Despite being before my time I always admired the Star Wars franchise for the immense accomplishment in becoming such a pop culture titan and earning the love of entire generations of science fiction aficionados despite being created in an era with no CGI, using only basic filming tools and relying solely on script, acting and passion. Something which film producers and directors know very little about these days.

My father took me to the theatre to watch The Phantom Menace when I was 13. He had grown up watching Episode IV, V and VI, and hoped that I would have a similar experience with a new generation of movies. Sadly, The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith offered very little aside from epic music by John Williams (Duel of the Fates being one of the best tracks in a movie ever,) refreshing CGI and great actors such as Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor. The rest unfortunately felt lacking.

Today, having watched old movies and new, as well as a big part of the animated series, I can understand, appreciate and share the excitement for the upcoming release of the new title, The Force Awakens. After watching the teaser and trailer a few hundred times, I had to attempt drawing the new mysterious dark figure that is Kylo Ren.

Little is known about him, and while at a first glance many thought that he would be the new Sith Lord, JJ Abrams himself denied this when he flat out said “Kylo Ren is not a Sith. He works under Supreme Leader Snoke, who is a powerful figure on the Dark Side of the Force.” Others have theorised that it could be Luke Skywalker himself. But regardless of who he is, his design and connection to Darth Vader in the trailer fascinated me to the point that I needed to work on this piece.

I know little about the character but what if he had great admiration towards The Empire and what Darth Vader stood for? Maybe even thought of him as a martyr. Maybe he will be the one who will try to see his vision through. Maybe he will succeed and surpass his idol and master … or could just as well be another sad Darth Maul who is killed off in the 3rd scene he’s in despite creating so much hype around him.

This is Kylo Ren. This is Transcendence.


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