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Kerra Holt - Knight Errant WIP by JosephB222 Kerra Holt - Knight Errant WIP by JosephB222
This is something new for myself (as opposed to something I drew over a year ago ;p ) Last month I got the new Star Wars novel "Knight Errant" about the adventures of Jedi Knight Kerra Holt who is stuck deep in Sith controlled space all alone. Now the novel isn't to be confused with the comic book series of the same name, also written by the author. The novel is actually continuing the storyline started in the first mini-series of the comic (which I haven't read, I'll need to wait for the trade paperback).

So this will be a mini - spoiler free - review of the novel.

Kerra Holt is a young Jedi Knight stuck in Sith territory, on her own after a mission she was on with other Jedi ended in tragedy (most likely chronicled in the comic book). And many of the Sith Lords are fighting amongst themselves trying to control their on territories and the region is not very stable, so knowledge of hyper space routes is not easy to come by, so it's not like she can just find a ship and jump back to Republic Space.

The novel is structured a lot like a serial, with three different adventures, with our Knight Errant dealing with a specific Sith lord in each story. And they do flow well together to make a solid read. Kerra is a lot like Caine (Kung Fu) or David Banner (Bill Bixby's Hulk) or similar roaming hero that gets caught up in these adventures.

The setting is about a 1,000 years before the events in Episode I, so it was very refreshing that this story wasn't bogged down or had to worry about the ton of Expanded Universe canon that has pretty much made the current Star Wars timeline a very cluttered place. And we aren't dealing with these large-scale issues and multi-character plots. It's just a story about a single Jedi Knight who finds herself in these situations and she's also looking to cause some trouble for the Sith at the same time.

It also helps that Kerra is a very well written, interesting character. She's not on some grand scale quest to find the meaning of the Force, nor is she part of some prophecy (at least none that have been revealed ;p ). She's just a Jedi trying to survive in enemy space and help whomever she can along the way.

We also get to see a lot of Sith. Sith drama, sith political conflict, actual Sith conflict ;p Plus, each Sith lord has their own method of ruling their own territory.

I do recommend this book, especially to anyone who prefer heavy Jedi adventure :D or if you want to see some cool (often crazy) Sith Lords.

About the sketch: I pretty much went with Kerra's design for the comic book (they actually have a few page sneak preview of the comic in the novel). Her attire, lightsaber, and blaster. And though I did draw her with short hair, I had to give her long bangs, it's just my way ;p When it comes to coloring her I will differ to the author's description of Kerra in the book. While in the comic she has light skin, the author actually describes her with a dark complexion; brown skin, dark hair, and hazel eyes.

Edit****September 1, 2011

Just a small update on my Kerra Holt WIP. Just added the base colors :D And I scrapped the original sketch

****Edit

Lineart now posted
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:iconzarnitunes:
Zarnitunes Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
She sounds great, must grab the comics at some point!
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ninsennansen Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
cool:)
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LostSamurai Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Very nice. I like how the pistol looks like a revolver. Having older-era time periods to draw from makes for interesting character designs for when Jedi were a lot more... well, culturally diverse.
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JohnnyFive81 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Kerra is kewl. And the bad guys are so mental. Daimon especially.
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
Awesome work
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PadawanSerg Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
Great!!! This is very nice.
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
Oh, this is AWEsome! :clap::clap: I, too, saw the comic pages in the novel, and thought it a bit crass they chose to ignore the author's detailed description of her coloring... This is MUCH better, and perfectly captures this fiery young Jedi's spirit and determination! :clap: Kerra is a wonderful character, well-fleshed-out (IMHO), and I hope we get to see more of her in the books! GREAT work here! :clap:

FF
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011
ROFL! Two comments...I'm getting old... But it's STILL great! lol!

FF
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JosephB222 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
No worries, hon. Your first comment was for the rough sketch I originally posted, the new comment is for the shiny colors I just added ;)
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MarstonHDX Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
this book was easy to get into and easy to understand...i think kerra was a well-written character. great piece of art
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JosephB222 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
Thank you :)
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colliewolf2010 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
im not a heavy star wars fan, everything i know about the SW universe is from the films. i still watch them though, you did grate work as allways, lookes good since you based her from the authors description. :fav:ed
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JosephB222 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
Thank you. I'm glad you like it :D
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colliewolf2010 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
course! yor work is brill.
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Crusader105 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
Curse you Lucas and your impossibly convoluted Expanded Universe (Except for KOTOR)!

Great work, as always. Love your art style.
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Marethyn Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
Why isn't it published here yet : <
Awsome picture, I really adore your style
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Leppardra Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
Cool picture! Can we have the lineart? I wouldn't mind colorizing this at all! :D
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JosephB222 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
Thanks for reminding me ;) It did allow me to fix a couple things, but here it is [link]
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DressyDung Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
nice glow on the lightsaber, really good
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patton360 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
Nice work

I just started reading this too. I'm about half way through the novel and I've become fond of Kerra Holt. I like to think of her as the Harry Callahan/ "Dirty Harry" of the Jedi Order.
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aleenaelyn Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
I haven't been keeping up on Star Wars Expanded Universe, but I still love your art.
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Pwesty Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
Another nice Joe!
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darkwarrior Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
There should be more female leads in Star Wars, and Kerra is a fine example, and this is a good sketch too.
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spikeygod69 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
I really like this! Would you mind if I did a coloring of this?
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FalconFan Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
Aw, this is GREAT! I loved "Knight Errant"--thought it was very well written, with a terrific balance of action and character development; Kerra is wonderful, full of fire and determination, stuck in what seems to be a hopeless situation--and the people she meets along her journey are equally interesting. This is a terrific rendering of her, too (and I agree with :iconthinkingstone:--I like it better than the illos I saw from the actual comic!)--great pose and all her fire right there! Wonderful work, and it'll be great to see her all colored! :clap:

FF
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JosephB222 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
Sweet of you to say :D

Not to worry I do have plans to ink and color her. I just hope it doesn't take too long ;) Maybe I should try to get the lineart up and see if anyone else would like to color her.
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thinkingstone Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
I rather enjoyed that novel. This is a good representation of Kerra. Better than the guy who illustrated the comic book did I think. Any plans to color it in? I'd be excited to see that.
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JosephB222 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
Thanks. I'm glad you like it :D And I plan on coloring all my WIPs, it just might take awhile. I still need to ink this drawing ;)
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Leppardra Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
I haven't read the novel, but I'll take your word for it. Kerra sounds like a fascinating character. And from the looks of Kerra, I think Mara Jade Skywalker would have liked this girl a lot for using both a blaster and a lightsaber. :nod: :D
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JosephB222 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
Yeah. She mostly using her lightsaber, but she does some blasting. Besides, I really wanted to draw her blaster, just looked wicked cool. It look like a gun you might see on "Firefly" ;)
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cyborgBLUE Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist
More beautiful than the original, very good work!
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JosephB222 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
I appreciate you saying that ;)
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Roguewing Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
She looks good, Joe.
Another very nice piece
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JosephB222 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
Thank you :D
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Hidden-Traveler Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
I have to agree, this is one of the better stories to come out of the franchise of late. And Kerra is the main reason why.
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JosephB222 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011
;)
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