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06.07.23

The Princess Connection

Sci-fi and Space Opera epics have a long history of famous Princesses. The two greatest space epics of all time, Flash Gordon and Star Wars, of course, brought us Princess Aura, daughter of Ming the Merciless, and Princess Leia Organa, played brilliantly by the late Carrie Fischer. But the princesses in today's fiction differ mightily from those of the previous generations. A princess is no longer a plot device that merely needs to be rescued. In fact, it is Princess Rann who saves the day by rescuing Tech from execution. While drawing Her Majesty of the fourth moon of Brightstar, I am trying to convey beauty and power. This princess takes no crap from anyone. And no man controls her destiny, not even her father who is the most powerful being in the universe. She is a skilled diplomat, and also a cunning warrior. It was important that since this character is pivotal to the story, she be a relatable character. This sketch is of an earlier concept design. She may and probably will look different in the final version that appears in the comic book final version. When creating this character, I drew heavy inspiration from two powerful and respected female leaders from the greatest fantasy epic of all time, the Lord of the Rings. Those two characters being the Lady Galadriel and Lady Arwen.




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