Star Wars Books: Character Art

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 painting is 40 years old... Star Wars art by Ralph McQuarrie #starwars
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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.

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Here’s Mr. Bones, the adapted B1 battle droid belonging to Temmin Wexley in the Aftermath series. He’s quite sadistic, lol.

Mister Bones, also simply referred to as Bones, was a heavily modified B1 battle droid with a murderous personality. He was constructed by Temmin Wexley and built from components the boy scavenged from the catacombs beneath Myrra, the capital city of Akiva. Bones served as Temmin's personal bodyguard in addition to being considered his friend and loyal companion. He had a sadistic personality and would sing or hum while attacking and maiming his victims. After Temmin reunited with his...

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.

Ciena Ree and Thane Kyrell

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.

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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.

Barriss Offee

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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7 thoughts on “Star Wars Books: Character Art

  1. Book Cover Art is one of my loves as well – you should make a board on Pinterest as well 😀 Are you still using Pinterest? Also I like seeing the stuff you post because I have never heard of half of these characters 🙂

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    1. Yes, I use Pinterest, but I don’t create anything myself. I just pin others’ pins to my boards. You’re right, I should make a board for cover art, I think I will tonight, lol. Yes, there are so many memorable characters from the books, I’ll keep sharing them here.

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      1. Great because that way if anything interests me I know exactly where to go for the book 🙂 Also yeah I do a lot of pinning but I also do a lot of creating on my Pinterest account. The beauty of it is that it’s visual. The more visual your content, the more people you’ll attract. I have a whole board just for book cover art 🙂

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      2. If you are not savvy enough to use adobe software (don’t worry it is almost like that for anyone that isn’t already a graphic designer or artist) then you should check out something like Canva which I have also used. There are many ways to create things without having to use expert knowledge or have any artistic skill. I usually chop and change between Photoshop, Canva, Crello and Adobe Spark because I like to mix things up and I like to save time. Sometimes making something in Photoshop can take a while without planning. If you take the same thing to Canva or Crello, everything is made easy to use including image samples, fonts you name it it’s there. There are free plans for both Canva and Crello as far as I am aware. I would start with Canva because I think its more popular than any others I’ve used. You should check it out, I think you’ll love it and you can create images for your blog too 😀

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      3. I’ve heard of Canva, I’ll check it out. Thanks for the info! It sounds really fun to make my own images and pins, etc, I just didn’t know where to start. Thank you for being my tech advisor, lol.

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