Day 7 Prompt: Fancy
The beauty of the Star Wars galaxy is that it looks lived-in. It’s dingy. It’s dirty. At least, that’s the secret to the original trilogy. The Emmy-award winning Disney + series, The Mandalorian, seems to be following that blueprint. Mando lives in a dark, dingy place. The Inktober prompt for today would not necessarily come to mind when watching episode after episode.
However, in Chapter 7: The Prisoner, the Mandalorian and a crew of mercenaries board a Republic prison ship and everything looks pristine. From the shiny floors to the spotless droids, this is a vastly different environment.
From Filthy to Fancy
Aboard this prison ship, one droid stood out—the R1-series droid. The last time this droid, named R1-G4, appeared in Star Wars it was on Tatooine when Luke Skywalker and his Uncle Owen were buying worker droids from the local jawas. A dingy, rusty bulkhead of a droid stood in the lineup, ultimately passed over for R2-D2 and C3PO.
Now, 42 years later the R1 droid returns but in a much more “fancy” model. The droid appearing here is hovering and in beautiful condition. No other droid in The Mandalorian could be more fitting.
This drawing was sketched directly in Procreate and printed in a opaque yellow-orange. The final was inked by hand using a Zebra brush pen.
Inking the Final
Kendall Schroeder saw the original Star Wars in a small theater in the summer of his 10th birthday and immediately fell in love with the Far Away Galaxy. Pretending to be either Jedi Luke Skywalker or Colonel Steve Austin, the Six Million Dollar Man, Kendall always believed he had special powers. Maybe that’s why he truly believes there is good in all people. And, he will stop at nothing to help rid the world of evil. When Kendall is not creating art, he is leading educators as the head of an online school. Kendall lives in West Michigan with his wife and two kids.