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Khaless vs. the Tyrant Molar by jmsnooks Khaless vs. the Tyrant Molar by jmsnooks
Khaless the Unforgettable (right) challenges the tyrant Molar (left). Pieced together from hints dropped in STTNG. One of the things Khaless was known for was defeating the Tyrant Molar. Worf participated in a street play/opera where Klingon men would come up to this old guy who was playing Molar, and they would all act out defeat and each defeated warrior would sing to the audience asking if anyone could defeat the Tyrant Molar. So I'm thinking, "Hmmmm.... what would it take for the Klingons to consider someone a tyrant?" That would have to be someone pretty hardcore... I have to draw this guy."

Since it was ancient Klingon society I had pretty much a blank check with costumes and architecture. I wanted the architecture to look rugged and menacing, yet also somewhat opulent, with faint echos of STTNG period style. Khaless of course had to wear the battle sash evident in STTOS and STTNG, since by then Klingon society is founded on Khaless it was logical to conclude that the sash had something to do with him as well. So basically Khaless is a wild man, wearing various animals fashioned into what will later become a basic pattern. For Molar and the women I just wanted them to look menacing and somewhat cool. Since their culture was obliterated by the culture perpetuated by Khaless I did not have to draw from any actual Klingon designs used in the series. I wanted them to look like tyrannical fascists, and in fact that is why they have the pink Highlights. They are not wearing pink because they're sissies, they wear pink for the same reason communists and nazis on earth wear red. According to ST6 Klingons have pink blood, hence the pink. And yes, that is a Klingon skull fragment Molar is using for a shoulder pad.

Click download for a full view, click here to see the original linart: [link]

I wish you all could see the original. Aside from washing out the colors, my scanner also does not do well with dark tones, it tends to add pixilation and other weirdness thereby destroying the original color and detail. So a new scanner is a must as soon as I get done with school.

On another note, I have been thinking about doing a short comic on the adventures of Khaless based on hints from STTNG. It might be time consuming and I might lack the commitment but on the upside it would give me a chance to design some wicked cool costumes and draw some more women. Part of whether I decide to do that or not will depend on the success of this picture. Although I gaurantee that if I do that it won't be colored pencil. Too time consuming for a comic.
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grisador Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015
Nice
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Wintercross Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
I like it.

It would be cool to see some battle scenes between these two.
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I actually thought about doing a short comic on it but then I got distracted with other stuff and really busy with work and looking for work. But I think things will be changing for me soon, and then there will be more artwork from me.
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aspiringdahlia Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
It's Kahless ... >>
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Unforgetable.
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aspiringdahlia Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010
*taps the title of your deviation* You spelled it with the a and h switched. >>

It's an awesome piece, but I can't get over that. xD
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defcon-5 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
i always enjoyed your style
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks man. It's been a while since I have done anything though.
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bloknayrb Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hm, Kahless seems a bit too Jesus-like here. Klingon society values powerful warriors, based on Kahless' teachings, and his clone in TNG was a fairly broad dude. Still, this is a very interesting concept. I love the fact that each element was thought out and has a purpose, excellent work!
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The funny thing is that I think Jesus was probably a bit large in real life. They always portray him as some scrawny white guy in the movies but I think he was probably robust and healthy and at the very least ripped.

As for Khaless, you gotto remember that in the STTNG episode he was actually pretty short. Personally I think they should have picked a bigger guy to play Kahless but I'm sure they had their reasons for doing what they did. So I kept his shortness but I made him more ripped and got rid of the pot belly. Molar of course had to be huge (in my opinion) because he was this unstoppable tyrant that no one could defeat in battle.
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bloknayrb Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I don't know if Jesus was ripped since I'm not sure how much physical labor he was involved in, but The way you portrayed Kahless here still seems a bit... wimpy to me. He just seems a bit more lean than I would expect him to be. An interesting reference for his appearance (though in that episode he was pretty short, so this is I guess more of an interpretation)is the statue Worf shows Alexander of Kahless and his brother locked in battle. In that sculpture, Kahless is rippling with muscles all over the place.

Still, even though the impression I'm getting here is of wimpiness, I still see his string expression and upright posture, which are definite signs of strength. Maybe I'm just thinking about it too much :P
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shadow-hostage Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Go Khaless!
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks man
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shadow-hostage Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. :)
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sir-zeke Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brilliant! one spelling mistake though, it's Kahless not Khaless.
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really? Is that how it's spelled on Memory Alpha?
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sir-zeke Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep, [link]
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Trance-Master Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010
I can just imagine this hanging in the hall of the warriors on Qo'noS, Kahless would be proud!
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks man. Back when I did this I actually considered doing a comic of Khaless and showing how he took down the tyrant Molar. I think at this point I'm probably too lazy though.
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Trance-Master Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
Ok. Great work anyhow!
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks man.
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Tulon Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010
Very nice! You rarely see mythic scenes like those.
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, I might do more eventually.
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almaxaquotal Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010
Khaless looks a bit like Jesus... :p
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well he is the closest thing to a Klingon equivalent. Although really I was just trying to make him look like the Khaless actor in STTNG, but more buffed out.
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Piatnitskysaurus Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009
Excelsior!
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you like it, are you a Star Trek fan?
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SlayerSyrena Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2009  Professional General Artist
Using pink because that's the color of their blood... very clever! Why hasn't anyone else thought of that..?
And besides, they are always messing up the Klingon blood color in the episodes... sometimes it's red.
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. There aren't a lot of people that think the way I do. I haven't decided if that's a good thing or a bad thing though. At any rate, it makes sense, all the violent totalitarian ideologies we know from real life use red as their color because it symbolizes blood and they do a lot of killing. So it stands to reason that if the Klingons are calling someone a tyrant than he has to be at least as hardcore as Joseph Stalin or Hitler, actually probably more hardcore than that since Klingons are pretty rough and keen on violence to begin with.

Yea they started messing up in STTNG and making it red. With people like Kaylar (spelling?) and Belanna (spelling?) I don't really care because they were each half human, but with someone like Worf it needs to be pink. I hate unapologetic retconning, it's an insult to my intelligence.
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SlayerSyrena Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
'So it stands to reason that if the Klingons are calling someone a tyrant than he has to be at least as hardcore as Joseph Stalin or Hitler, actually probably more hardcore than that since Klingons are pretty rough and keen on violence to begin with.'

Excellent point. And kinda scary too. I mean, the average Klingon is scary enough.
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well they might be fun to hang out with if you don't mind having to eat stuff that's still moving or get involved in a combat to the death type situation as part of a prank. Apparently Klingons have not heard of the bucket of water over the door. Their humor tends to involve either bawdy sexual puns or pulling a knife on someone. In TOS they were supposed to be the USSR in space but in STTNG with the alliance that element was gone so they had to look for other ways to make them hardcore.
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doodlegal Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009
Excellent artwork (again!). I love how you take all these interesting characters (we know less about) and create their worlds, moments, and beauty in their lives, capturing it. Very cool!
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you approve. Yea sometimes I like to take a crack at things that are either obscure or vague.
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doodlegal Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009
In doing that, I think it would just be fun to see if anyone knows/remembers the scene/event/characters that you create the artwork out of. For me when I try it I pick way too obscure characters that no one's ever known/head of :lol:

It's still fun to try and recreate them, especially ones from books/novels. I always get a clear picture in my head of the characters I'm reading about even if that doesn't translate as well to the paper...
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think most of my stuff comes from fairly popular nerd series. Not pop-culture but pop-nerd culture. Now that you mention it I'm definitely seeing a pattern in it. I also think a lot of the people that watch me have similar interests.

Definitely. I actually don't get a clear picture in all cases, but usually if I think about it a bit I can come up with something.
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doodlegal Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2009
Well much of it (creating an artwork of another world/characters) is imagination I believe in what you envision it to be. From what you've seen or read or heard. With a sketchy background like of this type of recreation, it definitely gives way to more of the imagination and creativity of what you believe it to be like.

Hey that's what makes you a great artist, taking some of this history that you know, and creating more from your talent and imagination. I really like your artworks like this, especially with the way you make them how like we'd imagine them too.

Thanks!
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well you might be interested in my next project in that case. I'm getting ready to do a collaborative comic with a friend on here based on a dream I had. Since she wants to do the lineart I'm going to be posting all the concept art for her very soon.

Thanks, I appreciate that. I'm actually thinking about maybe getting an art degree, or starting work on one, once I get a stable job. Maybe I can create the next Flash Gordon or something.
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the-lest Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a wonderful picture, so stylistic and detailed. I really like your pencilling style. And, more people should draw Klingons!
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In that case it's too bad you can't see the originals.
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zionprime Featured By Owner May 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
Romulans are the best Star Trek aliens.
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner May 11, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Incidentally, I have a drawing of the Romulans that I was working on before Christmas Break but never finished. However, since you feel that way I'll make sure to get it done.

I hated the way they made the Romulans look in STTNG (and STE), but they really rehabilitated their physical appearance in the latest movie, so I like them better now.

I'm going to have to disagree with you though. Vulcans are the best.
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zionprime Featured By Owner May 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
vulcans are cheep knock-offs of good aliens. i really like the rigid head of the romulans. but i agree, i like that not all romulans have rigid heads. in ds9, worf implies that there was a virus that was let loose in the beta quadrant that attacked the romulans and klingons, which is why they have rigid heads. i like that and that not all of them were affected.
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner May 12, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Knock offs of what aliens specifically? I didn't mind the ridged heads so much as the lack of an explanation, nor as much as the horrible uniforms and the identical Moe haircuts even for all the women. I mean seriously, they all dressed the same and looked the same and had the same hair. It was like they all came off an assembly line. I did like the TOS Romulans though, and I will say that they received rather scant attention in the movies. Hence their prominence in the last two movies (an attempt to change that).

I never saw that DS9 episode you are talking about, but I didn't really keep up with DS9 so well. They did produce a cannon explanation for the change in the physical appearance in the Klingons in season 4 of Enterprise (great episodes BTW). So far they are expecting us to ignore the differences with the Romulans.
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Cyklopi Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009
I love klingon star trek episodes - great work!
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, yea I like the Klingon episodes best, from any of the ST series.
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Risen-Art Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I'm not much of a Trekki but your compositions are always so rich and well done. Those pencils . . . *.*
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, I appreciate that.
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Tiberius47 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
This is fantastic. Captures the mood perfectly. Although his name is spelled Kahless. :P
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jmsnooks Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah bugger, did I spell it wrong on the Star Trek fans also?

BTW, I was thinking about doing a comic of the life of Khaless based on what I have pieced together from hints dropped throughout STTNG. You think I should?
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Jeradia Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
That comic sounds like a great idea though there is more trivia about Kahless and earlier Kilingon culture in DS9 that might not have been mentioned on TNG

Im thinking particularly about 'Looking For Par'Mach In All The Wrong Places' were Quark in an attempt to woo Grilka, a Klingon female, gets advice from Worf on Klingon courtship but they also reenact an old battle fought by Kahless and the Lady Lukara where they defended the great hall of Qam-Chee when it was attacked by 500 of Molor's troops and afterwards theny jumped on one another like cardassian voles thus beginning one of the greatest romances in Klingon history.

That should definitely be included in your comic :)
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