Throwback Thursday: Locations of Attack of the Clones

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.)

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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. Continue reading

“I Will Finish What You Started”

Today I publish an updated version of my first Star Wars The Force Awakens poster, called Heritage.

After watching the new trailer and hearing Kylo Ren’s words to Vader’s old helmet that “I will finish what you started”, I find my original title “Heritage” fairly appropriate. :)

The main differences between this one and the original one are the following:

  • removed frame,
  • modified lightsaber blades
  • corrected logo
  • different flame elements.

I hope you will like it!

New Star Wars Poster: Vader’s Night

My new Star Wars poster is entitled Vader‘s Night. It belongs to the same series like Ben’s Sunset and shows the tormented Vader, haunted by his burning memories and the true nature of the dark side.

Darth Vader 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.

More information on the story of this poster will come soon!

Decompositing the Star Wars Saga Poster

This video is a layer-to-layer decomposition of the most known Star Wars fan art on the net: the Star Wars Saga Poster. Watch it in HD!

Download the hi-res version of the poster (for personal use only) here!

Learn more about the Guinness World Record here and here!

Doctor Who?

Doctor Who Series 9 arrives today and I thought it is time to look back at the Eleventh Doctor’s farewell. This is one of my favorite portraits.

It was a cold and beautiful January night when I created the first version of this poster. I was in such a flow I did many posters that night. A few days after watching his regeneration, I said farewell to my Doctor, the first Doctor this face saw, in my way. Although I was somewhat disappointed with his latest adventures, Series 5, my first Doctor Who series is still my favorite. (The best Doctor theme also belongs to him.) It is a door to beautiful, endless possibilities – like a TARDIS. Great scripts, great acting and good effects – the best drama series for a sci-fi fan.

In Series 7 Part 2 the Doctor seemed a bit tired, at least for me. When it came to his farewell, I felt it is time: Matt Smith did a wonderful job, created the best Doctor in my opinion and now he has to pass on his role. As Steven Moffat wrote for him in his rushed final episode, The Time of the Doctor:

“We all change. When you think about it, we’re all different people all through our lives, and that’s okay, that’s good, you gotta keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be. I will not forget one line of this. Not one day. I swear. I will always remember when the Doctor was me.”

My Saga Poster in the Guinness World Records 2016

The Star Wars Saga Poster has been selected to illustrate the spread that collects Star Wars-related records in the newest edition of Guinness World Records. The double-page illustration was chosen because of two reasons: first, it is connected to a record, the world’s largest LEGO mosaic, organized by Dorling Kindersley Publishing, London in October 2010, when thousands of volunteers recreated the poster in a size of 98 square meters (1,055 square foots), using 384,000 LEGO bricks. The other reason was that this well-known picture summarizes the first six episodes of the Star Wars saga.

Star Wars Saga Poster
Star Wars Saga Poster 2011 Edition

Check the photo of the page tweeted by Craig Glenday, Editor-in-Chief of Guinness World Records – and below, my reaction when I received the book:

I am really happy and proud of this publication. When I remember back those April days in 2007 when I designed the first version of the Saga Poster, I never thought it will come to this. It was just fun, a celebration of a great story in my special way. I know that many Star Wars fans love this picture and it is great to see it everywhere – as an avatar or a header, on a cake or a car. Thank you all, guys, and keep the Saga Poster live! #SagaPoster

The Guinness World Records 2016 Edition will be officially published tomorrow, on 10th September.

You can read more about the Guinness Record event here.

If you are a hardcore Star Wars fan who is really, really interested in tiny details, I have something for you: the long story of the making of the Saga Poster.

If you want to download the Saga Poster, go here! (I ask you to read the usage conditions if you plan anything beyond simple personal usage – thank you very much!) You can always contact me at info@simonz.co.hu if you have any questions.

Please check my latest pictures e.g. my first design for The Force Awakens or Ben’s Sunset – or my non-Star Wars works.

And don’t forget: 100 days until The Force Awakens. ;)

The Magician returns…

in two weeks because Series 9 of Doctor Who begins on 19 September. I am really looking forward to see it; I hope the Doctor will find his character after the turmoils of Series 8. His statement in the trailer seems promising: “I am the Doctor and I save people!”

I created two versions of the portrait of the Twelfth Doctor: a teaser-like one with the premiere date and a clear one. I hope you enjoy it!

 

“This is Gallifrey, our childhood, our home”

Only three weeks left to the premiere of Doctor Who Season 9. For this occasion I publish a composition I made before the introduction of the War Doctor in The Name of the Doctor and the new direction of the series.

The accompanying music is, of course, This is Gallifrey; composed by Murray Gold, arranged and played by Mark Fowler – he does amazing stuff, check his website and YouTube channel!

Star Wars and Other Art by SimonZ