I love finding art of Star Wars characters from the books, characters we may not see anywhere else. I usually have a visual in my mind of what a character may look like, but it doesn’t mean I’m not open to other fans’ (or official) interpretations. Also, seeing characters we do know in specific scenes from books are cool to find, too.
This is an old one, a Ralph McQuarrie painting illustrating the cover of Splinter of the Mind’s Eye (1978), by Alan Dean Foster. I read this one ages ago; it takes place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, though it’s no longer canon. I don’t remember what exactly it’s about, except that it’s a Luke and Leia adventure, and they do share a kiss (oops).
This is an early version of the cover of Heir to the Jedi, a Luke adventure that takes place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. I prefer the one they went with, but this one’s good, too.
Here’s Mr. Bones, the adapted B1 battle droid belonging to Temmin Wexley in the Aftermath series. He’s quite sadistic, lol.
Rae Sloane makes an appearance in several books, including A New Dawn and the Aftermath series. She’s Imperial to the core, with a strong vision of what the Empire should be. She’s not cruel for cruelty’s sake, but also isn’t afraid to use others for her own ambition.
This is the first official look at Ciena Ree, the Imperial pilot from Lost Stars. She’s idealistic and loyal, and tends to look at the Empire through rose-colored glasses.
This is Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell, from Lost Stars, friends who grew up together, fell in love, and ended up on opposite sides of the war. A great star-crossed lovers story.
I like this one of Leia from Razor’s Edge, a Legends book that takes place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. It’s basically Leia and Han dealing with pirates, but I like how we see the beginnings of their attraction to each other in this one.
Here’s Barriss Offee in The Approaching Storm, a Legends book that has Luminara Unduli and her Padawan, Barriss, on a mission with Obi-Wan and Anakin on Ansion. Here she’s displaying her talent for lightsaber dancing for the natives.
I’m always keeping my eye out for book art, and I’ll share them here if I find more. (I’ve already shared quite a few images from the High Republic here, and will continue to do that as well).
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