Mara Jade!

Mara Jade is one of my favorite characters from the Star Wars universe.  The moment I read Heir to the Empire, I was hooked.  It’s only fitting that I do her justice with some awesome fan art.  And I see no better piece to for a semi-walk through.

From pencils to  inks to colors:
This is just a super rough walk through to give you an idea of how I work.  The Pencils are rough, as I figure out the pose and proportions.  I also rough in highlights, to give myself and idea of the light source.

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I using the inking stage to take that even further, and add depth and shading.

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I color in photoshop.  I first make the ink a new layer, in which I delete all the negative space.  The magic eraser is your best friend here.  I throw in some rough colors on a new layer under the inks.  Then I refine.  I also go back to the ink layer and change my lines to soften the image.  It’s a lot of just playing around and seeing what looks best.  The final step is adding the water mark.

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