, and the “border” of light around the character. I like this one, despite its simplicity. It is a meaningful scene in the story.
Next is the story image. Each story image is always an object or something of significance, never a character per se. I used a background and created two lightsabers, Lian’s silver-white lightsaber, and one of Relsor’s red lightsabers (he wields two). I had fun paying around with various brushes to creates the sparks of the clash, and then I blurred the background significantly.
By the way, I now have a proper gaming PC, so I’ve been rerecording gameplay of my characters I use to depict fanfic story characters to take better screenshots. I mean, it’s still a ten year old game, so the quality is not as high definition as a game made today, but the screenshots are sharper than before and they allow me to do more with my characters in Photoshop.
As you can see, however, farther shots of characters still come one a bit blurry, especially when I’m making them bigger for my image, but it depicts the fight between Lian and Relsor taking place on Mandalore. I’m not sure I got the jump angle correctly though. I think the addition of shadows helps, which I’ve started to get good at. It’s a simple task of adding a layer, selecting the character, painting that area of the layer black, playing with the opacity, adding a Gaussian Blur, and then adjusting the angle and length of the shadow layer.
I know in the future I will need to improve and perfect the severed lekku for Lian. This image was a last minute addition, though it is a start for practice. Though in the future, he’ll not have a fresh wound at the sever point, I’ll need to remember where the lekku is shortened and at what angle. Kind of like remembering to add wrinkles or scars to specific characters.
This is Lian at the Crypt, the asteroid rock that has its own gravity and air supply. A rock-like planet type station turned crypt that houses many ancient Jedi and Sith relics.
As always, I’m open to feedback.
These images were created for my Star Wars The Old Republic Fan-fiction story, Protectors of the Force, Story 7 in the Shadie series.
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