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Comics 101 for 05/19/2005
Star Wars: Empire #31 Cover - Layouts, Finished Pencil Art and Final Colors

Star Wars: Empire #31 Cover Here's a look at my process of creating the cover art for Dark Horse Comics Star Wars: Empire #31 (written by Scott Allie) from my layouts and pencil art to Brad Anderson's final colors.

First, after reading Scott's script, I develop my thumbnail sketches, then I build up towards larger rough sketches. After my editor approves which concept sketch he wants to see for the cover I finish the full size pencil art. The penciled cover is sent to Brad who then works his magic painting over my pencils with digital color. Have a look below.

Layouts
Empire 31 Cover Rough Sketch

Empire 31 Cover Rough Sketch 2

Final Pencils
Empire 31 Cover Pencils

Color in Progress
Empire 31 Color in Progress

Final Cover
Empire 31 Cover Final

This issue is in comic book stores *right now* so if you like what you've seen here, please pick up one today or purchase an autographed copy from my Stuff to Buy page soon!

I'll be adding some of the pencil artwork from this issue to my website in the near future but in the meantime you can view more of my Star Wars comic book art in my Star Wars Comic Books gallery.

I hope you enjoyed this look behind the scenes of creating art for this comic book and see you next week for another Comics 101 feature!

-Joe

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