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 →
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 →
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)
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 →
The Nature of the Dark Side originates from the novelization of Return of the Jedi by James Kahn:
He contemplated the dense impenetrability of the deep space beyond the window. Densely black as his soul – as if he were, in some real way, this blackness; as if his inner spirit was itself this void over which he reigned. He smiled at the thought; he was the Empire, he was the Universe.
This paragraph was the core of the poster, combined with one of the few feelings Palpatine can feel: the lust for power over all things (the other one would be rage). Therefore, the key messages were: total power and hopelessness.
Instead of pure blackness, I decided to use the galaxy on a black background and merged it with Palpatine to illustrate the sentence “he was the Universe”. Darth Sidious looks like a tumor; his presence distorts the spiral arms of the galaxy and replaces the brightest center of the galaxy with blackness and the Death Star. This is his true aim, the aim of the dark side: replace life with death.
If you are really brave or you desperately want to know a lot of stuff about the creation of the Saga Poster, click here. You will find there a detailed picture analysis and a change log of the different versions.