The sketch that started it all
The character of Ashra Malena has been with me a long time. I wrote a manuscript way back in 1976, hot on the heels of the all new “Star Wars” movie.
The desert scene in the movie fired me with inspiration and along with that, I had just completed Frank Herbert’s “Dune” trilogy.
Technical aspects: I have always had a picture in the back of my head of a heroic woman dressed in some kind of protective desert gear. In 1981 I did this sketch on a large piece of tissue paper in pencil. I finally used it as a basis for my “Desert Rescue”.