Star Wars: Light of the Force

Only a few days to The Force Awakens… I think it is time to look back to a Star Wars poster series I presented in the past months: the “Light of the Force” triptych. Here are the three posters as one piece, as I originally planned them:

You can download the poster in 1816*800 size here!

The triptych formed by the three pieces depict three classic spiritual or biological fathers and sons, three armed heroes: Obi-Wan, Vader and Luke. The three parts show consecutive stages of the day: sunset, night and dawn. The galaxy binds the pieces together.

Ben’s Sunset is an idealized depiction of the old Jedi master who contentedly faces his last adventure. Ben is the archetype of the old hero whose last task is to pass on the knowledge to a faithful pupil. Two characteristic places, the beginning and the end: the Jedi Temple on Coruscant and old Ben’s hut on Tatooine emerge from the orange background of the binary sunset. He has an old friend and mentor from the netherworld of the Force who helps his path: Qui-Gon.

Vader’s Night shows the tormented Vader, haunted by his burning memories and the true nature of the dark side. He raises his aggressively glowing red lightsaber but he cannot fight the ghosts and failures of his past (from bottom left to middle left): his dying mother, the massacre of the tusken camp, the beheading of Count Dooku, the murder of the younglings in the Temple, the slaughtering of the Separatists and, most prominently, the consequent death of his beloved Padme. Vader is the archetype of the fallen, angry, helplessly suffering hero.

Luke’s Dawn is the representation of a new era. After Ben and Vader, a new Jedi appears who unites the peaceful wisdom of the former and the momentum of the latter. Luke is the archetype of the young hero prepared for the fight he cannot (and will not) escape. He holds his saber in textbook-style, surrounded by the forests of Endor. His relentless faith in his father saves Vader and the feared flames that caused Vader’s injuries enshroud his body again – now, to set him free. The circle is complete: Anakin’s ghost looks down to us above Luke and a new dawn is coming in the galaxy far, far away.

The elements of the triptych represent the three episodes of the classic trilogy with strong references to the prequels. The title refers to John Williams’s beautiful music from the end of the Return of The Jedi. (You can listen to this music and watch a tribute video by James Quartz above – I found it when I wrote this post.)


An interesting addition: this picture was one of the concepts I submitted for consideration by Lucasfilm to appear at Celebration VII Anaheim in 2015. I applied for the Art Show Competition of Celebration VII Anaheim in Summer 2014. I passed the first selection round and was asked to submit concepts for consideration in the final round. Light of the Force was one of them; I designed this poster in Autumn 2014 (but I modified the posters before publishing them here).

Judging was a blind process in which 34 artists were selected from the cca. 70 who have been invited to the second round. Sadly, my concepts were among the rejected ones. (You can check the approved items here. The logo on the site might be confusing; these are the 2015 Anaheim entries.) I was very disappointed because this was a great chance to appear among the well-known official artists and being involved in a great show. But after the thorough examination of my design I understand why this work was rejected and learnt a lot from the experience.

One thought on “Star Wars: Light of the Force”

  1. Wow, it’s been a while. Every once and a while I check to see if you ever went forward with my suggestion and here it is. Years ago, when I was much younger, I had the idea of something of Anakin/Vader in the middle, surrounded by his influences and legacy and here it is, as good as it could be. Great job and thank you for returning to Star Wars.

    May the Force Be With You,
    Jedi Master Murphy

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