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Comics 101 for 06/21/2007
Star Wars: Celebration Europe 30th Anniversary Limited Edition Print - Photo Reference, Finished Pencil Art, In Progress and Final Color Art and San Diego Comic Con 2007

This July 13th from July 15th I'll be attending Star Wars Celebration Europe at the Excel London in London, England. You can find me participating in the Art Show there sketching, signing and selling my Star Wars and comic book artwork for everyone along with other Star Wars artists like Chris Trevas and Dave Dorman. Through permission of Lucasfilm I created brand new limited edition artwork commemorating the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars which I will be offering for sale exclusively at this event.

Here's a look at the process of creating my new Star Wars artwork from my photo reference, pencil art, color art in progress, to the final color print design.

Star Wars: Celebration 30th Anniversary Limited Edition Print

Just about a year ago, way back in June of 2006 in fact, at the premiere of Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination at COSI in Columbus, Ohio I began planning my design for my upcoming Celebration IV artwork. At the exhibit I was shooting original photo reference of many of the 501st and Rebel Legion members who were appearing in costume for the festivities there to use for my new print. From the hundreds of photos I took that weekend I narrowed down my selections to my favorite poses that worked best for my composition.

Seen here are models Bryan Stoyle and Lisa Scharf as Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia -

Photo Reference
Bryan Stoyle as Luke Skywalker

Lisa Scharf as Princess Leia Organa

Also lending a helping hand for my project is Robert Bean as Darth Vader who has contributed as model reference for some of my previous published Star Wars projects -

Robert Bean as Darth Vader

Once all of my necessary reference was in place I finalized my compositional design in Photoshop and began the drawing process -

Final Pencils
Star Wars: Celebration IV 30th Anniversary Limited Edition Print Pencils

In the following detail images you can view the rendering progression in the color stage -

Color In Progress
Star Wars: Celebration IV 30th Anniversary Limited Edition Color In Progess

Star Wars: Celebration IV 30th Anniversary Limited Edition Color In Progess

Star Wars: Celebration IV 30th Anniversary Limited Edition Color In Progess

After all of the details and effects are in place the final color art is complete. I tried a variety of different print designs with text placement and border color, about eight or nine in fact. Here are four of my different approaches on the layout before I settled on the final design with the black border as seen below -

Print Design In Progress
Star Wars: Celebration IV 30th Anniversary Limited Edition Print Design In Progess 1

Star Wars: Celebration IV 30th Anniversary Limited Edition Print Design In Progess 2

Star Wars: Celebration IV 30th Anniversary Limited Edition Print Design In Progess 3

Star Wars: Celebration IV 30th Anniversary Limited Edition Print Design In Progess 4

Final Color Print Design
Star Wars: Celebration Europe 30th Anniversary Limited Edition Print Final

Finally, a really big thanks to my friend and frequent collaborator Brian Miller of Hi*Fi Colour Design for his expertise in helping me create this very special artwork.

For those of you attending Star Wars Celebration Europe this print will be limited to 250 hand signed and numbered editions, 18" x 24" (or 46 x 61 cms) in size and will sell for 35 each. It will only be available for sale at the event directly from my table in the Art Show (located in the Main Exhibit Hall).

I am currently taking a list of reserve requests for prints prior to the show if you email me directly at joe@joecorroney.com or through my Myspace page and type CELEBRATION EUROPE PRINT in the subject line. I will be taking reserve requests up until midnight on July 10th and I will be accepting payment at the show. The artwork *will* be available for sale to all fans and everyone that attends the event and there will be *no limit* to how many copies you can purchase in person until it is sold out.

This reserve list is only meant for serious and interested fans and collectors (or their chosen representative) intent on purchasing the print from me on site at the show. The print will be held for you until pick up by the end of show time on Sunday, July 15th though I recommend pick up on Friday July 13th if you would especially like a lower number edition. Due to Lucasfilm contract rules and regulations I cannot sell this limited edition print artwork before Celebration Europe on July 13th or after the event on July 15th.

For all of the European Star Wars fans who missed out on this artwork at Celebration IV in May this is your chance to own a rare and highly collectible art piece of Star Wars history.

At Celebration Europe I will also be signing, sketching for fans and selling my original art from Star Wars Empire, Star Wars Insider, The Star Wars Role-Playing Game, Hasbro, unpublished Star Wars art, sketchbooks, sketch cards, and other comic book artwork.

The Celebration Europe Art Show Hours (Hall S5/S6) -

Friday July 13th 10 am 6 pm
Saturday July 14th 10 am 5 pm
Sunday July 15th 10 am 5 pm
9 - 10 am each day for members of the Official Star Wars Fan Club only

I hope everyone enjoys the artwork. This will be my first ever European convention appearance so I'm really looking forward to the show. Thanks for the support and I hope to see you in London this July for the 30th Anniversary celebration of Star Wars!

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This July 25th from the 29th I'll be appearing at Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA. I'll be sketching for fans in Artist Alley at table BB-08 and selling my Star Wars and comic book artwork there. Appearing with me will be Star Wars and sketch card artist, as well as the creator of World Famous Comics.com, Justin Chung at table BB-07. If you're in the area stop by our tables and see us, say hi and check out what artwork we have with us for the show.

You can also find me signing at the IDW Publishing booth on Friday July 27th from 3 - 4pm so bring your Star Trek, Spike Vs. Dracula, Angel, 24: Nightfall and Fallen Angel comic books if you'd like to have them autographed.

Visit the Comic-Con International website to purchase tickets for the event and for more info.

I'm really looking forward to the show and hope to see some of you in San Diego for Comic-Con soon!

I'll see you next time for another Comics 101 feature.

-Joe

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