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What it takes to be a top Star Wars illustrator

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"The Force is like your artistic talent, it needs to be trained and challenged," says this month's cover artist, Andrew Theophilopoulos – and we couldn't agree more!

Choose your side with two exclusive covers created by Andrew. Are you on the side of the mysterious Kylo Ren, or Rey the desert scavenger?

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Our brand new heroine, Rey storms one cover, while the Dark Side's Kylo Ren claims the other: get both and you will see the full, expanded cover art as it's meant to be: light vs dark!

On top of this, you can learn how Andrew created the stunning expanded cover art for issue 129 and give it a go yourself by following his workshop.

We also had the honor of chatting to Star Wars artist, Dave Seeley about his influences and the ups and downs of becoming a successful artist.

Want to know more? Here's a preview of the new issue:

Get your copy of ImagineFX 129 today! (opens in new tab)

Also included in issue 129...

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Become a professional artist in 10,000 hours: we find out what it takes to go pro and level up your art if you're coming in from a different field.

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We have a Star Wars special Q&A covering everything from regal sci-fi clothing and film baddies, to environment concept designs and 3D battle scenes.

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We delve into the art of Aaron McBride, and find out how he grew up from a sci-fi loving child to becoming a Star Wars concept artist.

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If that isn't enough Star Wars love for you, learn how to paint an epic Drew Struzan style Star Wars line-up in pencil and oils with Tsuyoshi Nagano's traditional workshop.

As well as this you could WIN a BB-8 Droid and as per usual, we have plenty more digital art news, reviews and workshops with over 4 hours of pro video tuition and 256 free custom brushes! Get your copy today (opens in new tab).

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