As a big fan of Star Wars, I'm also a big fan of the UK's Star Wars fan site: ‘Jedi News’. Mark Newbold from the site had the concept for a crack team of X-Wing pilots/Commandos - called 'Squadron Indigo'. I thought the idea was a cool one - so I agreed to illustrate what the group might look like and here's the result...
Mark wanted the picture to show 16 characters and described their general types which I then developed for this group shot. With so many characters it could easily have looked too crowded and confusing - so I set the group in a 'realistic' and relaxed situation by having them pose for an imagined photo.
I placed core characters at the front and depicted most of them without their helmets on so that we can see what they look like. The less important characters are placed in the background and are drawn in less detail. Most of these are new characters - with the exception of Janson who was seen in a Snow Speeder in the Empire Strikes Back (he's the one in orange).
As an added challenge - Mark's brief also required that I show the characters in a hangar - with an X-Wing and A-Wing fighter in the background showing the 'indigo' coloring of the squadron. As if that wasn't enough to cram into one picture - I decided to add in the rebel transport speeder - to add some variety to the image. This was never going to be a particularly 'dynamic' image - its purpose is to show a group of characters - not a battle or any other action - but it was a real challenge and I think the end result does what it needs to.
This is a low-res version – drawn in Photoshop using a Wacom pad. It's fan art intended solely to show my artistic ability. I’m not a professional and the image isn’t for sale or available for reproduction.
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