I started a poster series about the locations of the Star Wars movies a few years ago. Many of them are already finished; some are still missing. This is a series where the main characters of the posters are often supporting characters in the movie – however, they are important for the subject of the picture. (Click on the images to see them in larger size.)
In this post, I look back to the five posters about Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones. I present them in the order they appear in the story.
Our first (and also last) location is Coruscant. The planet has a great contrast compared to its appearance in The Phantom Menace. The location is visually dense: we see everything from landing platforms to clubs and military assembly sites. This diversity appears on the picture: marching clones, the Senate, the Jedi Archives and Coruscant nightlife are represented. I colored the marching to white because I wanted it to fit the Senate building, to create contrast with the upper dark and wildly colored areas (and the dark planet itself), and to keep orange and red colors for later.
I decided to use two characters: Zam Wessel, the assassin, and Dexter Jettster, the strange friend of Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi. I feel they convey the diversity of the place very well.
Although this piece was created in 2007 I still like the play between the white areas and the colored parts.
The second piece is Naboo. It is simpler than the others; we practically have a pastoral scene with blue sky and stars. The peaceful mood is disturbed by Padmé’s suspicious face in the middle and broken by the dark shadows of the planet, suggesting that something is (or will be) wrong. But what? We only see a wedding scene, what could go wrong…?
The story continues on Kamino, the planet that can be described with one color: gray. I used other colors very rarely in this piece: the yellow column lights, the blue lightsaber and the purple-blue lightning/storm effect at the top.
At the bottom, I used an edited perspective: the building in the bottom right corner was not there on the original source image, and I practically duplicated Tipoca city to generate a perspective.
You can spot the flying Jango in the middle. His shape leads to the big Jango image and directly to the clones as well. Taun We’s head is surrounded by the fluid white light so typical inside the city.
I like the composition and colors of this poster; however, now I would use more intense lightning bolts.
Arrival at Tatooine… Peace is over, night has fallen. Cliegg Lars looks worried (next to him you can spot the graves in the desert), Anakin helds his lightsaber angrily and we see him killing the Sand People in the dark. Where we saw the wedding scene in the Naboo piece, we see Anakin’s final farewell to his dying mother.
I really like the dark tones and disturbing, dynamic mood of this poster.
The last in the series was actually the first I created, not only for Episode II but for the complete “Locations…” series. This was the first time I created a collage of the Jedi and the droids in the arena with Geonosians (there is no such picture in the film or in any official material). Geonosians watch the show, the planned massacre of several Jedi Knights. As we rise our sight, larger and more abstract events start to unfold: we see Poggle, Dooku and the Grand Army of the Republic. And, above all of them, the kiss of Anakin and Padmé with a superimposed image of the Death Star plan, emerging from Poggle’s fingers. (Actually, he represents the designers.)
This piece, the kiss and the Death Star is the main focal point of the poster. Everything leads to here: first, the globe of Geonosis makes a rhythm with the Death Star sphere. Second, the triangle shapes under and above Poggle rhythm with the similar shape around Anakin and Padmé. Finally, there is a way through Poggle’s fingers, as mentioned earlier.
The reason of this focal point is that both the couple and the weapon represent the doom of the Republic. The Death Star is a monumental issue, even in its plan form. The kiss is a small, intimate scene – still, it will have monumental consequences not only to their lives but also to the fate of the galaxy.