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Guh, I am so glad to be done with this. @.@; I love these two like nothing else, but I definitely got sick working on this one after a bit. xD

Anyway, it's everyone's favorite duo - Ordo and Skirata! :love: This would actually probably take place somewhere in Triple Zero, considering how many times these two were cavorting around the rooftops blasting the shebs off of the terrorists. ;D

Can I take a minute here to ramble just a bit why Skirata merits my eternal respect? He's a shabuir like Vau, but sheer amount of love for his boys is just ... mind boggling. It's easy to love someone's who's pretty easy and okay to take care of ... but there's no mistaking that the Nulls have been through hell and back and; well, they're a bit of a handful at times, as he says. And if he says that, that's something.

But it's not just the Nulls, it's every decent (or not!) person that he comes across that needs that mentor-figure. Hell, it even extends to who's reading the books, as I swear he has this magnetic loyalty that just reels you in.

tldr; he cares - not about who you were/are in terms of lineage, but your character and self. And that's a rare trait.

So! Anyway, enjoy the picture. ;D


time: two months off and on, lol
program: painter 11 (+PSCS5)
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:iconjohnthewriter2015:
JohnTheWriter2015 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  New member
I think I've finally found someone who enjoyed (and enjoys: yes I'm re-reading them for the 4th or 5th time) these books as much as I did.
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Krad-Eelav Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
: )   There's more on my art tumblr!  krad-eelav.tumblr.com/tagged/r…
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Krande Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
Great picture! And I also agree about the impression of mentoring the reader.
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adoman18 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
GREAT work! And I totally hear you on the roguish charisma of Skirata. Job well done =)
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RawrgBlarg Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
that bounty hunter looks like Boba fett, is it?
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Krad-Eelav Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nope, there's lots of different Mandalorians in Star Wars. : ) If you'll read the artists comment, I go on a bit more about him - Kal Skirata.
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RawrgBlarg Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
whats a Mandalorian? And so that guys name is Kal Skirata? Does he know the Fetts?
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DarthHoof Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Student
You could give me a heart attack. You can start here: starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Mandal….
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RawrgBlarg Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
Wow, those guys are awesome! And I never knew that the Fetts were Mandalores ( the leader of the mandalorians) Thanks for the link, it helped me out. But I still want to know who is Kal Skirata. He looks interesting. Sorry if i'm a little ignorant to this, I still have a lot to learn.
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DarthHoof Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Student
It is OK my young padawan... Kal Skirata is one of the hundred people that Jango Fett hired to train special clones. He was basically their father and the clones he trained respected him a ton. When order 66 came around, some of these special forces clones didn't like it, so Skirata set up a refuge for them on his farm on Mandaloria. Here's more about him:starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Kal_Sk…

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RawrgBlarg Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
Wow, he's pretty cool! Thanks for the link! I he helped some of the clones a lot.
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AWESOME
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OliverandToadFTW Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Don't you mean "Fordo"?
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Krad-Eelav Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nope! Ordo from the Republic Commando series. He's one of the Null-class commandos that Kal Skirata rescued from the Kaminoans. :>
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DarthCaedusII Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
YES! That was my favorite series of books in the EU. Shame Karen Traviss got cut before she could finish the storyarc.
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Spartan2016 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
aw i love thows two so much!!!!!!!!!!
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VoadorChama Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually had typed in 'Skirata's Clan,' instead of my username or email when I was logging in, then I realized my mistake when the deviantART gremlin dude told me 'wrong username!' XD Lol, thanks. I love Skirata so much.

[It even extends to who's reading the books, as I swear he has this magnetic loyalty that just reels you in.]
Totally happens to me every time I read the Republic Commando books. XD
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MandalShArK Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great bit of work!
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OtakuRavage Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wayii! You're description of Kal'buir totally matches how I feel!
I sat next to a guy on the bus the other week who looked pretty much exactly how I envisioned Kal would look -not that I confronted him on it or anything, I could never do that to a complete stranger!
Anyway, nice work as always! 'Ret!
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Krad-Eelav Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:heart:
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YulanFaner Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
I always wondered what Kal looked like, thank you for a good pic
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Krad-Eelav Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:heart:
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equinox627 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
"You're making me angry..."

"I don't really care."

"Ordo, put the gun down!"
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SleepyIguana Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Student General Artist
I wanna glomp them both! :iconsadtardplz:

You did such a good job with them! :iconhappyhappyplz:
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Sir-Saboteur Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
Excellent! I love Kal and Ordo.
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Serveris7 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
:wow: that is amazing work on this pic, I really :love: it a lot!!!!
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mandospartangirl117 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful simply beautifull
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mandomasta Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
nice, i agree. i love kal'buir.
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Stars-Are-Cushions Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist
This is so perfect. Love love love.
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exocolumn Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
Great work!
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jdwmurray Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
More! More! More!!!

OYAAAA!!
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AdrianFindsNemo Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love the meaning put into this. And I wish I could be a mandalorian. Family is more than blood.
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Krad-Eelav Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:heart:

Well, a lot of the mandos I know do consider themselves a part of that identity, me included... no reason why you can't be one, either. :>
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OKami-hu Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll hold off judgment because I just managed to gather the commando books (not available in my country) and currently reading Hard Contact, but I accidentally started with Triple Zero and the part where Kal meets the NullBoys was- Well, the noises I made were inhuman. He definitely scored high there, but, Mandalorians tend to be a pain in the shebs and I despise arrogance and violence. Regardless, Kal is a wonderful father to his chosen six and he deserves a whole lotta respect for that.

The picture is lovely, the lighting is indeed very nice and I too love Kal's move. It is always a pleasure to see armored chars move in their armor instead of just standing there rigidly - or being copied in various battle poses.
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Krad-Eelav Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You know, I think I actually started in the middle of the books too; True Colors was the one I think.

And ahaha, yes, mandos can be right ol' di'kuts sometimes. xD That's what you get for a mercenary culture, I guess, though, and I can't help but like 'em.

Thanks! :heart: I agree - armor can be fun to draw dynamically when you get a bit of practice. :>
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afterfire Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012   Digital Artist
What I love the most about this is the colors you used for the lighting. Great work!
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Krad-Eelav Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:heart:
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Please-Not-Last Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student General Artist
I love this picture! Very well done. I especially like the way Skirata has his hand on Ordo's arm. :heart:

However, I'm sad to say I have lost my respect for Skirata, for various reasons (which I won't go into for the sake of love and sanity)...

BTW, I thought Skirata would be shorter. Just saying. ^^;
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Krad-Eelav Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you~! ;D I tried making Skirata shorter, as I think I read he was a full head shorter than the clones - but he started looking just like a little kid in comparison to Ordo. xDDD

And aw, I'm curious now. Don't be pressured to tell, but was it events in Imperial Commando that did it?
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Please-Not-Last Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Or an Ewok, maybe? :XD:

And yes, it mostly began when I read "Imperial Commando." I think it was the over-emphasis of his love, that it made his love seem unrealistic and unhealthy ("I'll do anything for you" rather than, "I'll do anything you need me to because I want to do what's best for you"). Also, another reason was his blatant double-standards; it's almost like he was exploiting people right and left, rather than trying to see the individuals apart from the group. Those are the main two, to satisfy your curiosity. ;)

Hopefully, if they write another book, he'll remain one of the better characters while being true to the story. :) Same with Darman. I hate to see him go crazy and blame everyone, including himself, for Etain's decision to rebel against Jusik's orders (and its deadly consequences). :|

But it's a wonderful picture all the same. :aww:
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Rhindon Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is fantastic. Thanks for sharing it with us.
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niner9 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you have a great colouring technique and it shows well with the highlights from the horizons...your colours look almost "thick" like oil paints
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Krad-Eelav Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:heart:
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Deathfett Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is awesome!
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DarthAtreus Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Beautiful piece Krad'ika. An excellent visual to accompany an exceptional series.
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surfersquid Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Another beautiful job. Your painting style just blows me away; I love your sophisticated use of light and color.
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Krad-Eelav Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:heart:
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Evolvana Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Waah I love the colors and the sky :) and the characters too of course!
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LittleFoxStudio Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool seeing a picture of Kal. He was one of my faves in the books.
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Krad-Eelav Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:heart:
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