Adam, I'm still way happy with all the character designs you did on this stuff. She does have a bit more of an impish look in the sketch, but I think that came out in a few of the other drawings of her that you did.
I think that she has an instantly recognizable look that sits well with all the iconic characters from the films, without being an amalgamation of characters, either. You know, you should consider this drawing pictures thing professionally, man!
Are you going to post up the earliest sketches of the characters? I think I still have all the sketches on disc somewhere, I can email them to you if you want to look them over. I still have a softspot for the teenage wookie. I should see if I can find my original notes to you on the characters as well.
I think the lost charm is in the ruffle of her hair, and the neatness and closeness of the rest of the image. The more rendered one loses the ruffle and she tends to look a little sloppier and a little less rigidly precise and prim.
I couldn't believe that Lucasfilm let me keep the crispy bits on the wounds. "yay" for realism! When I was a kid STAR WARS, had balls. Real people got shot, lightsabers cut off limbs, violence had repercussions. Am I alone in thinking that it's slighly negligent to make war and violence so palatable to kids, just to sell extra tickets, DVDs, or toys?
I fully agree, I'm a for gritty war flicks. "We Were Soldiers" anyone? I wish I'd have known better before I actually ended up going to war with all these visions of glory lol... Only to find out that there are no heroes in real combat. The only people ever recognized on any battlefield are those that lose themselves on that field, most never fully return, even after the war is long over.
that charm you're talking about thats missing in the final, that's something I've noticed with a lot of artists and their art, it's something if we could harness it would make things so much more interesting. I think that generally you do a great job of keeping that freshness and energy through your images and thats what makes you so successful among other things. this is a nice image you uploaded, thank you for posting it.
Beautiful work, Mr. Hughes. I do agree that the final character art loses a little (very little) something from the pencils. (Disregard from here on if you wanna. Far be it from me to criticize you of all people) I think that part of it is that it's very flat. the pencils have some measure of dimensionality that is lost a little in the colors and in the dead line around the figure. If that makes any sense.
That said, te character art itself is still more beautiful than anything I've managed to scrape together. And the final cover is of course mindblowing.