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.
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:
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 →
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 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.)
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 →
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!
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!