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The Force Awakens: Crush The Resistance!

I made a revised version for an earlier The Force Awakens poster. That old one was entitled “I will fulfill our destiny” but after watching the movie I felt that a bit inappropriate because that sentence sounded like part of a pray and not like a powerful statement.

Therefore, I re-did the poster and the result is: Crush the Resistance!

This was one of my submissions for Celebration Europe 2016 Art Show but the piece was rejected. Nevertheless, it appeared on the back cover of the 75th issue of Teekay-421, the official magazine of the Belgian Star Wars Fan Club, out this Monday.

I hope you like the poster in this form because surely, this was not its only appearance. ;)

40 Years of Movie Magic

My fellow readers from New York (and surroundings): visual gurus of ILM will held a presentation about the past, present and future of Industrial Light & Magic on 10th March in Kaufmann Concert Hall (Lexington Avenue at 92nd St, New York).

Speakers:

  • James Clyne – Senior Art Director, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Jason Smith – Visual Effects Supervisor, nominated for a 2016 Oscar for The Revenant
  • Michael Koperwas – Computer Graphics Supervisor, ILMxLAB

If you are interested in it (I certainly do but cannot be there, unfortunately) you can learn more about this event here.

Game of Thrones: Series 5 Teaser Poster

Winter in coming… as the trailer for Season 6. I think it is a good occasion to look back to the first episode of Series 5 entitled The Wars To Come. I found it so inspiring that I created two teaser posters for the series. This is the first one:

Part of a photo by Matthew O’Sullivan was used in this collage by permission.

The second one will be posted later, maybe when the Series 6 trailer is out. :)

EDIT: The second poster is online now – however, a bit later than I planned originally. Here are they together:

Perselus… please!

On this very sad occasion, I present you a Harry Potter poster entitled “Always”; a picture about love, care, loss, pain, despair and fate.

I made this picture last year but now, after Alan Rickman’s death yesterday, it is painfully more appropriate.

“But this is touching, Severus,” said Dumbledore seriously. “Have you grown to care for the boy, after all?”

“For him?” shouted Snape. “Expecto Patronum!

From the tip of his wand burst the silver doe: She landed on the office floor, bounded once across the office, and soared out of the window. Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.

“After all this time?”

“Always,” said Snape.

(J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)

The Empire Strikes Back

I hope you all watched The Force Awakens, several times. I enjoyed it a lot; it has a real Star wars atmosphere; however it has its flaws, naturally. Anyway, I think it is a solid base for the future installments of the Star Wars saga. I am sure I will make a lot of pictures about The Force Awakens but today’s update is something else.

I wish you a happy new year with the latest piece of my Star Wars episode poster series: The Empire Strikes Back.

If you remember, I started the new page with another piece from this series, Attack of the Clones. Oddly, this one has the film title in it; I will harmonize it with the other posters later.

I made this poster some time ago and it took a lot of time to finish because I encountered many difficulties. Episode V has so many, often opposing themes: Vader vs. Yoda, dark side vs. light side, Luke vs. Han & Leia, love, betrayal, learning, losses, the white planes of Hoth, the swamps of Dagobah, the clearness of Cloud City, the dark tones of the lightsaber duel etc. It is not easy to select some of these themes and decide what to skip in order to keep the main themes of the episode while avoiding a too crowded picture. Continue reading