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ART TRADE: Kota and Apprentice by JoeHoganArt ART TRADE: Kota and Apprentice by JoeHoganArt
My half of the art trade for Sandal Crusader. AND LAST TRADE! All done =)

She asked for Rahm Kota and his apprentice (her creation, not Galen Malek!). Using the source image she gave me of the apprentice, I did the best I could to figure out a scenario to have them together. I put them both in Clone armor, and stuck them in a forest. They're being tracked down by Black Sun, for some reason! I'm actually not sure if her apprentice's story takes place before or after the Clone Wars, so this was a guessed possible scenario!

I tried to link the two together. I replicated the phoenix-looking tattoo on her apprentice's shoulders onto the armor of both Kota and the apprentice. I also tried to keep the color schemes for both, as if they'd dress similarly. They're both wearing similar armor/cloaks. Also, Kota's protecting an injured clone...maybe this is the reason he finds clones inferior to people! ;)

Anyway, I had a lot of fun with this one. I have my own nitpicks but all in all, I really enjoyed this one, especially drawing Kota. Was a blast! I hope she digs!

You can find her inking sweetness here:

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:iconchaos1925:
chaos1925 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
nice pic always looking for my kota. my favorite Jedi. although is this was the clone wars would his hair be white yet? he looks like he would have had brown hair when he was young.
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JoeHoganArt Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Thanks! Originally he did have darker hair but the person I did the trade with asked if I could give him his trademark white hair to make him more recognizable. So, there it is. haha
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HeroIke025 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Uhh, why there is a clone trooper next to Kota? I thought that he fought with a militia because of his distrust toward clone troopers. And that was mentioned in Force Unleashed, which was released before you finished this painting
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:iconjoehoganart:
JoeHoganArt Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
Pretty simple explanation, really! There was a time when Kota didn't know he didn't trust them, right? Had to experience them first-hand to make that call! Besides, nothing's to say the Jedi Order didn't assign him troopers at least once whether he liked it or not. It's someone else's fan story so I could be way off the mark, but it seems like a logical scenario to me! :) Kota doesn't look all that happy to me!
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ninjaboy240 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
general kota's face reminds me of roger's face from american dad 
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notaverygoodname Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
His padawan was Falon Gray.
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:iconjoehoganart:
JoeHoganArt Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
lol Take it easy, that was established first in Battlefront: Elite, right? That game came out in November 2009...this was done in September of that year. And she wrote the original character well before we did the art trade. So Falon Gray wasn't an established character yet. I wasn't doing the piece over after he was. haha
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notaverygoodname Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
I am taking it easy. Just stating a fact. lol
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JoeHoganArt Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Look, we both know what you were doing. Save face and walk away.
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notaverygoodname Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
What am I doing? I'm just stating a fact. Its you who is reading more into it. (Sorry for taking so long to reply. I didn't walk away)
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:iconjoehoganart:
JoeHoganArt Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Respectfully disagreed, my friend. I guess I'll be the bigger person and walk away, then. Adios.
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notaverygoodname Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Come on, man. Do we really need to be like this. I didn't mean to offend you or whatever, I really...REALLY don't understand what the hell you think I was saying in subtext. You can't respectfully disagree because it isn't opinion. I WAS NOT TRYING TO START SOMETHING!
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JoeHoganArt Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
To me, your first comment came off like you were trying to stroke your own ego by "correcting" me after I had obviously put in time and effort into a gift to a friend, just because the illustrated character (and not the cannon one, which again, wasn't even established at the time the illustration was uploaded) wasn't the one featured in the lore today. The illustrated character was part of her own fan cannon (which is in the description). It felt like an entirely unnecessary comment, beyond the fact that said one comment on my artwork had nothing to do with the execution of the art itself. I welcome constructive criticism towards improving my work, but obviously get pretty annoyed if the only negative comments made are for the sake of making the commenter feel big. It really came off like you were dismissing the art in an attempt to flex your Star Wars knowledge.

But if you're honestly telling me you meant no offense by the original comment, then cool. I certainly don't want to perpetuate anything if it isn't necessary either. That said, apologies if I jumped the gun on you. I'm really not the kinda guy to start nonsense, but something about your comment (and then answering back again the other day after it could have long been put to rest if you didn't respond) just completely rubbed me the wrong way. But I digress. Let's just bury the hatchet.
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FiendOFDA Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Student Digital Artist
thats brilliant
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JoeHoganArt Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Thanks again!
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Sindorman Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Student Interface Designer
Wow, this is an awesome pic man, i love the lighting and the composition of the pic, and i love how u used the clone wars style and gave it your own twist. and i love how you made the apprentice cut of the aqualish hand, as a little referance to Ponda Baba
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JoeHoganArt Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
Thanks for noticing the subtleties, and all the kind words!
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Sindorman Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Student Interface Designer
No problem man, as i said, an awesome piece of work
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ghola8 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
P.S. I like how the Aqualish looks like he's about to cry.
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ghola8 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL Love it!
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JoeHoganArt Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
haha Thanks!!
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Falcolf Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Fricking sweet, I loved Kota in Force Unleashed. I always wished that I could of learned more about the guy. :D
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JoeHoganArt Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009
Thanks man! Glad you dig. =)
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SandalCrusader Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh....my God. It seriously took me about ten minutes just to get three little words down from all the gasping I've been doing. xD

I am..just...stunned. This is amazing. Thank you so much for trading with me, seriously. Wow.

My half of our trade is almost done! Expect it sometime this coming weekend. xD

But...damn I really love your art style and your take on Kota and my tarded little apprentice for him. You have done an absolutely stunning job, I really can't stress that enough.

With the kind of trouble my apprentice for him tends to make, it wouldn't surprise me that they would end up with the Black Sun coming after them.

And just for some trivia, she's his apprentice from a little before the Clone Wars, up through the wars, and even a bit of time after. So I could totally see this moment happening.

...Again, this is famazing. Thank you oh. So. Much. D; :heart:
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:iconjoehoganart:
JoeHoganArt Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
Hah, good guess on my part then! Halfway through this, it occured to me that she could've been his apprentice AFTER Starkiller...but I was too into the piece to put it on hold to find out from you! haha

Thanks so much for the kind words, I'm thrilled you like it so much!

I can't wait to see what you're cooking up!
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JusticeCat Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009
Oh wow. This is amazing beyond words. It looks so much like the Clone Wars art style and the coloring and shading and everything looks like it's pulled right out of a screenshot. I'm seriously not sure what else to say. EXCELLENT job on Kota and :iconsandalcrusader:'s character. SHE looks amazing in the Clone Wars art style too. Omg.

:heart: :heart: :heart: THIS IS AMAZING and if I could favorite it a billion times over I would. You sir, are an amazing artist. One of the best I've ever seen. One of the most amazing I've seen, I think, especially in such a long while. I'm going to stop rambling and groveling at your feet now. :P
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JoeHoganArt Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009
Whew! Thanks for the kind words! I was really on the fence about this piece, but I think you just convinced me into liking it! Thanks so much! =)
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HannahNew Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Nooo! not the Trandoshan! :noes:
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JoeHoganArt Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
XD Don't worry, it's not Bossk! hahaha
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HannahNew Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009  Professional Filmographer
:giggle:
Have you seen the new clone wars season?
I haven't, but I remember seeing a trandoshan on the previews
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:iconjoehoganart:
JoeHoganArt Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009
It hasn't premiered yet! =) October 2nd...or 3rd. Something like that!

I'm eagerly waiting...and BOSSK will be on it!
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HannahNew Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009  Professional Filmographer
eeheeeeeee!
Maybe I can catch it on youtube!
My dorm room doesn't have a TV =P
omegosh- it's almost perfect if Fett were included too
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JoeHoganArt Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009
I don't think they last long on youtube BUT...the official site uploads every episode a week after they premiere! Sooo when the next episode premieres, the previous episode is uploaded to Starwars.com !

And Fett wouldn't be included because he's still so young! It's between Ep 2 and 3! Although I read on theforce.net today that Daniel Logan may be in the live action series they're making in a few years...and he's older now! =)
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HannahNew Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009  Professional Filmographer
eeeeeheee! :excited:
That's all so cool
I do remember reading stories of Fett in his young career years... he started off on his own as soon as his poor dad got beheaded...
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JoeHoganArt Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
haha Well, the Mandalorians will be making an appearance...so maybe Boba WILL show up afterall. It's too early to say =)

Would be cool!
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Nemonus Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
Looks cool! I do think that the perspective and the fact that he's stepping out of the scene makes them seem more separate than I'd like, but the sense of action--two types of it, his sneakyness and her slaughter--is done very well, and he just looks badass, with the lightsaber active and shining on him. Both of their armor is really nifty too.
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JoeHoganArt Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
Thanks! Normally I'd agree with you on the separate issue, but I feel like since the perspective is forced the way it is that it all seems to work compositionally.

Thanks for the kind words!
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R-Zion Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhh, awesomeness! I personally have wanted to see some stories of Kota and whoever his apprentice might have been (if he had one) active during the Clone Wars. This pic is as close as I'll probably get to that for the time being, so kudos for making it a wonderful experience! ;)
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JoeHoganArt Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
Hah, thanks! I'm glad you like it!
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