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Jeffrey Brown is not only coming to Celebration Chicago as a very special guest but he is also bringing his Star Wars tales into the sequel era as he talks with StarWarscom about Rey and Pals.

StarWars.com: Fans were first introduced to your imaginative style with the Darth Vader and Son series. When you’re taking characters fans already know and love and restyling them as children, what do you define as the essential details and pieces to make sure that, for example, Rey still looks and feels like Rey? How do you capture the personality and costume details so the kid version is immediately recognizable?

Jeffrey Brown: The first step is to simplify, and boil the look of the character down to a few elements. Some of the costumes have a lot of detail, but if I draw too much detail in a costume, it doesn’t gel with the cartoony look of the characters’ faces — especially when I’m drawing Rey as a little kid. The other thing to focus on is body language and expressions. Rey is someone who dives right in, and can be very decisive and isn’t afraid to try and fail. So when I’m drawing her I’m imagining when kids are like that, trying to capture that feeling with how she stands or walks or gets into mischief. It also comes with time. I have to live with the characters quite a bit, watching the movies over and over while drawing and sketching them, so by the time I’m creating the final artwork, they’ve developed their own look and feel.

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Darth Vader & Son / Vader's Little Princess Deluxe Box Set (includes two art prints) (Star Wars)
  • Chronicle Books
  • Jeffrey Brown
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books
  • Edition no. 0 (09/08/2015)
  • Hardcover: 64 pages