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. Continue reading

A Wonderful Fan Letter to the Doctor

Ariel, a Doctor Who fan wrote a letter to his dearest Doctor. This letter was accidentally found by Brett Stewart in a used book he bought for $5 at Amazon. He shared it on his page because

“I don’t know who this girl is, but goodness, she does articulate what makes the character so wonderful.”

Read Ariel’s heartwarming and honest message (transcript after the picture)!

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(The illustration above is my Doctor Who Series 5 poster – you can find the picture in the gallery and its long analysis here.)

My dearest Doctor,

How strange it seems to write you. Like a child writing to Santa. You’re fictional, after all. Nonexistent, made up, invented, pure pretend – and yet, you have impacted my life more heavily than anyone living ever has changed me, Doctor. You’ve taught me to cherish each day, to stand up for what’s right, to never solve problems with anger or weapons, to banish hatred, covet knowledge, laugh, love, smile, and live. That’s it! You’ve taught me to live! For so, so long I’d been trapped in self doubt and self-pity and self loathing. You opened me up. You made me see the world beyond myself. You made me see that even in a gray world there is no lack of life – there are thousands – millions – of shades, hues, and textures all blending into a beautiful mosaic just yearning to be explored! Continue reading

Disney Week! – a New Tangled Poster

5 years ago, Disney’s Tangled premiered in the U.S. To celebrate this wonderful movie, I created a Rapunzel character poster. Let’s see the light!

As Ed Catmull wrote in his amazing book Creativity, Inc., Tangled project was cancelled at Disney just one week before he and John Lasseter from Pixar became the new leaders of Disney Animation. Thanks to them, the movie was restarted. After many years, Disney started to produce extraordinary things – again.

This will be a Disney week – check back later for another Disney piece!

A Poster Trio for Doctor Who Day 2015

This is the 52th Anniversary of Doctor Who thus I decided to present you the three posters of Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors in one image. Enjoy it!

“He never raised his voice. That was the worst thing — the fury of the Time Lord. And then we discovered why — why this Doctor, who had fought with gods and demons, why he had run away from us and hidden: he was being kind.” (Son of Mine about Tenth Doctor)

“Come on! Look at me! No plan, no back-up, no weapons worth a damn! Oh, and something else, I don’t have anything to lose! So, if you’re sitting up there in your silly little spaceship with all your silly little guns, and you’ve got any plans on taking the Pandorica tonight, just remember who’s standing in your way! Remember every black day I ever stopped you, and then, and then, do the smart thing: Let somebody else try first.” (Eleventh Doctor)

“I fought in a bigger war than you will ever know! I did worse things than you could ever imagine! And when I close my eyes… I hear more screams than anyone could ever be able to count! And do you know what you do with all that pain? Shall I tell you where you put it? You hold it tight… till it burns your hand, and you say this: No one else will ever have to live like this! No one else will have to feel this pain! Not on my watch!” (Twelfth Doctor)

 

Everybody lives… – A New Doctor Who Poster

Today’s poster is the third member of a portrait series dedicated to the Doctor. I presented posters of his twelfth and eleventh incarnations; now it is time to show you the Tenth Doctor.

When I created the poster, I had the following quote about the Doctor, by River Song:

Now and then, every once in a very long while, every day in a million days, when the wind stands fair and the Doctor comes to call, everybody lives.

I think these words describe him very, very accurately.

Thank You and a Star Wars Poster for Site Anniversary

I launched the first version of simonz.co.hu this day in 2004. That time, it was available at simonz.web.elte.hu (the link still works but redirects to the new site).

Eleven years passed. Thank you very much for viewing, sharing and loving my works; it means a lot to me. Thank you for the feedbacks and messages. I love when you write me a few sentences about how did you use or enjoy my works. How you surprised someone you love with a Star Wars artwork that happened to be mine. Making a Star Wars room for your kid. Honestly, I feel myself deeply honored. I also thank you all for your support I will never know about, for example telling about my pictures to somebody or using them as wallpaper.

The eleventh birthday of the site would require something about the Eleventh Doctor, maybe. But I have nothing new in that topic – my white Doctor poster still remains the best picture about the 11th Doctor for me. So, there is something else for today.

Today’s update is the third part of a series that started in August with Ben’s Sunset and continued in October with Vader’s Night. The last piece is entitled Luke’s Dawn.

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.

I will present the whole tryptich with more info about how and why I made them later.

I Will Fulfill Our Destiny – A New The Force Awakens Poster

The Japanese trailer for Star Wars The Force Awakens was so thrilling that it inspired me to make a new poster artwork. This time, I used the sentence we heard in the trailer as a slogan: “I will fulfill our destiny.”

I tried to capture Kylo Ren’s threatening dynamism that is so perfectly depicted in the trailer. There are other references to the trailer like the TIEs emerging from the orange – what a beautiful shot that was!

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!

Star Wars and Other Art by SimonZ