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Mara Jade by AdamHughes Mara Jade by AdamHughes
This is a Star Wars card I did for an upcoming TOPPS Star Wars Galaxies series. They usually don't like us to post these beforehand BUT they are using this piece in advertising, so I figure it's OK. The set will be out in a few months.

This is actually based on a convention sketch I did of Mrs. Luke Skywalker, Mara Jade, at Star Wars Celebrations Europe. I liked the idea, but I felt the sketch was kinda.... not my best work (the conditions at that show were FAR from comfortable). So, when the next GALAXIES series came around, I was allowed to do this as a finished piece of art.

Done in my usual technique: pencil, India ink, Strathmore Series 500 3 ply illustration board, and then colored in Adobe Photoshop CS2.

***UPDATE***

I just fixed her eye color; an alert fan :iconmothramonk: let me know I got her eye color wrong.
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:iconcrimsonthunder1995:
crimsonthunder1995 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
Really great!
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DeanMarshall Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
Wow!! Amazing, my friend, absolutely amazing 
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LaraCaroline Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hello Adam! All your illustrations are wonderful!
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LCBTR001 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
Fantastic!! i think the hips need to be a little wider. Still phenomenal piece
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Dorshiffe Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'd say that the hips are too tight and the boobs too big. Otherwise I like it.
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:iconvarcel:
Varcel Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
I really admire the glossy effect on her body suit.
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:iconoo-monkey-oo:
oO-Monkey-Oo Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist
What a fantastic piece!
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:iconseany1988:
seany1988 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks like Florence Walsh from Florence and the Machine a bit.
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:iconpassin:
Passin Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Very good work
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:iconjohnnyfive81:
JohnnyFive81 Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Definitely one of the best Expanded Universe characters ever.
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CS-Blaze Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
My all time favorite artwork of this character.
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NforGiants Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
There's going to be a new Mara Jade figurine coming out in 2013 :]
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freakinweirdo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
Still one of my all time favorite pictures from you! I'm wondering, is it available in a larger resolution? It's a shame that it's so small! But that it's even posted is a gift. :P
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DavidGolding Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
brilliant sir as always:) I do love your Star Wars stuff so much...keep up the great work.
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mariofernandes Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
Love how the the simetry works and the intensity created is incredible!
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Hordaks-Pupil Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
An awesome pic I love it keep up the excellent work. I actually met the model who portrays her in the card game. Happy Holidays :)
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Ogoki Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
Dude, I know you know what youre doing but what is going on with the stormtrooper shoulders in the foreground? They look like the were added by a ten year old with a sharpie.

Mara looks amazing.
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:iconadamhughes:
AdamHughes Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
I tried rendering them up but they actually distracted from the main character. Since this was for an 2.5" X 3.5" trading card, and the deadline was looming, I just opted for graphic & simple.
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:iconogoki:
Ogoki Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
I hear ya.

I think they still distract from the main character, might have been better off just dropping them entirely and keep the awesome looking troopers in the background. But hey, deadlines are deadlines.
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:iconerex94:
EREX94 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
So amazing!
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:iconmad-maven:
Mad-Maven Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
ive been admiring this for ages............
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:iconorpheo86:
orpheo86 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome!!!!! Fantastic!!:worship:
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:iconcyberaix:
cyberaix Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Professional Artist
This is why i love Star Wars!
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RyanMcMurry Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
You say India Ink... what do you use to apply it?
Various tools? Brush? Nibs?
Great art as usual!
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Professional Artist
My christ that's mof**king beautiful mate. Gorgeous sha-wing to the hips. Properly lovely.

Hope you guys are both well!

Liam
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penisboobies Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
This is insanely beautiful work. It is a privilege just to be able to view it here. Thank you for making the world a cooler place just by being in it. I love your work.
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hinchen Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
amazing as always. YOur work stunns me.
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SRJsamtheman Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Student General Artist
Hey Adam,
have an art project at school and i do know how i present my work. i have to tell the story of my character all in one canvas. can you help me out?

please reply

SRJ
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:iconella-artiss:
ella-artiss Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
WOW!!!!
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:iconfamaulu:
famaulu Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
Great work!
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:iconfranctheblond:
franctheblond Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Student Artist
very nice!
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Payo-X Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011   General Artist
Looks great from where I'm sittin.
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hclark Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I always thought Jedi has the rubber latex fetish... this is so shiny!
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JediChickFallon Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
OMG I LOVE THIS SO MUCH.
BEST. PICTURE. EVER.
I love Mara Jade. She's my favorite character! And you did her AMAZINGLY! :D
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RL2VAS Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
Adam, this just rocks. You never stop making me go AH!


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:iconiza-t:
iza-t Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
Perfect depiction of a perfect character. The anatomy and the composition are stunning.
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:iconjormundre:
Jormundre Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
This is the best Mara Jade of all time!
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oblivionpark Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
ah thanks adam!
I think it looked bad ... already added to my favorites
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:iconthelovelylynn:
TheLovelyLynn Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
This is awesome. I saw this originally on Mara's Wookieepedia. It's very well done.
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:icondynoswagged:
DynoSwagged Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
The Emperor's Hand looking hot as ever.
Wonder how many people she killed before breakfast was over that day?
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rapidator Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
If I could draw like this I would consider myself a lucky man!
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:iconnailsin:
nailsin Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Leia who?
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:iconjormundre:
Jormundre Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
Wholly shnikes... that is amazing.
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DeathScepter Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
beautiful
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Kredepops Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010
Fantastic Adam, just freaking fantastic. I continue to be amazed by how you handle dark black lines vs. softer coloured lines. Amazing.
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