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Star Wars - X-Wing Squadron Indigo by Robert-Shane Star Wars - X-Wing Squadron Indigo by Robert-Shane
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.

Visit Jedi News here: [link]
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:iconlordmagnusen:
lordmagnusen Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Professional Writer
Yes. This. Awesome. Want. :)
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BaronNeutron Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
love it!!!
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FlyingWhales87 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, this is amazing.
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much Robert!
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axem-ranger-black Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
so cool! i love it
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much :)
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XxBeowulfxX Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Crack team consisting of pilots from across the galaxy, including multiple species... Not a single black person in the hangar.
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jedinews Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
Hi Beowulf, Mark from Jedi News here. Robert did this amazing artwork based on my character descriptions.
You make a VERY fair point, there are no black people in this group of pilots. That's not by design, in the same way that the group isn't intended to be as female heavy as it is. The stories these characters are from have devloped over 30+ years and this is just a snapshot of the squadron around 9 years after Yavin. Prior to this and afterwards there certainly are black crew members, and as this story progresses and team members are lost there will be black pilots coming into the team.
But I'm glad you picked up on that, just wanted to make it clear there's no 'design' of mine behind your observation, and it wans't something I agve a huge amount of thought to (not until you astutely picked it up).
Stay tuned, there will be plenty more to come from Squadron Indigo.
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These aren't my characters and I don't know about their history or why this particular group are assembled - although I do know that their membership changes - so the mix might be different at a different time.

As a professional yourself - you'll understand that you draw what your client wants... I'm not a professional - but I am just trying to demonstrate with this that I can do what's asked of me and to a high standard.
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CrystalSabre Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting. The lady to the left of Janson reminds me of a certain Leia- the one with the bob type hair cut. The blonde haired lady reminds me of Sarah from the Virtua Fighter game series. Oh, well. By the way, I totally dig the indigo colour- I never did like the orange colour of the original suits.
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks... the description I was given for the character I placed on Janson's left was to make her look like Kym Marsh (the former Hearsay singer and Corrie actress) - do you think I succeeded? I wasn't given a description of the blonde lady - except that she should be attractive and look like she'd walked off the set of Baywatch (apparently her character is from Luronsa IV)!
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CrystalSabre Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Uh... sorry, I don't watch the soaps and I don't even know what Hearsay look like! Heh... I don't keep much up to date with current music, see. I see what you mean about the blonde haired lady. Almost like Baywatch, but she still reminds me of Sarah from Virtua Fighter games. Just a little shorter?
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol - me neither - but I had to find out who she is in the name of research! :)
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AG88 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is sweet! Nicely done.
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much! :)
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FireballStardraco Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Fantastic stuff dude, you really did such an outstanding job here.
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great - thanks for saying so :thumbsup:
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JackDrask Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
i like :)
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good! :)
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lordhadrian Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Very cool detail :)
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Jon :)
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lordhadrian Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
You are most welcome. It really has a sense of family to it.
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"family" - you've hit the nail of the head there - that's the feeling I was going for! thanks again. :)
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lordhadrian Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
:)
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CarlitosMoff Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Detailed pics like this a fun to look in close detail :)

So, yeah, the "Entallian" kinda looked like a Tunroth ([link]), but it was a little bit off... of course I can see now that it was supposed to be a completely different species.

The Vontoonian is awesome. You really nailed 100% the "rubber mask alien" look of the original trilogy. It totally looks like an alien that could have been there in the Cantina on A New Hope. It looks like it could have been made by Rick Baker or Laine Liska.

Aaaand about that last guy, what can I say? Justin Beiber: Rebel Pilot just blows my mind.
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very kind of you - it's comments like this that make all the hours work seem worthwhile. And it's very helpful to get such informed feedback. I'm really pleased you thought my alien concept would fit in with the 'rubber mask' gang - that's exactly the look I was going for! :)
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CarlitosMoff Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Just keep 'em coming mate. Keep 'em coming.
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CarlitosMoff Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Woah, woah, woah! Now this is a treat!

At first I thought it might be the cover for a new Star Wars comic, it really is that good. It captures that same essence that the old X-Wing comics had.

Those Rebel pilots look pretty swanky in blue too! I just love everything about this piece. Insta-Fav!

I got a couple of questions though, just to saciate my cuiriosity.

Is the guy in the red outfit supposed to be a Tunroth? Tunroths rule.

And what about the other alien? I don't recognize his species. What is he?

Lastly... Am I the only one that thinks that the guy in the lower left kinda looks like a 30 year old Justin Beiber? *dodges rocks thrown at him*

Oh, and also... the Jedi News link seems to be broken. Or at least it doesn't let me click on it.
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great comment - thanks for looking so closely at the picture!

The alien in red was described as an 'Entallian male from Entall' - Mark had already developed the idea of the character looking a bit like a hammerhead shark and named him 'Bennal Suule aka Indigo Thirteen'.

Very well spotted with the other alien... you haven't seen his species before because I made him up for this picture! I was worried about trying to get him to look original - but still in keeping with the Star Wars look. He was described to me as 'Ask'o'tu Brix aka Indigo Twelve - a Vontoonian male from Vontoon'.

And I'm so pleased with how you described the guy in the lower left corner - because my brief for him was to draw an "impossibly young looking human male. Scruffy mop of hair, looks about 14 but isn't". For some reason - I straightaway wanted to draw him looking like a slightly older Justin Beiber! So thanks very much for recognizing that!

And I'll edit the link - it's a cool site so I'd recommend checking it out.

Thanks again! :thumbsup:
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