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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 Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
She sounds great, must grab the comics at some point!
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ninsennansen Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
cool:)
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:iconlostsamurai:
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 Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Kerra is kewl. And the bad guys are so mental. Daimon especially.
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:iconpadawanserg:
Great!!! This is very nice.
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:iconfalconfan:
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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:iconfalconfan:
ROFL! Two comments...I'm getting old... But it's STILL great! lol!

FF
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:iconjosephb222:
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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:iconmarstonhdx:
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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