Little Ewoks

Wicket the Ewok - Star Wars - Return of the Jedi - Doodlewash

Since I mentioned yesterday I am a huge Star Wars fan, I thought today I’d try to doodlewash an Ewok. For anyone unfamiliar, these little guys were all the rage in the 80’s after first appearing in Return of Jedi in 1983. They even got two made-for-TV movies and an animated television series. So many of the Star Wars creatures that weren’t droids were kind of weird and sort of ugly, so having a bunch of tiny primitive teddy bears appear was a welcome surprise when I was a kid.

The original Star Wars movies came out at a perfect time for me as I was between the ages of 6-12 when they hit the theaters. It was pretty magical to grow up with such an amazing universe of characters, not to mention all the fun toys that came with it. The little figure shown here is called Wicket and he was supposed to be played by the same actor who was inside R2-D2, Kenny Baker. Unfortunately, Kenny became ill during the shoot and the role went to another actor.

George Lucas wanted a tribe of primitive creatures who could take down Empire forces even without sophisticated technology. A lot of fans didn’t like the “fluffy fighting bears” and thought these creatures were a mistake. No doubt, these fans must have had the unfortunate timing of already being in high school or college by the time the last movie was released. Because anyone who wasn’t a teenager immediately loved these little guys, myself included. They were adorable little bundles of fur who could really kick some ass!

I remember when Star Wars first came out and seeing it in a drive-in theater for the first time. I, of course, wasn’t allowed to drive a car back then, but I did have a much older sister who actually let me tag along on her date. I was hooked the moment the music started and have remained a fan ever since. When I went to see the latest installment, I was equally excited, though it just wasn’t the same. Now I see dads in Target telling their little boys about the figures they had, and moms buying more Star Wars merchandise for their husbands than their kids. But there’s still a new crop of kids eager to grab a light saber and join in the fun.

But for me, I’ll always miss those little furry Ewoks and their amazing treehouse village. Everything about their world seemed simpler than ours, and yet they seemed so happy. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to live that way, but I imagine it would be terrifying simply to lose a Wi-Fi connection at this point, much less a smartphone. At least I can enjoy the wonderful memories of days spent imagining life in the trees with the coolest little furballs from a galaxy far, far away.

About the Doodlewash

M. Graham watercolors: Burnt Sienna, Quinacridone Gold, Ultramarine Blue, Pyrrol Red, Azo Yellow, Azo Orange and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink and second pen with Platinum Carbon sepia ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal


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  1. Jill Kuhn 7 years ago

    Wow! This is a FANTASTIC doodlewash Charlie! I’m impressed with all your details! 👍🌟🎨 I wasn’t much of a Star Wars fan for some reason that I cannot remember now. But I do enjoy your little Ewok! 😄

    • Author

      Hehe! Thanks Jill!! 💕😃 Wasn’t sure how many Star Wars fans were out there, but at least I figured people might remember this creature versus yesterday’s! Lol

  2. I’m a Star Wars fan myself and my 14 year old son developed a love for it as well as he watched the older movies growing up. It was so fun to go see the new film with him – I loved it. As it happens, we were doing some “organizing” in his room yesterday and came across a stuffed animal Wicket, which looks exactly as you picture here. I asked him if he needed to keep it, and of course the answer was “yes”!

    • Author

      That’s awesome, Deb!! So cool you both are fans too! And yes… I can’t imagine letting go of a little Wicket! Hehe… I never had the stuffed version, just the action figure. I bet it was super awesome! 😉👍🏻

      • Yes, I think he got the stuffed Wicket at the Disney Star Wars attraction in Florida (a gift shop as you exit, of course!) He has plenty of action figures too that he is holding on to, at least for now!

  3. Susan Feniak 7 years ago

    Got to love Ewoks! Awesome doodlewash Charlie! We finally saw the new Stars Wars and in 3d. A thrill!!

    • Author

      Thanks Susan! 💕😃Yay!! Yeah…I actually really liked the new movie, but still prefer the original three. I hated the three prequels, so the newest movie was a breath of fresh air! Hehe

      • Susan Feniak 7 years ago

        Totally agree about the original three. The new one reminded us of the very first. 🙂

  4. Kari 7 years ago

    Fantastic Ewok! You are now a master of textures!! I loved them. Even though they looked fluffy and cute, they were fierce fighters! I loved that scene in the forest where Luke and Leia along with the Ewoks were zipping through the forest fighting the storm troopers.

  5. Catherine Johnson 7 years ago

    That is amazing! I only managed to do the face.

  6. Jodi 7 years ago

    Dare I admit I am not a Star Wars fan? Will you still love me? I still, however, am BLOWN away by this ewok doodlewash! Seriously, Charlie….. how do you even live with yourself with so much talent?!

    • Author

      Haha! Of course I still love you! ❤️😃 As long as you like my silly little doodlewashes! 😉 hehe… Ewoks were far harder to doodlewash than I expected. I struggled with this little guy, so I’m thrilled you like it!

      • Jodi 7 years ago

        Phew! What a relief. No signs of struggle I can see, but I can only image how difficult this was. You rocked it!

  7. lol I was never into Star Wars either but this is a super job right here, Charlie! I love all the detail you get into small pieces of art! Well done!

  8. Jacob 7 years ago

    Well, glancing at the comments above, at least I’m not the only one that has let Star Wars drift by. However, if I’d been told there were characters in it as cute and fun as this, my childhood might have been very, very different! Again… the fur you’ve achieved is utterly, utterly ridiculous. The Force, whatever it is, is clearly with you, Charles 😉

    • Author

      Thanks, Jacob! 😃Yeah, you totally missed out!! Ewoks are awesome!! Hehe… so much cuter than the storm troopers. I’m a sucker for furry things I can hug. 😊lol

      • Jacob 7 years ago

        Ha! There are worse weaknesses, and what’s more, it means my chances of a hug have just gone up 😉 (though I admit I’m not quite as furry as an Ewok).

  9. memadtwo 7 years ago

    Managing to be fierce and adorable at the same time. (K)

  10. Teri C 7 years ago

    Awesome sketch! You are making Star Wars come to life!

  11. Jen Chaudhry 7 years ago

    Love the Ewoks!!

  12. Sharon Mann 7 years ago

    I love the Ewoks. I’m a huge fan of Star Wars and I love the new movie. Thanks for the blast to the past, Charlie.

  13. Cathe 7 years ago

    I can always count on you for the Star Wars deep love! Its so cool that it had such an impact on you. I loved the first few movies and then lost interest, probably an age thing…and storyline but I’m back on track, big fan! Love your Ewok Charlie!

    • Author

      Hehe! Thanks Cathe! 💕😃 I only loved the first 3 movies. The prequel three were utter crap really. But the latest one made me happy and felt much more like the Star Wars I remembered. Though no ewoks, sadly. 😉

  14. weisserwatercolours 7 years ago

    I WANT ONE…..sooooo cute!

  15. Teresa Robeson 7 years ago

    I must say you have totally nailed the Ewok…both in physical look and also that expression that they often have on their faces (sort of a cross between a grin and a grimace…LOL!). Return of the Jedi was the one SW movie I never watched. I sat through 1o minutes of that SW Christmas special featuring singing…well, everyone who could talk. Creepiest thing ever…and I hadn’t had a yearning to watch RotJ since. 😀 But you’re right…I was probably in university by the time the movie came out and it didn’t hold the magic for me that ANH did. That said, I was a huge fan of Transformers. When that movie came out in 1986, I went to watch it with my sister. We asked for 2 adult tickets and the gal at the counter got up and looked around to make sure we weren’t sneaking in little kids because no other adult there was there willingly without taking kids. Hahaha!

    Anyway, all that to say, love your Ewok, Charlie, even if I don’t actually like Ewoks! LOL! <3 😉

    • Author

      Lol! Glad you liked my version of the thing you don’t really like! You crack me up! ❤️😃 Yeah…I think I was just at that magic age so catch all three movies. I never really watched Transformers though. But now you make me wish I had! Philippe and I both love kids movies. We don’t miss a single Pixar flick. 😊

      • Teresa Robeson 7 years ago

        Toy Story and A Bug’s Life are two of our favorite Pixar movies (well, all of the Toy Story movies). We don’t so much like kids movies as we like cartoons/animated shows and movies. 🙂 You are Philippe are just too adorable! <3

        • Author

          Hehe😊😊Yeah, we only like the animated ones. They’re usually the only way I can get Philippe to see a movie in the theater. Though we missed The Good Dinosaur. Will have to catch that one later.

          • Teresa Robeson 7 years ago

            We only watch things on Netflix anymore because I can’t stand theaters…no matter how many layers I wear, I still freeze to death. And then, 1/3 of the way into the movie, I always have to hit the bathroom. Oy vey. LOL!!

          • Author

            Haha…yeah…home movie watching has a million advantages. But I agree…toilet proximity and a pause button are definitely at the top of the list! 😉

          • Teresa Robeson 7 years ago

            I do miss the overpriced theater popcorn with the bad-for-you “butter” though! 😀

          • Author

            Lol…I think I’m getting old. I can’t digest the bad for you butter. One theater has real clarified butter so I always make Philippe go with me there! Hehe

  16. jmnowak 7 years ago

    Ah, yes, I remember these and thought they brought the gentle way to fighting the good fight. Your doodle makes him look very friendly indeed!

    • Author

      Thanks Janina!! 😃💕Yeah…these little critters sure put up a good fight. Hehe…Glad ya liked my doodlewash of one! 😃

      • jmnowak 7 years ago

        Of course, excellent work, as usual…goes without sayin’, although I will…say it, i.e. 🙂
        PS: I watch one of the plethora of U.S. programs on our new lifestyle channels, called House Hunters and House Hunters International, Sale of Two Cities and so on. They covered Kansas City recently, which was nice to see what the place looks like.It seems it is called the city of fountains as there are around 110 of them, and also has the most boulevards outside of Paris! No wonder Philippe likes the town! Maybe you could draw us a fountain or two or stretch of boulevard mit cafes?! That would be nice, but nothing too difficult for you, just impressions. 😀

        • Author

          Awww I did a month long tour of Kansas City back in September. (It’s under my project galleries link) I didn’t do a boulevard and was only brave enough to paint one fountain at the time. Hehe. I’m sure I’ll do more in the future once the weather gets nice again and I’m not indoors all the time. 😊 I wish I had time to paint and sketch more, but it’s getting tough lately so I can barely do the single one for the monthly theme. I used to be able to sneak in an extra one or two! Hehe

          • jmnowak 7 years ago

            Yes, I started visiting your blog during your Kansas City series of doodles, ‘tho I must admit I don’t recall seeing a fountain…I guess I missed that one! Time and starting off with a bang can often not be kept up, that’s for sure! I do enjoy your work and am hoping that, possibly one of the other thoughts you may have for 2016, is to find an art gallery willing to show your doodlewashes, for real! So that you can sell some to real people! Like that idea?! <3

          • Author

            Hehe…I’ve sold a few prints, but since they’re really just pages out of a sketchbook, I can’t really do framed originals. If I ever find any little bit of time I might try to grab for a full sheet of Arches paper and have a go, but I have had more than an hour a day to paint in weeks! Only my early France series was on single sheets of paper! But thanks for thinking they’d be of interest to a gallery! I hadn’t really considered it. 😊

          • jmnowak 7 years ago

            Yes, you could do a Toys series…and you have a scanner, haven’t you? Who said anything about originals only. Limited editions of five or ten. Take your sketchbooks to some galleries in KC, and just see what they say! Initiative, and just having a go, is all it takes, Charlie. 🙂

          • Author

            Thanks! These days I am having a terrible challenge just finding time to doodlewash. I think I’ll sort it out soon and take my sketchbooks on more adventures! 😉👍🏻

          • jmnowak 7 years ago

            Well, Charlie, it’s only an idea! I’m sure if you really were keen, you’d be more proactive, right?! 😀
            PS: I’m curius. What does a Packaging Specialist do?

          • Author

            I’m actually the Creative Director of a packaging design and visual merchandising studio. We design packaging and displays for retail brands.

          • jmnowak 7 years ago

            Oohh, I like that! Any ‘names’ you can mention?

          • Author

            Lol…I’m not very much of a name dropper. Lindt is a wonderful client, and who they have amazing chocolate so it’s a real treat!! 😉

  17. Lemon 7 years ago

    OMG, I love Wicket!! I wanted to live with the Ewoks when I was little. I was only 4 when Return of the Jedi came out, but remember growing up with the Ewok movies/tv shows. Fantastic painting. It’s been so fun seeing all of these nostalgic items as you paint them. Keep ’em coming, Charlie!

    • Author

      Thanks so much Nancy!! 💕😃Yay! You’re a Wicket fan too. He was so cute!! Hehe… And there little tree houses were awesome. Who wouldn’t want to live in those?! 😊

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