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A Star Wars Concert Poster

My newest piece is an event poster for Pomáz Wind Orchestra – I have a long-time, fruitful relationship with them.

This concert will be a symphony of Star Wars pieces including Jedi Steps and Rey’s Theme from The Force Awakens. As part of the additional programs, I will have an exhibition in the concert hall. more details later…

By the way, did I mention that I am open for commissions? I do personal pieces as well as event posters or product packaging – check my site if you want to see what I can do and let me know what you want!

Star Wars: Anakin’s Choices II

This update is the second part of my Choices series.

The first part was about Anakin’s decision between the Sith and Jedi way. This one shows how the dark side of the Force and the war destroys the values of peace and love.

The picture is a tribute to John Alvin and his masterful artworks.

Happy Star Wars Day!

May the Fourth be with everyone! To celebrate this day, I go back to the beginning of the Star Wars saga with a new poster entitled Choices.

This picture is about the choices Anakin, the Chosen One, the son of the suns has to make during his life: choose between the Jedi and Sith, good and bad, light and dark. The choices are depicted by the mentors/father-like characters in Anakin’s life: Qui-Gon Jinn from The Phantom Menace and Palpatine from Revenge Of The Sith. Their meeting planets are also included: the light, plain deserts of Tatooine, far-far away from everything; and the millions of lights in the darkness of Coruscant, the poisoned heart of the Republic. Naboo N-1 fighters from Episode I and Jedi Fighters from Episode III also enhance the timespan and depth of the picture.

Finally, a few words about Jake Lloyd, who played young Anakin in The Phantom Menace and who suffers from schizophrenia, a very serious illness that affects circa 1% of the population. I believe everyone of us in the Star Wars community wishes the best to him.

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

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.

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

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!

“Hero” Revenge of the Sith Poster and the London Olympics

Do you remember this poster of mine? I made it in 2009, in preparation for the 4th anniversary of the premiere of Star Wars Episode III Revenge of The Sith. Check the picture and I give you a short commentary about this piece and tell you how I had the chance to get involved in London Olympics 2012.

You can see direct elements at the bottom: battle-ready Yoda and Windu, and the duel in the flames – this is the most temperament, most fan-like part of the poster. Vader is in the middle, who is the result of a choice: Anakin has to choose between two hooded figures, Palpatine and Padmé. He chooses the uglier one: his hand reaches toward him, and his lightsaber separates him from Padmé who has a more ghostly appearance than the Sith master.

Choices often have a central role in my works.

The Jedi fighters and the dark sphere of Coruscant give symmetry to the picture while Mustafar closes the piece at the top, not letting the eye leaving the poster with Vader’s raised left hand.

The light arcs have a kind of angel wing feeling… This is because Anakin had the chance to be the Chosen One, destroy the Sith and bring light but he failed. Instead of white wings, he has a dark robe.

The idea, the promise was light, white and uplifting; the realization became black and decaying.

This slightly abstract part represents a better understanding of visualizing principles than what I had before 2009.

And how comes London Olympics 2012 here? The agency who organized the marketing and advertising of the Olympic Games, contacted me with the idea that I should create the cover of the official booklet of the Games. They wanted me because of my ability to show the heroism, dynamism and greatness of a topic and they especially wanted me to do something like this “Hero” poster.

Sadly, the committee found the agency’s idea too “different” and they went into another direction. The final cover looked like this:

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Clearly, some elements of the basic idea remained but with a different artist. I would have loved to do this piece because this is the only way I can imagine about getting close somehow to the Olympics – definitely not by professional sports. ;)

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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!

Star Wars Nightmares

Do you know DreamScope? This site enables us to use DeepDream, Google’s neural network, originally designed for picture recognition. In DreamScope, this artificial intelligence transforms pictures into surreal, psychedelic visions instead of recognizing them.

I used this app to modify some of my Star Wars pictures, including the Saga Poster and a new piece I promised years ago – its original version will be published next week. Click on the images to enlarge!