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Pilot Leia by AdamHughes Pilot Leia by AdamHughes
This is a trading card I did for Topps' STAR WARS Galaxies 5 card set, released today.

Before anyone gets confused, this is from the very first Star Wars novel, SPLINTER OF THE MIND'S EYE (1978), by Alan Dean Foster. It starts off with Luke and Leia flying to a diplomatic mission on one planet only to be forced into a crash-landing on another. Luke was in his X-Wing, and Leia was piloting a 2-seater Y-Wing with Threepio. I'm assuming Leia wasn't doing this in her white robes....

I guess I always liked the idea of Leia in the rebel pilot flight gear.

10" X 14", pencil & ink on 3-ply Strathmore Series 500 illustration board, then colored in Adobe Photoshop CS2.
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DarkAuraBlaster Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016
RIP Carrie Fisher.
BrigadierDarman Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
:thumbsup: This is pretty cool.
oldmanwinters Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
First ever imaging of Leia as a pilot?

Now it's official in Dark Horse's new Star Wars ongoing series!
justjukka Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Do you have any prints of this, or is it a Topps exclusive?  If so, do they have any prints (roughly poster size) of this picture?  I'm in a mad search for non-Slave-Leia prints.
axem-ranger-black Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
awsome love Splinter of the Mind's Eye
redsta79 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great art
Sev808 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
oldmanwinters Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
This is a really great idea and it was beautifully executed. It would have been pretty awesome to see Leia work as a fighter pilot during the Death Star run.
hmsnike Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry, princess. But you're not getting that helmet on over those buns.
GaryEA Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it! Totally fits "Mind's Eye"!
NforGiants Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Wow this is awesome Leia does pilot ships in the EU too :)
Bergholtz Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm just happy to see her in something other than the slave bikini. Great work as always.
DPRagan Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Did the R2 unit that Leia is using get named? :)
fantabulous55 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Superb! I love it! she was more hands on than the movies showed, I'm sure. Brilliant work!
Yelly-man Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
Hey, I saw this picture about three months ago and I wondered by who it is :D Well, finally I know it... Great!
GalacticGuardians Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
blackjamie Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
just one question, how does she get her helmet on over that hairdo?
Zoe-the-Pink-Ranger Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
For safety reasons, she'd have to be in pilot gear ;)
Still, this is a fantastic image :clap:
tomazcdn Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
I wonder buy one HQ of yours.... if it come to brasil
arenafighter Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
rrojuan Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
uschi-sushi Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
This is now my favorite depiction of Leia!!
AzureAngel2ihrs Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
This is a wonderful idea! Very well met!
EgorXab Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant! How did you do that?
Tallant Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
Really amazing!
dipnip Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
love your style man! keep it coming with the star wars :)
SamusDrake Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
Leia and her Y-Wing! Such a cool thought...

Nice work.
madamemouse Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
Love this! May ask it to marry me!
Leppardra Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
Yes, this is a great idea. She'd be an ace Rebel pilot; she and Luke would have been something to be reckoned with. :)
Kerushi100 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
Hell yeah. This is awesome!
Ranma-Trekkie Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
That novel is incredible. I love it, and treasure my copy. My eyes popped out of my head when I first read that part: Leia flying a Y-Wing. Glad somebody got to do a trading card of that! Maybe I should go looking for that... lol Didn't know there were cards out of that novel. Rare to see art for the old books like that. Love the crossdraw holster, BTW. Excellent touch!
KimaraMew Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Hobbyist
Wow this looks great! :D
han44droma Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
i' ve read the german version of the comic adaption; they encounter darth vader and we see leia during the battle at the end with his former lightsaber trying to hold him off while luke, who is stuck beneath a rock, gets help from one of the two yuzzum they encountered earlier in a prison but it is the last thing the yuzzum does; he dies after luke is free to catch his lightsaber
LucasParolin Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
That totaly awesome!

Just one thing... the helmet wouldn't fit when she is with that hair. Maybe put on the same hair that she used at the Return of the Jedi just after she meets wicket (she lost her hat).

But the artwork is really outstanding!!!! I love this style! All your gallery is fabulous!

AtariPunk633 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
and THATS why she has her hair like that ... because of the helmet!
FollowingStars Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay! She looks way better than Luke does in the orange jumpsuit :D
DarthJudicare Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:wow: I love it, It's very awesome.
seriosgraphite Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010
Love this picture. not a big fan of that book, but love the art.
fightingevil Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
Love it!
infotangent Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
Cool re-interpretation! Leia always did kick ass!
Carudo Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, cool :D
luke555 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
My favorite pulp fiction. I liked the comics too. I would like to see more Splinter art on net.
Bluoltremare Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Yessss, you win :D
Jesse-the-art-maker Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
uh. i hate to be a real nerd here... but uh this never really happend did it? i have to watch the original trilogy right away!
AdamHughes Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
If you read the description of the illustration it explains where it's from.
Jesse-the-art-maker Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Oh yeah your right. My mistake. Your analogie makes perfect since. The background is life like in an artistic way, the shadow is subtle on the bottomn half, but very dramatic on the top half. But aside from that you melded the two together in perfect harmony. Im not sure how many cards you did, or even if you did all of them, but this one is amazing, and if this is the only one you did, im sure it outshined all the other ones in the deck. if it wasnt for a card thingy, I bet you could hang this up in a gallery somewhere and make millions! I dont mean to project my ambitions onto your own, im just trying to say in a clever and long winded way thats its an amazing piece a of art. the colors, the shadows. it really plays to your art style and i can only hope to have one of my own very soon. my gallery is in a mess, and my own artwork is in its infancy, but something tells me im about to achieve a greater level of artistic abilitys. just keep doing what your doing, becouse all of your art work looks great. you set the bar man. thank you.
blackburn555 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
fantastic stuff
bluemoon32 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
no offensive but it looks like u got the cartoon pic and stuck a pick of leia face on it. nice
Geoshwabel Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010
Sweet! I remember reading Splinter of the Mind's Eye when it came out. Great job as always!
Nokadota Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
I think I like the concept of Princess Leia in rebel pilot gear as well. Nice job man!
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