Star Wars Dawn of the Jedi — Into the Void: Behind Torstein Nordstrand’s Cover Art

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First Sketches
First Sketches
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Random House art director Scott Biel: “When Into the Void came up, I knew Torstein Nordstrand would be perfect. The project would allow him free reign to design the character of Lanoree Brock and show some great action within the piece, two of his strong suits. When Torstein sent over the first set of sketches, I knew he got what I was looking for in a cover. He understood that the protagonist is supposed to be a strong female warrior and an expression of this unexplored time within the Star Wars Expanded Universe.”
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Second Sketches
Second Sketches
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“Even though we liked the sketch I wanted him to explore the figure some more so that we could make sure that we had the right pose. I still liked the mid-action pose he had on the original and the kinetic energy it had. However, we thought it needed something else in the background and I remembered the floating pyramids from the Dawn of the Jedi series and thought it would give the cover a more epic feel if we had a few of them floating in the background.”
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Second Sketch Revised
Second Sketch Revised
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“When I got this in I was really excited, but I needed him to tweak a few things. Lanoree’s right arm was in a weird position so I needed him to rotate it. I knew we had most of the parts, but I wasn't crazy about the coloring, so I explored some variations on my own.”
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Final Cover Art
Final Cover Art
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“I sent over the revised art, which included more yellow, orange, red color tones to Lucasfilm. Overall they liked it, but they wanted me to go back to the more natural space tones. I played around and I stumbled upon something that not only worked, but improved on what we had: I kept the blue tones on the top but added the orange and yellow tones to the bottom, making the art more vibrant.”

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